Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk Management

Laucala, Fiji
FJD$90, 882 to FJD $104, 865 per annum
27 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

USP, Laucala Campus 

Build a legacy with us!

The USP is one of two regional universities in the world and is the leading tertiary education provider and research facility in the South Pacific.  We are supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The purpose of this position is to support the delivery of the USP PaCE-SD Climate Change postgraduate programme under the institutional objectives such as the USP-SD PaCE Strategic Plan, USP Strategic Plan, EU GCCA Programme and the national and regional priorities of the Pacific Island Countries.

The successful applicant will be the Course Coordinator for the course ‘Disaster Risk Management’ (PC424) and will be responsible for building capacity of Pacific Island scientists that are passing through the Climate Change Post Graduate, Masters and PhD programmes of PaCE-SD.  She/he will focus on building bridges between climate change research and community awareness and strengthen our capacity to develop and disseminate robust technical information and advice supported by quality data for climate resilient sustainable development. 

The Opportunity

The appointee will develop and deliver postgraduate courses on disaster risk management and climate change through the University’s Continuing and Flexible Learning Programme (CFL), undertake the role of supervising masters and doctoral level research students  performing Pacific-based research in line with USP policies and procedures, provide technical research leadership in the field of climate and disaster resilient sustainable development;  contribute to the research and publications profile of projects and the Centre; provide training to PaCE-SD stakeholders; contribute to and support administrative functions of PaCE-SD projects; work as an integral member of the vibrant and culturally diverse PaCE-SD team; collaborate and coordinate with CROP agencies, donor partners, and relevant project partners to deliver tools and technical assistance to support climate resilient sustainable development in communities; facilitate the development  and implementation of a robust research programme in disaster risk management (DRM) and sustainable development (SD); and carry out other relevant duties as assigned by the Director.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • An accredited professional degree (PhD) in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) climate change or related field from a recognised institution;
  • A significant amount of experience in tertiary teaching combined with relevant research experience or professional experience;
  • Evidence of  published research in  journals and books with a strong record of securing research funding and grants;
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural work environment;
  • A team player.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Work experience in the Pacific Region and community based disaster risk management;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office;
  • Work experience in project implementation and administration.


The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range

Senior Lecturer FJD$90, 882 to FJD $104, 865 per annum

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries:  Ann Yabaki; tel.: (679) 32 31982; email:

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2017

How to Apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at   Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email:  or Manual applications are no longer accepted.

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.