P. O. Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
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[RFP] Problem-Based Learning Curriculum Developer and Instructor, Student Services Provider, Grant Management Assistant

RFP No. B2021-27


The College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) is seeking proposals from a qualified consultant (individuals or organizations) who can provide the following services to the Doctors and Dentists for Tomorrow (DDFT) program at the College:

Conditions and specifications are contained within the following Scope of Work:

Scope of Work




(a) Program Development and Delivery

Develop, enhance, and deliver a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum focused on teaching the basic science subjects required for graduation from the college’s HCOP/DDFT programs and subsequent admission to dental, medical, and/or allied health programs.


Develop and use student assessment techniques that are focused on the application of basic science principles, with an emphasis on clinical vignettes similar to those used in regional dental, medical, and allied health schools.


Provide practical and didactic training in areas specifically related to the unique healthcare environment of the Pacific: epidemiology and preventative medicine, social medicine, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, public health science, socioeconomics of healthcare in developing regions, and others.


(b) Wrap-Around Student Support Services Development

Assist the DDFT management team in student development of a scholar-practitioner mind-set related to professionalism, ethics, study skills, communication/presentation skills, and research writing skills.


Assist in the identification of, and provide academic assistance to those students requiring remedial assistance.


Advise and assist DDFT Program graduates with admissions to regional medical, dental, and allied health professional development schools.


(c) Assistant Program Management Responsibilities

Assist the principal investigator (PI) and program manager (PM) to apply for new funding opportunities, and the renewal of existing grants, which support the DDFT program.


Assist the PI and PM in continuous quality improvement efforts focused on enhancing the educational and professional offerings of the DDFT program.


Assist the PM in the compilation of standard reports, and participate in team meetings and other exercises designed to improve the performance of the DDFT program.


Work closely with the PM on recruitment efforts to identify candidates from the Federated States of Micronesia who show the greatest promise of success in the DDFT program.


Eligibility and Qualifications of the Consultant

To be eligible to respond to this RFP, the individual or organization must demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. A masters degree in an area related to medicine, oral health, public health, epidemiology, social sciences, or allied health disciplines; candidates with masters degrees from other fields will be considered if they have a strong background in medicine, oral health, allied health, public health, epidemiology, or social sciences as related to either education or experience.
  2. Five (5) years of experience in higher education teaching in one or more of the following areas: medicine, oral health, allied health, public health/epidemiology, or associated topics.
  3. Two (2) years of experience with problem-based learning as related to teaching medical, oral health, or allied health disciplines.
  4. Four (4) years of experience developing and delivering post-secondary programs using online modalities.
  5. Significant experience working in international settings with diverse student populations who speak English as a Second Language
  6. Working knowledge of topics related to healthcare, education, international development, and the delivery of services in a resource-limited environment.
  7. Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain positive working relationships and collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communications skills; must be well versed in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  9. The candidate must be self-motivated, show a professional level of maturity when working with department leaders, and display positive attitudes focusing on a team spirit and problem solving.
  10. Ability to work in an independent nature based on already defined administrative processes.

Contract Details

The following are details for the project implementation and payment terms:

Duration: The services of the individual or organization will commence on 01 September 2021, and end on 31 August 2022.

Terms of Payment: Payment will be accomplished through check or wire transfer to the individual or organization on a monthly basis.

Due to the current travel restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the priority that the College of Micronesia-FSM places on the safety, health and well-being, of students, faculty and staff, please note that there may be delays in taking up appointments that require in-country FSM residence. Such matters are considered on a case-by-case basis, and travel arrangements will be discussed thoroughly with successful candidates.  Any appointment requiring in-country residence would commence only when relocation to the duty station is permitted.


Submission of Proposal

Proposals must be submitted before 5.00 pm, 20 August 2021 (Pohnpei local time), addressed to the following:

Martin Mingii

Director, Procurement and Property Management Office

College of Micronesia-FSM

PO Box 159

Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941

Electronically submitted versions will be accepted, and are encouraged.  Please submit to:  Email:

Review Rights:  COM-FSM reserves the right to reject any proposal submission.