Launching of the first new paddling canoe at Fisheries

An FAO boat builder, Tuvaluan boat builder and six boatbuilding trainees launched the first new paddling canoe this morning (27th July), at the Tuvalu Fisheries jetty at Teone. These canoes are being built for the purpose of replacing canoes destroyed by cyclone Tino in the outer islands, as well as providing some extra canoes for use by communities on each remote island of Tuvalu.

The canoe project targeted building 45 paddling canoes this year. It has been delayed by problems with the delivery of tools and materials due to COVID19, but the team have managed to make some progress with what has been available to them. The first new paddling was launched today and four more are nearly ready.

When these first five have been completed, the team will then switch to making fibreglass boats, and fibreglass fish driers while waiting for more canoe materials to be delivered. They will then complete the other 40 canoes quite quickly.

Mike Batty, Fisheries Adviser said, “The canoe project is making progress, despite problems with the delivery of materials to Tuvalu. TFD is building capacity to make boats of different designs and from different materials here in Tuvalu. This creates jobs, helps keep money in the local economy, and provides high-quality boats that can be made and repaired locally”.

The canoes are made from modern materials (plywood and epoxy glues and resins) so they are lighter than traditional canoes as well as lasting longer, and there is no need to cut down trees.

Closed: Request for Quotations: Consultancy to provide financial advice to the FOFA Fish Market

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), implementing the FAO Fish FAD Project, is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced national consultants to provide advice and mentoring to staff at the FOFA Fish Market in Funafuti in financial management.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be downloaded here at TOR – FOFA Financial Advice

Timing and delivery

This is a part-time consultancy. It is expected that inputs of around 30 working days will be provided over the next 4 months or so. The suggested inputs are as follows: Week 1 – 5 days; Weeks 2 to 11 – 2 days per week; Weeks 12 to 17 – 1 day per week; all spent working at the FOFA market.

The consultancy will start as soon as possible after this selection process, and consultants should confirm their availability.

Requirements (qualifications and experience)

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria by the senior management committee of the TFD:

· Relevant qualifications in book-keeping, accounting or business management;

· Good knowledge of stock control, preferably with perishable products, and how to price food products made locally;

· Experience in successfully running a small business;

· Value for money (fee rate).

Submission of proposals

Interested consultants should submit the following information in support of their proposal:

a) Confirmation of the dates on which they will be available;

b) A brief curriculum vitae of the consultant or consultants with examples of their work that show their suitability for the assignment;

c) A cost estimate providing fees (daily rate and total). A daily fee contract in Australian Dollars, with payment monthly, is preferred.

Proposals should be delivered by hand to the Fisheries Department or sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv and should reach him by 5.00 p.m. local time (in Tuvalu) on Friday 18th June 2021. Any questions on the proposed consultancy can be sent to the same email address and will be answered within 3 working days.

This request for proposals should not be construed as an offer to any consultant contacted. TFD reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to negotiate with any bidder if the original proposal is not acceptable.

Closed: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Consultant to develop guidelines for the Community VDS Grants in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the review of background information and relevant legislation; interview CEOs and senior official of two Ministries; review records of expenditures of the Community VDS; conduct island communities’ consultations on Funafuti and outer islands, prepare a policy and guidelines for its sustainable.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following link: http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ToR-for-Tuvalu-Community-VDS-final-Advertisinglr.pdf.

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, official copies of certificates and transcripts 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:

  • Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant or related experiences
  • Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained from PROP Office, Tuvalu Fisheries Department, Alapi, Funafuti, Tuvalu OR email to:  proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to: Director of Fisheries at the above address and be delivered by e-mail to the above email address no later than February 26, 2021.

Closed: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Consultant to develop a Proposal for the second phase of the PROP Project in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the reviewing of Tuvalu’s national policy documents relating to marine resources and fisheries as well as current development projects; identify regional strategy documents for oceanic and coastal fisheries   that are relevant and supported by Tuvalu; prepare brief of funding support through PROP and its complementary arrangement; analyze and develop a concept note and rational for phase 2 of PROP.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following website: http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ToR-for-Tuvalu-PROP2-consultancy-rev-090221-Advertising.pdf.

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, official copies of certificates and transcripts 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:

  • Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant or related experiences
  • Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained from the PROP Office, Department of Fisheries, Alapi, Funafuti OR email to: proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to: Director of Fisheries at the above address and be delivered by e-mail to the above email address no later than March 1, 2021.

Closed: VACANCY ADVERTISEMENT: MANAUI-II CREW x6

The Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade hereby announces that we are recruiting 6 crew to work and to operate the New Manaui II.

The 6 crew are as follows:

1. 1x- Captain at Level -4

2. 1x- Engineer at Level- 5

3. 1x- Mate at Level- 5

4. 1x-Assistant Engineer at Level -6

5. 1x- Bosun at Level 6

6. 1x- Crew (Cook) at Level 7

Further details and task description for the above vacancies please click on the above list of crews to download it.

These positions will be on contract basis for 6 months with the possibility to extend based on the satisfaction of their performances during the contract period.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

· Application Letter

· Certified copies of relevant qualifications and certificates

· Curriculum Vitae –CV

Application should be addressed to:

· Mr Falasese Tupau

· Acting Permanent Secretary –Ministry of Fisheries and Trade

And to be submitted to the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade- Headquarter –HQ – First Floor, North Wing, Government Building, Vaiaku, Funafuti. No later than 4:30 PM Tuesday, 4th of May, 2021.

For further inquiries please call 20-160 or email mrshomasi@gmail.com, The Terms of References are also available in the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade – HQ.

Vacancy Advertisement: 7 Community Fisheries Officers

The TFSP2 project under the Tuvalu Fisheries Department is recruiting seven Community Fisheries Officers – one to work in each of the islands of Nanumea, Nanumaga, Niutao, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau and Nukulaelae. If you are a Form six leaver with good grades in Maths and English, or you have completed training as a seaman at Amatuku, and you want to work in Fisheries in your home island, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for people who are keen to help manage and develop fisheries in their communities. You should be physically fit, keen on fishing and diving and with good practical skills.

These are contract positions for up to 3 years but may continue after that time subject to Government funding. The pay is based on Level 8/7 in the Government scale with a starting salary of $10,482 per year. Successful applicants will receive a 10-week training programme at TMTI and Fisheries before starting work, as well as further short in-service courses.

Click on the link provided here at http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Job-Description-CFOs-1.pdf to download the full job description,  or pick up a hard copy at the Reception at our office in Teone. Application letters should be sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv or you can deliver a hard copy to the Fisheries office. Applications close on 21st May.

Ministry of Fisheries & Trade officially turn over RV Tala Moana to the Ministry of Transport, Energy & Tourism

IMG_0036Acting Minister of Fisheries and Trade, Hon. Ampelosa Tehulu and the Minister of Transport, Energy and Tourism, Hon. Nielu Meisake officially marked the handing over of the Research Vessel (RV) Tala Moana to be managed by the Ministry of Transport, Energy and Tourism at10am today at the Fisheries Office at Teone.

The official turning over of the RV Tala Moana program started off with a blessing prayer from Reverend Alefaio Honolulu then followed with speeches from Hon. Nielu Meisake, the Director of Fisheries, Samasoni Finikaso, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Transport, Energy and Tourism Mr Avafoa Irata and Acting CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, Mr Falasese Tupau.

The program ended with the official signing of the handover note for the RV Tala Moana by both Ministers and refreshments afterwards.

The RV Tala Moana became the second vessel to managed by the Fisheries Department after its arrival within the country late in 2015. RV Tala Moana was a second-hand boat purchased under the NAPA 2 Project, intended to transport people and materials to the outer islands in line with the NAPA 2 priorities in the project document. These priorities included fishery resource assessment and management, disaster risk management and governance. The RV Tala Moana is a 32-meter steel vessel, was procured by UNDP using GEF funds allocated to Tuvalu to support the operations of NAPA 2 and Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) projects in which the Department is heavily involved.

The Tala Moana was managed successfully by the Fisheries Department for five years, with no recurrent budget provided by Government. Instead, the vessel covered operating costs by charging charter fees to projects and other Government departments. The vessel has made over a hundred trips to the outer islands, as well as undertaking Fisheries Patrols.

The Director of Fisheries, Mr Finikaso in his speech thanked the government of Tuvalu for their assistance and arrangement to transfer RV Tala Moana to the Marine Department. He also explained the history of RV Tala Moana since its purchase by the NAPA 2 project in late 2015.

“I would really like to extend my gratitude to the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade for agreeing with the idea to transfer RV Tala Moana to be managed by our Ministry. We’ll continue our utmost to upgrade our service with the long-term management of the RV Tala Moana”, Hon. Nielu Meisake said.

Starting from today the RV Tala Moana is now officially under the control and management of the Marine Department.

Closed: Application for PNAO Policy Manager

The PNA Office (PNAO) is a Majuro, Marshall Islands-based agency responsible for the administration of the Vessel Days Scheme (VDS) for purse seine and longline fishing in the oceanic waters of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and Tokelau. The Nauru Agreement is an agreement between eight Pacific island countries (Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu) to cooperate in the management of their tuna fishery. Tokelau is an observer to the Nauru Agreement and a Party to the Palau Arrangement that implements the VDS. The PNAO enjoys a diplomatic status in the Marshall Islands.

The PNAO is a small team of Pacific Island nationals from different countries with a culture rooted in the Pacific way of tolerance and regional interconnectedness – a way of doing things that is different to the way things are done in the west and in Asia.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the position ensures effective and efficient support in the development and implementation of fisheries management policies to support both sustainability of fisheries resources and the Parties’ economic growth objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

· Provide day to day strategic and technical advice on fisheries-related policy issues to the Parties, CEO, PNAO staff, customers, and other stakeholders

· Contribute to policy discussions with analytical and innovative thinking that takes into account all available information on the resource, the economics of the Parties fisheries, and best practice fishery management

· l Prepare and present as required, papers for technical meetings including the VDS Committee, Scientific Committee, Technical and Compliance Committee, PNA, Palau Arrangement, FSMA, and US Treaty

· Support Parties on policy matters at meetings and in access negotiations

· Provide support for PNAO, CEO and staff in accordance with the PNAO Business Plan

· Liaise with industry and other stakeholders on relevant technical and policy issues

· Undertake delegated functions of CEO as requested

· Support the development and implementation of PNA office policies

· Support the development, review and monitoring of the PNA Strategic Plan, and the PNAO Business Plan and Annual Budget

· As a senior member of the PNAO team, provide leadership and mentoring to other staff

· Represent the PNA office and region internationally at conferences and forums

· Provide technical support and training for Party approved activities

Requirements:

· Degree in fisheries with relevant postgraduate qualification would be highly regarded

· Minimum 5 years relevant managerial level experience

· Proven hands-on experience in relevant fisheries management policy development and implementation

· Working knowledge of government systems and agencies

· Comprehensive understanding of the applicable fishing industry, gear and other technology in the sector including current and developing fishing operations

· Excellent understanding of fishery governance including the regulatory frameworks and management measures of the tuna fishery

· Sound understanding of commerce and trade relevant to the sector

· Good computer skills in Microsoft Office, and sector-related applications

· Demonstrated commitment to ethical business practices, fraud prevention, and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination with strong integrity, leadership, commitment to service, transparency, excellence and professionalism.

The successful applicant will be based in Majuro, Marshall Islands and will be offered a three-year contract and an attractive benefits package including tax-free base salary, superannuation, relocation, travel, accommodation and education allowances.

Eligibility for appointment to this position is in accordance with the attached PNA recruitment policy which offers preference to the eight PNA countries and Tokelau.

APPLY NOW

Please visit the PNAO website: https://vanguard.com.pg/vacancies/ Follow the website instructions and forward the completed application form to Vanguard International highlighting your capabilities and experiences against the position essential requirements and an updated CV.

Alternatively, you can call the PNAO Office on (+675) 7500 7500 or email recruitment@vanguard.com.pg

Applications close COB Friday 05th March 2021

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closed: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Consultant for an Independent Verification of the Disbursement Linked Indicators for the PROP Project in Tuvalu

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting and non-consulting services.

This non-consulting services (“the Services”) include reviewing the text of the Palau Arrangement and reports of meetings of the parties to understand how the VDS works and the Party Allowable Effort is set each year; familiarize with FIMs and TUFMAN systems; conduct the verification of DLI reports for 2020 and 2021 and produce an Assurance Report for each verification task.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be downloaded here at http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ToR-for-Tuvalu-DLI-Verification-final-WB-AdvertisingF.pdf

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, official copies of certificates and transcripts 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:

· Qualifications and Experience

· Relevant or related experiences

· Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the PROP Office, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Trade, Alapi, Funafuti TUVALU OR you can email to proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to: Director of Fisheries at the above address and be delivered by e-mail to the above email address no later than March 5, 2021.

Closed: Request for Quotations: Consultancy on minor engineering works at Fisheries

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), implementing the New Zealand funded Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 (TFSP), is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced national consultants to design and cost minor engineering works at the Tuvalu Fisheries Department site at Teone. The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) can be downloaded at http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Terms-of-Reference-for-Technical-Assistance_1-2.pdf

Timing and delivery

It is expected that inputs of around 20 working days will be required. The consultancy will start as soon as possible after this selection process, and consultants should confirm their availability.

Requirements (qualifications and experience)

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria by the senior management committee of the TFD:

· Relevant qualifications for the design and costing of engineering works;

· Experience of designing and costing building, land reclamation and similar minor works on Funafuti;

· Experience of preparing drawings, Bills of Quantities for ordering construction materials and estimating the costs of materials and labour;

· Value for money.

Submission of proposals

Interested consultants should submit the following information in support of their proposal:

a) Confirmation of the dates on which they will be available;

b) A brief curriculum vitae of the consultant or consultants with information on similar projects that they have undertaken;

c) A cost estimate providing fees (daily rate and total) and any incidental costs. A lump-sum contract in Australian Dollars, with payment based on deliverables, is preferred.

Proposals should be delivered by hand to the Fisheries Department or sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv and should reach him by 5.00 p.m. local time (in Tuvalu) on Friday 19th February 2021. Any questions on the proposed consultancy can be sent to the same email address and will be answered within 3 working days.

This request for proposals should not be construed as an offer to any consultant contacted. TFD reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to negotiate with any bidder if the original proposal is not acceptable.