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 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Georesources and Energy Programme (GEP) – assists member countries by applying technical knowledge in the areas of geoscience and sustainable energy use.
  3. 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.

The other two focus areas within this division are Programming and Operations, which is responsible for driving integrated programming excellence and operational support across the division, and Geoinformatics, which is responsible for providing diverse, integrated, and unique and demand-driven information and spatial data services across SPC work programmes, projects and countries.

The Geospatial Technician will provide support and assistance in work programmes having relevance and significance to the people and governments of SPC member countries. The successful candidate will carry out geospatial data collection, analysis, and mapping for the national maritime boundaries of the Pacific Island countries and territories.

The key responsibilities of the role include the following:

  • Project support and implementation
  • Geospatial data acquisition and meta data
  • Technical analysis and reporting
  • Capacity building

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

Key selection criteria


  • Diploma in an appropriate field of geospatial science from a recognised university

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in at least one of the following fields: GIS, remote sensing, generating maps using GIS, or database management
  • Sound working knowledge in both GIS and geoscience fields
  • Good knowledge of GIS applications and the use of appropriate mapping software
  • Previous experience/familiarity with international and/or regional organizations

Essential Skills

  • Familiarity with data and database management, including data acquisition and data processing
  • Strong GIS and remote sensing skills
  • Computer literacy, particularly with GIS applications and software
  • Ability to communicate effectively with member country governments in the region, regional and international organizations

Language Skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – Until 31 December 2023

Remuneration – The Geospatial Technician is a Band 6 position in SPC’s 2022 salary scale, with a commencing taxable salary range of 1,846-2,308 per month, plus local staff benefits. 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.

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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