The MFED will be the executing agency, and will appoint a TA focal point who will oversee the activities of, and maintain information exchange with, the consultant team. The consultants will, with the TA focal point, also liaise with development partners to promote coordination and complementarity in program and/or project activities. To promote sustainability and broad-based commitment to the direction of reforms and guide TA implementation, the TA will make use of the steering committee formed under ADB's TA on Capacity Development for Public Financial Management comprising officials from the MFED, line ministries, and representatives from nongovernment organizations and the private sector and chaired by the secretary of finance.
The TA will be implemented over a 12-month period from 1 August 2012 to 30 July 2013 and will finance 12.5 person-months of intermittent international consulting services and 5 person-months of national consulting services. The international consultant's team will comprise (i) a team leader and strategic planning and human resource management specialist (international, 6 person-months); (ii) a public enterprise specialist (international, 3.5 person-months); and (iii) a procurement specialist (international, 3 person-months). These specialists will be joined by a local project facilitation specialist (national, 5 person-months intermittent). The consultants will be selected and engaged on an individual basis and according to ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
The team leader will produce a concise inception report outlining the work program and milestones for the duration of the TA, and a final report summarizing the achievements, issues, lessons learned, and next steps. Throughout the TA, the team leader will submit (by email) brief monthly progress reports summarizing TA activities, progress, issues, and constraints. Team members will produce reports on their respective activities for the team leader's progress and final reports. The team leader's final report will be submitted in draft form at least 5 weeks prior to the end of the assignment, and the final report within 2 weeks of receipt of comments by the government and ADB.
Progress of the TA will be monitored using intended outcomes and outputs described in the design and monitoring framework. ADB will assist the government in sharing all reports with other development partners. These will be disseminated through meetings, radio interviews, and the ADB website.
||The TA consultants will review existing government rules and practices for procurement of goods, works, and services by the public sector and build into the PTB Regulations (2008 revised edition) a set of procedures for this. The set of procedures should (i) ensure that open competitive procurement is the default method of procurement, but define clearly the situations in which other methods may be used and how this is to be justified; (ii) provide for public access to all government procurement plans, bidding opportunities, and contract awards; and (iii) provide for an independent administrative procurement review process for handling complaints by participants prior to contract signing and ensuring that those making procurement decisions are accountable for them. The consultants will also identify the merits of various options, including the engagement of an independent third party to manage government procurement and having a central procurement unit for a small administration such as Tuvalu.