Regional: Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific
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.
Carandang, Ninebeth S.
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|Project Name||Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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(s) the TA is aligned with enhanced government capacity and leadership in social protection development in selected Pacific developing member countries.
|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.|
|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
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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||13 Nov 2019|
|Approval||15 Apr 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Apr 2020||-||15 Apr 2020||31 Mar 2025||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Social Protection in the Pacific: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Apr 2020|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
None currently available.
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Empowering the Vulnerable in Tonga: A Success Story on Social Protection Services||Brochures and Flyers||Dec 2020|
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|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|
|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||—|
None currently available.