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Technical Officer - Electronics
  • Attractive and competitive local package
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region


The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Geoscience Energy and Maritime Division provides advice, technical assistance, research and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). There are three areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  1. Oceans and Maritime – Driving growth in blue economies through well-informed and inclusive action from integrated solutions for ocean and coastal management and maritime and transport.
  2. Geo-resources and Energy – Strengthening the management of the Earth’s non-living resources through responsible harnessing of mineral resources, including metalliferous and development minerals, and clean and renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal for sustainable development.
  3. Disaster and Climate Resilience – Improving resilience and sustainability through the management of disaster risk and assessment of hazards. This includes building resilience through wider support for climate change, disaster risk management (DRM) initiatives, and water and sanitation initiatives.
  4. The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geo-informatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries. This includes developing, managing, building on and retaining or preserving spatial data and information for the benefit of all scientific areas.

The Technical Officer – Electronics will provide technical support to the Geo-resources and Energy Programme and occasionally other GEM Programmes in relation to various projects, specifically including but not limited to supporting the Australian-funded Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac). The principal purpose of the role is to assist with the collection of sound geotechnical, oceanographic and geophysical survey data; conduct data testing and analysis; build the capacity of internal and external stakeholders; and manage SPC assets.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Field Surveys and Data Acquisition
  • Technical Analysis
  • Capacity Building and Supervision
  • Asset Management

For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.


Key selection criteria


  • Diploma or Trade Certificate in Electrical / Electronic from a recognised institution and/or equivalent on-the-job experience

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in supporting geological, geophysical and geotechnical investigations, laboratory testing and maintaining equipment
  • 2-3 years Scuba diving experience

Essential skills

  • Aptitude for the provision of high quality service
  • Ability to set priorities successfully working with minimal supervision
  • Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment


Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2022

Remuneration – This is a full-time position at Band 7 position in SPC’s 2019 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of 2,177-2,721 per month, plus local staff benefits. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews.

SPC is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. SPC’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful candidates will be required to provide a police clearance certificate.


Application procedure

Closing Date18 November 2019

Applicants must apply online.

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

To be considered for this role, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

Only Fijian citizens are eligible to apply for this role.

Screening Questions

  1. Please share your experience in conducting drone surveys.
  2. Please describe how you have conducted a scientific equipment installation underwater based on your experience.
  3. Please explain using an example where you have conducted a capacity building initiative.
Job Ref: JM000153
Submitted: 01-11-2019 02:38 PM
Applications Close: Monday, 18 Nov 2019
Job Type: Contract - Local

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