Viet Nam: Supporting Civil Service Reform

Sovereign Project | 41451-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Supporting Civil Service Reform
Project Number 41451-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7118-VIE: Supporting Civil Service Reform
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 7118-VIE: Supporting Civil Service Reform (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 220,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

The first ever law in Viet Nam on civil servants was passed by the National Assembly in November 2008. The Law introduced the meritocracy principles in HR Management policies. A position-based management is also introduced. The law provides policy framework for applying a sound and integrated HR Management policies toward enhancing the performance management .

Another milestone achieved through the issuance of the law is a separation of public service employee from civil servants enables introduction of more responsive HRM policies suitable for each group. The Law on Public Service Employee was approved by the National Assembly by end of 2010.

Capacity building conducted and legal documents for guiding implementation issued.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

- The TA has delivered two of the three critical outputs: (i) facilitation of the passage of the law on the civil service by the National Assembly in November 2008 (declared effective in January 2010), which marks an important milestone in civil service reform with the adoption of an integrated Human Resource Management (HRM) policy based on merit, competition, transparency and fairness, and (ii) facilitation of the implementation of the law, whereby ADB provided assistance in developing guiding legislations, including critical decrees on the management of civil servants and on training. A Strategic Framework was developed to ensure the coherence among policies. Efforts were made in developing implementation guidelines.

- ADB continues supporting MOHA to develop, disseminate and implement the guiding legislations, namely a decree on recruitment and management of civil servants.

- The TA has been extended until 31 May 2013 to implement the pending activities. A proposal for supplementary TA was approved to help piloting functional analysis and job analysis in selected government agencies. During the extended period, ADB continues supporting MOHA to conduct pilots in selected agencies both at central and local levels; subsequently support MOHA to develop a manual and guidelines for implementation across government agencies.

- A consulting team of 1 international and 2 domestic consultants was recruited to (i) support MOHA to implement meritocracy principles in HRM policies through piloting system for job titles, job analyses, job description and specifications in specific departments of selected agencies; and draw experiences and lessons learnt for developing guideline and manual for application in government agencies.

- A Diagnostic study and Consultation were intensively conducted from 18 December 2012 to March 2013 to discuss with officials of the MOHA, of Office of the Government (OOG), of Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE), of Ha Noi and Quang Ninh Province. The Mission discussed the scope, outputs of the supplementary TA and the implementation arrangements, and consulted on the approach, process and Implementation Plan.

- 3 agencies including Hanoi PPC, MONRE and Quang Ninh were selected for piloting. The pilot has been prepared since December 2012 and completed by end May 2013.

- In March, a proposed methodology and tools have been defined and consulted closely with key stakholders, including MOHA and 3 piloting agencies. As part of change management strategy, half day awareness building for senior officials of MOHA and related agencies was held in March 2013. This was followed by a 2 day training workshop for task force for HR managers and officials who will conduct piloting with the coaching of consultant team.

- The TA final workshops were organized on 27 and 29 May 2013 in Hanoi and Tra Vinh to review the project implementation, evaluate the project's achievements and outcome. During the workshops, international experience on job position identification, how to apply job description to job appraisal and in state agencies was exchanged and manual on job position identification was introduced.

TA was physically completed on 31 May 2013

Geographical Location Viet Nam

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Due to its significant implication on the civil servants, and on the overall country development, the extensive stakeholders consultation were undertaken with various levels of civil servants, including senior officials, with mass organizations, with National Assembly's deputies. The study on the impact of the proposed law were conducted and disseminated to the National Assembly for discussion. Close consultation with other donors such as UNDP, WB, SIDA, DANIDA were undertaken.
During Project Implementation workshops, training programs, pilots as appropriate

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will require 17 person-months of international consulting services and 36 person-months of national consulting services. The international consultants will provide expertise in civil servant management (10 person-months) and performance management and competency-based management (4 person-months), code of conduct (3 person-months). The national consultants will have expertise in legal aspect (12 person-months), civil servant management (14 person-months), capacity building (5 person-months), and advocacy (5 person-months). The TA will also engage international and domestic resource persons who have expertise in civil service reform, and in capacity building. ADB will engage consultants in consultation with the EA as appropriate, in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. All international and national consultants will be selected and contracted individually in view of the urgency in mobilizing them and also because of the need to respond most effectively to the evolving situation.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Dao Viet Dung
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Home Affairs
Tran Anh Tuan
37A Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Government Inspectorate
220 Doi Can St


Concept Clearance 28 Nov 2007
Fact Finding 02 Dec 2007 to 05 Dec 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Jan 2008
Last PDS Update 22 Jul 2013

TA 7118-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Aug 2008 05 Sep 2008 05 Sep 2008 31 Aug 2011 31 May 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,220,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,470,000.00 28 Aug 2008 1,034,023.73
Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting Civil Service Reform TA Completion Reports Jul 2014
Supporting Civil Service Reform Technical Assistance Reports Aug 2008

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