Director of Pacific Centre for Economic Policy and Modeling

Suva, Fiji
05 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


School of Economics

Build a legacy with us! 

The University of the South Pacific is one of only two regional universities in the world. We are the leading tertiary education provider and research facility in the South Pacific. 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. Our five-year strategic plan holds great ambitions and we need great talents and personalities to join us in our journey to achieving these goals.

The School 

The School of Economics at USP has been playing a major role in conducting policy-relevant research that addresses key economic issues of the Pacific region. In order to build on the School’s own capacity and better meet the research and analysis needs of the region, the University’s Centre for Economic Policy and Modeling, affiliated to the School of Economics, seeks to recruit the Director of the Centre. The main function of the newly established Centre will be to:

  • Develop and implement short to medium term forecasting models for Fiji and other Pacific Island Countries; 
  • Publish quarterly economic bulletin which disseminates the results of the modeling exercises and offers an analysis of current economic trends;
  • Serve as a hub for policy research and consultancy on economic issues facing the Pacific region 
  • Disseminate the results of research via working papers, public seminars and conferences. 

The Opportunity

The University seeks to appoint a Professor of Economics to serve as Director of the Centre for Economic Policy and Modeling. This is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the current and future economic environment of the South Pacific region. With the support of School of Economics, you will have the opportunity to manage the Centre and provide academic leadership. The director will report to the Dean of Faculty. He/she will be supported by an Office Assistant, a full-time Research Fellow and up to two Visiting Scholars at a time. The Director will also have the prospect to travel to relevant countries in the region and beyond. Other important aspects of this role will be to bring research grants to the Center and to act in an advisory capacity to Governments, international agencies and institutes.

The Person We Seek 

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in Economics with ideally 10 years’ experience in research, publications and consultancy, preferably in the Pacific Island Countries;
  • Good experience in developing macroeconomic models; 
  • Relevant experience in managing research centers and or similar institutions;
  • Excellent record of policy analysis and advisory; 
  • Working knowledge of applied econometrics and key estimation software packages.


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

Salary Range:Professor

FJ $129,078to FJ $139,543per 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: Professor Arvind Patel, Acting Head of School of Economics, tel.: (679) 3232703 email:

Closing date for applications: 27 May 2018

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.