37021-012: Support to the Public Administration Reform Program | Asian Development Bank

Afghanistan: Support to the Public Administration Reform Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37021-012 Status: Archived

The purpose of the TA is to support Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan (TISA) in the implementation of the Public Administration Reform (PAR) program in a manner that will enable the civil service to achieve its long-term goals.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sato, Noriko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
  • Afghanistan
  • Technical Assistance
  • Public sector management
Project Name Support to the Public Administration Reform Program
Project Number 37021-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4244-AFG: Support to the Public Administration Reform Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The purpose of the TA is to support Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan (TISA) in the implementation of the Public Administration Reform (PAR) program in a manner that will enable the civil service to achieve its long-term goals. The TA is expected to achieve the following results: The Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) perform its functions in accordance with mandate; selected priority departments and particularly those with responsibility for the delivery of essential services restructured/streamlined and demonstrating improvements in service delivery; personnel and administrative systems updated in some priority areas of government; proposed strategy for institutional and functional changes to the structure of government submitted to elected government; PAR Implementation Program and 5 year financing plan in National Development Budget (NDB) using a sector-wide approach, and there are regular reports to and consultations with citizens, government and civil society groups on PAR Program by the IARCSC and the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC).

The TA will result in a well established mechanism for the harmonization and coordination of donor funded projects of support to the PAR program, reflecting genuine country-led partnership and a results orientation, while concretely linking development strategies and budget processes within the Public Administration Reform and Economic Management (PAREM). This will be accomplished through institutional capacity-building activities within IARCSC and its constituent bodies targeting both the strengthening of development management systems and procedures, and leadership and management skills.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Civil servants function efficiently and effectively and held to account for their performance.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome To contribute to the implementation of the public administration reform (PAR) program and associated decrees
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

IARCSC strengthened

PRR decree implemented

Phase 1 of disaster and risk management (DRM) reform and restructuring policy implemented

PAR program and resources coordinated and performance communicated

ADB TA managed effectively

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will provide a core team of 3 international experts for the duration of the TA and the team will omprise: (i) advisor to the PRR coordinator in Administrative Reforms Secretariat (ARS); (ii) advisor to IARCSC and the PRR ministries on managing for results and setting up appropriate systems and work practices; and (iii) an advisor on streamlining service delivery departments to improve the delivery of basic services through PRR initiatives. There will be 3 full time domestic consultants attached to the advisors and a full time domestic consultant to coordinate the Disaster and Risk Management (DRM) activities. Provision has also been made for up to 22 person months of international and 70 person months of domestic consultants for short term PRR initiatives.

Long term consultants: indicative areas:

1. Advisor (International Advisor) and Assistant Advisor (Domestic Consultant) for Institutional and Functional Review of front line service delivery departments: The purpose is to assist priority departments responsible for the delivery of basic services to improve the performance of services delivered by streamlining functions, eliminating unnecessary activities, overlaps and duplications, focusing resources on core services; considering how e-governance can assist; developing sustainable capacity within the service delivery departments; and providing a basis for replication and scaling up of the service delivery improvement initiative.

2. Advisor (International Consultant) and Assistant Advisor (Domestic Consultant) for Coordinating/Prioritizing/Resourcing Priority Reform and Restructuring (PRR) Initiatives: The purpose is to provide support to the Administration Reform Secretariat (ARS) of the IARCSC to process PRR submissions effectively, efficiently and in a timely manner and to assist in the coordination, supervision and management of PRR TA resources from donors using effective criteria and prioritizing system.

3. Advisor (International Consultant) and Assistant Advisor (Domestic Consultant) for Results-Based Management (RBM) and Performance Management System: The purpose is to assist IARCSC and the Ministries design and implement a simple but effective and efficient results-based management system for approved PRR initiatives

4. Disaster Risk Management Advisor (Domestic Consultant): The purpose of the TA is to assist with the implementation of the Reform and Restructuring of the National Disaster and Emergency Management Commission and associated bodies, based on the PRR decree.

Deadline for submission of EOIs: 15 December 2003.

Procurement The purchase of equipment from TA proceeds will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Computer and office equipment, furniture, and transportation means will be procured. The most economic and effective means of procuring the items will be discussed on a case-tocase basis with the ADB's Procurement Section. The equipment will remain the property of ADB until completion of the TA. At completion of the TA, all equipment will be handed over to which the equipment will have been allocated.
Responsible ADB Officer Sato, Noriko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Independent Adm Reforms and Civil Service Commssn
Prime Minister Compound
Kabul, Afghanistan
Concept Clearance 28 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 28 Sep 2003 to 06 Oct 2003
Approval 11 Dec 2003
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Sep 2007
Last PDS Update 26 Oct 2008

TA 4244-AFG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2003 27 Dec 2003 27 Dec 2003 31 Dec 2005 30 Jun 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,400,000.00 11 Dec 2003 1,629,487.04

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Title Document Type Document Date
Support for the Public Administration Reform Program TA Completion Reports Aug 2011
Support for Public Administration Reform Program Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2003

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