Regional: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 53371-001

The TA is designed to address piecemeal and weakly targeted social protection measures in the Pacific and expand social protection systems to promote sustainable support for the vulnerable. It will offer broad support to meet the distinct needs of the region by focusing on social insurance, social assistance, and active labor market programs. Priorities will also be given to assist Pacific DMCs in responding to COVID-19 and other climate and disaster related shocks under all the TA outputs.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Carandang, Ninebeth S.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Project Number 53371-001
Country / Economy Regional
Cook Islands
Fiji
Micronesia, Federated States of
Kiribati
Nauru
Niue
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Marshall Islands
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9963-REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9963-REG: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The TA is designed to address piecemeal and weakly targeted social protection measures in the Pacific and expand social protection systems to promote sustainable support for the vulnerable. It will offer broad support to meet the distinct needs of the region by focusing on social insurance, social assistance, and active labor market programs. Priorities will also be given to assist Pacific DMCs in responding to COVID-19 and other climate and disaster related shocks under all the TA outputs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Impact(s) the TA is aligned with enhanced government capacity and leadership in social protection development in selected Pacific developing member countries.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Social protection systems and programs strengthened in selected Pacific DMCs.

Progress Toward Outcome Social protection policies and programs supported in Palau, Vanuatu, Tonga, RMI, Nauru, and PNG.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Gender responsive social protection policies and investments identified and prioritized.

Capacity in building social protection systems and delivery of social protection services for vulnerable groups

improved.

Knowledge production and partnerships on social protection strengthened.

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

Two projects on strengthening social protection systems and programs in Palau and Vanuatu have been approved in 2021 and 2022. Processing of relevant projects in Tonga and Republic of Marshall Islands ongoing.

Rapid assessment of preparedness, mitigation and response measures designed to reduce the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable groups such as poor households, older persons, informal or unprotected workers, people with disabilities, children and the gender-differentiated effects of COVID-19 on these groups mainly from social, economic and health perspective have been undertaken for Cook Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tuvalu.

The TA assisted in setting-up the social registry in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The TA assisted the Government of Papua New Guinea in developing their National Social Protection Policy which aims at protecting and safeguarding the interest of vulnerable groups and expanding the existing programs and activities pertaining to social protection in the country.

A national social protection strategy produced for Nauru which aims to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of social protection programs. The strategy includes ICT Roadmap for the social protection in Nauru.

The TA supported Vanuatu, Kiribati, PNG and Tuvalu_in the data collection for the 2018 SPI and preparing the Regional SPI Report for the Pacific.

Supported the feasibility of aged care services in Cook Islands.

Geographical Location Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide; Nauru - Nation-wide; Niue - Nation-wide; Palau - Nation-wide; Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide
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 ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions._Concurrence will be sought from participating governments in the shortlisting of consultants. The TA will finance up to 43 person-months of international consulting services and 14.5 of national consulting services. Either_individual or consulting firm selections will be used in accordance with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions. The TA requires highly qualified international and national experts in the field of social protection and regulatory framework, social protection investment planning and financing and aged care, among others. Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the ADB Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Nov 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 15 Apr 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2022

TA 9963-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020 31 Mar 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 29 Sep 2022 1,054,385.64

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Social Protection Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Sep 2022 12 Sep 2022
Social Development Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Aug 2022 09 Sep 2022
Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jan 2022 23 Jan 2022
Feasibility Study on Aged Care Services in Cook Islands Firm - Consulting Closed 23 Nov 2021 01 Dec 2021
RMI: Youth Empowerment/ Livelihoods Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021
RMI: Social Development Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Oct 2021 08 Dec 2021
ICT Expert (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2021 24 Jun 2021
Aged Care Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Aged Care Financing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Digital and Assistive Technology Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Aged Care Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 27 May 2021 09 Jun 2021
ICT Expert (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 May 2021 28 May 2021
Social Protection Specialist (PNG and NAU) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 May 2021 26 May 2021
Social Protection ICT Specialist (Nauru) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
Social Policy Specialist (Nauru) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
Disability Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2021 03 Apr 2021
Aged Care Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Mar 2021 04 Apr 2021
Aged Care Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Mar 2021 04 Apr 2021
Social Development Specialist/Project Manager (Chuuk) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Mar 2021 13 Mar 2021
Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021
Social Protection Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021
Social Registry Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Nov 2020 07 Dec 2020
Social Registry Administrative Staff Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Nov 2020 14 Dec 2020
COVID-19 Response Project for the Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Pacific - Procurement Specialist (PAL) Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jul 2020 04 Aug 2020
COVID-19 Response Project for the Poor and Vulnerable Groups in the Pacific - Procurement Specialist (VAN) Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jul 2020 04 Aug 2020
Consulting Firm for Aged Care Assessment in the Pacific Firm - Consulting Closed 24 Mar 2020 02 Apr 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 9963 20 Apr 2022 PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting LP (NEW ZEALAND) | 15 Customs Street West, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand Asian Development Bank 197,589.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9963 31 Jul 2020 NAREE International Limited(HONG KONG, CHINA) in association with Training & Technology Transfer Ltd.(NEW ZEALAND) | Room A, 29/F, United Centre, 95 Queenswa Admiralty Hongkong, Hong Kong, China Asian Development Bank 319,550.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.