Director General

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries
  • Post Date: September 6, 2023
  • Apply Before: September 30, 2023
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Job Overview
  • Exciting leadership opportunity for a Director-General in the Solomon Islands, for citizens of FFA member countries only
  • Excellent salary package starting from US$217,693 (subject to exchange rates) TAX-FREE for citizens of most countries, including COLDA, Location Allowance and Superannuation
  • Host of additional benefits such as insurance, medical, education and rental allowances!
  • Make the ultimate sea change and take your career to the next level!

About the Organisation

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 tuna fisheries now and in the future.

Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA’s 17 member nations are Australia, 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 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over USD $3 billion a year and important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.

For more information about The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, please visit their website here.

About the Opportunity

The current incumbent Director-General is soon to complete her maximum six-year appointment in this position. As such, the Agency is now accepting applications for a new Director-General to join their team in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, on a full-time basis.

The Director-General (DG) serves as the leader of the FFA Secretariat and is responsible for its overall performance and management. Reporting to the Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) and Forum Leaders, the DG is accountable for ensuring that the Agency fulfils its mission effectively and ensures the ongoing and future success of fisheries management and sector development to the long-term benefit of the membership.

As Director-General, your role scope will include the following:

  • Strategic leadership and management of the agency, including leading the Executive Management team;
  • Strategic organisational management and planning as embodied within the Strategic Plan, Business Plan and the Annual Work Programme and Budget;
  • Leading the Agency at FFC and other key fisheries meetings to ensure the effective advancement of key fisheries management issues; and
  • Leading and overseeing donor and country liaison, including negotiation and acquisition of funding and members’ support for the Secretariat’s work.

Applications are invited only from citizens of FFA member countries

Applicants must provide a written letter of endorsement of their candidacy from their national governments in order to be considered.

To be successful in this position, you will have tertiary or post-graduate qualifications and demonstrated high-level expertise and experience in an area of fisheries or other relevant natural resource management, business management, law, government, international relations or another relevant discipline.

This position requires someone who has demonstrated strategic leadership and extensive management experience at the senior executive level in national or regional Government. You will have the proven ability to liaise with Government Ministers, high-level officials and senior private sector representatives and to advocate effectively on behalf of member interests.

To view the selection criteria, please see the Duty Statement

Please Note: Previous experience living and/or working within a remote or international location will be highly regarded. 

About the Benefits

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is offering the successful candidate a competitive remuneration with a Base Salary starting from SDR114,680 (approximately US$153,809) with a total package starting at US$217,693 including allowances and Superannuation (subject to exchange rates) – TAX FREE for non-Solomon Island nationals and citizens of most countries, commensurate with skills and experience.

You will also have superannuation paid at 7.5% into either a nominated fund or as an additional cash supplement. FFA reimburses all reasonable medical, dental, and optical expenses for yourself and your dependents. Insurance coverage is also provided for personal accident, life, medical & repatriation.

Education for dependent children will be reimbursed at 75% of tuition fees (Conditions apply). If your dependent child is educated overseas, paid school travel may be available for you or your child to visit each other once a year.

Accommodation assistance is also available.

Additionally, relocation expenses will be paid, with an establishment grant paid on arrival in Honiara.  Annual airfares back to your country of repatriation will be provided, and a repatriation allowance of 2 weeks’ base salary on return to home base at the end of your contract. There is also a retention incentive of 21% of your base salary, which will be paid on the completion of your three-year contract.

On top of all this, 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!

Applications close Thursday, 30 November 2023, at 11.59 pm Solomon Islands time (GMT+11)

To be considered for this role, applicants must submit their applications directly via the FFA website only (with your resume and additional documents requested) by the deadline. For full details & to apply, please visit

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