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