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Analysis and study for the design of a regional vision, roadmap and technical guideline aimed to support the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) area

AO – 044/TNR/2023

Title:                            Analysis and study for the design of a regional vision, roadmap and technical guideline aimed to support the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) area
Department:                 Conservation
Project:                        MG203701 – NOCAMO, Integrated Management of the Marine and Coastal Resources of the Northern Mozambique Channel. Component 1: Laying the institutional and knowledge foundations for the application of multi-stakeholder based Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) across the NMC area
Supervisor:                   SWIO Seascape Lead
Type of contract:          Consultancy (International)
Period:                           40 working days maximum spread over November 2023 and October 2024
  1. Context and background
 
The Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) is the area located between Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, the Seychelles, the Comoros and Mayotte, covering approximately 700,000 km2. It is among the world's richest regions for marine biodiversity[1]. It serves as a biological reservoir for the entire Eastern African coast, in particular for coral reefs and associated ecosystems, and is an important breeding and foraging area for flagship marine and migratory species. The coastal population of the NMC is currently 10 million (expected to grow to 22-25 million in 2050) and is largely dependent on healthy and productive ecosystems through fishing, coastal agriculture, and tourism. The annual economic output from living resources and ecosystem services of the WIO has been calculated at U$ 20.8 billion annually[2].
The region’s critical ecosystems are in decline from the combined impacts of local use and global threats, including growing pressures from coastal infrastructure development, extractive industries (in particular recently discovered natural gas and oil), population growth and climate change. In this context the project will address scenarios for development to maximise the opportunities for sustainable development in the NMC, based on preservation of the health of marine ecosystems as a foundation for future prosperity. In this regard the project uses the holistic approach for Integrated Ocean Management and will assist the countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 14 on Oceans.
The NOCAMO project aims to maintain and enhance the Northern Mozambique Channel’s high biodiversity value coral reef and associated ecosystems through effective spatial management of marine uses, in particular the oil & gas sector, to secure a sustainable future for coastal communities and economies by 2030. Specifically,
  • By 2025, the institutional and knowledge foundations are laid for the application of multi-stakeholder based Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) across the NMC region.
  • By 2025, effective planning is promoted and best practices in the Oil & Gas sector are adopted by Governments and private sector champions, leading to mitigation of impacts of the sector to the biodiversity and ecosystem services in the NMC.
  • By 2025, community livelihoods and well-being are incrementally secured through the sharing and replication of best practices in community-based marine resource management and population-health-environment.
Building on the foundations of strong regional cooperation and partnerships, the NMC region is well-placed to implement the aspirations and commitments made under the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with particular relevance to SDG 14 on Oceans. In this regard, the project comprises three components.
The following ToR pertains to NoCaMo Project Component 1, of which the lead agency is the Nairobi Convention and the executing agency is WWF Madagascar. NoCaMo Component 1 aims to lay the institutional and knowledge foundations for the application of multi-stakeholder based Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) across the NMC region. This component is grounded in SDG 14 on Oceans and the ICZM Protocol of the Nairobi Convention. The overall aim is to build capacity within the participating countries, and at a coordination level in the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, to enable the implementation of an integrated approach to marine governance that will lead towards comprehensive spatial planning of marine uses in the future. The objective of this component will be to lay the foundations (i) at the level of each country, and (ii) at the regional level, to bring coherence to national approaches to integrated ocean governance across the region. The goal is to ensure that countries agree on concerted management of this region, ensuring the protection and sustainability of the most outstanding sectors and their significant contribution to the national economy; and to limit the conflicts of use, mainly related to the development of the extractive activities but not only. To achieve that goal, many tools exist, among which the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is by nature a political process that can only be undertaken and led by Governments. In this context, the Nairobi Convention Secretariat, as an intergovernmental organisation, plays an important role to ensure political links and especially good coordination between the member countries. At the technical level, the NoCaMo project will support the NMC countries through the facilitation of consultation workshops, the provision of knowledge elements necessary for decision-making, and support for methodological frameworks related to MSP.
  1. Objectives
MSP is a key tool that can be used to bridge the gap between policy and activities on the ground, while respecting the principles and strategies of a sustainable blue economy and taking into account the needs of the different users of the marine space. With the rise of different ecological and socio-economic pressures, NMC countries have started developing their respective national MSP processes, and therefore this requires a coordination and alignment of strategies at a regional level. Through the SWIO Seascape Programme, WWF aims to implement an ecosystem-based integrated ocean management approach which includes MSP.
Therefore, the main mission of the consultant(s) is to champion the development of a common vision and roadmap for the NMC region, and to support the development and validation of MSP technical guidelines for the NMC region.
  1. Scope of work and methodology
The work involves conducting a gap analysis of the existing regional MSP strategic framework, and other relevant documentation, presenting results to a multi-stakeholder audience, collect feedback and improve in order to build a common vision, roadmap and MSP technical guideline.
Process (November 2023 to October 2024)
  1. Assessment of implications of future scenarios in the NMC region
In view of building a common vision and a roadmap for the implementation of MSP in the NMC region:
  1. Conduct a gap analysis of the existing MSP WIO strategic framework, and other relevant documentation;
  2. Map and assess existing tools/ projects in the larger NMC region that can help with MSP process and marine and coastal management. Identify how the tools complement each other and how they can be further improved. Reference documents are:
    1. The results of scoping study on the assessment of the appropriateness of existing spatial and temporal management tools and institutional arrangements, their potential gaps and points of conflicts in Madagascar and Tanzania;
    2. Feedback collected from the side event at the MRF
    3. Case study on the implementation of MSP in the DIANA region, Madagascar
  3. Develop a customised framework and assessment for the NMC region, based on a) & b)
  4. Review and update the scenarios, with an emphasis on the oil and gas sector. This will Include a summary current understanding of future developments in key economic sectors, demographic trends and climate change patterns as well as institutional arrangements required for each scenario; and potential gaps and points of conflicts.
  5. Build recommendations for improvement, including a way that can assist with MSP related information gathering, storing, dissemination, monitoring, compliance, communication, etc. across the NMC region
 
  1. Development of a common vision and MSP roadmap for the NMC region
  1. Co-conduct a workshop for the development of a common vision and MSP roadmap for the NMC region. Precisely to:
    1. have all stakeholders on the same level of understanding of the status of MSP in each country and across the region, through a mapping of existing tools
    2. present and collect feedback on the consultancy work done from November 2023 to January 2024
    3. to have an agreed regional vision and road map for MSP development in the NMC area
  2. Co-conduct a virtual workshop to present the vision and MSP roadmap in a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder workshop. Precisely to:
    1. have all stakeholders on the same level of understanding of the status of MSP in each country and across the region
    2. collect feedback to improve the vision and MSP roadmap, in order to submit them to the Nairobi Convention COP 11
 
  1. Development of MSP technical guideline
  1. Develop technical guideline designed to support the development and implementation of MSP by the NMC countries, based on the outcomes of the Nairobi Convention COP 11, the feedback from the stakeholder consultations and the current MSP WIO Strategic Framework[3];
  2. Co-conduct a workshop for the validation of MSP technical guideline for the NMC region, with country focal points agreeing to implement it in their respective national MSP processes with an emphasis on the respect for sustainability principles.
Approach
In order to respect the principles for a successful MSP, a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral endeavour, it is critical to bring the key stakeholders to agree on the approach to implement MSP in the NMC region. For that reason, the consultant(s) will support WWF in conducting multi-stakeholder consultations with the goal to develop a common vision and a regional MSP roadmap, which can be translated into the aforementioned specific MSP technical guideline.  
The consultant will follow the templates provided by WWF (when made available) in collecting all required information.
The consultant(s) shall use an evidence-based approach and ensure the highest standard of work and timely deliverables at every stage of the assignment. In particular, the consultant(s) shall ensure clarity of objectives and process during the consultations; counter-check all facts and figures cited; and ensure proper editing and clarity. The consultant(s) will ensure the report is easy-to-read and usable and include maps and other relevant graphics, images and illustrations.
 
It is expected that most of the work will be conducted through desk analysis using currently available information, and stakeholder consultation. A detailed methodology will be requested from the consultant upon inception.
 
  1. Assignment period
The assignment will take place between November 2023 and October 2024. The consultancy should not exceed 40 working days.
  1. Deliverables
# Deliverables Maximum number of
days of work
Deadlines
a) Report on assessment of implications of future scenarios in the NMC region, including:
  • A customised framework and assessment for the development of MSP in the NMC region, based on the findings from the gap analysis of the existing MSP WIO strategic framework and the mapping of the existing tools;
  • Updated scenarios of potential gaps and points of conflicts;
  • Recommendations for improvement, including a way that can assist with MSP related information gathering, storing, dissemination, monitoring, compliance, communication, etc. across the NMC region
 
21 21st December 2023
b) Notes & recommendations from the workshop for the development of a common vision and MSP roadmap for the NMC region 3 28th February 2024
c) Report detailing common vision and MSP roadmap (post workshop) 1
 
 
31st March 2024
d) First draft proposal for the MSP technical guideline 6 10th June 2024
e) Improved MSP technical guideline 5 17th June 2024
 
f) Final MSP technical guideline 3 15th July 2024
g) Notes from the MSP technical guideline validation workshop 1 30th October 2024
 
The consultants are expected to co-facilitate workshops with WWF Madagascar, in person or virtual depending on budget availability as follows:
  1. Consultation workshop on developing common vision and MSP roadmap (2 days) in March 2024;
  2. Feedback to stakeholders on common vision and MSP roadmap (0.5 days) on 31st March 2024;
  3. Consultation workshop on developing MSP technical guideline (1 day) on 30th June 2024.
To note that the dates of the workshops may change subject to availability of stakeholders.
WWF Technical Supervisor will have five (05) days to validate each deliverable. In the event of late submission of reports/products, WWF reserves the right to deduct 1‰ per day of delay from the total due fees.
  1. Coordination and supervision
This work will be realized under the supervision of the SWIO Seascape Lead who will approve all deliverables and all receipts.
  1. Eligibility/Qualification of Consultant(s)
 
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience related to marine spatial and maritime policies in connection with coastal management, marine spatial planning, marine resources or blue economy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of policy and institutional context for marine spatial planning, biodiversity conservation, and ‘blue economy’ development in the WIO region, in particular NMC area;
  • Broad knowledge on integrated coastal area management, coastal vulnerability and risk management is required, ideally in the WIO region;
  • Extensive experience and/or knowledge in spatial and management tools (including area-based management tools).
  • Excellent stakeholder management and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyse data to compile and synthesize information in coherent and succinct formats
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, including the ability to draft reports in a concise style and communicate complex information to various stakeholders (policy makers mainly) in written and verbal modes.
  • Ability to plan independently and manage conflicting priorities, and work under pressure.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and good level of any other languages spoken in the NMC area is desired (French, Portuguese, Swahili)
  • Ability to deliver results, while remaining flexible and adaptive in light of challenging circumstances related to political processes
 
  1. Application
 
Those interested, either as individuals, consortium or institutions, are required to submit the following by email to procurement@wwf.mg with the reference “AO – 044 TNR 2023 Analysis and study for the design of a regional vision, roadmap and technical guideline aimed to support the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) area – MG2037.01” in subject line delivered not later than November 08th, 2023 at 17:00 EAT with:
  1. A technical proposal outlining:
  • Profile and CVs of the consultant(s) undertaking the work indicating relevant experience and contribution of each one of them in this assignment (a template is available from the link https://bit.ly/2H2M8Ed or request to be sent to procurement@wwf.mg)
  • Methodologies as per the tasks assigned,
  • Necessary relevant information showing past experience in related field (cases of relevant prior work),
  1. A financial proposal in US Dollars: the budget should give details of consultancy days as well as daily rates, along with management secretariat costs (if any). Daily rates and expenditures should be shown separately. The offer should also show tax-except and taxable costs. Where costs are tax-exempt, explanations should be provided. (Please note that any costs for developing proposals in response to this assignment are not reimbursable).
For the particular case of non- resident consultants, the consultant is subject to the payment of the Tax on Income from Non-Resident (under Article 01.01.14.'s Tax Code CGI) up to 10% (or 5 % if based in Mauritius). A remark on this tax should appear in the financial offer.
If any, WWF will directly pay for all expenses related to travels, so those expenses should not appear in the consultant offer. The rate of per Diem and Accommodation should not exceed WWF’s rate and the airfare is  based on Economic class.
  1. Evaluation of Applications
An evaluation committee will review and rank the received offers.  The evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being opened and compared.
Applications will be evaluated as follows:
  • Understanding and technical soundness and merit of methodology to execute the assignment (40 points);
  • Organizational capacity and expertise to execute the assignment (25 points);
  • Past experience and performance relevant to the assignment (25 points);
  • Timetable (10 points)
The adjudication returns to the technical best offer (among those higher than or equal to 60/100) whose financial offer does not exceed the budget available. The possibility of negotiation is not excluded in conditions that the technical best offer makes a financial offer exceeding available budget.
  1. Notes on canceling the current tender
The current offer may be canceled under the following conditions:
  • Competitiveness is not adequate;
  • No offers meet the requirements ;
  • Received offers significantly overreach the proposed budget.
 
  1. Conditions of the tender
The proposed work will be carried out under contract attached as an annex to the present TORs. The contact will be drawn up after the offer has been confirmed. The consultant will assume all fiscal responsibilities relative to his/her tax status. As an independent employee, the consultant is responsible for the payment of any tax that might be demanded within the framework of this agreement, assuming that he is able to justify he is in good standing and up to date vis-à-vis administrative and tax authorities; otherwise, and in accordance with the law, WWF is obliged to withhold at source on the amount of its services or fees / bills, the percentage to be paid to the taxes authorities.
The consultant will be subject to WWF Madagascar management procedures at all times.
  1. Payment of fees
Payments will be made in three instalments as follows:
 
  1. 25% of the total amount of fees, upon submission of deliverables a)-b) and their acceptance by the Supervisor; and submission and approval of an invoice detailing services rendered;
  2. 25% of the total amount of fees, upon submission of deliverables c)-d)-e), and their acceptance by the Supervisor; and submission and approval of an invoice detailing services rendered;
  3. 50% of the total amount of fees, upon submission of deliverables f)-g) and their acceptance by the Supervisor; and submission and approval of an invoice detailing services rendered;
 
The invoice must contain the following information: name and address of the consultant, invoice date, unique invoice number, amount of fees free of charges, amount of taxes, service rendered, deliverable and/or number of hours charged, period in which service was provided, bank details.
WWF cannot grant in advance honorary fees. Though, field trip expenses, in accordance with WWF procedures, are payable in advance once the consultancy contract established.
  1. Fraud, corruption and conflict of interest declaration
Candidates have read entirely the WWF Policy for interests and the WWF Policy Conflicts for Prevention and the Survey of Fraud and Corruption. He understands his responsibilities to comply, and fully commit to it. He acknowledges he has no conflicts, as described in the WWF's Policy on Conflicts of Interest: https://bit.ly/2H2M8Ed
  1. Ethics
Candidates must respect the professional rules of conduct without any reproach in the conduct of its mandate. Furthermore, the contractor will ensure not to tarnish the image of the WWF execution of its mandate. WWF gives the right to terminate the agreement in proven cases of misconduct that can harm the WWF.
 
Annex: Nocamo project presentation
 
 
[1] UNEP, 2012. Report for The Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (Nairobi Convention). Available online: https://www.unep.org/resources/report/northern-mozambique-channel
[2] Obura, D. et al. 2017. Reviving the Western Indian Ocean Economy: Actions for a Sustainable Future. WWF International, Gland, Switzerland. 64 pp.
[3] Cf. page 64 of the MSP WIO strategic framework . MSP development and implementation guidelines are required, including reference to training opportunities and the use of the co-developed tools, for example, WIO Symphony – a tool for ecosystem-based MSP122. There is a need for other bespoke tools for the region that can help with the MSP process and marine and coastal management. Systems approaches can assist at all steps of MSP processes, as well as with management decisions and conflict resolution. The increased use of the Oceans Accounting Framework is recommended. Technological innovations can assist with information gathering, storing, dissemination, monitoring, compliance, communication, etc.
 

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