Ref N° 532

Support for the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for SIDS in the ESA-IO region – Phase II (ISLANDS II)

Eastern and Southern Africa -Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) regional
Overall project value (EUR)
€ 299 800
Origin of funding
Proportion carried out by legal entity
Consortium members
Start date
March 2016
End date
December 2017
Number of staff provided
400 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to contribute to the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States of the ESA-IO region by addressing specific development constraints of beneficiary countries (their natural characteristics linked to insularity, their relative smallness, proneness to natural disasters, and limited access to capital) and by fostering regional and global SIDS-SIDS cross-fertilisation.

The purpose of this contract is to provide technical assistance to assist the IOC to achieve the specific objective of the programme which is to enhance adaptive capacity, reduce vulnerability and improve resilience of ESA-IO SIDS at the national, regional and inter-regional levels.

The management of the project was initially provided by a technical assistance team contracted until October 2015. This service contract will take over until the end of the project (October 2017). It shall build on the achievements of the project to date as well as recent development at national end regional level regards to the blue/ ocean economy, climate change and disaster risk reduction. It will continue the implementation of the activities that will still be pending at the end of the 1st Programme Estimate of Phase II. The Coordinator shall build on the achievement of the project to date as well as the recent development at national regional level so that the following results can be achieved:

  • A regional institutional framework on sustainable development and addressing specific SIDS vulnerabilities and resilience issues, based on communication, coordination and information exchange and including partnerships at the national, regional and inter-regional levels and involving all the stakeholders, is operational by the end of the project;
  • A mechanism for fostering cross-sectoral macro-planning (based on multi-level partnerships) is formally endorsed at national level and operational by the end of the project;

An Action Plan for innovative funding mechanisms (market based mechanisms for environmental goods, Micro finance schemes, national implementing entities, public private partnership) is identified and formally adopted by the end of the project.

Type of services provided

Technical assistance consists of one long-term technical assistant who is a Sustainable Development Specialist for duration of 23 months. The long-term technical assistant will be the Coordinator of the project and will work under the direct supervision of the program manager as assigned by the Indian Ocean Commission.

Core services include, to assist the IOC to:

  • Coordinate the activities of the project and the implementation of the work programs;
  • Ensure coordination with ongoing related programmes and other activities in the same sector;
  • Prepare Annual Programme Estimates – PEs and follow up on the implementation of the planned activities;
  • Ensure technical management of the programme in complete conformity with 10th EDF Rules and Regulations in force;
  • Provide inputs for the regular monthly monitoring meetings of the Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC);
  • Coordinate the preparation of documentation and logistical arrangements for the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) Meetings and act as Secretary to the PSC;
  • Coordinate the preparation of documentation and logistical arrangements for other programme supported meetings/workshops to be implemented as part of this contract;
  • Prepare technical specifications and terms of reference of contracts planned in the Annual Programme Estimates;
  • Continue to implement the communication strategy of the programme developed at the start of Phase II.

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