ADB TA 9457-NEP, Institutional Strengthening of Nepal Rural Road Sector for Sustainable Development, Consulting Services (48218-003)

Client: Asian Development Bank
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: January 2019 to May 2020
Consulting Association:Sheladia Associates Inc, USA-GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd-SILT Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: Total US$ 918,500; GEOCE’s part- US$ 91,340
Professional Staff Input:Sheladia – 16 person months, GEOCE-17 person months and SILT-10 person months

Salient Details

The main objective of the consulting services was to support the Government of Nepal through Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration and DoLIDAR in improving [rural road] sector management performance by implementing institutional development initiatives. The focus of the TA was to (i) redefine and restructure the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads (DoLIDAR) (now Department of Local Infrastructure) to a state-of-the-art sub-national road agency; and (ii) implement new business procedures and provide training to DoLIDAR, provincial and district officials to enable DoLIDAR to restructure and adopt a new institutional and management structure. New business procedures covered (i) procurement and contracting processes; (ii) planning processes; (iii) quality assurance systems; and (iv) engineering (pavement design, road maintenance, and road safety).

The key outputs of the TA consultant’s services were:

1. Institutional Framework and Management Structure

  • Role of Department of Local Infrastructure (DoLI)
  • Draft Business Plan and Organization Structure of DoLI
  • Support and Backstopping of Local Government Organizations
  • Support and Backstopping of Provincial Road Authorities
  • Delivery of Provincial & Local Infrastructure Works
  • Performance-Based Budgeting and Auditing

2. Re-engineering of DoLI’s Business Processes

  • Re-Engineering of Project & Contract Management and Procurement Processes
    Project and Contract Management
    Review of e-Procurement Processes
    Review of Standard Bidding Documents
    Standard Bid Documents for Output/ Performance Based Maintenance
  • Re-Engineering of Planning Processes
    Planning Processes of Provincial and Local Roads
  • Re-Engineering of Quality Assurance Processes
    Quality Control & Quality Assurance
    Quality Assurance Manual
  • Re-Engineering of Road Engineering Processes
    Road Maintenance
    • Road Maintenance Manual
    • Guidance Notes on Do’s and Don’ts for Maintenance of Pavement, Shoulders & Drainage
    Road Safety
    • Road Safety Audit Guidelines for Sub-National Roads
    • Technical Notes on Road Safety, Safety Barrier, and Safety Fence for Sub-National Roads
    • Technical Note on Community Road Safety for Local Infrastructure Roads
  • Legal Advice – legal Assessment regarding DOLI support to Provincial Government and Local Government (in changed context)
  • Capacity Development Training to 164 engineers from Central, Provincial and Local Level on pavement design, road maintenance, quality assurance and quality control, project and contract management

Water Resources Project Preparatory Facility: Package 1 Facility Management and Capacity Building (ADB Grant no 0299-NEP)

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Client: Department of Irrigation & Department of Water-Induced Disaster Prevention
Funding Agency: Asian Development Bank
Period: April, 2013 to February 2019
Consulting Association: GITEC Consult GmbH, GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd & PRECAR
Approx. Value of Services: Total- US$ 405,853, NRs 98.19 M. GEOCE’s part- NRs 54 M
Professional Staff Input: International (18) and National (184) person months

Salient Details:

The main objectives of the WRPPF are: (i) detailed feasibility studies for high priority water resources projects; (ii)  updating the  Irrigation Master Plan; (iii) improving the environmental, social, and technical capacity of the Department of Irrigation (DOI) and the Department of Water-Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP); and (iv) efficient facility management.

The consulting services are provided covering following three aspects of the Facility:

  1. Improving the environmental, social and technical capacities of Department of Irrigation (DOI) and Department of Water Induced Disaster Management Prevention (DWIDP)
  2. Institutional capacity assessment and capacity development plan of DOI and DWIDP
  3. Efficient Facility management.

Main services under aspect 1) include (a) support to strengthen existing Environment Section of DOI as a Social and Environment Section and to establish Social and Environment Desk within DWIDP; (b) training needs assessment, design of training program and to enhance the capacities of DOI and DWIDP staff through effective formal and on-the-job training (including participation in preparing the ensuing projects); (c) to provide clear terms of reference of the Section and Desk; (d) preparation of environmental safeguard guideline on safeguard planning and implementation, Social Safeguard Guideline (involuntary resettlement guideline, indigenous people guideline) and gender and social inclusion guideline for DOI and DWIDP; and to provide ToT for the dissemination of the guidelines in the central, regional and division levels of DOI and DWIDP.

Similarly, under 2) the services include comprehensive assessment of the existing institutional capacity of DOI and DWIDP; preparation of needs assessment report including capacity development plan, staffing and budget; in-country and outside training to DOI and DWIDP staff in new and innovative technology, information science and management  such as remote sensing, GIS, disaster preparedness planning and information sharing. 

Under aspect 3) services are provided to assist Facility Management Unit (FMU) for procurement and project management of consulting services for detail feasibility study of high priority water resources projects, flood hazard mapping of priority river basins of Nepal and updating Irrigation Master Plan; provide guidance and supervision of these services.

Also carried out review of irrigation policy and drafted Irrigation Act, 2072.