Sunday, December 17, 2017

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I register as an RTSM expert?
A. (i) Fill in standard CV template (online or by emailing rtsm@sprep.org) (ii) Tick area of interest, competency, specialisation (e.g. gender specialist, climate financing, community development, civil engineer, climate change specialist, knowledge management specialist, economist, legal specialist, M&E specialist etc) (iii) Email completed CV to rtsm@sprep.org or just click ‘Register’ on online form.

Q. How can I request Technical Assistance through the RRF?
A. (i) Fill in Standard Application Form (online or by emailing rtsm@sprep.org) (ii) Email scanned completed form to rtsm@sprep.org

Q. Who is eligible to use the RTSM?
A. The RTSM is accessible to all member countries of CROP agencies, as well as development partners, donors and networks with a common interest (i.e. CCA & DRR).

Q. Who is eligible to use the RRF?
A. The RRF is open to all donors and development partners. The current RRF is financed by the ADB. ‘Rules of eligibility’ (below) are ADB specific. However, new eligibility rules will be introduced as more donors and development partners come onboard. Eligibility rules of the ADB will not apply in this case.

Q. Who is eligible to receive Technical Assistance (TA) through the RRF-SCF (ADB)
A. All 14 ADB Developing Member Countries – Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia* (FSM), Kiribati*, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu* and Vanuatu. Priority for TA assistance will be for the 11 without PPCR Country Tracks (PNG, Samoa and Tonga).

*FSM, Kiribati and Tuvalu are the 3 Pacific Pilot Countries who will receive substantial technical and advisory assistance through Output 1 and Component 2 (SPC led) of the SPCR. To ensure there is no overlap, financing of TA to the 3 Pilot Countries will be subject to a different assessment process.

Niue is not eligible for TA under the RRF-SCF (ADB). However, Niue is eligible for funding of attendance and participation at meetings, workshops and conferences that contribute to achieving the overall outcome and outputs of the Pacific SPCR.

Pacific Island Territories, CROP Agencies, Multilateral Development Banks, Development Partners are not eligible for TA funding unless TA requested of partner agencies is outside mandate or ‘normal business’ of partner agencies. This approach will make for a much more coordinated and streamlined approach at providing climate change related, technical assistance to PICs.

Q. What is eligible for funding?
A. Only Technical Assistance costs provided by approved (RTSM Project Committee and WARD approval process) international, regional and national experts will be funded by the RRF.

Q. What type of TA is eligible?
A. Technical assistance that targets strategic approaches to effective resourcing; project development, project monitoring and evaluation across key areas related to climate change such as adaptation, mitigation, climate science and meteorological services, policy development, multilateral and bilateral negotiations, capacity building, economics and knowledge management and information.

Under the RRF-SCF (ADB), focus of assistance will be limited to two (2) specific Sectors – Infrastructure and Food Security. TA may be technical (practical, field work) or advisory.

Q. What is the application process for RTSM and RRF?
A. All requests for assistance should be submitted to the RTSM, having been stamped and approved by a nominated National Focal Point ( SPREP Focal Point or any other CROP agency Focal Point – e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance etc) in eligible countries.

PICs must identify (i) Implementing Agency where the TA will focus and be based while in country; and (ii) a lead person in-country (i.e. In-country TA Manager (ITM)) that will take on the job of overall direction, coordination, control, monitoring and supervision of specific TA in requesting PIC. The same person will be liaising with the RTSM Coordinator to ensure work is progressing according to agreed TORs of deployed TAs.

Q. How ‘rapid’ is the RRF? And how long will it take for my TA request to be actioned?
A. The definition of ‘rapid response’ is 3months (from date of official request to date of deployment) : Response to applicants on their submission:
o Immediate automated acknowledgement of receipt of request
o Initial contact max 3 working days return time if TA cost is less than USD5,000
o max 5 working days return time if TA cost is more than USD5,000 and less than USD10,000
o max 10working days return time if TA cost is more than USD10,000 and less than USD40,000
o max 15 working days return time if more than USD40,000