Back Team Leader – Earth Observation and Remote Sensing


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 26 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, 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 role – Team Leader – Earth Observation and Remote Sensing will be responsible for the design and development of Digital Earth Pacific, which is SPC’s and the Pacific’s flagship Earth Observation programme. In leading the programme, the Team Leader will be required to liaise and negotiate with ministers and senior public servants from a variety of ministries in all of the PICTs. The Team Leader will also be required to manage partnerships with multinational private and public sector entities such as Microsoft, Esri, NASA and ESA. The Team Leader will guide and manage: 1) the technical staff developing the Digital Earth Pacific operational platform and open data pipelines; 2) capacity development of technicians and decision makers at national and regional level; and 3) advocacy and communication of EO work in SPC and the Pacific region.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Earth Observation Advice and Technical Support
  • Project and Funding Implementation
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Information and Database Management

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

Key selection criteria


  • Postgraduate qualification in earth observation or remote sensing science

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in Earth Observation or remote sensing, with progressive technical leadership and stakeholder management responsibilities over that time
  • Detailed understanding of earth observation data and satellites/sensors covering the Pacific region, and experience in integrating multiple streams of earth observation data into decision ready products
  • Experience with all aspects of operational open data cube technology, including pipeline processes for data ingestion
  • Experience in managing an Earth Observation team, including staff performance management
  • Project management experience, including financial budget management and reporting

Essential skills

  • Ability to provide expert technical and scientific advice
  • High Level of ICT literacy
  • Strong project and budget management skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Language skills

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment

Salary, terms and conditions

Contract Duration – 3 years

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority SPC places on its staff safety, health and well-being, please note that there may be delays in taking up the appointment. These matters will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates. In most cases, any appointment and on-boarding would only commence when relocation to the duty station is permitted.

Remuneration – The Team Leader – Earth Observation and Remote Sensing is a Band 13 position in SPC’s 2021 salary scale, with a starting salary range of 3,987‒4,984 SDR (special drawing rights) per month, which currently converts to approximately FJD 12,042–15,052 (USD 5,542–6,928; EUR 4,891–6,114). 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. Remuneration of expatriate SPC staff members are not subject to income tax in Fiji; Fiji nationals employed by SPC in Fiji will be subject to income tax.

Benefits for international employees based in Fiji – SPC provides a housing allowance of FJD 1,350–3,000 per month. Establishment and repatriation grant, removal expenses, airfares, home leave travel, health and life and disability insurances and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees are entitled to 25 working days of annual leave per annum and other types of leave, and access to SPC’s Provident Fund (contributing 8% of salary, to which SPC adds a matching contribution).

Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

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.

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