Regional : Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office—For Quality, Climate, and Socioeconomic Resilient Infrastructure

Sovereign Project | 57124-001

The TA will support the implementation of Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) for a further 4-year period from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2027. This will be the fifth phase of the PRIF. The TA design draws on independent PRIF Phase 4 mid-term review findings, preliminary findings of an independent review of the National Infrastructure Investment Plan (NIIP), and extensive consultations with its management committee of eight development partners.

PRIF is a multi-partner coordination and TA facility established in 2008 to improve the quality and coverage of infrastructure and service delivery for its 14 Pacific member countries. PRIF is managed by Pacific Region Infrastructure Coordination Office (PRIF CO).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Energy
Project Name
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office—For Quality, Climate, and Socioeconomic Resilient Infrastructure
Project Number
57124-001
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 10214-REG: Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination OfficeFor Quality, Climate and Socio-Economic Resilient Infrastructure
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
Government of Australia US$ 4.00 million
ATF - Cofinanced TA Funds US$ 1.25 million
European Union US$ 2.20 million
New Zealand Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance US$ 3.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

  • Finance / Infrastructure finance and investment funds

  • Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

  • Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

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

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The TA will support the implementation of Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) for a further 4-year period from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2027. This will be the fifth phase of the PRIF. The TA design draws on independent PRIF Phase 4 mid-term review findings, preliminary findings of an independent review of the National Infrastructure Investment Plan (NIIP), and extensive consultations with its management committee of eight development partners.

PRIF is a multi-partner coordination and TA facility established in 2008 to improve the quality and coverage of infrastructure and service delivery for its 14 Pacific member countries. PRIF is managed by Pacific Region Infrastructure Coordination Office (PRIF CO).

During the proposed PRIF Phase 5, PRIF CO will continue to support the goal of improved quality and coverage of infrastructure with a new emphasis on infrastructure quality principles and greater climate and socioeconomic resilience. It will include an additional output focusing on climate resilience activities. Additionally, it will mainstream cross-cutting themes, including gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), regional integration, private sector participation, and sustainable infrastructure management across all PRIF activities and engagements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

People in the Pacific region have poor access to quality and climate-resilient infrastructure services. PRIF member countries are remote, have small populations, and have a narrow economic base. They face significant challenges in planning, managing, and meeting infrastructure needs. These challenges are exacerbated by climate change, frequent disasters, the need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and increased geostrategic competition. Poor infrastructure compounds existing inequalities and socioeconomic exclusion, disproportionately impacting women and girls and vulnerable groups, and exacerbates gender barriers to education, skills, employment, and markets. Moreover, policy, institutional, and capacity constraints negatively affect the performance and sustainability of infrastructure investments.

The Phase 4 mid-term review found that PRIF performed strongly during the challenging COVID-19 period, was well managed and administered, and key stakeholders agreed that there was an ongoing need for high-quality donor coordination and targeted TA. PRIF provided practical and targeted support to member countries and played a central role in coordinating regional development partner efforts. The coordination function was a highly visible impact of PRIF and brought together a range of partners who contributed their combined experience, knowledge, and finance to the region. PRIF aligned with the priorities of member countries and development partners and exhibited a high degree of coherence without duplication of effort. PRIF effectively integrated cross-cutting themes, including climate change, disaster risk reduction, environment, and GESI. The preliminary findings of the ongoing independent review of PRIF's NIIP program show that NIIPs are generally understood, valued, and offer strong potential for strengthening infrastructure planning and management in member countries.

Overall, PRIF has been an effective vehicle to coordinate and support infrastructure provision in the Pacific, aligning with the PRIF member countries' knowledge needs and priorities as provided in the country knowledge plans and other relevant country or regional policies, strategies, and action plans. There is a strong need for PRIF Phase 5 to support the delivery of the region's unmet infrastructure needs and to build climate and socioeconomic resilience through development partner and regional coordination, capacity development, and finding solutions to the region's infrastructure issues. There are also opportunities to build and further integrate PRIF's approach to cross-cutting themes across all areas of PRIF engagement, collectively plan for and manage safeguards risks, and address gender-based violence and prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (PSEAH).

Impact

Quality, and climate resilient infrastructure and service delivery to support socio-economic development in PRIF member countries improved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Coordinated infrastructure investments and support provided by PRIF partners to PRIF member countries.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Climate resilience activities in key infrastructure sectors supported.

Coordinated development partner and other stakeholder infrastructure support to PRIF member countries provided.

Technical advice on sustainable infrastructure planning and management to PRIF partners and member countries provided.

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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
Responsible ADB Department
Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division
Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia (PLCO)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
04 Aug 2023
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
28 Nov 2023
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
07 Dec 2023

Funding

TA 10214-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Nov 2023 - 28 Nov 2023 31 Dec 2027 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,000,000.00 10,450,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 13,450,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
04 Jun 2024 81,977.09

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Aviation Finance Specialist, Support to PASO Sustainability Individual - Consulting Closed
Vanuatu Construction and Supply Chain Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Fire Engineering Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Structural Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Water and Sanitation Engineer, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Construction Legal Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Building Controls and Compliance Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Organizational Design Specialist, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Public Financial Management Specialist, Strengthening FSM's NIIP Processes Stage 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist, Strengthening FSM's NIIP Processes Stage 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
Building Codes Team Leader, Improving National Building Codes and Standards in the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementation Capacity Specialist, Strengthening FSM's NIIP Processes Stage 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
Infrastructure Planning Specialist, Strengthening FSM's NIIP Processes Stage 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Infrastructure Planning Specialist, Strengthening FSM’s national infrastructure investment planning processes Stage 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
ICT Specialist/Team Leader, Regional Interventions to Strengthen Digital Readiness and Resilience in Pacific Island Countries Individual - Consulting Closed
ICT Specialist (Appraisal Lead), Regional Interventions to Strengthen Digital Readiness and Resilience in Pacific Island Countries Individual - Consulting Closed
International Maritime Specialist, Pacific One Maritime Framework Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Maritime Specialist, Pacific One-Maritime Framework Individual - Consulting Closed
Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Operations and Finance Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Communications and Secretariat Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Assistance Officer – Infrastructure Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Assistance Officer - Infrastructure Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Assistance Officer - Climate Change Infrastructure Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Assistance Officer – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) (Infrastructure) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

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