Building on the success of the Phase 1 of the project FISHERIES INTELLIGENCE AND MCS SUPPORT IN WEST AFRICA (2014-2018), Norad granted financial support to Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) for the implementation of the second phase of the project Fisheries Intelligence and Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) support in West Africa for the period October 2018 to September 2022. The project proposal was agreed, and the Grant Agreement signed on 6 December 2018.
The expected overall impact of the project, as stated in the Phase 2 proposal, is that West Africa national and regional Fisheries Enforcement Agencies have stronger capacity and are more effectively acting to end illegal fishing and fisheries crime in the region.
The target outcomes of the project are:
According to article 9.1 of the RAF-16/0013 Grant Agreement between Norad and TMT, a mid-term review focusing on progress to date shall be carried out by second and third quarter of 2020. Following discussions between Norad and TMT at the 2020 Annual Meeting, it was agreed to adjust the mid-term review to the first and second quarter of 2021. It was further agreed that tendering for a consultant should take place in the fourth quarter of 2020. The following is the Terms of Reference (ToR) for this review.
West Africa is endowed with abundant fisheries resources. The fishery sector, in addition to providing revenue to governments through royalties and other fees collected through licences and fisheries access agreements, plays an important role in meeting the nutritional needs of populations, and providing employment to more than three million people. However, due to various political, economic and environmental factors the region has been identified as one of the most significant hotspots for illegal fishing globally.
To address this challenge, TMT in cooperation with Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF), the Secretariat of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), and FCWC member countries Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria developed the Norad supported project ‘Fisheries Intelligence and MCS Support in West Africa’, a three-year project initially implemented between 2014 and 2017, with a further extension running to September 2018. The project facilitated the establishment of the West Africa Task Force (WATF), the FCWC fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance working group, and operationalising key FCWC conventions on information sharing and MCS cooperation. Project implementation focused on strengthening regional fisheries intelligence sharing and MCS cooperation between countries, strengthening cooperation between agencies at the national level, to spur enforcement actions aimed at reducing illegal fishing in West African waters.
According to article 9.1 of the RAF-16/0013 Norad-TMT Grant Agreement a mid-term review of the project shall be carried out. The agreed period for performing the service is the first and second quarter of 2021, starting in March 2021 once TMT’s 2020 Annual Report has been approved by Norad.
Relevant development project evaluation methods and approaches should be used, in particular the use of standard evaluation criteria (Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability) and the analysis of the project’s intervention logic.
The overall consideration is to what extent the Project’s Phase 2 is on track in strengthening regional and national capacity to reduce illegal fishing and related activities in the FCWC region and how the project can be improved in the remaining project period. Also, at all times there should be consideration of the extent to which lessons learned from Phase 1 and recommendations from the Phase 1 mid-term evaluation have been incorporated into Phase 2 and its implementation.
The specific areas for consideration under each evaluation criteria are as follows:
1. Relevance (maximum 4 pages) – the extent to which the Project, in particular focusing on its set-up and focus areas, is in line with priorities and target groups’ identified needs, i.e. with the needs of the FCWC countries’ fisheries MCS structures in terms of their capacities to combat illegal fishing and associated crimes. The relevance of the project’s key mechanisms (regional Task Force and national inter-agency cooperation) as a concept to address illegal fishing more broadly and globally should be assessed.
2. Effectiveness (maximum 12 pages) – the extent to which the Programme is achieving its objectives. This includes (but is not limited to) an assessment of:
3. Efficiency (maximum 8 pages) – an examination of the project outputs – qualitative and quantitative – in relation to the inputs/activities conducted. This includes (but is not limited to) an assessment of:
4. Impact (maximum 3 pages) – the positive and negative changes produced by the project directly or indirectly, intended or otherwise. This includes assessing the (likely) impact of project activities regionally and nationally.
5. Sustainability (maximum 2 pages) – intended to measure whether the benefits of the project are likely to continue after donor funding has been withdrawn, if appropriate. This includes assessing measures taken or planned to be taken in order to sustain long-term processes, structures and capacity within the FCWC Secretariat and among member States, in particular through the transfer of key Task Force responsibilities and processes from the TT/CT to the FCWC staff and country-level fisheries staff.
The sources of information for this review are as follows, but not limited to:
The evaluation method may need to consider the COVID-19 global pandemic in several ways:
We foresee an evaluation period from March to June 2021 of 5-6 weeks in total, hereof around 10 days in participating countries (if COVID / travel permits).
|Product||Approximate Duration of task||Deadline|
|Desk-study of documents, interviews in Norway and the UK and preparation of inception report||10 days||End March 2021|
|Field trip to one FCWC Member State, likely Ghana, including participation as observer in a Task Force meeting, and a visit to the FCWC in Tema, visit to the Fisheries Authorities of Ghana and interviews with representatives from other participating countries and partners||10 days||End May 2021|
|Writing of report||10 days||End June 2021|
Consultant’s desired qualifications:
The Consultant(s) will submit to TMT a proposal by 15 December 2020 consisting of:
1) Proposed approach to be used during the review (max five pages), including understanding of the assignment, methodology, presentation of service provider/team, availability, and budget for the total costs of the services offered (the financial offer will need to be prepared as if travel was possible and the corresponding sums including air tickets and travel allowances should be easily identified should the budget be reviewed and adapted to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic).
2) CV(s) of proposed Consultant(s) – max five pages each in standard EU format.
VI. Questions to and contact details at TMT
Submission of proposals shall be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of questions or need for additional information during the drafting of the offer the Consultants(s) may contact: