The Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO) is seeking to hire a VDS/VMS Officer. The VDS/VMS Officer will provide support to the VDS Team to ensure effective and efficient administration of the VDS and related activities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the management and administration of the VDS.
  • Ensure accurate reporting of vessel activity under the VDS, including non-fishing days.
  • Effective support for vessel registration.
  • Support the VDS/VMS Manager on routine VDS Program administrative matters.
  • Assist the VDS/VMS Manager monitor Vessel MTU, FAD Buoy alerts and reporting status in FIMS on a daily basis.
  • Investigate and correct any VDS Data discrepancy.
  • Liaise with Parties and fishing industry and resolve MTUs issues when MTUs are not reporting.
  • Review, verify, and update manual positional data in PNA FIMS to correct any VDS data discrepancies.
  • Maintain an updated FIMS Licensed Vessels List.
  • Conduct country visits, hands-on-training, workshops, and provide VDS technical support to National Programs under the different arrangements (FSMA, UST, and Pooling), including e-Reporting.
  • Manage PNA Inmarsat C DNID, Argos, Thorium, and Faria Activation.
  • Support Fishing Industry on iFIMS Web and android app applications.
  • Test new developments in PNA FIMS and FIMS and provide recommendations, as necessary.
  • Liaise with FIMS Inc on development of new modules.
  • Support Fishing Industry on iFIMS Web and android app applications and POA on e-Obs reporting issues.
  • Support Parties on NFD, e-Log and e-Obs reporting issues.
  • Manage user access in FIMS and respond to any FIMS/ VDS queries.
  • Support non-PNA UST users on FIMS VDS.
  • Assist with preparation of reports to Parties, at the Annual and Special PNA meetings, on VDS PS & LL administrative matters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the VDS/VMS Manager.

Essential Requirements:

  • Year 12 schooling with school leaving certificate or high school diploma or equivalent. Relevant post-secondary degrees (desirable).
  • Training and qualifications as fishery officer/observer, data analysis, IT or relevant subject.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (desirable).
  • Experience in VDS administration at Party level (desirable).
  • Demonstrated focus on customer service, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a culturally diverse work environment and a self-motivated team member.
  • Exhibit competencies that include ability to:
    • Respect individual and cultural differences.
    • Adapt to change.
    • Organize own time effectively and follows work schedules.

The successful applicant will be offered a one-year contract with the possibility of extension.

The position is open to Majuro residents with priority given to citizens from the PNA Member Countries.

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To apply, please submit a letter of interest to the CEO, a brief CV and 2 reference letters to All applications must be submitted electronically. Manual applications will not be accepted.

Closing date to submit applications is Friday, 7 June 2024.

Key selection criteria
The position is open to anyone, but preference is given to PNA nationals.
Application Procedure
Proposals are to be submitted to the PNA Office at
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