Request for Expressions of Interest – Consulting Services

University of the West Indies

Institution: The University of the West Indies, Mona

Country: Regional

Project: Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience

Sector: Environment and Natural Disasters- Climate Change Adaptation Policy

Abstract: Fishery-Related Ecological and Socio-economic Impact Assessments and Monitoring System

Loan/Credit/Grant No.: ATN/SX-14696-RG

Contract/Bid No.: CF13/C4.02-1

Deadline: 17 July 2017

The University of the West Indies, Mona has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), toward the cost of the Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include:

  1. The conduct of ecological and socio-economic assessments of the impacts of climate change and variability on the fisheries resources and sector;
  2. Developing and implementing suitable analytical tools and methods for fisheries and marine ecosystem analyses and assessments to quantify the impacts of climate change and variability on fisheries production, post-harvest and marketing systems and associated livelihoods and to predict likely future impacts and provision of training in the use of the tools and methods;
  3. Developing a fisheries and environment database and the associated meta-database, as well as, the supporting database manual and data and information policy and provision of training on database management/usage; and
  4. Development and implementation of a stakeholder engagement proposal to build stakeholder awareness on the impacts of climate change and variability on the fisheries resources and sector, and to engage stakeholders in identifying feasible recommendations for climate-smart fisheries management decision-making.

The Fishery-Related Ecological and Socio-economic Impact Assessments and Monitoring System are expected to improve the information base and its usage for climate-smart fisheries planning and management decision-making, as well as, risk management in the fisheries sector. The consultancy is expected to be delivered over 25 months beginning September 2017.

The work is expected to be carried out by a consulting firm with at least five (5) years of proven experience assessing the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change and climate variability on the fisheries resources and fisheries sector, with specific experience in the conduct of fisheries and marine ecosystem analyses and assessments to quantify past, and predicted, climate change and climate variability impacts on fisheries production, post-harvest and marketing systems and associated livelihoods. The consulting firm is also expected to have at least ten (10) years of experience working with the fisheries sector, addressing issues that include risk management, and to have experience working in data-limited situations. Knowledge of, and experience in, the management of fisheries in Small Islands Developing States, with specific experience in the Caribbean region, are highly desirable.

The experts comprising the consulting team may be international or national consultants and should include: (i) one Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Assessment Expert; (ii) one Natural Resource Economist; (iii) one Climate Change/Climate Variability Expert; (iv) one Fisheries Management Expert; (v) one Database Design and Development Expert; (vi) one Value Chain Management Expert with experience in food and nutrition security issues; (vii) one Social Science Expert with expertise in Fisheries Extension; and (viii) one Communications and Media Expert. The team should have proven experience in project management and working with a range of stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental organizations. Knowledge of climate change issues and disaster risk management in the fisheries sector is required.

It is expected that the experts in Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Assessment, Natural Resource Economics, Climate Change/Climate Variability and Database Design and Development would each either have a Ph.D. and at least five (5) years proven practical experience in the respective fields, or a Master’s Degree with at least ten (10) years proven practical experience in the respective fields.

The experts in Fisheries Management, Value Chain Management, Social Science and Communications and Media are expected to have at least a Master’s Degree with at least five (5) years proven practical experience in the respective fields. In addition, the Social Science expert is required to have experience working with the fishing sector in small-island developing states.

The University of the West Indies, through its Mona Office for Research and Innovation, 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.

Short lists shall comprise six firms with a wide geographic spread, with no more than two firms from any one country.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank GN-2350-9 and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. For the purpose of establishing the short list, the nationality of a firm is that of the country in which it is legally incorporated or constituted and in the case of Joint Venture, the nationality of the firm appointed to represent it.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality- and Cost-Based Selection method set out in the Consultant Policies.

Expressions of interest must not exceed 20 pages and submitted online via www.gojep.gov.jm  by 17 July 2017 at 2 p.m. Jamaican time.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Caribbean Regional PPCR Project Office-MORI

Attn: Erica Haughton- Procurement Officer

Electronics Building, Department of Physics

The University of the West Indies

Mona Campus, Kingston 7

E-mail: erica.haughton02@uwimona.edu.jm