Research Coordinator (Cook Islands)

  • The University of the South Pacific (USP)
  • Cook Islands
  • Jul 18, 2021
Full time Teaching, Education & Training

Job Description & Skills/Qualifications Required

Research Coordinator
The Opportunity
The Research Coordinator will lead a new Cook Islands Centre for Research and Policy Studies (CICRPS).The appointee will lead the CICRPS and ensure the smooth and efficient day to day operation of research and data collection activities by researchers and research students. A key responsibility will be establishing a funding base and future financial sustainability of CICRPS and research projects in the Cook Islands that will inform Cook Islands Government, Civil Society and Private Sector of best evidence practice for programmes and initiatives. The Research Coordinator will also teach, supervise and mentor higher education students, staff and community based researchers and manage programme of discussion papers, seminars, conferences and conference reports on current and emerging policy issues in the Cook Islands.

The Person We Seek
To be considered for this position, applicants must have:
- A PhD in a research area relevant to Cook Islands policy (such as Economics, Politics, Sociology, Pacific Studies, Tourism Studies, Business Studies, International Relations, Policy Studies, Development Studies, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, etc) and normally 4 years’ experience. Preferences will be given to those who already possess a teaching qualification and Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCTT) or equivalent;
- Qualification in Planning and Project Management are desirable;
- Demonstrated experience of working with or within the Cook Islands or a Pacific regional government;
- Experience with international and regional organisations active in the Cook Islands;
- Interest and experience in public policy development;
- Ability to develop financial information systems;
- Past success in securing external grant funding;
- Ability to work collaboratively, consult effectively and mentor and develop students and staff;
- Have a good publication record and proven editing skills;
- A commitment to public engagement on policy issues; and
- Strong verbal communication skills. Fluency in Cook Islands Maori ideal.
Enquiries and further information: Ms. Tureheni File, ph: +682 29415; fax: ; email:

How to Apply

Application to be sent to:

Application should be clearly marked as “Vacancy – Position Reference Number, Position Title”.

The advertisement criteria is available on our University website ( under Employment Opportunities.

Please include the following documents in your application: Academic Credentials/Transcripts, Cover letter clearly addressing key Selection Criteria and Resume with names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor. Referees will only be contacted if you are selected.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

USP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. USP encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.
Salary Range:   NZ $63,025.31 to NZ $82,929.49 per annum

Closing date for applications 08 August 2021

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