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Competent Authority (CA) Inspectors for Kosrae

Category : Opportunities

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward two COMPETENT AUTHORITY (CA) INSPECTORS based at the FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs (FSMDHSA) in Kosrae, FSM and reporting to the Head of National Food Safety Inspection Program or his designate. The CA Inspector services include:

GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

  • To provide regulatory inspection and certification services to fishing industry vessels and establishments within Federated States of Micronesia in accordance with the National Food Safety Act (PL 7-116), Subsidiary Food Safety Regulations, associated amendments, as well as the National Control Plan (NCP) and other CA System documents;
  • To provide assurances as to the safety and fitness for purpose of fish and fishery products destined for export through a defined certification system;
  • To provide advice to other organizations with regard to the safety of fish and fishery products including the other sections within Health, NORMA and other government and non-government agencies and collaborate with such along with relevant industry personnel and those of regional and international organizations.
  • Perform routine inspection of food facilities and vessels engaged in receiving, storing or preparation of food and food products for commercial import or export and recommend regarding the formal approval of establishments and vessels;
  • To perform sampling and testing as required in the NCP and the National Monitoring Plan and Regulation;
  • Effective and accurate recording and reporting of CA official control activities;
  • Enter ports of entry, detain and search vehicles/vessels at such port of entry and examine and take samples of articles and anything which is capable of being used for such preparation, packaging, storage, sale or conveyance;
  • Collect evidence of contravention of the National Food Safety Act and Regulations, by collecting samples of suspected food, obtaining statements from witnesses and preparing reports of such contravention;
  • Act as witness in support of the charges against offenders of the National Food Safety Act and Regulations;
  • Investigate food complaints, examine any books, accounts, documents or other records;
  • Assist in developing and implementing training programs in Sanitation Management and Hazard Analysis
    Critical Control Point (HACCP) for the food industry;
  • Assist States with relevant education activities, surveys/investigations during outbreaks, conduct food inspections/recalls.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in food science, health, fisheries or related field. AS Degree may be acceptable if proven extensive relevant experience.
  • 2 years experience in food safety inspection, management, sanitation or related work
  • Fluency in the English language.
  • Good written and oral communication skills including basic computer skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and under limited supervision with strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work outside conventional working hours.
  • Good people skills
  • Strong commitment to sanitation and hygiene.

The incumbent shall undergo one (1) year of field work to be administered by the CA Team Leader. The incumbent must also attend, complete and pass the biennial national food safety and health certification training course and examination, as set forth in the National Food Safety Act in order to be certified as National Food Inspector (also known as CA Inspector).

DURATION OF THE PERIOD

The position will be for an initial two (2) year period. (Probationary period of six months and annual performance review determines whether contract would be continued). This is a full time position and may be extended based on satisfactory performance.

REMUNERATION

Salary will be based on the Local Labor Market Payscale and/or depending on qualifications. This will be a 2-year full- time position under contract with FSM NORMA.

APPLICATION

The FSM NORMA invites applicants to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of a) Letter of Interest, b) CV, c) support Degrees/Certificates and d) 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than October 20, 2017. Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World

Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition). Full

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be obtained from:

NORMA, FSM National Government

Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator

POBox 122, Pohnpei, FM 96941

Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181

Email: moria.joseph@norma.fm. Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm


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Competent Authority (CA) Inspectors for Pohnpei

Category : Opportunities

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward two COMPETENT AUTHORITY (CA) INSPECTORS based at the FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs (FSMDHSA) in Pohnpei, FSM and reporting to the Head of National Food Safety Inspection Program or his designate. The CA Inspector services include:

GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

  • To provide regulatory inspection and certification services to fishing industry vessels and establishments within Federated States of Micronesia in accordance with the National Food Safety Act (PL 7-116), Subsidiary Food Safety Regulations, associated amendments, as well as the National Control Plan (NCP) and other CA System documents;
  • To provide assurances as to the safety and fitness for purpose of fish and fishery products destined for export through a defined certification system;
  • To provide advice to other organizations with regard to the safety of fish and fishery products including the other sections within Health, NORMA and other government and non-government agencies and collaborate with such along with relevant industry personnel and those of regional and international organizations.
  • Perform routine inspection of food facilities and vessels engaged in receiving, storing or preparation of food and food products for commercial import or export and recommend regarding the formal approval of establishments and vessels;
  • To perform sampling and testing as required in the NCP and the National Monitoring Plan and Regulation;
  • Effective and accurate recording and reporting of CA official control activities;
  • Enter ports of entry, detain and search vehicles/vessels at such port of entry and examine and take samples of articles and anything which is capable of being used for such preparation, packaging, storage, sale or conveyance;
  • Collect evidence of contravention of the National Food Safety Act and Regulations, by collecting samples of suspected food, obtaining statements from witnesses and preparing reports of such contravention;
  • Act as witness in support of the charges against offenders of the National Food Safety Act and Regulations;
  • Investigate food complaints, examine any books, accounts, documents or other records;
  • Assist in developing and implementing training programs in Sanitation Management and Hazard AnalysisCritical Control Point (HACCP) for the food industry;
  • Assist States with relevant education activities, surveys/investigations during outbreaks, conduct food inspections/recalls.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in food science, health, fisheries or related field. AS Degree may be acceptable if proven extensive relevant experience.
  • 2 years experience in food safety inspection, management, sanitation or related work
  • Fluency in the English language.
  • Good written and oral communication skills including basic computer skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and under limited supervision with strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work outside conventional working hours.
  • Good people skills
  • Strong commitment to sanitation and hygiene.

The incumbent shall undergo one (1) year of field work to be administered by the CA Team Leader. The incumbent must also attend, complete and pass the biennial national food safety and health certification training course and examination, as set forth in the National Food Safety Act in order to be certified as National Food Inspector (also known as CA Inspector).

DURATION OF THE PERIOD

The position will be for an initial two (2) year period. (Probationary period of six months and annual performance review determines whether contract would be continued). This is a full time position and may be extended based on satisfactory performance.

REMUNERATION

Salary will be based on the Local Labor Market Payscale and/or depending on qualifications. This will be a 2-year full- time position under contract with FSM NORMA.

APPLICATION

The FSM NORMA invites applicants to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of a) Letter of Interest, b) CV, c) support Degrees/Certificates and d) 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than October 20, 2017. Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World

Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition). Full

Terms of Reference (TOR) can be obtained from:

NORMA, FSM National Government

Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator

PO Box 122, Pohnpei, FM 96941

Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181

Email: moria.joseph@norma.fm. Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm


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Competent Authority (CA) Technical Officer

Category : Opportunities

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward a COMPETENT AUTHORITY (CA) TECHNICAL OFFICER based at the FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs (FSMDHSA) in Pohnpei, FSM and reporting to the Head of National Food Safety Inspection Program. The CA Technical Officer services include:

GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

Generally, the CA Technical Officer will guide/mentor, train and provide technical assistance to the Competent

Authority (CA) and be part of the CA team on a daily basis. His/her role is to establish and strengthen the Competent Authority with the aim of assisting the fishing industry to meet its obligation to manufacture and supply safe seafood products in the international market place. Tasks and duties include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Directly support the Head of the National Food Safety Inspections Program and other relevant stakeholders in understanding the government machinery and in establishing a structure for the CA.
  • Advise Government on the set up and restructuring of the Competent Authority including review and endorsement of any system and operational documents.
  • Take lead in the understanding and implementation of the NCP and Industry Standards to upkeep with changing standards and new market requirements.
  • Organize and take lead in the conduct of regulatory verification and visit planning of processing plants and vessels;
  • Identify and recommend necessary seafood inspection and verification tools, equipment, instruments, kits and software as well as trainings for CA officers;
  • Develop and manage documentation system and assist in the management of the certification system; and
  • Familiarize all officers (CA) on all inspection system checklists and spear head its implementation.
  • Provide mentoring and training to relevant FSM staff on leadership/teamwork skills and on technical skills such as inspections, auditing and other CA official control functions.as may be appropriate.
  • Provide continuous on the job training and mentoring for CA officers on CA official control functions, particularly for new officers recruited in all States of the FSM.
  • Support and guide the FSMDHSA and other relevant staff in the daily organization and operation of the CA.
  • Train and liaise with both the CA and industry on compliance and understanding of market access requirements;
  • Develop working relationships with national and international organizations and develop a mechanism for information exchange and collaboration between organizations.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the FSMDHSA.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Tertiary qualification in veterinary science, food science, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, microbiology, or related field
  • Additional qualifications in sanitary control in fishery products;
  • Proven experience in managing and leading and or working as officer of Competent Authorities in PICs and had some experience with countries pursuing EU listing.
  • Proven experience in developing people including leaders and developing effective teams.
  • Proven experience in dealing with EU, USFDA and other external auditors.
  • Qualified and/or demonstratively skilled in regulatory compliance / food safety principles.
  • A good working knowledge of English
  • Fully computer literate
  • Have good people skills, value people and understand leadership and the significance of team work.

Specific professional experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of Pacific Institution and regulatory bureaucracy.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with national competent authorities and implementing regulatory inspection programmes;
  • Demonstrate experience and or has the competency in training and mentoring inspectors on inspections and auditing;
  • Demonstrated experience of working with the commercial fishing industry in processing technology, quality control and food safety based on HACCP principles;
  • Proven experience in organizing and running official control and regulatory verification activities;
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of food hygiene regulations of major trading countries (EU, USA and
    Australia/NZ) including Codex Alimentarius standards;
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating compliance in terms of sanitary market access requirements

DURATION OF THE PERIOD

The position will be for an initial 24-month period. (Probationary period of six months and annual performance review determines whether contract would be continued). This is a full time position and may be extended based on performance and availability of funds.

REMUNERATION

  • Salary will be based on the Local Labor Market Payscale and/or depending on qualifications.
  • This will be a 2-year full-time position under contract with FSM NORMA.

APPLICATION

The FSM NORMA invites consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of Letter of Interest, CV, support Degrees/Certificates and 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than October 20, 2017. Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines:

Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition). Full Terms of Reference

(TOR) can be obtained from:

NORMA, FSM National Government

Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator

PO Box 122, Pohnpei, FM 96941

Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181

Email: moria.joseph@norma.fm. Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm


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Public Forum

Category : Press Releases

The National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) invites the General Public to a Public Forum on Fisheries Management and Development in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Venue: COM-FSM MITC Room

Time: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

 

Agenda:

  1. Welcome Remarks
  2. Status of the Key Tuna Stocks in FSM
  3. The Vessel Day Scheme
  4. Fisheries Development Activities in FSM
  5. Monitoring and Compliance
    1. Observers
    2. Vessel Monitoring System
  6. Questions and Answers Session
  7. Close of Forum

Please Join Us for this Public Forum! Thank you!


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NORMA ADOPTS PAPERLESS BOARD MEETINGS

Category : Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE

FSM – The Board of Directors of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is supporting new measures at the Authority to adopt new technologies to improve on its ever challenging work to manage FSM’s oceanic fisheries resources.

Board members and stakeholder meeting.

“We recognize that the technology exists today to improve how we do our business and make NORMA decision making more streamlined and efficient while at the same time, being environmentally friendly. Many of our counterparts in the fisheries industry are adopting new technologies to become more efficient in harvesting our valuable resources and we on the management side must keep pace or even be a step ahead to ensure sustainability of our tuna resources, especially through better management and use of technology and access to relevant information and data.” Says Mr. Roger Arnold, Chairman of the NORMA Board of Directors.

One of the first measures to be implemented involves the Board members as they are shifting to paperless meetings by fully utilizing the internet and laptops provided by FSM NORMA as part of its World Bank-funded PROP Project.  This helps with the Authority’s environmental goals as well as its effort to improve on information management whereby much of the Authority’s work and processes are being automated.

“The ability of staff to collect, process data and information and pass on to the Board can be greatly improved with these laptops,” says Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan, “and certainly more so when Board of Directors are from all four States of the FSM.  The laptops will be used during official NORMA meetings, removing the need to print hundreds of pages each meeting and for communicating with our Board on a regular basis and maintaining better records of our business transactions.

While the Board has been conducting paperless meetings for most of this year, the laptops will be issued at their next meeting during a negotiations meeting with bilateral partners.


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PNA: Chief Financial Officer

Category : Opportunities

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)

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AM3589 – Chief Financial Officer

As a key member of the Senior Executive Management Team, the CFO will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO.)

The CFO will have primary day-to day responsibility for accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and cash management of PNA.

In addition, the CFO is responsible for

  • ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements, accounting standards and PNA Board directives and objectives as they relate to financial activities
  • for managing PNA’s investment portfolio and advising the CEO and the Board on appropriate risk management strategies.
  • in consultation with the Commercial Manager and the Vessel Day Scheme Manager provide professional advice to the CEO and the Board on broader operational and financial matters.

Expected Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Business Administration with post graduate qualification desirable
  • Hands-on experience with QUICKBOOKS or comparable accounting software
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead, plan and manage change
  • Aptitude for decision making and problem solving
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience at CFO or Controller level in a SOE or private sector organisation with strong operational experience
  • Demonstrated experience in timely financial reporting, planning and cashflow management
  • Experience in living in remote locations and coping with the personal and work-related stresses that may be encountered in such environments
  • Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment
  • Be a proven leader and team player who is reliable, able to motivate and mentor others, has integrity, accepts responsibility and is accountable for performance and outcomes
  • Proven ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a diverse range of people and stakeholders such as the Board, management, staff, government, clients, finance, legal and other consultants and stakeholders
  • Full membership CPA Australia or equivalent professional accounting association

Applications close on Friday 8th September 2017

To apply for this position:

  • Download and complete the Application Form from http://www.vanguardpng.com.
  • Email the application to admin@vanguardpng.com together with a copy of your CV in MS Word format.

 

Note: Do not include copies of any other documents. You will be asked to provide the originals of certificates etc if you are selected for Interview


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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Tuna Fisheries Licensing Assistant

Category : Opportunities

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards a Tuna Fisheries Licensing Assistant to assist the licensing unit in the review of applications, issuance of fishing permits and the entry of data during NORMA’s transition from a manual to online permitting process.

GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK. 

The Tuna Fisheries Licensing Assistant will report to the Licensing Manager under the Division of Management and Development (MDD).  He/She will undertake the following illustrative activities:

  • Assist the License Manager with receiving and reviewing of license applications from companies applying for a permit to fish in FSM’s waters.
  • Assist the Manager with the manual and online process for issuance of fishing permits to fishing vessels.
  • Assist with the collection, organizing and entry of data and information related to the permitting process into NORMA’s relevant databases.
  • Assist with processing, analysis and dissemination of data and information related to the permitting process.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief of MDD.

EXPERTISE REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Associates Degree in Computer Science, Marine Science or other relevant field.
  • Demonstrable experience in use of computer and entry of data into databases.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate punctuality and willingness to work beyond regular working hours to meet deadlines.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY

The consultancy will be with FSM NORMA for a period of 1 year commencing in October 2017 to October 2018.

INDICATIVE REMUNERATION

This is a short-term, time-based independent contract with FSM NORMA with a salary based on Local Market Payscale with a 1 year package ranging from $10,000-$12,000 depending on qualifications.

APPLICATION

Submit electronic and/or hard copies of the following no later than September 15, 2017:

  1. a) Letter of Interest;
  2. b) CV or resumé;
  3. c) Copy of relevant individuals’ Degrees/Certificates; and
  4. d) 3 letters of Recommendation

Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition).

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) and other information can be obtained from: NORMA, FSM National Government.  Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator, P.O Box PS-122, Pohnpei, FM 96941, Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181  Email okean.ehmes@norma.fm.  Copy to moria.joseph@norma.fm.


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NOTICE OF INVITATION TO QUOTE: PROVISION OF PICK-UP TRUCKS

Category : Opportunities

NOTICE OF INVITATION TO QUOTE

PROVISION OF PICK-UP TRUCKS

CONTRACT REFERENCE: PROP/NORMA/G10

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The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the procurement of three (3) 4WD double cab pick-up trucks.
FSM NORMA is now seeking offers from suitably qualified and experienced vendors/suppliers to supply these pick-up trucks to be provided for use by FSM fisheries and food safety personnel in Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.

Bidding will be conducted through the Shopping procedures specified in the World Bank Guidelines for Procurement of Works in Fragile and Small States in the Pacific, and is open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as defined in the Guidelines.

Interested eligible vendors/suppliers can obtain further information from and must also request a formal Invitation To Quote (ITQ) preferably by September 29, 2017 (Pohnpei Local Time) from the following email address:

Mr. Okean Ehmes
PROP Project Coordinator
okean.ehmes@norma.fm

Quotations in English in response to ITQs must be delivered to the address below at or before 5:00 p.m., 16 October 2017 (Pohnpei local time). Late quotations will be rejected and FSM NORMA reserves the right to reject any and all quotations submitted. Quotations may be submitted by email, courier or delivered by hand to the address below:

Mr. Eugene Pangelinan
Executive Director
FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority
Attn: PROP
FSM National Government
P.O. Box PS-122
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: (691) 320-2700/5181
E-mail address: norma@mail.fm and copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm


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FSM and Japan Sign New Ten Year Fishing Agreement

Category : Press Releases

Colonia, Yap

At their annual fisheries consultations in Yap between the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) and Japan last June 21-27, 2017 in Colonia, Yap, a landmark ten year fishing agreement was reached between FSM and Japan. This is the second ten year agreement between FSM and Japan. The new agreement grants access to the FSM EEZ by Japanese fishing vessels on an annual or multi-year basis. Under the new agreement, NORMA and Japan must meet annually to negotiate the terms and conditions for fishing on an annual or multi-year basis and these terms and conditions would be implemented through memorandums of agreements with the three fisheries associations. Three memorandums of agreements were reached to license purse seine, longline and pole and line vessels over the next three.

The new agreement includes the requirement that all fishing vessels carry adequate insurance coverage in the event of maritime accidents in the FSM. In addition, the pole and line group will work to develop employment opportunities for FSM nationals to work on their vessels in the near future. The purse seine group already employs more than 50 FSM nationals on their vessels.  Implementing the longline vessel day scheme with Japan a priority for FSM. Incentives were built in to get more longliners to transship in FSM ports which could result in significant economic benefits. The agreed annual financial package between FSM and Japan annually is approximately $22.9 million for 2018 and 2019 respectively.

“FSM and Japan have enjoyed a very long and mutually beneficial relationship that spans decades and this new agreement marks a new era of fisheries relations with Japan. It again provides for greater economic cooperation between our two countries to achieve both our political and economic aspirations” say Roger Arnold, Chairman of NORMA”.


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Pacific Beat: PNG fishing observer’s disappearance raises serious safety concerns for officers at sea

Category : Press Releases

“Ministers and officials meeting in Queensland to discuss the future of the South Pacific albacore have been blown of course by the news that yet another Pacific fisheries observer has gone missing at sea.”

Read the full article from Pacific Beat.