There will be 3 consulting services packages required under the loan for (i) reform program, (ii) project implementation, and (iii) detailed design of national highways development. For the reform of national highway provision, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will be appointed. It is estimated that about 60 person-months of international consultants and 130 person-months of domestic consultants will be required. The consultants will assist RDA to plan, develop, test and document new procedures and road management systems and improve existing procedures; provide training to RDA staff in the application of new procedures and systems; and assist the RDA to monitor and evaluate progress.
Second, an international consulting firm in association with domestic consultants will also be recruited as a project implementation consultant for the provincial roads improvement component. The consultant's responsibilities will cover (i) services to support the project management unit in implementation of the improvement of about 1,000 km provincial roads in North Central, North Western, Western, and Uva provinces, including specification and packaging of contracts, contract administration, construction supervision, and project impact monitoring and evaluation; and (ii) an institutional development program to strengthen the capability of the four provincial road administrations so that they can manage and maintain the secondary road network efficiently. An estimated 300 person-months of international and 1,850 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required. The international consultants will also provide on-the-job training to the counterpart staff and domestic consultants. The domestic consulting services will include monitoring the social and poverty impact of the Project.
Third, consulting services for National Highways Development will be required to conduct detailed design of the roads selected for improvement by the ADB-financed TA feasibility study on National Highways Development attached to the Project. The services will be carried out by a team consisting of international and domestic consulting firms. Staffing inputs will be about 50 person-months of international consultants and 100 person-months of domestic consultants. Expertise required will include highway design, materials and pavement engineering, structure engineering, contract management, and environment assessment; and a resettlement specialist acceptable to ADB. The duration of the consulting services will be eight months. Advance action for selection of consulting services was approved by ADB on 03 May 2002.