A total of 36 person-months of consulting services (two international consultants totaling 4 person-months and two national consultants for a total of 32 person-months) will be required. Consultants will have (i) expertise in design of social assistance programs and policies including benefit rates, targeting, and monitoring and evaluation; (ii) in-depth knowledge of existing social assistance and employment promotion programs in the PRC, institutional frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation systems; and (iii) expertise in human resources in social assistance and employment promotion in the PRC. A national consultant will serve as the team leader. The consultants will be responsible for producing the TA's outputs and deliverables on time and for organizing and carrying out all TA activities including the working groups, survey, policy note, and knowledge products. The outline terms of reference for consultants are in Appendix 3. Technical working groups for each of the themes will be established by MOCA with inputs from the consultants and ADB. Membership will be made up of relevant government ministries (Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security [MOHRSS], Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development [LGOP], etc.), local agencies, and donors such as the International Labour Organization. ADB will create an internal review group of technical experts and team leaders responsible for TA on similar themes such as rural pensions. A steering committee will be set up comprising representatives from MOHRSS, LGOP, the Ministry of Finance, MOCA, the Development Research Center of the State Council, and the National Development and Reform Commission to review and provide guidance for the research team from inception.
In dialogue with MOCA and/or the DSA, ADB will recruit national and international experts to provide inputs as consultants. ADB will endorse the terms of reference, including the duration and expected results. All procurement under the TA will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Individual consultants will be chosen, as a range of specialists covering diverse aspects of social protection reform (benefit levels, labor market and employment services, etc.) are needed for the studies. The consultants will be selected based on their academic qualifications and relevant work experience. The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).