Director, Institute of Marine Resources

Laucala, Fiji
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Build a legacy with us!

The University of the South Pacific 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.

We have 14 campuses across 33 million square kilometers of ocean. The USP is owned and supported by 12 Pacific Island countries. We are committed to leaving a lasting legacy for all of these countries by developing their leaders of tomorrow. We have significant ambitions for the future and we need great talents and personalities to achieve them. The USP provides support for cutting edge research and innovations and has good ICT facilities and satellite links to most countries in the Region.

The University is strategically placed in a position of leadership in the area of marine resources and makes significant contribution to the region and globally in this area. The Director of its Institute of Marine Resources (IMR) is a key person in leading the University’s roles in the area of marine resources. There is also a School of Marine Resources that provides academic and research activities.

The Opportunity

The appointee will manage and develop IMR’s teaching, training, research ,consultancy and project management activities at Laucala Campus, Fiji and will report to the Dean of Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment. In its Strategic Plan the University aspires for global leadership in the area of Pacific Ocean and Marine Resources. We are therefore, looking for a dynamic leader who can build this area towards this aspiration. This is an exciting and rewarding challenge which the Director will undertake.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in a relevant area of tropical marine studies (coral reefs, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental or resource management);
  • Demonstrated capability in planning and programme development;
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to develop and effectively manage multi-disciplinary teams;
  • The ability to attract external funding;
  • Evidence of tertiary teaching or research experience is required, with good cross- cultural experience and awareness.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Experience in commercial consulting services;
  • Experience in working in Pacific island countries;
  • Experience in international development assistance;
  • Professional research publications in a relevant area;
  • SCUBA qualifications and experience in practical skills in safe vessel operations.


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

Salary Range: The University will provide a competitive remuneration package to the successful applicant.

An inducement allowance may be paid to secure the services of an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

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. Anjeela Jokhan, Dean of Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment; email:

Closing date for applications: 10 December 2017

How to Apply

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

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.