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The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency


Solomon Islands

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Closing Date

16th Jan 2022


US$91,197 – $126,659

— Description —


  • Promote and maintain safe, decent and worthwhile working conditions on fishing vessels!
  • Excellent salary package circa US$91,197 – $126,659 (tax-free, for citizens for most countries!)
  • Great benefits are on offer, including relocation & accommodation assistance, six weeks annual leave!
  • Applications close Friday 16 January 2022, 11:30 pm AEST


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 fisheries now and into the future.


We are primarily located in Honiara, Solomon Islands, working with 17 member nations that include Australia, the 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 our inception in 1979, we have facilitated regional cooperation that is in line with our vision – “our people enjoying the greatest possible social and economic benefits from the sustainable use of offshore fisheries and resources”. Through our work and presence in the region, Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable fishing and consumption of tuna – worth over $3 billion US dollars a year and an essential resource to many people.


To learn more about our work and our current projects, click here to visit our website.


Our Fisheries Development Division is now looking for a Labour Standards Advisor to join our team working out of Honiara, Solomon Islands. The objective of this role and the Division is to address the issue of poor working conditions, labour rights violations and human trafficking on fishing vessels while driving to making employment on fishing vessels in the region safe, decent and worthwhile. 


Enjoy this unique opportunity


Make the ultimate sea change! You will be working out of beautiful Honiara, with ample opportunities to travel to all 17 members nations and make a real difference in the Pacific. Reporting to the Director of Fisheries Development Division, you will ensure clear regional labour standards are effectively promoted, implemented, monitored, and enforced at the national level for flagged fishing vessels. This is a two-year opportunity with possible renewal for another two years. You will also receive a 14% retention incentive at the completion of the initial 2-year contract.


Core duties:

  • Provide information, opportunities for collaboration and coordination, and technical support to Pacific Island Countries to improve working conditions on fishing vessels.
  • Perform technical and operational support to Pacific Island Countries to develop, implement, monitor, and enforce labour standards, including the national implementation of Minimum Terms and Conditions for Crew Employment Conditions.
  • Ensure knowledge and tools are available for advocacy, awareness-raising and social consensus building on improving working conditions on fishing vessels.
  • Technical support and advice to fishing entities in Pacific Island Countries establish and maintain safe, decent, and worthwhile working conditions on fishing vessels.
  • Project Management and governance.


You will also engage with a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of local, national, regional, and international agencies to promote and protect the rights of those employed on fishing vessels.


Click here to view the full position description.


Make a real impact on working conditions in the Pacific


To be successful in this role, you will be a highly approachable individual with a winning personality! Your highly developed interpersonal and communication skills will ensure you can work in a multi-functional environment and team while developing strong working relationships with stakeholders of various cultural backgrounds, including Non-Government Organisations, Government Employment Agencies, and the fishing industry itself.


Our ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in business management, industrial relations or similar, as well as at least five years of experience working in employee advocacy, preferable in a fisheries or maritime context.


Moreover, you will have three years of proven experience working in policy development and policy reviews. Previous knowledge of Western and Central Pacific Ocean tuna fishery is also essential.


Benefits on offer


If you want to make the ultimate sea change promoting and maintaining safe, decent, and worthwhile working conditions on fishing vessels, this is the opportunity for you!


You will receive a competitive salary package circa US$91,197 – $126,659 (tax-free, for citizens of most countries), commensurate with your skills and experience.


This includes superannuation, paid at 7.5% into either a nominated fund or an additional cash supplement. We reimburse all reasonable medical, dental, 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, with 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!


If you are ready to immerse yourself in an intergovernmental organisation and make a real difference to labour rights in the Pacific, Apply Now!


Applications close Friday 16 January 2022, 11:30 pm AEST 


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