1. Leadership – Demonstrate a clear vision for the area of responsibility. Act as a role model to inspire, motivate and develop others. Ensure staff feel trusted and valued. Develop and lead multi-sectoral initiatives that contribute to achieving SPC’s goals.
2. Strategic thinking and planning – Ability to think and act with a long-term perspective; develop and implement plans and projects that deliver strategic and long-term outcomes.
3. Project management – Demonstrated ability to coordinate and motivate others, and mobilise and manage resources in a complex environment. Anticipate and manage change and risks; ensure that value for investment is achieved.
4. Innovation and analytical skills – Able to generate new ideas/opportunities, develop policy advice based on sound analysis, and support original solutions. An ability to recognise, nurture and develop emerging areas is highly regarded.
5. Results-oriented problem solver – Ability to develop solutions to deliver tangible results for SPC, its members and other stakeholders.
6. Influencing and relationship-building skills – Ability to influence and guide others to achieve divisional and organisational goals. Demonstrate strong negotiation, communication and advocacy skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Contribute to building productive relationships and partnerships across the organisation and with stakeholders.
7. Qualifications – A doctorate or equivalent work experience in geoscience with preferred expertise in field-based geosciences skills. A strong track record in senior leadership within an applied geosciences organisation.
8. Technical expertise – High-level expertise in one area of applied geoscience applicable to Pacific developmental / geosciences for development needs. Experience and knowledge of applied geoscience organisations and their role in development and capacity building; governance and decision making; experience in developing countries. Deep understanding of the role that geoscientific maps, models, 3-D images, and data can play in decision making, attracting inward investment, risk analysis, land use and planning, and other issues. Demonstrated aptitude for geoscience for development and a sympathetic desire to use geoscience for poverty alleviation and quality of life enhancement; excellent writing and communication skills; and a proven track record in securing project and donor funding. An ability to operate at a high level, including working closely with the Director, would be advantages.
9. Language skills – Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of French being an advantage.
10. Cultural awareness – Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated understanding of developing country environments, with knowledge of Pacific Island countries and territories being an advantage.