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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.


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Financial Accountant (FFA)

Category : Opportunities

FFA now has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Financial Accountant to lead the financial operations division of the finance unit in Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, on a full-time basis. This unit is responsible for the external financial reporting needs of the FFA, with the Audited Accounts being one of its major outputs. It also has some specific managerial responsibilities for the accounts staff.

Please follow the link below see the full job description from FFA.

http://piffa.applynow.net.au/jobs/79188-financial-accountant


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Assistant Fisheries Biologist

Category : Opportunities

It is the policy of the FSM Government that qualified FSM citizens is given first priority for employment consideration; with other Micronesians and U.S. citizens utilized in positions for which no qualified citizens are available.

POSITION AND SALARY:

Assistant Fisheries Biologist (Click to download pdf version)

PL-36/1

$566.26 +$40.00 B/W ($606.26)

This the minimum rate at step one of the grade.  Higher rates may be authorized in cases of hard to fill positions where it is appropriate to the qualification of the appointee.

LOCATION:

NORMA

FSM National Government

Kolonia, Pohnpei FM  96941

 

DUTIES (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY):

Reviews and collect catch information  and effort data from foreign and domestic fishing in the FSM and the region; overseas and supervise the NORMA Fisheries Observer Program; coordinate and participate in fisheries cruises in the waters of FSM and on regional cruises; analyzes and provide scientific reports on the data stored in the catch report database to assess the potential  interactions between different fishing methods  used in FSM waters; works with regional scientist  study the tuna stocks of FSM and the region: liaison  with the regional fisheries scientist  and other stakeholders in the Pacific Community,  the Forum  Fisheries  Agency, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement  and the Western  and  Central  Pacific  Fisheries  Commission;  Supervise  the  NORMA  Port  Sampling  and Monitoring programs; responsible for the accurate and timely submission of Port Sampling and Monitoring data to national and regional reporting obligations; supervise and provide relevant support to the electronic reporting and electronic monitoring programs; work with FSM state counterparts for fisheries crew and training  recruitment;  provide advice and input to national fisheries  legislation; collect, file and input data on biological tuna samples; draft reports as required by Executive Director and Deputy Director; performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or immediate supervisor.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Fisheries, Maritime Biology or related field plus four (4) years of experience in the areas of marine biology or closet related field.


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Chief, Statistics, Compliance and Technical Project Section

Category : Opportunities

It is the policy of the FSM Government that qualified FSM citizens is given first priority for employment consideration;  with other Micronesian and U.S. citizens utilized in positions for which no qualified FSM citizens are available.                         .

POSITION AND SALARY:

Chief- Statistics, Compliance and Technical Project Section (Click to download pdf version)

PL-40/1

$695.86 + $40.00 ($735.86  B/W)

This is the minimum rate at step one of the grade.  Higher rates may be authorized in cases of hard-to-fill positions where it is appropriate to the qualification of the appointee.

LOCATION:

NORMA

FSM National Government

Kolonia, Pohnpei FM  96941

 

DUTIES (ILLUSTRATION ONLY):

Responsible for the overall operation of the section; keeps track of completion  reports and check catch log, reviews  and  verifies  catch  reports;  entry/exit  against  VMS  data;  receive  and ensure manual  reports;  monitors   vessels  compliance   with  terms  and  conditions   of  agreement  and licenses;   analyzes   fisheries   data   for   economics   and   scientific   reports   for   negotiations, arrangements and public information  purposes; develops computer  program to give specific data required as requested; maintain  the TUFMAN data bases and computer  system in good working condition; liaises with FFA and SPC on data collection and analyze computer programming for economics and scientific  reports;  produce charts of all islands in the FSM  and the FSM Zone; prepares charts and coordinates  for submission to the United Nations as required  under the Law of the Sea of 1982; and performs other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Graduation  from  an  accredited  college  or  university  with  a  degree  in  business  management, economic, mathematics  or related field plus five (5) years of professional  experience in statistics, economics or related work experience, two (2) years must have been in supervisory capacity must possess working knowledge of the government system.


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NORMA Welcomes Intern Lani Mendez

Category : Press Releases

Lani Mendez

Intern Ms. Lani Mendez

NORMA welcomes Interns Ms. Lani Mendez. Ms. Mendez is a junior at UH-Manoa majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a focus on Resource and Development Policy. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Marine Science from COM-FSM. Her project proposal for her internship will be focused on Port State Measures and how the port state measures agreement (PSMA) would impact fisheries management in the FSM.

Welcome to the NORMA family, Lani, and on behalf of Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director (DD), we hope you enjoy your time with us and you’re able to learn much about the world of fisheries and tuna management.


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FSM NORMA Donates World Tuna Day Skirt Proceeds to ECE

Category : Press Releases

FSM NORMA
May 22, 2017

NORMA Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan, ECE Chief Arwelson Arpona and Representatives from the 5 WTD Participating ECE Centers.

An Outcome & Appreciation Ceremony was held on May 19, 2017 by the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority, during which Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan presented appreciation certificates to all involved in helping to make the FSM’s first World Tuna Day celebrations a success. The unofficial results of an event survey were presented at the gathering, which noted feedback in areas such as better timing, enhanced logistics and improved participation. The overall coordination of the event was reported in the survey as being excellent.

In official remarks, Executive Director Pangelinan expressed expectation that next year’s World Tuna Day event would be even bigger and better than this year’s event and that the Early Childhood Education Centers would continue to participate. Executive Director Pangelinan also indicated his shared hope with Vice President Yosiwo P. George, as expressed during his keynote address at the World Tuna Day Fair that, that as a way to improve on participation and timing of the event, efforts would be underway to work with the FSM Congress to make World Tuna Day an official FSM holiday. “We must improve on public awareness of this important resource. What better way to do that than to designate World Tuna Day as a legal holiday, so that everyone can participate in the celebrations?”

Among various contests held for World Tuna Day was a tuna-themed, locally tailored skirt or “urohs” competition. Submitted skirt designs were open to public viewing and judging by fair-goers, then auctioned live at the WTD fair. The live auction garnered $850, proceeds of which were divided equally among the five Pohnpei State Early Childhood Education Centers that participated in the WTD Fair and presented at the Outcome & Appreciation Ceremony. Accepting the certificates and donations on behalf of ECE were Mrs. Marmihner Pelep for Sapwalap ECE, Mrs. Rosalihna Rosario for ESDM ECE, Mrs. Arsenia Barnabas for Pehleng ECE, Ms. Dyna Amusten for Wone ECE and Mrs. Elise Ioanis for Wenik ECE. After receiving their donations, the ECE representatives presented a children’s song that they composed for their students for World Tuna Day, which referenced the importance of fish to our daily lives and how it is essential “from head to toe.”

Also present at the Outcome & Appreciation Ceremony were representatives from World Bank/PROP, FSM Vital Petrocorp, FSM Telecommunications, Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Pohnpei Department of Health Services, FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, Vice President’s Office, King’s Media Zone, Etscheit Enterprises, Jitters Coffee, Kaselehlie Press and volunteers from COM-FSM, all of whom contributed to a successful inaugural World Tuna Day Fair.

For more information or to participate in the World Tuna Day Feedback Survey, please contact the NORMA Office at (691) 320-2700, email Chief of Statistics, Compliance & Technical Projects Ms. Suzanne Lowe Gallen (suzanne.gallen@norma.fm) or visit the NORMA Facebook page.


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FSM NORMA Announces Internship Program

FSM NORMA
May 23, 2017

The FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has initiated a college internship program as an attempt to recruit highly talented FSM college students, familiarize them with ongoing issues within fisheries and open the possibilities for future job placement. The first intern(s) will be brought on board during the Summer of 2017. The internship will be for the minimum duration of one month, negotiable from the months of June to August, with a reasonable biweekly stipend provided and the possibility for return airfare for eligible applicants. Interested candidates should be in their junior or senior year of college (final year or recent graduates of the College of Micronesia are also encouraged to apply), with a major or minor in any of the following or related fields: Marine Science, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, Ecology, Fisheries Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Public Administration, Management, Criminal Justice, Law/Pre-law, Political Science, Economics, or Accounting.

To apply, email a letter of interest, recent transcript, letter of academic reference, one-page writing sample and resume or curriculum vitae by the deadline of June 1, 2017 to the Internship Committee at mathew.chigiyal@norma.fm. An indication of a possible proposed project and/or specific area of interest are encouraged as part of the application package, particularly for applicants seeking college credit. The chosen intern(s) will be notified within one week, with a proposed start date of June 12, 2017, or as negotiated with the Internship Committee.

For more information, please contact Deputy Director Mathew Chigiyal at the NORMA Office on telephone number (691) 320-2700, email mathew.chigiyal@norma.fm or visit the NORMA website at www.norma.fm or the NORMA Facebook page @fsmnorma.


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FSM Offshore Fisheries Adviser

Category : Opportunities

Original job posting at: https://jobs-apac.hudson.com/en-nz/federated-states-of-micronesia-offshore-fisheries-adviser-wellington-129329/

Part-time one year assignment
Fly in fly out – Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
June 2017 start date

Offshore Fisheries Adviser Federated States of Micronesia

  • Part-time one year assignment
  • Fly in fly out – Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
  • New Zealand Government support programme
  • June 2017 start date

The National Oceanic Resources Management Authority (NORMA) is seeking to build the capacity of staff to manage and develop their offshore fisheries, and improve systems for monitoring, control and surveillance activities.

The Activity supports NORMA’s priorities to:

  • Ensure that FSM’s EEZ resources are used in a sustainable way
  • Obtain the maximum sustainable economic benefits from the resources; and
  • Promote economic security for the nation through their use.

The New Zealand Government has agreed to support this endeavour through the New Zealand Aid Programme. It is intended this support will build NORMA’s capacity to manage their offshore fisheries in a sustainable way, while maximising economic benefits from this resource. This assignment is a component of New Zealand’s wider portfolio of Pacific fisheries investments.

The major focus of this role will be to assist NORMA to deliver against their work plan and set priorities and develop strategies for delivery of the plan. The Adviser will be expected to support and actively contribute to the implementation of an agreed NORMA training plan, in addition to providing ongoing mentoring and coaching to strengthen NORMA’s leadership of the sector.

Key Functions:

The key objectives of this role are to build NORMA’s capacity to manage FSM’s offshore fisheries in a sustainable way, while maximising economic benefits from this resource and to provide both technical advice and training/mentoring to NORMA staff.

The responsibilities for this Advisor will include (among other things):

  • Provide technical and mentoring support to NORMA staff
  • Provide advice to NORMA officials attending bilateral meetings
  • Provide economic intelligence to the NORMA team, and build capacity of NORMA staff in this area
  • Provide advice on systems improvements to implement improved Port State Measures and traceability systems to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Assess the requirements of NORMA to achieve “Competent Authority” status under the EU-IUU fishing regulations, implement effective Port State Measures, traceability systems and chains of custody, in consultation with the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Pacific Community (SPC), assist NORMA to identify areas where specialist assistance is required
  • Provide progress reporting on delivery of the priority outputs

The Offshore Fisheries Advisor will work in close collaboration with NORMA and other stakeholders to ensure that work is delivered in line with their needs and is supported by coordinated inputs from other development partners and regional agencies including the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the World Bank Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP).

This opportunity will appeal if you are interested in being part of a programme that directly contributes to the enhancement of local communities in the Federated States of Micronesia. This role is up to 1 year with the expectation that at least 184 working days would be spent working with the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in FSM.

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm (NZT) on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Hudson Global Resources has been engaged to manage the procurement process. Please refer all correspondence, queries or requests for more information and a copy of the full Role Description to:

Rebecca Wilson

Associate Director, Hudson, Wellington, New Zealand

Office: +64 4 917 9200

DDI: +64 4 917 9270

Cell: +64 21 429 154

Email: rebecca.wilson@hudson.com


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FSM Corporate Planning Adviser

Category : Opportunities

Original job posting at: https://jobs-apac.hudson.com/en-nz/federated-states-of-micronesia-fsm-corporate-planning-adviser-wellington-129330

Part-time 7 month assignment
Fly in fly out – Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
June 2017 start date

Corporate Planning Adviser – Federated States of Micronesia

  • Part-time 7 month assignment
  • Fly in fly out – Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
  • New Zealand Government support programme
  • June 2017 start date

The aim of this programme is to strengthen the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) by improving focus, operational effectiveness, capacity to engage in and implement regional fisheries management initiatives from the Parties to the Nauru Arrangement (PNA), the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

NORMA’s mission is to be an effective guardian and manager of the marine resources in FSM’s EEZ for people living today and for generations of citizens to come. The NORMA Governance Board consists of five members/Directors, appointed by the President subject to the advice and consent of Congress. Four of the five are appointed after consultations with the Four States and one appointed at-large.

The New Zealand Government has agreed to support this endeavour by providing a Corporate Planning Adviser contracted by the New Zealand Aid Programme to:

  • Contribute to a stronger and more resilient NORMA and NORMA Governance Board with better focus and greater operational effectiveness
  • Improve the capacity of NORMA to engage in and implement regional fisheries management initiatives
  • Be focused in terms of scope and intended results
  • Be consistent with New Zealand Aid Programme policy

The responsibilities for Corporate Planning Advisor will include (among other things):

  • Assisting NORMA to revise its corporate plan
  • Assisting NORMA to implement the revised corporate plan, specifically in terms of transitioning to a new corporate model
  • Assisting the NORMA Governance Board to develop its strategic plan
  • Provide progress reporting on delivery of the priority outputs
  • Ensure work plans are developed with input from FFA and SPC to ensure alignment with programmes in the region

The Corporate Planning Advisor will work to develop and maintain strong relationships with all NORMA senior staff, the Governance Board, and other contracted NORMA Advisers (for example, the Offshore Fisheries Adviser) through good interpersonal and technical skills, focussing on strengthening NORMA’s leadership of the sector.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to:

  • Mentor, motivate and develop effective teams and transfer skills to staff and stakeholders in the Pacific context
  • Establish rapport, communicate effectively, and work with, people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and education
  • Work in a complex work environment
  • Understand political sensitivity
  • Engage with all stakeholders
  • Work independently with limited supervision
  • Plan effectively and anticipates issues, taking the initiative to address them, and developing innovative approaches to their resolution.

This opportunity will appeal if you are interested in being part of a programme that directly contributes to the enhancement of local communities in the Federated States of Micronesia. Your commitment will be required for up to 75 working days over 7 months on a ‘fly in fly out’ basis.

Closing date for applications: 5:00pm (NZT) on Wednesday 24 May 2017

Hudson Global Resources has been engaged to manage the procurement process. Please refer all correspondence, queries or requests for more information and a copy of the full Role Description to:

Rebecca Wilson

Associate Director, Hudson, Wellington, New Zealand

Office: +64 4 917 9200

Cell: +64 21 429 154

Email: rebecca.wilson@hudson.com

DDI: +64 4 917 9270


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Notice of Invitation to Quote

Category : Opportunities

PROVISION OF MARINE SAFETY EQUIPMENT

CONTRACT REFERENCE: PROP/NORMA/G7a

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 provision of marine safety equipment: Personal Flotation Devices, Water Activated Strobe Light, Personal Locator Beacon, Two-way Satellite Communication Device and a Life Raft.

FSM NORMA is now seeking offers from suitably qualified and experienced vendors/suppliers to supply these marine safety equipment to be provided for use by its fisheries observers and inspectors.

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) no later than April 15, 2017 (Pohnpei Local Time) from the following email address:
Mr. Okean Ehmes
PROP Project Coordinator okean.ehmes@norma.fm
Copy to:
Mr. Naiten Bradley Phillip Jr. bradley.phillip@norma.fm

Quotations in English in response to ITQs must be delivered to the address below at or before 5:00 p.m., 30 April 2017 (Pohnpei local time). Late quotations will be rejected. 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