Professor of Economics

University of the South Pacific



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We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated individual to the role of Professor in the discipline of Economics.


About the Role

The University of the South Pacific in the School of Accounting Finance and Economics, Discipline of Economics seeks to fill the position of Professor of Economics position.

The discipline thrives on its growing excellence in high-impact research achievements. The school engages with stakeholders in the 12 member countries of the USP region on policy and research. It takes a lead role in contributing to the community through economic update conferences, research and external funding; public policy workshops, training private sector executives and policy debates and development dialogues. The discipline offers courses in the areas of Economics, Official Statistics and Population and Demography studies.

The successful candidate will be required to provide academic leadership for the school in teaching, research and external funding. The appointee will be expected to conduct and guide the development of the school’s profile, lecture in Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervise master and PhD students, engage in external funding project if approved, contribute to the administrative functions of the discipline, and publish in high ranked and impactful international journals.

The Appointee shall mainly be responsible for the following;


  • provide academic leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and scholarly activities in the discipline;
  • assume the role of substantive Head of School/Discipline and participate in School and University services;
  • develop and administer programmes in the discipline;
  • undertake course planning, development, coordination and delivery (including online and face to face teaching);
  • academic counselling and consultation with students;
  • supervise research students to the successful completion of postgraduate programmes; and
  • conduct and publish individual and/or collaborative research.


The Person We Seek

To be considered for Professor position, applicants must have;

  • A PhD in Economics and be a leading, international authority in mainstream Economics;
  • extensive teaching experience;
  • An outstanding track record in research, with outcomes of high quality and impact (including peer-reviewed publications, e.g. journal articles, book chapters, monographs);
  • evidence of attracting external funding and/or of principal investigation in international research projects, and proven experience in successfully recruiting and supervising research students to completion.
  • made a sustained and excellent contribution at international level to academic research and leadership within the relevant discipline;
  • demonstrated sustained distinction in your interdisciplinary contributions;
  • championed academic standards and freedom;
  • demonstrated excellent communication skills, and the ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff;


Professor should:


-       Demonstrate excellence in regional-focused research;

-       Excellent written and oral communication skills including application of advanced econometric software;

-       Experienced with distance and flexible learning in a multicultural environment;

-       Demonstrate good record of research student supervision and completions.

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

Salary Range: FJ $153,416 to $165,855 per annum.

The University may offer an attractive market loading to exceptional candidates.

Enquiries: Dr. Rup Singh – Acting Head of School, School of Accounting, Finance & Economics (SAFE); ph: (679) 323 2719 email:

Closing date for applications: 28 July 2024

How to Apply


Click the Apply button to apply for this position online.

The advertisement criteria are available on our University website (  under the 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.

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