Request For Expression of Interest – Consultant’s Qualifications Based Selection (CQS)

Country: Federated States of Micronesia
Name of Project: Federated States of Micronesia: Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program – Second Phase for Economic Resilience (P178237)
Grant No.: IDA-V381-FM
Assignment Title: Design Preparation Consultant
Reference No. : FM-DOFA-282358-CS-CQS


The Federated States of Micronesia has applied for financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program – Economic Resilience (PROPER), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the following consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include undertaking stakeholder consultations drawing upon the PROP 1 results and that reflects the consensus of key stakeholders, including each of the state governments, and FSM National Government. As much as possible and practical, Municipal Government and outer-island stakeholders’ views will also feed into the design; Conduct detailed analyses of proposed activities; Develop a project proposal document complete with indicative objectives, project components, detailed activities and costs, project results framework, procurement plan and other required elements per usual World Bank projects; Meaningful consultation and adoption of a participatory approach (and documentation thereof) in undertaking the consultancy work will be critical. The assignment will take place over a twelve (12) month period, reporting to the Central Implementation Unit of the FSM Department of Finance & Administration. The expected allocation of time for the respective experts involved would be as determined and assigned by the consulting firm. The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at these websites: dofa.gov.fm or norma.fm.

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The Department of Finance & Administration (DF&A) now invites eligible consulting firms
(“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers, 4th Edition, November 2020 (“the Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Consultants may associate with other firms to enhance qualifications and should indicate clearly whether the association is in the form of a joint venture and/or a sub-consultancy. In the case of a joint venture, all the partners in the joint venture shall be jointly and severally liable for the entire contract, if selected.

The best qualified firm to carry out the services will be selected in accordance with the Consultant’s Qualifications Based Selection (CQS) method set out in the Regulations, and based on the following criteria:

  • a. Availability of key relevant professionals within firm or its partner’s network. The Consultant firm shall provide a team of suitably qualified and experienced ‘key personnel’ to undertake the assignment.
  • b. Financial resources of the consultant (turnover of last five years)
  • c. Experience of the firm in similar tasks/assignments over the last five years (examples of past experience- similar nature, location and/or complexity including cost and duration of the assignment).
  • d. Support services of the firm (office space, support staff, equipment). Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 0800 to 1700 Pohnpei Time (Local Time).

Expressions of interest must be delivered in written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) preferably by Thursday, July 21st, 2022.

Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration
Attn.Mr. Kwame Shiroya
CIU Program Manager
Central Implementation Unit
Department of Finance & Administration
Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Email: Kwame.shiroya@dofa.gov.fm
and cc to: Central Implementation Unit: ciu.dofa@gov.fm

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