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Mongolia: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Public Utility Service Organizations

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54008-001 Status: Active

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will assist the Government of Mongolia in strengthening the institutional capacity of public utility service organizations (PUSO) and will enhance sustainability of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed investments by improving technical capacity of PUSOs for provision of reliable and safe water supply and wastewater services.

Project Details

Project Officer
Badarch, Tuul East Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Mongolia
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Public Utility Service Organizations
Project Number 54008-001
Country Mongolia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6634-MON: Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Public Utility Service Organizations
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 745,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will assist the Government of Mongolia in strengthening the institutional capacity of public utility service organizations (PUSO) and will enhance sustainability of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed investments by improving technical capacity of PUSOs for provision of reliable and safe water supply and wastewater services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Currently, 205 PUSOs provide water supply, wastewater, and partially, district heating services to residents and public and business entities in urban settlements across Mongolia. PUSOs employ 10,950 staff, of which 40% are women and 42% work in aimag and soum centers. Of total PUSO staff, 18% are engineers and technicians, who manage and coordinate O&M of the systems. Women constitute 29% of engineers and technicians employed by PUSO. Acute funding constraints for capital investments and poor O&M have led to dilapidated infrastructure and ineffective services due to high losses from leaks, frequent breakdowns, and excessive repair costs. These limitations have undermined consumers' confidence and their willingness to pay for the services, and have increased the reluctance by the Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Services Regulatory Commission (the Regulator) to raise service tariffs, further constraining financial and institutional performance of PUSOs. Regular skills development of PUSOs' technical staff and dissemination of knowledge and information on updated standards, norms and regulations on construction and operation of facilities are essential for sustaining an effective and efficient performance of the sector. At the academic level, training for water supply and wastewater engineers is provided by the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, whereas technicians (plumbers, laboratorians, electricians, etc.) obtain professional qualification from technical and vocational education training centers. Further enhancing skills and accreditation of the PUSO staff are the responsibility of the Training, Research, and Information Division of Construction Development Center under the MCUD. However, the division's capacity and disperse training topics make it impossible to organize regular and targeted sessions for PUSO employees. To address the PUSOs institutional capacity and the skills obsolescence, the Regulator established the Training Center for Public Utility Services Sector (Regulator's Training Center, RTC) in 2020. The RTC is in its early formation stage and needs the support in developing training concepts and modules and equipping training classes. The RTC has a separate unit, which focuses on community awareness, education, and communications and on dissemination of best practices across the PUSOs. This TA is designed to establish an effective mechanism for technical training of PUSO staff. It is in line with the civil society recommendations for ADB to support the development of a professional training center for PUSOs staff.
Impact Urban water supply and wastewater services in Mongolia improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Knowledge and skills of PUSO technical staff applied,
Progress Toward Outcome Not yet due.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Policy advice on PUSO technical training strategy finalized

Capacity of the Regulator's Training Center strengthened

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

Not yet due. Selection of a consulting firm to support in technical upskilling of PUSO staff is ongoing. It is expected to mobilize the firm by June 2021.

Ongoing. Project implementation unit, comprising TA coordinator and finance and administration officer, was established in February 2021. Request for quotations for supply of furniture and equipment for the Regulator's Training Center is being prepared.

Geographical Location Nation-wide, Mongolia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders have been consulted during the project design
During Project Implementation Stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback on the TA reports, PUSO training strategy and annual training plans and during the development of training modules.
Responsible ADB Officer Badarch, Tuul
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Mongolia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Construction and Urban Development
Ulaanbaatar 211238
Barilgachdyn Talbai 3 Mongolia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Nov 2020
Fact Finding 04 Nov 2020 to 06 Nov 2020
MRM -
Approval 04 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2021

TA 6634-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020 26 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
745,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 745,000.00 04 Dec 2020 5,427.07

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Pubic Utility Service Organization Upskilling Program Development Consulting Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Mar 2021 14 Apr 2021
Project Coordinator - Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Public Utility Service Organizations Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2021 25 Jan 2021
Finance and Administration Officer - Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of Public Utility Service Organizations Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2021 25 Jan 2021

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