The Commonwealth Secretariat’s Trade, Ocean and Natural Resources Directorate assists its member countries to sustainably manage their natural resources, in the ocean and on land, for the benefit of present and future generations. The Secretariat provides technical assistance and support member countries in the development of policies, laws, design of fiscal regimes and strengthening national institutions as they seek to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by Commonwealth countries to actively cooperate in addressing the myriad of ocean-related issues and commitments that they face. Blue ecosystems are being degraded and destroyed at an unprecedented rate and this is not an issue any single country can solve.
In April 2018, the Commonwealth Blue Charter was adopted by member countries, to guide cooperative action on ocean issues. Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Groups are memberdriven, led by Commonwealth Blue Charter ‘Champion’ countries. Working together, Action Groups can unlock the experiences and knowledge of 54 nations.
The Commonwealth Blue Charter works through a set of Action Groups, each devoted to a particular ocean issue. Action Groups are driven by member countries, led by ‘Champion’ countries. So far 15 countries have stepped forward to be Champions on 10 topics:
- Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance
- Coral Reef Protection and Restoration
- Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods
- Marine Protected Areas
- Ocean Acidification
- Ocean and Climate Change
- Ocean Observation
- Sustainable Aquaculture
- Sustainable Blue Economy
- Sustainable Coastal Fisheries.
Objectives & Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to develop self-paced learning modules that build upon virtual trainings provided across the Commonwealth in late 2020. The course materials from ‘live’ remote training sessions already exist in PowerPoint, video and Word formats and now need to be organised for self-paced learning. They will then need to be converted into SCORM format, for publishing to our internally hosted Moodle site.
These self-paced modules should use the training materials previously provided to government officials. The consultants may also add information based on their own expertise or available in the public domain. The need for any additional paid-for materials will be discussed with the Secretariat.
The modules will include:
- Introduction to the basic features of the software systems presented in the materials (QGIS, SAGA, Google Earth Engine, etc.)
- An overview of the advantages and limitations of the different software solutions
- Demonstrations and Activities relating to the key mapping tools/software systems (this may be one module per system or grouped depending on format)
- Demonstrating performing basic analysis of the mapping tools/software systems
- Management and policy solutions and implications
- Application of mapping tools to monitor impacts due to climate change, natural disasters and other impacts such as fishing or shipping routes.
The courses should be designed in two parts:
Course one Mangrove Mapping for Managers: designed to assist non-technical managers in better understanding, incorporating and developing data for use in policies, management plans and/or other informational documents; and
Course two Mangrove Mapping for Technical Staff: designed to assist technical practitioners in the mapping, analysing and identification of mangrove ecosystems.
The course design should follow these requirements:
1. The Contractor will work with the Secretariat in the developing robust and interactive courses which users find easy to navigate and consume.
2. Courses shall comply to the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).
3. The course modules shall be developed through interaction between the project manager, relevant subject matter experts and the Contractor to fit the specifications
The Contractor will be expected to draw upon existing materials from the Commonwealth Secretariat and its partners as well as the expertise that the Contractor brings to the assignment. If other external materials are required, these will need to be discussed with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Expected Deliverables and Location
The modules are required to be developed virtually whereby participants are able to work at their own pace using the materials and exercises, by viewing of pre-recorded videos, lectures, alongside a workbook and other materials as appropriate. The steps and expected outputs include (to be developed further following inception meeting):
a) Inception meeting to introduce one another and familiarise the Contractor with the project;
b) A draft work plan by the Contractor, to be agreed with the Commonwealth Blue Charter Team;
c) Discussion with Secretariat of lessons learnt and how to approach the self-paced materials;
d) First draft outline of the online training course and materials;
e) Revised outline of modules and materials (based on the live presentations) for selfpaced learning, including a rough storyboard for any videos, and scripts for any voiceovers / instructions.
f) First cut self-paced learning videos, revised workbook and other instructional aids as required;
g) Final self-paced training module packages handed over for use by the Secretariat (and project partners);
h) A brief final report summarising tasks completed as well as any issues that arose during the contract that you may wish to formally report.
i) Please note that all Blue Charter trainings have pre- and post-course questionnaires (examples will be supplied by the Secretariat), which should be included as part of the course materials.
j) A separate informal document of reflections and thoughts on lessons learnt as well as any future follow-on work that may be required. (This separate ‘reflections’ document will not be shared or published.)
The work may be conducted from any location. The appointed Contractor should provide their own computer equipment, computer applications and internet connection.
Duration and Timeframe
The consultancy is expected to take place between 1 April and 21 May 2021. A proposed overall work plan will be agreed with the Commonwealth Blue Charter team at the start of the contract.
Project Management and Reporting
The project will be coordinated by the Commonwealth Blue Charter Section of the Trade, Ocean and Natural Resources Directorate of the Secretariat. The successful consultant will be expected to work in close consultation with the Commonwealth Blue Charter Team.
The estimated budget payable under this contract will be up to £4,000 (including VAT). Payment will be made upon satisfactory completion of work signed off by the Commonwealth Secretariat and within 30 days upon submission of the invoice.
Qualifications & Competencies
The preferred consultancy firm should hold the profile below:
- Demonstrated experience in the delivery of self-paced learning modules.
- Demonstrable experience in the teaching and/or practising of GIS skills similar to this topic, preferably for conservation purposes.
- Marine experience is advantageous.
Evaluation of proposals will take into account costs as well as relevant experience and expertise.
Please apply for this contract by submitting a proposal and a short cover letter to [email protected] by 17:00 GMT on the 21st March 2021 explaining the relevant experience, expert profiles and your approach for completing this work. The proposal should show how the consultancy would be carried out to meet the specific objectives set out in the TOR. It should include a short statement of the candidate’s relevant expertise and experience along with the bid amount.