Vanuatu : COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project

Sovereign Project | 54196-002

The project aims to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, while building their resilience to withstand further pandemic impacts and other external shocks in the future. The project has two components: (i) food security and income-generating support delivered to poor and vulnerable women, and (ii) multidisciplinary responses to gender-based violence (GBV) implemented.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Carandang, Ninebeth S.
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Vanuatu
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Project Number 54196-002
Country / Economy Vanuatu
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0825-VAN: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 3.50 million
Grant 0826-VAN: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Ireland Trust Fund for Building Climate Change and Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States US$ 250,000.00
Grant 9227-VAN: COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 1.50 million
Operational Priorities OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The project aims to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, while building their resilience to withstand further pandemic impacts and other external shocks in the future. The project has two components: (i) food security and income-generating support delivered to poor and vulnerable women, and (ii) multidisciplinary responses to gender-based violence (GBV) implemented.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Adverse impacts of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable groups are mitigated, and the groups' social and economic resilience is strengthened.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Capabilities of poor and vulnerable groups, especially women and girls, to withstand further impacts of COVID-19 improved

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Food security and income-generating support delivered to poor and vulnerable women

Multidisciplinary responses to GBV implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Consultants under DARD have been engaged in December 2022 and January 2023. Anti-Gender-Based Violence Program Consultant (Save the Children Australia) has been engaged in March 2023. Evaluation of proposal received for the Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant position is ongoing. PMU consultants are currently being engaged.
Geographical Location Luganville, Port Vila
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project will have minimal or no adverse environmental impacts. It will not involve civil works, and no structures will be erected. The installation of backyard garden beds poses no environmental risks.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement or land acquisition is envisaged since the backyard gardening activities will be on lands owned or rented by beneficiary households. Where households rent land, permissions willbe secured from the landlord as an aspect of the selection criteria.
Indigenous Peoples No communities of distinct indigenous peoples as defined in ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement are part of the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder consultation was done during project design.
During Project Implementation The Project Support Team will develop a stakeholder communication strategy that will include:1.A project website regularly updated to document project progress across all outputs; 2.Cross links to government Facebook pages including DARD and DOI Facebook pages if available; 3.A project Facebook page also regularly updated to document project progress across all outputs; 4.Regular use of traditional local media including newspaper, radio, and television, and in particular, DARD radio station broadcasts for backyard garden and nutrition funded by JFPR; and 5.Regular use of face-to-face communications by taking advantage of a wide range of opportunities to present project communications to specific audiences.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The following consulting services will be advertised soon:

1. Social Protection Specialist/Team Leader (National)

2. Food Processing/Program Coordinator (National)

3. Business Entrepreneurship Consultant (National)

4. Gender Specialist (National)

Procurement

The following nonconsulting services will be procured through Request for Quotation (RFQ) through DARD and DOI soon:

1.Backyard Garden Installation Works

2.Training

3.Project Auditor

4.Training on Food Processing in Port Vila and Luganville (Two External Trainers)

The following goods and works will be procured through Request for Quotation (RFQ) through DARD soon:

1.Supply and Delivery of Garden Supplies and Materials and Gardening Tools

2.Good and Services for Vanuatu Made Events in Port Vila and Luganville

Responsible ADB Officer Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance and Treasury (formerly Department of Finance)
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 13 Apr 2021 to 13 Apr 2021
MRM 14 Sep 2021
Approval 08 Feb 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Apr 2023

Grant 0825-VAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Feb 2022 10 Aug 2022 19 Oct 2022 31 Aug 2026 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.61 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.50 21 May 2024 2.11 0.00 60%
Counterpart 0.11 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 May 2024 0.56 0.00 16%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0826-VAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Feb 2022 10 Aug 2022 19 Oct 2022 31 Aug 2026 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.25 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 May 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.25 21 May 2024 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 9227-VAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Feb 2022 10 Aug 2022 19 Oct 2022 31 Aug 2026 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 21 May 2024 0.00 0.72 48%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 1.50 21 May 2024 0.00 0.87 58%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Business Entrepreneurship Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Food Processing Specialist/Program Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Protection Specialist/Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Finance Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender/GBV Prevention Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Monitoring and Evaluation Consulting Firm (International) Firm - Consulting Closed
Agriculture Specialist/Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Finance Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Vertical Gardening Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Plant Pest and Disease Control Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Anti-Gender-Based-Violence Program Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Social Protection Specialist/Team Leader Grant 0825 30 Oct 2023 Brian Eddie Phillips | Port Vila, Vanuatu Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 115,090.00
Gender/Gender-Based Violence Prevention Specialist Grant 825 11 Sep 2023 Jeannette Bolenga | P.O. Box 228, Teouma Valley, Port Vila Department of Finance and Treasury: Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 200,000.00
M&E Consultant (Firm) Grant 0825 12 May 2023 Abt Associates | 2/5 Gardner Cl, Milton, QLD 4064, Brisbane, Australia Department of Finance and Treasury : Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 269,993.00
Procurement Specialist Grant 0825 03 Apr 2023 Samuel Lnparus | Port Vila Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 118,930.00
Financial Management Specialist Grant 0825 03 Apr 2023 Leisau Lakeleo | Port Vila Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 111,400.00
Anti-Gender-Based Violence Program Consultant (Firm) (Save the Children Australia) Grant 0825 24 Mar 2023 Save the Children Australia | 33 Lincoln Square South Carlton, Victoria, 3053 Australia Ministry of Finance & Economic Management 1,199,998.00

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
COVID-19 Response for Affected Poor and Vulnerable Groups Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2024