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Professor in Risk Resilience
The University of the South Pacific

  • Jan. 29, 2018
  • Feb. 18, 2018
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Insurance/Risk Management
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The Opportunity

The Professor of Risk Resilience will lead a robust research programme in climate and disaster risk resilience. The goal is to produce top-quality research while building local knowledge and capacity through outreach, collaboration and partnerships. The Professor must be a person of professional integrity with strong leadership and communication skills.

The successful applicant will:

- Develop and lead Pacific Islands focused research projects in quantitative risk assessment at the physical and social science interface.
- Utilise robust innovative research tools which may include anthropology, remote sensing, food security quantitative modeling, disaster risk management and reduction, disaster recovery and policy.
- Lead a robust research team that takes advantage of USP’s unique role as a Pacific Islands regional university and attracts external funding.
- Exemplify and promote collaborative research within PaCE-SD, across the faculties and programmes of the university and across the Pacific Islands region in collaboration within CROP and Donor partners.
- Develop and deliver post graduate courses in risk based approach for climate and disaster resilience to be offered through the flexible learning programme.
- Supervise MSc and PhD research students.
- Publish research findings in high quality peer reviewed outlets.
- Work as an integral member of the vibrant culturally diverse PaCE-SD team.
- Respect, contribute to and support PaCE-SD in accordance with USP policies and procedures.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

- A Ph.D. in risk resilience, climate change, disaster risk management or related field from a recognised institution;
- Extensive teaching and research students supervision experience;
- Demonstrated research leadership and a distinguished record of research and publication;
- Integrity;
- Strategic leadership skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Writing and presentation skills in English;
- Demonstrated ability to perform as a strong team player;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

- At least 10 years of experience in research and tertiary teaching (significant research led contribution in a professional environment may be counted towards this requirement if appropriate);
- Pacific research experience;
- Experience in research or development projects, implementation and/ or administration;
- Fluency in at least 1 of the regional languages of the Pacific Islands is desirable.


The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Professor FJ $129,078 to FJ $139,543 per annum

The University may pay an inducement allowance to secure the services of an exceptionally well qualified candidate.

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: Ann Yabaki; tel.: (679) 3231982 email;

Closing date for applications: 18 February 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.

  • USP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information

  • Ann Yabaki
    Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development
    The University of the South Pacific
    Laucala Campus
  • (679) 3231982


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