REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Technical Support Updating Tuvalu’s Fisheries Legislation

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department has received an advance financing from the World Bank/International Development Association (WB/IDA) for the Tuvalu Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program for Economic Resilience (PROPER), and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include an Individual Consultant to advise on updating the main legal instrument for fisheries management and development, the Marine Resources Act (MRA) of 2006, as well as the subsidiary regulations made under this Act and including new regulations where appropriate. The duration of the assignment is to provide services over a period of 6 months. The key outcome expected is a draft of a complete new Marine Resources Act and suite of accompanying regulations that has been developed in close consultation with the authorities in Tuvalu and meets national requirements as well as fully complying with Tuvalu’s international obligations as a coastal and flag state. A lump-sum contract will be signed with the successful consultant with payment against deliverables.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website:

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department now invites eligible individuals (“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 (attach curriculum vitae with description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, etc.). Firms’ staff may express interest through the employing firm for the assignment and, under such situation, only the experience and qualifications of individuals shall be considered in the selection process.

The criteria for selecting the Consultant are:

1. Essential Requirements:
• A post-graduate qualification in Law;
• At least 10 years’ experience in the legal field, including experience of drafting national legislation;
• A thorough understanding of the international and regional frameworks for management of fisheries in the Pacific Islands region;
• Good communication skills in English including the ability to explain legal issues in simple terms

2. Desirable Requirements:

• Experience of drafting fisheries legislation for Pacific Island countries with the Westminster system of government.
• Previous work experience in Tuvalu.

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers 2020 (“the Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

Further information can be obtained at the address below.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 22 March, 2024.

Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD)
Attn: Mr. Samuelu Telii; Project Coordinator
Alapi, Funafuti,
Tel: +688 20348
E-mail: OR