Consulting Services Operations Manual by Asian Development Bank

By Asian Development Bank

In April 2006, the Asian improvement financial institution (ADB) issued a revised variation of its guidance at the Use of experts through Asian improvement financial institution and Its debtors, (the Guidelines), incorporating major adjustments because of the harmonization of regulations and techniques with these of the area Bank.While the information set uncomplicated regulations and systems, extra counsel on utilizing specialists is supplied to ADB employees throughout the undertaking management directions (which are up to date periodically). a 3rd reference, which gives details on practices and strategies in even larger aspect and to a much broader viewers, has been the instruction manual for clients of Consulting companies (the Handbook). The final version of the instruction manual was once produced in 2002.Thus,when the recent guidance have been issued, quite a lot of updating used to be wanted, either as a result of adjustments to the tips themselves and due to incremental alterations in guidelines, practices, and methods through the years.

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The tasks involved in the needs analysis will thus include (i) informing the provincial governments of their participation in the project, (ii) requesting the nomination of candidates, (iii) interviewing candidates, and (iv) assessing candidates’ training needs. The next step will be the formulation of training courses. This requires not just a prior needs analysis but also an assessment of what facilities are available to provide the training and what type of training expertise is available in the country or the provinces concerned.

Q. What is the difference between the way contingencies are handled in costing loanfunded consulting services and TA grant-funded consulting services? A. For loan-funded consulting services, a large contingency normally covers the whole project cost, which can be used for consulting services if necessary. For TA grant-funded consulting services, contingency costs are limited to about 10% of the TA cost. This means that costings for TA grant-funded consulting services need to be much more precise.

44. Identifying specific consulting services requirements thus takes place when an ADB staff member, an ADB-recruited consultant, and/or an official of the borrower’s EA begins to prepare or implement an activity within the CPS. This is when the specific expertise required and the length of the consultancy input need to be defined. An important first step in doing this is to specify the purpose of the consulting services clearly within the context of the CPS and the project cycle. In line with the diagram of the project cycle and consulting services needs illustrated in Chapter I, this will normally be one of the following: ❑ a staff consultancy to assist in preparing the CPS; ❑ a staff consultancy to assist in a TA fact-finding mission preparing a PPTA, an ADTA, or a RETA; ❑ a TA grant-funded consultancy to work with DMC officials to formulate a loan project proposal under a PPTA; ❑ a TA grant-funded consultancy to implement an ADTA or RETA; 11 18 These TA grants are a unique modality of ADB and do not exist in other major multilateral development banks (MDBs).

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