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Director, Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport

University of the South Pacific, The Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport USP, Marshall Islands Campus

Job Title: Director, Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport
Job Location: Majuro
Marshall Islands
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Deans, directors, registrar
Grants, programs, research admin
Application Closing Date: 4/1/2018
Date Posted: 2018-03-07
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Director, Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport
University of the South Pacific

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 recognises the importance of research activity to our academic staff and therefore provides incentives to encourage research and publications output.

The development of sustainable forms of sea transport are vital to the regionís development and also a significant asset for Pacific island nations. However, emissions from current forms of sea transport are significant in contributing to climate change. The Micronesian Centre for Sustainable has been established by The University of the South Pacific in partnership with the government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the aim undertaking research on forms of sustainable sea transport. The University of the South Pacific (USP) supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries has a strong commitment to advance marine science, climate change research and Pacific studies. USP have a long record of working together in the ocean field, through several large-scale research and education programmes supported by the European Union and the Research Council of Norway, and through the exchange of researchers and students.

The Opportunity

The post reports to Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Innovation and International. The position is based at the Marshall Islands USP Campus and a close working relationship is required with the Marshall Islands Campus Director.

The appointee will direct and develop the MCSTís research, and project management, teaching, training, activities at the Marshall Islands Campus, and liaise closely with the Campus Director. In its Strategic Plan the University aspires for global leadership in the area of Sustainable Transportation. We are therefore, looking for a dynamic leader who can build this Center to full capacity. This is an exciting and rewarding challenge which the Director will undertake.

The Center Director will head a small office that is responsible for:

  • Oversight of implementation of the MCST Framework;
  • Partnership, networking and management;
  • Ongoing and proactive development of cutting edge research and research; partnerships with national, regional and international partners;
  • Coordination and reporting of the MCST high-level policy unit.
  • Support for and contribution to RMIís national transport decarbonisation program;
  • Secretariat services to the MCST Board.

Job Requirements

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

A relevant PhD;

Extensive knowledge of transport and linkages to climate change, and;

Evidenced experience in independent scientific research leading to successful outcomes.

Preference will be given to persons showing evidence of developing and leading research projects, person with knowledge / experience with impactful science in a development context, work experience in developing countries, especially Small Island Developing States, experience of Pacific Island Countries and experience of engaging or working with political and development agencies.

Information and Application Process Instructions


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

Salary Range:

FJ$129 078 to FJ$139 543 per annum (Inclusive of 15% Gratuity)

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 Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & International, tel.: (679) 323 2247; email:

Closing date for applications: 01 April 2018

How to Apply

Candidates may use the Universityís 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.

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