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Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)


Solomon Islands

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Closing Date

9th Jul 2022


US $77,808-$108,625 or AUD $108,000-$150,000 (tax-free for citizens of most countries)

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  • Are you a qualified Financial Accountant looking to join an intergovernmental agency and play a key role in shaping progress for Pacific Island Countries?
  • Receive an excellent salary package circa US $77,808-$108,625 or AUD $108,000-$150,000 (tax-free for citizens of most countries) + repatriation allowances & retention incentives! 
  • Enjoy accommodation assistance, six weeks of annual leave, return airfares & many more benefits! 



Empowering collective and national actions for the sustainable use of offshore fisheries resources.


To complement our current project expansion, The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency is now seeking a Financial Accountant (senior position within the Finance team) to join our team on a fixed-term 3-year contract with an option to renew for another term based on performance.


In this unique role, you will work alongside a team of dedicated professionals to deliver a variety of financial management functions within FFA.


The Benefits

If you want to make the ultimate sea change and find out more about life on the leading edge of Pacific development, this is the opportunity for you!


  • You will receive a competitive salary package circa US $77,808-$108,625 or AUD $108,000-$150,000 (tax-free, for citizens of most countries), commensurate with your skills and experience and inclusive of 7.5% superannuation. This can be paid into either a nominated fund or received as an additional cash supplement;
  • We reimburse all reasonable medicaldental, and optical expenses for yourself and your dependents. Insurance coverage is also available for personal accidents, life, medical & repatriation;
  • Education for dependent children is reimbursed at 75% of tuition fees (conditions apply). If your dependent child is studying overseas, paid school travel may be available for you or your child to visit each other once a year;
  • Relocation expenses will be paid, plus an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara and accommodation assistance also available.


Moreover, you will have access to 6 weeks of annual leave each year, giving you plenty of time to explore this stunning part of the world!


The Opportunity 

Your primary objective as Financial Accountant will be to manage the financial operations team, deliver annual accounts, and secure external audit sign-off. You’ll enhance our team with a comprehensive knowledge of developing effective financial management strategies for complex organisational systems.

Your 4 primary functions include (but are not limited to): 

1. Monitor budgeting by program and donor; analyse and report on complex financial accounting arrangements and issues; promptly, accurately, and proactively action tasks, respond to enquiries, and develop solutions; 
2. Manage the Financial Operations team, including staff performance, training, and motivation, identifying room for improvement and implementing planned changes;
3. Provide comprehensive input towards financial policy reviews and document storage, and;
4. Act on behalf of the Finance Manager &/or the Management Accountant in their absence. 

More information can be found in the Position Description.


Your Assets

First and foremost, you need to demonstrate an understanding of FFA's systems and processes, or similar. It is paramount you are a good cultural fit for our team. As a leader, you need to demonstrate strong collaborative and communicative skills, accountability, and a track record of managing financially complex systems/teams. Transmitting financially relevant communications to the broader organisation and stakeholders in a clear and tangible language is commonplace; as such, proficiency in organisational awareness and relationship management are crucial. 



  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, and;
  • Current membership with a recognised professional accounting body as a professionally qualified accountant (CPA or Chartered Accountant);
  • Ideal but not essential: high-level knowledge of FinanceOne or equivalent accounting system


At least 3 years of experience:

  • Senior-level financial accounting experience;
  • Applying International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS);
  • Preparing financial and statutory reports for audit;
  • Developing and administering financial policies and procedures, and;
  • Training and developing staff in finance and accounting practice


Behavioural proficiencies:

  • Initiative & time management;
  • Communication and dynamic relationship management;
  • Accurate reconciliation and adaptability to new internal controls;
  • Leading by example & delivering transformational change. 


The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency 


The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is an intergovernmental organisation working to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity so Pacific nations can manage, control, and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.


Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, our agency comprises 17 member nations, including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.


Since 1979, we have facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over USD $3 billion a year and important for many people's livelihoods in the Pacific.


Our vision is "our people enjoying the greatest possible social and economic benefits from the sustainable use of offshore fisheries and resources".


Please visit our website here for more information about our work and current projects.



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