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PIFS: Policy Adviser (Regional Security)

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

The Pacific Islands Forum is the region’s political and policy organisation, with a vision of helping to create a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy, and productive lives.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Forum Secretariat) headquartered in Suva, Fiji works to support Members achievement of this vision by fostering cooperation between governments, collaboration with international agencies, and by representing the interests of its members – including directly engaging with community members in order to identify pressing needs of the region.

The work of the Forum Secretariat is guided by the Framework for Pacific Regionalism (FPR) as being:
The expression of a common sense of identity and purpose, leading progressively to the sharing of institutions, resources, and markets, with the purpose of complimenting national efforts, overcoming common constraints, and embracing sustainable and inclusive development within Pacific countries and territories and for the Pacific region as-a-whole.

The FPR is underpinned by the Blue Pacific narrative, endorsed by Forum Leaders in Samoa in 2017. It calls for a long-term regional commitment to act as one “Blue Continent” as the means to achieve its development aspirations. The Leaders Blue Pacific vision is that it would serve as the platform to reinforce and inspire the region in its shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean, and to reaffirm the connections of Pacific peoples with their natural resources, environment, culture and livelihoods.

The Opportunity

The Forum Secretariat is looking for a Policy Adviser (Regional Security) to join the team in Suva, Fiji. Reporting to the Director Policy, the Adviser leads the provision of advice on regional security trends and threats as well as the coordination of the regional security priorities framed by the Boe Declaration and its Action Plan approved by Leaders in 2018.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following duties:
• Policy Analysis and Advice;
• Regional Security Coordination, Cooperation and Information Sharing;
• Inter-agency Partnerships and Advocacy; and
• Team Performance & Leadership.

The Secretariat seeks a strategic and proficient individual with an advanced degree in politics, legal, security or relevant discipline and has an extensive experience in policy analysis and report writing. Ability to demonstrates in-depth knowledge of geo-political, geo-strategic, traditional and non-traditional security issues within the Pacific with proven capability to monitor regional and international developments and to conduct comprehensive stakeholder analysis and engagement.

Aptitude to work with a small team of professional staff, set priorities successfully, to work alone with other professionals with minimal direction and supervision and ability to meet tight deadlines.

The Benefits

The appointment carries a competitive remuneration and benefits package including medical and life insurance. The starting salary is at SDR42,297 per annum. At the 1 April 2021 exchange rate this salary was equivalent to FJD123,712. For non-Fijian nationals, this salary may be tax-free. To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be a national of a Forum member country*. Applicants must be willing to travel periodically via economy class.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our website: where an information package containing the job description and remuneration details is also available. Candidates must include in either their application or Curriculum Vitae the full contact details of three referees. The Forum Secretariat is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Deadline for applications is at 5pm (Fiji time), 25 June 2021.

* Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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