Director - Fisheries Operations

FFA is now looking for a driven and autonomous Director - Fisheries Operations to join our team in Honiara in the Solomon Islands on a full time basis. The Director Fisheries Operations is a 3 year contract position with possibility of renewal for another 3 years based on performance, funding availability and ongoing need for the position. 

Reporting to the Director-General and Deputy Director-General, the Director Fisheries Operations (DFO) will lead a team of up to 30 staff including senior management of the Fisheries Operations Division (FOD),  delivering services, technical assistance, capacity building and other support to member countries on surveillance, enforcement and compliance issues, vessel monitoring systems, observer program, information technology and information security. The FOD also provides internal IT support to the Secretariat.

As Director Fisheries Operations, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading and managing the work of the FOD to effectively reduce and eliminate illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing in the region through rigorous Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) supported by effective Information Technology.  

Your focus will also extend to the operational aspects fo the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre (RFSC) located at FFA Headquaters in Honiara. The RFSC manages the surveillance program of foreign fishing fleets in the region, coordinating maritime and air surveillance services for FFA member countries, based on regional risk assessments and reporting to nationally-determined surveillance tasking. 


Your Key Responsibilities

Some of your key responsibilities for this role will include (but not limited to): 

 - Developing MCS policies and programs that are highly relevant to identified regional needs and consistently deliver best-practice outcomes against MCS Framework benchmarks;

- Providing robust and inscrutable policy and technical advice on matters regarding technical responsiblity that enhances FFA's reputation as the leading provider of regional MCS services and advice; 

- Leading and contributing to Divisional and agency-wide processes and teams, including those focussed on MCS and IT;

- Ensuring the relevance and integration of the overall work of FOD with the broader Fisheries Management, Development and Corporate objectives of the organisation;


To be successful in this role:

You must hold a tertiary degree in a relevant field, alongside a minimum of 8 years proven experience in the area of MCS and/or compliance policy as they relate to fisheries, including 3 years as a Manager. 

The successful candidate will be an open, consultative and collaborative leader with proven experience in strategically managing people and programs, with the capacity to engage with Senior Management in order to drive the strategic direction and performance of the agency. Your well-developed communication and negotiation skills will be crucial to your success in effectively managing cross-cultural boundaries and engaging with international stakeholders. 

As required in performing the duties of the position, the ability to travel frequently throughout the region is a mandatory requirement of this role.  

While not manadatory, experience in or knowledge of the tuna fisheries in the Pacific and the current challenges in tackling IUU fishing will be highly regarded. If you do not possess this experience you will need to quickly obtain an understanding of existing frameworks. 


More information and How to Apply:

To learn more about this position, interested candidates can access information (remuneration, Job Description with Selection Criteria) and also submit their application online through this link

Closing Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2018