[ADMB Users] Fwd: Another New fisheries positions at SPC

John Sibert sibert at hawaii.edu
Mon Aug 19 10:56:38 PDT 2013

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Subject: 	Another New fisheries positions at SPC
Date: 	Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:12:48 +1100
From: 	Shelton Harley <SheltonH at spc.int>
To: 	Shelton Harley <SheltonH at spc.int>

Hi folks:

Apologises for another mass email but we are advertising another role – 
this time a senior stock assessment role.

We expect the successful candidate to have skills in using complex 
integrated assessment models such as SS and MULTIFAN-CL. The person 
would be expected to be heavily involved in our assessments in 2014 and 
leading an assessment in 2015. If we get more than one good applicant we 
might be able to appoint more than one person.

Would be grateful if you can pass on to anybody who might be interested. 
To apply please go to the highlighted link below.




Shelton Harley, Principal Fisheries Scientist

Stock Assessment and Modelling Section, Oceanic Fisheries Programme,

Secretariat of the Pacific Community, BP D5, 98848 Noumea CEDEX, New 

(wk) (+687) 260192 / 262000 xt 192; (fx) 263818;

12August 2013

*Senior Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment)*

/SPC invites applications for the position of Senior Fisheries Scientist 
(Stock Assessment) within its Oceanic Fisheries Programme located at its 
headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia./

SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific 
organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and 
training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in 
fisheries, agriculture, forestry, water resources, geoscience, 
transport, energy, disaster risk management, public health, statistics, 
education, human rights, gender, youth and culture. For more 
information, visit www.spc.int <http://www.spc.int>.

In applying, candidates should be guided by SPC’s vision, mission and 
corporate values, the role and profile of the position and the key 
result areas and selection criteria.

*SPC’s vision*for the region is a secure and prosperous Pacific 
Community, whose people are educated and healthy and manage their 
resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way.

*Our mission*is to help Pacific Island people position themselves to 
respond effectively to the challenges they face and make informed 
decisions about their future and the future they leave for the 
generations that follow.

*Our corporate values*are underpinned by the principle of ‘making a 
positive difference in the lives of Pacific Island people - putting 
people first’. They include accountability, integrity, respect, 
transparency, sustainability, people-centredness, gender equality and 
cultural sensitivity.

*The Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division 
*provides expert advice, technical assistance, research and training 
support to Pacific Island countries and territories on most aspects of 
the sustainable development and management of fisheries resources. This 
includes: oceanic fisheries stock assessment, data management, 
monitoring and ecosystem analysis; and coastal fisheries science, 
management and development, and aquaculture and fisheries information. 
The division’s work is organised into two main programmes. The Oceanic 
Fisheries Programme, in addition to working with member countries and 
territories, is the scientific service provider for the Western and 
Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and provides scientific 
advice to other regional agencies including the Forum Fisheries Agency, 
Parties to the Nauru Agreement and Te Vaka Moana. The Coastal Fisheries 
Programme provides practical scientific, policy and technical support on 
all aspects of coastal fisheries and aquaculture to member countries, 
subregional groupings and other stakeholders. The division currently 
employs a team of over80 staff, of which two-thirds are internationally 


*The role*– The Senior Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment) is 
accountable to the Principal Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment and 
Modelling). The role is responsible for undertaking analyses and 
providing authoritative advice on the status of stocks of tuna and 
tuna-like species under the management of the WCPFC. The appointment is 
for three years, renewable subject to performance and funding availability.

*The profile*– SPC seeks a team player with demonstrated practical 
fisheries stock assessment experience and in the development of 
scientific advice for fisheries management. He/she will have a thorough 
knowledge of fisheries stock assessment principles and techniques and 
strong quantitative analytical skills, including experience in data 
modeling and programming. Attributes will include the interpersonal and 
communication skills required to work effectively with diverse 
stakeholders and partners in a regional context.

*Key result areas*– The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate 
strong ability, and potential to progress in the following four key 
result areas of the position:

1.*Research and development *– Develop and refine methods for the 
analysis of catch and effort data. Contribute to the MULTIFAN-CL project 
(www.multifan-cl.org <http://www.multifan-cl.org>) and other research 
into statistical stock assessment methodologies. Contribute to the 
development of the software used in stock assessment and related 
activities and research into appropriate model structures. Contribute to 
research into aspects of population structure likely to affect stock 
assessment results. Develop and refine methods for the analysis of 
conventional and electronic tagging data. Contribute to research into 
reference points for stocks of tuna and tuna-like species, and into 
approaches for estimating and describing uncertainty in stock 
assessment. Contribute to methods for evaluating WCPFC conservation and 
management measures.


*2.**Stock assessment – *Undertake analyses of catch and effort, size, 
and tagging data for inputs for stock assessment modeling (auxiliary 
analyses). Undertake stock assessments of tunas and tuna-like species as 
requested by the WCPFC using modern statistical stock assessment models. 
Characterise the sensitivity / robustness of stock assessment results to 
alternative assumptions relating to important model assumptions, e.g. 
input data, biological parameters and model structures. Review, as 
appropriate, stock assessments and other supporting analyses (e.g. catch 
per unit effort) undertaken by SPC, the wider WCPFC mandate (e.g. 
including northern stocks), and other relevant tuna regional fisheries 
management organisations (e.g. Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission).**


3.*Management information – *Estimate key reference points for tuna and 
tuna-like species. Evaluate assumptions used in the assessment of 
relevant conservation and management measures. Evaluate the impacts of 
alternative management measures for tuna and tuna-like species using 
stock assessment models. Assess the multi-species implications of 
management measures in mixed fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species.

4.*Communication *– Present clearly and at the appropriate level, the 
results of technical analyses to scientists and fisheries managers. 
Produce clearly written reports and presentations of the results of 
technical analyses. Collaborate, as appropriate, with scientists within 
SPC, the WCPFC membership, and other relevant organisations.

*Key selection criteria*– Candidates will be assessed against the 
following selection criteria:

 1. *Strategic thinker and planner *– Able to think and act with a long
    term perspective - develop and implement plans and projects that
    deliver strategic and long term outcomes.
 2. *Results oriented problem solving*– Able to develop solutions to
    deliver tangible results for SPC, its members and other stakeholders*.*
 3. *Innovation and analytical *– Able to generate new
    ideas/opportunities, develop policy advice based on sound analysis,
    and support original solutions.
 4. *Influencing and relationship building skills*– Able to influence
    and guide others to achieve divisional and organisational goals.
    Demonstrate strong negotiation, communication and advocacy skills
    and excellent interpersonal and representational skills. Contribute
    to building productive relationships and partnerships across the
    organisation and with stakeholders.
 5. *Qualifications*– A relevant tertiary qualification, preferably at
    PhD level, in fisheries science, population biology stock assessment
    modeling, natural resource management or a related discipline.
 6. *Technical expertise*– Demonstrated practical fisheries stock
    assessment experience and in the development of scientific advice
    for fisheries management. Thorough knowledge of fisheries stock
    assessment principles and techniques and strong quantitative
    analytical skills, including experience in data modeling and
    programming. Excellent verbal and written presentation and
    communication skills in English. Proven ability to meet project
    deadlines, often under difficult circumstances, and to work
    effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Direct
    experience of tuna fisheries in the Pacific region; experience in
    the use of statistical, length-based, age-structured models in
    fisheries stock assessment and in the analysis of catch and effort
    and tagging data; and familiarity utilising international fisheries
    instruments e.g. UN Fish Stock Agreement would be advantages.
 7. *Language skills – *Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge
    of French being an advantage.
 8. *Cultural awareness *– Cultural sensitivity and
    demonstrated**understanding of developing country environments, with
    knowledge ofPacific Island countries and territories being an advantage.


*Remuneration*– The Senior Fisheries Scientist (Stock Assessment) is a 
Band 12 position within SPC’s 2013 salary scale, with a salary range of 
4,185–6,087 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) per month, which currently 
converts to approximately XPF 596,775–867,886 (USD 6,600–9,600; € 
5,000–7,200). An offer of appointment for an initial contract will 
normally be made in the lower half of this range, with due consideration 
being given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the 
salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. SPC salaries 
are not subject to income tax in New Caledonia at the present time.

*Benefits*– SPC provides subsidised housing in Noumea. An establishment 
and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave, medical 
insurance and education allowance are available for eligible employees 
and their recognised dependants. Employees are entitled to: 25 days 
annual leave and 30 days sick leave per annum, life insurance, and 
access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary to which SPC 
adds a matching contribution).

*Work environment*– SPC has a standardised computing environment based 
on Microsoft Office. Smoking is not permitted in the work place.

*Equal opportunity*– SPC recruits on merit, but if two interviewed 
candidates are ranked equal by the selection committee, preference will 
be given to Pacific Islanders.

*Application procedure*– The closing date for applications is *30 
September 2013*. Candidates *MUST* provide: a detailed *curriculum 
vitae*; a written response stating their claims against the *key 
selection criteria*; and contact details, including email addresses and 
telephone numbers, for *three referees*.

*Apply online*– Please use SPC’s online recruitment system at 
http://www.spc.int/job.html. Important note: prepare and save your 
curriculum vitae, response to key selection criteria and referee 
information as Microsoft Word documents BEFORE attempting to submit your 
application online. It is not possible to partially complete your 
application via the online system, save it and return to complete it 
later. Can’t access the online recruitment system? Apply via email: 
recruit at spc.int <mailto:recruit at spc.int>; fax: + 687 26 38 18; or post 
to Sally Clark Herrmann, HR Adviser (Recruitment and Training), 
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, P.O. Box D5, 98848 NOUMEA CEDEX, 
New Caledonia. Need assistance? Contact SPC at recruit at spc.int 
<mailto:recruit at spc.int>or telephone + 687 26 20 00.

*Background*– SPC was established in 1947 and employs over 570 staff. 
Its headquarters are in Noumea, New Caledonia, with other offices in 
Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia and Solomon Islands. SPC has 26 
member countries and territories including its founding members, 
Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America, which 
contribute a large proportion of its funding. Other major development 
partners are the European Union; Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis 
and Malaria; United Nations agencies; Asian Development Bank; World Bank 
and Global Environment Facility, to name a few.

*Languages*: SPC’s working languages are English and French.

*Organisational structure*: SPC is led by the Director-General supported 
by the senior management team, which includes three Deputy 
Directors-General and the Director of the Strategic Engagement, Policy 
and Planning Facility. Also contributing to SPC’s executive management 
are the directors of the seven technical divisions (Applied Geoscience 
and Technology; Economic Development; Education, Training and Human 
Development; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems; Land 
Resources; Public Health; and Statistics for Development); the directors 
of Finance, Human Resources and the North Pacific Regional Office and 
the coordinator of the Honiara country office

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