Geoinformatics Officer – Environmental Data, Suva, Fiji

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

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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 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 25 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, 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 (3) areas of scientific programming and two areas of focus within this division:

  • Oceans and Maritime Programme (OMP) – assists member countries with services that provide applied ocean science and knowledge for evidence-based policy-making and technical solutions for improved ocean and maritime governance, management and capacity development.
  • Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  • Disaster and Community Resilience Programme (DCRP) – assists member countries to demonstrate strengthened resilience through integrated action on disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and increased access to water and sanitation.

Geoinformatics Section under GEP is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven spatial data, decision-support products and earth observation services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries.

The Pacific Data Hub under SPC’s Operation and Management Directorate (OMD) is an innovative programme of work, led by the Pacific Community (SPC) and serves as a regional public good that provides a single authoritative point of entry for data about the Pacific and serves as a vehicle for investment in a sustainable data infrastructure for the Pacific region.

The Geoinformatics Officer – Environmental Data will support the NZ/MFAT-funded Project “Environment Exposure Assessment in Pacific Island Countries” by the way of collating, generating, and managing relevant environmental exposure information that assists Pacific Island countries and communities to understand climate change impacts and informs choices and actions to mitigate and adapt.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following: Environmental Geo-Data Management

  • Geospatial Data Management for Environment and Climate Related Data and Assets; with a special focus on Water Security and climate-related emergencies
  • Provide Geospatial-related data management support to the NIWA (1st 6 months of contract) and SPC teams for the MFAT funded “Environmental Exposure Assessment of Pacific Island Countries” project

Research and Collation

  • Research-oriented identification and collation of relevant datasets and generation of appropriate metadata
  • Actionable insights and information are derived via data analysis of relevant institutional and global data sources
  • Desktop research on literature and documentation relevant to environmental data related to impact of climate change and water security

Data Exposure and Dissemination

  • Registration of relevant data on the Pacific Data Hub and related ecosystems with appropriate styling and associated displays (eg: dashboards)
  • User feedback is actively sought, user-engagement surveys conducted, and relevant actions taken regarding optimal data publication
  • Register and manage identified environmental and climate data within Pacific Data Hub and the Pacific Resilience Nexus Platform; and ensure appropriate metadata is generated

Capacity Building and Reporting

  • Ensure relevant capacity building documentation and materials is created, and workshops conducted as/when required.
  • Provision any requisite training to end users for utilization of the collated data within Pacific Data Hub, PDH MapViewer or open-source desktop GIS environments

  • Timely reporting of outputs and challenges to project stakeholders (NIWA, PDH and GEM Geoinformatics teams)

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

Key selection criteria


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science (earth science), geospatial science (analyst) or geographical information systems (GIS)

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 7 years of experience in geo-scientific data analysis
  • Familiarity of environmental, climate and resilience challenges within a Pacific context

Essential skills

  • Strong proficiency in an open-source data science programming language – Python or R
  • Strong experience in QGIS and its Plugin Ecosystem
  • Familiarity with Earth Observation data and Remote Sensing techniques and knowledge
  • Ability to write technical papers and develop training materials for technical audience

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with a working knowledge of French being an advantage

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

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

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 31st December 2024 – subject to renewal depending on funding and performance

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Remuneration – The Geoinformatics Officer – Environmental Data is a Band 9 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 2,229‒2,786 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 6,575–8,218 (USD 3,187–3,984; EUR 2,675–3,343). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members is not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

Recruitment principles – SPC’s recruitment is based on merit and fairness, and candidates are competing in a selection process that is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory. SPC is an equal-opportunity employer, and is committed to cultural and gender diversity, including bilingualism, and will seek to attract and appoint candidates who respect these values. Due attention is given to gender equity and the maintenance of strong representation from Pacific Island professionals. If two interviewed candidates are ranked equal by the selection panel, preference will be given to the Pacific Islander. Applicants will be assured of complete confidentiality in line with SPC’s Privacy Policy.

Application procedure

Closing Date: 16 November 2022 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Job Reference: JM000367

Applicants must apply online at (link)

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position
  • responses to all screening questions

Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage if all the above documents are not provided. Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

For international staff in Fiji, only one foreign national per family can be employed with an entity operating in Fiji at any one given time. SPC may assist on a case-by-case basis with submissions to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their consideration and final approval. SPC cannot and does not make any guarantee whatsoever of approval for such applications to Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs and where an application is approved, the spouse or partner will subject to such terms and conditions as may be set from time to time by the Ministry.

Screening Questions (maximum of 2,000 characters per question):

  • What has been the most rewarding and/or challenging geospatial project you have been involved in your career? Briefly explain why this was challenging and/or how it was rewarding for you.
  • Describe and give some examples of how geospatial-oriented products, in particular those derived from climate and environment data, can help the Pacific Island Countries make informed evidence-based decisions based around increasing resilience and improving livelihoods in order to achieve it’s development goals?
  • What are some of the challenges that you perceive in managing and maintaining large-scale geospatial data sets? What are some of the compliance measures a data science personnel can undertake throughout a project lifecycle that ensures that the data the they manage is accurate, discoverable, accessible and interoperable?


Type: Contract – International

Category: Geoscience – Energy and Maritime

Reference ID: JM000367

Date Posted: 19/10/2022