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PNA Ministers Meeting, Koror, Palau

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14th Annual Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministerial Meeting in Koror, Palau

On May 29-30, 2019, Fisheries Ministers from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Member Countries will convene in Koror, Palau for their 14th annual meeting. Ministers will be considering several important issues at this meeting, such as the PNA Office budget, PNA’s Strategic Plan, the 2020 Party Allowable Effort (PAE), an independent Chair for the PNA Compliance Committee, the purchase of Fisheries Information Management System (FIMS) from Quick Access, high seas bunkering, Vanuatu’s request to join PNA’s Longline (LL) Vessel Day Scheme (VDS), and the MoU on Tokelau joining the FSM Arrangement(FSMA). There will also be updates on PNA’s new office being constructed in Majuro, Forum Fisheries Roadmap and Implementation of the Fisheries Roadmap adopted by Leaders in 2015, US Treaty, PNA FAD Management and EM Programs, and updates on MSC and Pacifical. Prior to the Ministers’ meeting, a special pre-Ministers Meeting will be held to allow senior fisheries officials to prepare for the Ministerial meeting.

FSM is represented at this meeting at the Officials level by the Executive Director of NORMA, Mr. Eugene Pangelinan, and Fisheries Economist, Mrs. Camille Movick-Inatio. Secretary Marion Henry will be attending as the Minister for Fisheries for FSM.

PNA consists of 8 member countries, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu. Tokelau is also a participant at these meetings as a party to the Palau Arrangement (PA), which is the management arrangement for the purse seine fishery. FSM is the 3rd largest player in the PNA and generates approximately $60 million in fisheries revenue from the VDS. It is also leading the work on advocating electronic monitoring and has proposed that PNA adopt the establishment of a working group to progress EM development in PNA as directed by Ministers.


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President Christian Meets Forum Fisheries Agency’s New Director-General

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President Christian Meets Forum Fisheries Agency’s New Director-General

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On April 30th, 2019, prior to the 110th Forum Fisheries Committee meeting to be held from May 6th to May 10th, 2019, Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director-General Dr. Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen had a courtesy call visit with His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The discussions focused on FFA, fisheries management in the Pacific, and FSM-lead commitments such as the Technology for Tuna Transparency (T3) Challenge.

Amongst other outcomes, Director-General Dr. Tupou-Roosen reconfirmed FFA’s “full support” to help the FSM meet the T3 Challenge, which aims for 100% transparency in FSM’s fisheries by 2023 through the use of electronic monitoring (EM) and other means.

President Christian highlighted several areas he’d appreciate that the Forum Fisheries Committee discuss when they convene on May 6th, 2019, including integrating fisheries into other sectors, with an emphasis on sustainable economic development, as well as collaboration on ensuring all stakeholders involved in fisheries—particularly those most vulnerable to exploitation, such as fishing aggregate device (FAD) watchers who, in other countries’ waters, can be at sea for months with virtually no external contact or resources—are treated fairly. “I wish the FSM could declare that to be human rights abuses,” the President said.

Director-General Dr. Tupou-Roosen appreciated that President Christian “highlighted a very important area,” adding that FFA is looking internally to determine what can be adopted as regional standards, to include labor conditions.

Finally, President Christian requested FFA’s assistance in acquiring additional patrol boats for the FSM, as well as all other large ocean states. “The economic zone of the FSM isn’t going to shrink…it’s going to continue to be about two million square miles.” While EM will improve the FSM’s capacity to limit IUU fishing, President Christian noted “we have to have the tools to get ourselves there [to enforce the law].”

“Thank you for raising that…we understand the challenge of the sheer size of our economic exclusive zones,” said Director-General Dr. Tupou-Roosen.

“Your qualifications and your experience are why I supported your nomination as Director-General…I look to you [and FFA] to continue to provide us help in improving our ability to guard our fisheries initiatives,” said President Christian. The FSM National Government has faith in the leadership capacity of Director-General Dr. Tupou-Roosen,  who has 20 years of fisheries experience with some key achievements including leading the drafting group on revised texts of the U.S. Tuna Treaty, and driving the successful implementation of the multilateral Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement.

The 110th Forum Fisheries Committee meeting to take place in Pohnpei State from May 6th to May 10th, 2019 approximately coincides with the 40th anniversary of the FFA. The FSM National Government is honored to host FFA officials and stakeholders, and recognizes that the FFA remains a symbol of regional solidarity and regional cooperation.

To learn more about FFA, visit their website at: https://www.ffa.int/.

Pictured Above: President Christian receives a gift from FFA Director-General Dr. Tupou-Roosen

Pictured Above: (LR) Mr. James Movick (Consultant to the President), the Honorable Allan Lahari (Director of Fisheries Operations, Forum Fisheries Agency), the Honorable Marion Henry (Secretary, Department of Resources & Development), His Excellency Peter M. Christian (President, Federated States of Micronesia), the Honorable Dr. Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen (Director-General, Forum Fisheries Agency), the Honorable Eugene Pangelinan (Executive Director, National Oceanic Resource Management Authority),the Honorable Samson Pretrick (Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs)


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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – PROJECT OFFICER

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Closing: APRIL 12, 2019

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 for a Project Officer based in Pohnpei, FSM. The Project Officer services include:

General Scope of Work (illustrative):

  • Oversee and monitor/update the project procurement plan in the World Bank STEP online system; Lead in the preparation of procurement activities as appropriate. Assist with any clearances processes from relevant government agencies and/or the World Bank task team;
  • Work on the procurement process including advertising, receiving bids/proposals, drafting no objection requests; also including organizing evaluation committees and publishing results of tender processes as relevant;
  • Undertake procurement, under World Bank Shopping procedures, for goods and services associated with incremental operating costs ensuring alignment and availability of budget;
  • Stay informed on regulations affecting procurement and of others relevant including tax regulations, customs regulations and any procurement regulations that may apply to the project;
  • Maintain a list of vendors supplying general items for project implementation;
  • Check invoices to ensure correct price, follow through to ensure that materials ordered have been received and comply with specifications, examine, or arrange for the examination, of the conditions of material received, and approve invoices for payment;
  • Interact with the finance staff and project staff to ensure correct and timely payment to contractors and consultants and proper administration of contracts according to contract provisions and procurement regulations.
  • Report and deal with any complaints from vendors, contractors or consultants.
  • Assist in monitoring and reporting of procurement implementation status and progress to NORMA and the World Bank as required including preparation of related reports such as quarterly status reports;
  • Maintaining filing system and retaining those records for the duration as required.
  • Assist with financial management needs of the project as may be assigned;
  • Assist with general administration and logistics including filing of all project related documents, project reporting requirements, arranging project related travel, scheduling and other tasks as needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Short-listing Criteria

  • Bachelors Degree from a recognized institution in Accounting, Business Administration or other relevant degree. Associate Degree may be considered with 1 year relevant experience.
  • Experience with working in a team environment.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Competency in the use of computer applications, especially MS Office and Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and pay attention to detail.
  • Valid driver license

Additional desirable qualifications

  • Experience in procurement, project accounting and/or administration especially in the FSM.

Remuneration

  • Salary will be within range of $10,000 to $12,000 but based on the Local Labor Market Payscale and/or depending on qualifications.
  • This will be a 1-year full-time position under contract with FSM NORMA subject to renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The position is a local position aimed at building capacity of FSM nationals in this area.

Application: The FSM NORMA invites individuals to indicate their interest in providing the above mentioned services by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of a) Cover letter or Letter of Interest, b) CV or resumé, and c) support Degrees/Certificates to FSM NORMA no later than APRIL 12, 2019. 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, P.O Box PS-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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RE-ADVERTISEMENT – VDS Administrator

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RE-ADVERTISEMENT – VDS Administrator
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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 for a Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) Administrator based at FSM NORMA in Pohnpei, FSM. The VDS Administrator services include:

General Scope of Work
The VDS Administrator will report to the Assistant Director of Fisheries Management Division. He/She will be responsible for overall management of the Vessel Day Scheme at FSM NORMA and act as the main point of contact for the Scheme:
a) Manage and implement the VDS in FSM by monitoring/reporting on vessel days’ utilization, trading and etc, ensuring fees are reconciled and transactions are recorded/filed through use of available tools such as the FSM License Systems, FIMS and other systems. Assist with tracking of the VDS related revenues.
b) Responsible for analyzing and processing of Non-Fishing Days (NFDs) under the VDS.
c) Establish and implement operating procedures, including those related to VDS information and data handling.
d) Improve VDS processes including advising to FIMS and iFIMS or other systems to track vessel days.
e) Provision of trainings and information on the VDS internally (FIMS) and to NORMA clients and stakeholders, particularly to Industry clients (iFIMS)
f) Provide relevant VDS data to the NORMA Fisheries Economist and management when requested
g) Provide monthly reports on VDS implementation to NORMA management
h) Attend VDS related training and/or meetings as required
i) Assist in the processing and managing of permit and licenses for NORMA
j) Other duties as may be assigned by Executive Director and/or supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications and Short-listing Criteria
a) University degree in finance, accounting, or business administration. Associates degree is acceptable if proven extensive relevant experience.
b) Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience.
c) Very organized and process/detail-oriented.
d) Competency and experience in the use of typical computer applications, particularly MS Excel/databases, Office, and Powerpoint.
e) Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desirable: Familiarity with FSM fisheries or in the Pacific; Highly dependable and motivated self-starter who can work with minimal supervision; Ability to learn quickly; Team and customer-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills; Personal integrity and professionalism.

Duration and Indicative Remuneration:
This is a local position that will be for an initial 16-month period. (Probationary period of six months and periodic performance review determines whether contract would be continued). This is a full time position under a time-based contract with FSM NORMA and may be extended based on satisfactory performance. Salary is based on Local Market Payscale with an annual compensation ranging from $14,000-$20,000 depending on qualifications.

Application: The FSM NORMA invites individuals to indicate their interest by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of a) Cover letter or Letter of Interest, b) CV or resumé, c) Copy of school/training Degrees/ Certificates and d) three 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than March 18, 2019. 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). Dated February 25, 2019.

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) 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: moria.joseph@norma.fm. Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm.


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