Request for Expression of Interest – Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Consultant

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 Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Consultant to be working with FSM NORMA in Pohnpei, FSM. The Consultant services include:

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GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

Generally, the ICR Consultant will produce an implementation completion report that independently and fully reviews the FSM’s implementation of the PROP Project to document issues, lessons learned, and make recommendations on the Project’s performance. Consultant is expected to:

  1. Thoroughly review documents produced by the project to assess these outputs and their relevance and impacts in terms of pursued development outcomes; Review and determine the extent to which the stated objectives of each component were achieved; Liaise with partner organizations, consultants and stakeholders to review project achievements alignment and impact for the PDO, results framework and M&E processes; Assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of methods and mechanisms adopted for the implementation of each component; Analyze financial alignment under each project component and assess whether the use of funds matches progress, efficacy, quality, and timeliness of procurement and disbursement activities; Review the adequacy of project implementation and management arrangements in terms of staff, effectiveness in use of existing systems (fiduciary, safeguards, M&E), contract management capacity and reporting; Assess the performance and delivery capacity of the partner agencies involved in implementing the project with its key implementing agencies; Assess quality of cooperation with other relevant donors, partners, and institutions within the sector as well as the clarity of roles and responsibilities, effectiveness of decision-making and adequacy of implementation support arrangements.
  2. Identify and document how effectively key project implementation issues were addressed and risks were managed; Identify and document lessons learnt during project implementation and providing a lessons learnt report with support from the PIU, project partners and consultants.
  3. Make recommendations based on the review findings to assess overall performance, achievement of the project development objectives and the suitability of project outputs.
  4. Prepare a Completion Report with a PowerPoint presentation provided to DOFA (executing agency) for informing donors and other relevant parties of review outcomes and lessons learnt through project implementation. The consultant would be presenting the report using the PowerPoint to NORMA, DOFA, R&D, DHSA as other key IAs and stakeholders of this project.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Master degree or equivalent in fisheries, fisheries management, natural resource management, economics or development or related areas. Bachelor degree may be acceptable with relevant professional experience in FSM.
  2. At least 5 years of professional experience in fisheries management, development projects, project design, management, and/or monitoring and evaluation
  3. Proven experience in project monitoring and evaluation, completion report preparation especially on World Bank projects is a plus.
  4. Demonstrated analytical capacity, well-developed technical writing and editorial skills, proficient computer skills and proven capacity to work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines.
  5. Languages: Good working knowledge (speaking, reading and writing) in English.
  6. Organizational skills: Good organizational skills, setting of priorities and meeting deadlines
  7. A sound understanding and knowledge of international and regional fisheries instruments, including the background in sustainable economic and community development and institutional capacity development is desirable.

DURATION OF THE PERIOD & COST OF CONSULTANCY

The consultancy will be for a period of about 3 months commencing in April 2021 and consultant is expected to commit thirty person-days to deliver outputs. Cost of consultancy is negotiable but to be based on international market rate and qualifications. Given COVID19 travel restrictions, innovative and flexible approaches to implementation of the consultancy could be discussed on completion of Report. FSM-based consultants are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION

The FSM NORMA invites consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services by submitting
electronic and/or hard copies of

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. CV
  3. Information/current contact details of counterparts of 3 latest relevant assignments.

Submission of EOI is preferred by April 15, 2021 to the following:

Mr. Eugene Pangelinan,
Executive Director of FSM NORMA
info@norma.fm

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,
Ambrose Building in Kolonia.
Postal address P.O Box 122, Pohnpei, FM 96941;
Office Telephone: (691) 320-2700/5181;
Email: info@norma.fm Copy to crawford.nimea@norma.fm