Regional: Results-Based Strategy and Sector Planning in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 46366-001

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Project Name Results-Based Strategy and Sector Planning in the Pacific
Project Number 46366-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8257-REG: Results Based Strategy and Sector Planning in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 785,000.00
TA 8257-REG: Results-Based Strategy and Sector Planning in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development
Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Effective policy development and government decision making
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved country analyses and sectoral planning practices in selected PDMCs
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Strategic country analyses supporting national planning for COO, FIJ, SAM and TON

2. Sector and thematic assessments (regional/subregional/national)

3. Demand-driven policy briefs

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA is progressing well and has (i) prepared country analyses for the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga; (ii) evaluated reform in the Government Printing and Stationery Department, Fiji; (iii) conducted cost accounting in the national health insurance and general health care services in Palau; (iv) supported state-owned enterprise (SOE) reforms in Kiribati; and (v) drafted the Green Growth Framework for Fiji. TA pipeline activities include (a) preparing a transport sector master plan for Timor-Leste; (b) emergency response plan of the Majuro Water and Sewer Company; (c) conducting an education sector assessment for Timor-Leste; and (d) support costing accounting and actuarial services for all remaining health services for Palau.
Geographical Location Tonga,Republic of Fiji,Cook Islands,Samoa
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Regional and national implementation of the Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination reflects the commitment of leaders, their governments and development partners in working towards a more coordinated programmatic approach and effective aid delivery aligned behind national priorities, including development of joint policy matrices for budget support. Investments in national planning, budgeting and monitoring frameworks has resulted in a number of policy dialogues concentrating around economic, public sector, state owned enterprise and public financial management reforms. Towards this, the strategic country analyses, sectoral assessments and policy papers provided to the selected PDMCS through the TA will contribute to a more effective country-led policy dialogue and informed decision-making process. Overall, the TA will contribute to efforts that PDMC have already committed to under the Pacific Plan (2005), Paris Declaration (2007), and other initiatives.

ADB's key country national and sector counterparts have been briefed on the change in programming approach for PDMCs. ADB has received in several instances ad hoc requests from the governments for support to prepare policy briefs and assessments to inform their decision making. Some of these requests cannot be met under existing TAs, hence, the proposed TA is welcomed by governments as a means of rapid response to such requests. Written no objection letters will be obtained from the participating governments, preferably prior to the approval of the TA or before commencement of financing of the proposed activities.

During Project Implementation

The TA will finance an estimated 15 person months of international and 10 person months of national consulting services. The consultants will be engaged individually in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Terms of reference for the consulting positions will be made available in due course.

The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's TA Disbursement Handbook dated May 2010 (as amended from time to time).

The participating governments will contribute in the form of counterpart staff remuneration, office accomodation, and logistical and administrative support.

Consultation were relevant stakeholders for each activity were carried out during implementation. For more recent activities, the TA financed country-wide community consultations which contributed to the development of the Fiji Green Growth Framework. The report was subsequently translated into the Fijian and Hindu for wider distribution to the Fijian communities. Consultations are continuing for ongoing activities.

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Consulting Services

The TA will be implemented over a period of 30 months from 1 January to 30 June 2015. Output 1 will require an estimated 6 person-months of international and 6 person-months of national consulting services. Outputs 2 and 3 of the TA will be designed to flexibly address the needs for sector and thematic assessments as well as government requests, and consulting services requirements will therefore be determined on a case-by-case basis. The consultants will be engaged individually by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

The terms of reference of the consultants for outputs 1 and 2 and indicative roles for experts for output 3 are

1. Consulting services will support the implementation of this technical assistance (TA) and will include 6 person-months of international and 6 person-months of national consulting inputs for output 1. Outputs 2 and 3 of the TA will be designed to flexibly address the need for sector and thematic assessments as well as government requests, and consulting services requirements will therefore be determined on a case-by-case basis. The consultants will comprise a pool of policy and planning specialists, sector specialists, and national advisers who will work under the guidance of the country team leaders and country, regional or sector directors.

2. Planning and policy specialists (international, 6 person-months, intermittent). Specialists will have a degree (or equivalent qualification) in business, economics, political science, governance, public policy or planning, with at least 5 years experience in a senior management position in strategic planning and economic management as well as policy formulation. The specialists will work under the guidance of the country team leader and regional director; they may need to work as part of a team, and at times take on leadership of a small team of international and national consultants. The specialists should have experience working in the selected Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) to be analyzed. The specialists' responsibilities will depend on whether the assignment requires (i) preparing country analyses outlining the strategic approach for selected Pacific DMCs, or (ii) preparing a policy brief in response to specific requests from Pacific DMCs.

3. The specific responsibilities for a specialist preparing country analyses include:

(i) assessing development trends and issues, including recent political developments, status of the economy, monetary and fiscal policies and social developments;

(ii) reviewing the government's national strategy;

(iii) developing a matrix of other development partner assistance in the areas of proposed Asian Development Bank (ADB) support;

(iv) preparing brief macroeconomic assessments for the selected Pacific DMCs; and

(v) preparing strategic country papers that highlight development issues and challenges, government responses, and identify gaps for development partner support.

4. Sector specialists (national and international, maximum 8 person-months, intermittent). Sector specialists will have a degree (or equivalent qualification) in urban planning, environmental science, political science, economics, governance, education, trade facilitation and security, or civil engineering as appropriate to the specific task. The specialists will have at least 5 years experience in a senior management position in relevant sectors in line with areas identified in the Pacific Approach as operational priorities (transport and information and communication technology; energy; urban development; water and sanitation; and education) and drivers of change (improved private sector environment; public sector management; capacity development; climate change adaptation and mitigation; development partnerships; and gender mainstreaming). The specialists will work under the guidance of sector specialists and sector directors and will consult

Procurement The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Maria Melei
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Nov 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

TA 8257-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2012 - 12 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2013 31 Mar 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,285,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,285,000.00 12 Dec 2012 1,080,595.61
Title Document Type Document Date
Results-Based Strategy and Sector Planning in the Pacific Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2012

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