Fellow/Senior Fellow in Research and Assessment

Suva, Fiji
22 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute of Education (IOE)

Build a legacy with us!

The University of the South Pacific is a regional University supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries - Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The USP recognises the importance of research activity to our academic staff and therefore provides incentives to encourage research and publications output. We are committed to leaving a lasting legacy for all of these countries by developing their leaders of tomorrow. With a five-year strategic plan we have significant ambitions for the future and we need great talents and personalities to achieve them.

The Opportunity

The appointee will be required to conduct research and collect data for the Institute of Education using quantitative and qualitative approaches including Pacific research methodologies and protocol. She/he will be expected to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the Institute’s Research Programme that may include preparing project proposals, securing funding, management of associate researchers and presentation of findings through public forum and publications. The position is based in Tonga.

Additionally, the appointee will also be expected to supervise graduate students and may teach courses for the Institute when required. The incumbent will also be expected to assist with all other programmes of the Institute. The Fellow/Senior Fellow, as a member of a regional organisation, will be required to travel and work in the 12 member countries of the Institute.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • PhD in Education and strong background in Assessment;
  • Be highly computer literate with skills in using SPSS and other qualitative analysis software;
  • Have at least five years of teaching experience;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative research and qualitative research and experience in the use of Pacific research methodologies and protocols;

  • Have a demonstrated ability to develop a range of surveys, collect and analyse data and present findings accurately and coherently;

  • Have a demonstrated ability to develop research proposals, secure funding and conduct research;

  • Be fluent in English one other Pacific language;
  • Have demonstrated administrative and leadership qualities to lead a group of field researchers and research associates to successfully complete research assignment in a timely and efficient manner.
  • For appointment at the level of Senior Fellow, one must also have a strong record of published research in top-tier journals& books and, a range of technical reports demonstrating research capability in a range of cultural, organisational and geographical contexts.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural context and be an active team player;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and be able to meet deadlines;

  • Demonstrated ability to lead the project team in a diverse range of socio-cultural contexts;

  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, self-motivated and able to work independently when required;
  • Highly skilled in report writing, presentation of information and a confident public speaker;

  • Perform well with a high level of resilience, confidence and agility;

  • Demonstrated understanding of Pacific cultures, values and relationships.


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

Salary Range: Fellow TOP $72,922 to TOP $95,951 per annum
                          Senior Fellow TOP $98,930 to TOP $114,151 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: Dr. Seu’ula Johansson Fua email: seuula.johanssonfua@usp.ac.fj

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2017

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at https://www.usprecruits.usp.ac.fj Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: hrhelp@usp.ac.fj or personnel@usp.ac.fj

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.