50111-001: Strengthening Capacity for Improved Implementation of Externally Funded Projects in Cambodia | Asian Development Bank

Cambodia: Strengthening Capacity for Improved Implementation of Externally Funded Projects in Cambodia

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50111-001 Status: Active

The National Strategic Development Strategy (NSDP) 2014-2018 focuses on the promotion of agriculture, physical infrastructure, private sector development, and human resources underpinned by a results-based monitoring and evaluation framework. ADB's Country Partnership and Strategy (CPS) 2014-2018 emphasizes three development pillars, namely strengthening of urban-rural linkages, human resource development and strengthening public management. To achieve these, it is imperative that investments are results-based and that projects deliver their intended outcomes. The proposed TA also supports the midterm review of ADB's Strategy 2020 in terms of delivering value for money/improving operational efficiencies and organizing to meet new challenges, particularly in light of greater empowerment to resident missions in portfolio management and project implementation.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sok, Sokunthea Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Cambodia
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Strengthening Capacity for Improved Implementation of Externally Funded Projects in Cambodia
Project Number 50111-001
Country Cambodia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9315-CAM: Strengthening Capacity for Improved Implementation of Externally Funded Projects in Cambodia
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The National Strategic Development Strategy (NSDP) 2014-2018 focuses on the promotion of agriculture, physical infrastructure, private sector development, and human resources underpinned by a results-based monitoring and evaluation framework. ADB's Country Partnership and Strategy (CPS) 2014-2018 emphasizes three development pillars, namely strengthening of urban-rural linkages, human resource development and strengthening public management. To achieve these, it is imperative that investments are results-based and that projects deliver their intended outcomes. The proposed TA also supports the midterm review of ADB's Strategy 2020 in terms of delivering value for money/improving operational efficiencies and organizing to meet new challenges, particularly in light of greater empowerment to resident missions in portfolio management and project implementation. Previous TAs on enhancing project implementation and capacity building and country systems have started to build the capacity of executing and implementing agencies (EAs/IAs), in the areas of project administration, procurement and financial management, following Government's promulgation of the sub decree on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in 2012. The TAs provided support in operationalizing the sub decree and conducted training programs. However the outreach has been rather limited and performance has been uneven; aspects relating to utilizing knowledge of good implementation practices has also been limited and will need greater attention. The proposed TA therefore builds on results from the previous TA and at the same time seeks to enhance the project cycle.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The demand for public investments in Cambodia has been increasing, in line with Cambodia's rapid economic growth which has averaged 7 percent per year during the past decade. Official Development Assistance (ODA) has played a large role, providing roughly half of the Royal Government of Cambodia's (RGC's) annual development budget. In 2016, ADB alone, as one of RGC's largest development partners, has ongoing commitments of over $1.1 billion, with an expected increase of roughly $150 million/year for the next 3 years. There is concern, however, that as development assistance is expanding the capacity to absorb the aid, is less than effective. Furthermore, knowledge and lessons learned from previous assistance have not been fully documented, disseminated and utilized in the preparation of new projects. This, along with poor upstream project preparation has in turn caused difficulties in starting up new projects and investments. The TA therefore addresses to enhance the project cycle, which combines knowledge and lessons learned with sound project preparation and readiness.
Impact Effective and sustainable development using external resources promoted
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Implementation of externally financed projects improved
Progress Toward Outcome It is too early to assess the progress toward outcome.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: Mechanisms for project preparation, readiness and implementation improved

Output 2: Implementation capacity of the executing and implementing agencies strengthened and sustained

Output 3: Strategic and effective knowledge management improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

As of September 2018, five individual consultants (one international procurement specialist, one international financial management specialist, one international project implementation specialist, one national procurement consultant, and one national financial management consultant) are on board. The consultation workshop on the review of financial management manual was conducted on 21 September 2018 for discussion and feedbacks from the implementing and executing agencies, and development partners while the consultation workshop on the review of procurement manual is scheduled for 5 October 2018. The revision of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is under review.

The recruitment of the consulting firm for the Capacity Building and Learning Program for Improving the Project Implementation is under evaluation of the expressions of interests. The proposed shortlisting will be submitted for approval by PPFD in October 2018. The consulting firm is expected to mobilize in January 2019.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank (WB) and Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) were consulted during the project design.
During Project Implementation

The Ministry of Economy and Finance will be the executing agency. The ministry will (i) work closely with relevant line ministries to assess underlying issues regarding project readiness, preparation, and implementation; (ii) assess capacity building needs and develop the necessary

training programs; (iii) work with a consulting firm, individual consultants and national training institutions to improve project implementation and portfolio performance; and (iv) ensure consistency with government training programs. ADB's Cambodia Resident Mission will administer the TA. The TA is scheduled to be implemented over 24 months, from 30 June 2017 to 30 April 2019.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting firm/national training institute and individual consultants will be recruited in June 2017.
Procurement Procurement of goods (laptop computers, audiovisual projector, and office furniture) will be procured when the TA starts in June 2017.
Responsible ADB Officer Sok, Sokunthea
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Cambodia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy and Finance
H.E. Pen Thirong, Director General of General Department of International Cooperation and Debt Management, Ministry of Economy and Finance
[email protected]
Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh City Cambodia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Feb 2017
Fact Finding 01 Feb 2017 to 02 Feb 2017
MRM -
Approval 08 May 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2018

TA 9315-CAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 May 2017 30 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2017 30 Apr 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,400,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 08 May 2017 189,456.49

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Capacity Building and Learning Program for Improving the Project Implementation Firm - Consulting Closed 03 May 2018 01 Jun 2018
International Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017
Financial Management Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Sep 2017 25 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

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