Individual Consultancy - Development of Operations Manual of the Federated States of Micronesia Protected Area Network
Type of contract: Individual Contract
Expected starting date: Immediately
Duration of assignment: At least 30 working days over a 3-month period
The Federated States of Micronesia Department of Resources and Development (FSM R&D) is responsible on the President’s behalf for supporting and managing the development of the nation’s economy and use of its natural resources in a sustainable manner. These are in line with applicable provisions of the nation’s Strategic Development Plan relating to economic development and resource management and conservation as per Title 2 of the FSM Code.
The FSM Protected Area Network (PAN)Policy Framework is in support of the FSM R&D’s responsibilities as described in Executive Order Number 1 and to its commitments to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) and the Micronesia Challenge (MC) initiative. In 2006 the FSM joined the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and the United States Territory of Guam and declared the Micronesia Challenge. The initiative is driven by three main targets: 1) to establish a system of protected areas networks in member countries; 2) to effectively conserve at least 30% of the nearshore marine and 20% terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020; and 3) to raise $29 million for the FSM’s Micronesia Challenge Endowment Fund in order to sustain these efforts in perpetuity.
The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) was selected by the five MC jurisdictions to administer the MC Endowment Fund. In 2016, MCT was accredited to the Adaptation Fund (AF) as the National Implementing Entity (NIE) for the FSM. In 2018, MCT was awarded by the AF for the Practical Solutions for Reducing Community Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia project. One major component of this project is to contribute to the effective protection/rehabilitation of ecosystems, mainly nearshore fisheries that are under protected area management through implementation of the FSM PAN Policy Framework and its associated Country Program Strategy (CPS). The FSM PAN Policy Framework and the CPS were endorsed by the FSM National Government in September 2018.
The FSM PAN Policy Framework establishes a transparent, fair, and efficient system governing the designation and operation of a nationwide PAN. The CPS summarizes how the FSM Government and MCT will manage and distribute the investments earnings from the FSM MC Endowment Fund. The strategies and procedures for dispersing earnings from FSM’s MC Endowment described in the CPS are designed to support the operation of the FSM’s nationwide PAN and are consistent with the MCT Investment Policy Statement.
To operationalize the FSM nation-wide PAN, an operations manual is needed to serve as the authoritative guidebook on the overall operation of the network. The manual will help guide government entities, coordinators, protected area management entities and communities to develop and sustain productive and successful implementation of the FSM protected area network, to document procedures and policies; to provide policies for fiscal management and procedure; and to serve as a reference for questions and problems as they arise in the daily operations of the network.
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE WORK:
The goal of this consultancy is to develop the Operations Manual for the FSM nationwide PAN based on the FSM PAN Policy Framework and the Country Program Strategy.
Specific objectives of the FSM PAN Operations Manual:
This consultancy is funded by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Management (DECEM) through the FSM Ridge to Reef Project. MCT will hire a consultant to undertake the assignment as described in this Terms of Reference. The Consultant will report to MCT who will share the draft products of the consultancy with the FSM R&D and FSM R2R for review and input. All deliverables submitted by consultants must be approved by both the Secretary of R&D and MCT before any payment is made.
REQUIRED EXPERTISE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
The Consultant shall be paid the consultancy fee upon completion of the following deliverables:
Qualified and interested candidates are hereby requested to apply as an individual. The application should contain the following:
Proposals will be evaluated using the cumulative analysis method with a split of 70% technical and 30% financial scoring. The proposal with the highest cumulative scoring will be awarded the contract. Applications will be evaluated technically and points are attributed based on how well the proposal meets the requirements of the Terms of Reference using the guidelines detailed in the table below:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract may be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
*Financial Criteria weighting; 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Interviews may be conducted as part of technical assessment for shortlisted proposals.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your application to Lisa Andon, MCT Deputy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any inquiries, please contact Shirley Pelep (email@example.com) or Tamara Greenstone Alefaio (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the MCT office at (691) 320-5670.