Sunday, May 29, 2022

Welcome to Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM)


The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is a targeted program under the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) Strategic Climate Fund (SCF).  Hosted within SPREP, the PPCR Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM) has received financial assistance from the CIF, through the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to establish a roster of experts across key areas related to climate change such as adaptation, mitigation, climate science, capacity building, economics and knowledge management and information.  The RTSM is established with oversight and coordination by the Working Arm of the CEO Subcommittee on Climate Change and Disaster Resilient Development (WARD) and under the guidance of the CROP Executives  Subcommittee on Climate Change and Disaster Resilient Development (CES-CCRD).  Within the RTSM is a Rapid Response Fund (RRF), which finances the deployment of experts into Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on a needs basis.

The RTSM and RRF is an initiative of the CROP Agencies, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), Development Partners, Donors and Pacific Island Countries.

The establishment of the RTSM and RRF is a step towards 'transformative change' that is taken by the CROP agencies, to efficiently serve the priority and needs of Pacific Island countries in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM)
The RTSM is a registered network of pre-approved experts (e.g. on gender, climate change financing, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation etc) that can provide, on the request of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), advice on appropriate resource opportunities, strategic approaches and technical assistance on climate change, as linked to food security and infrastructure. They also provide where necessary, support in developing project concepts and proposals, preparing reporting requirements and implementing and monitoring projects. The RTSM facilitates the Pacific’s rapid access to technical and advisory services and in the process, create or strengthen national capacity to effectively respond to climate change and disaster risk reduction.  

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 & DRM).

Rapid Response Fund (RRF)

The RRF finances pre-approved experts deployed into Pacific Island Countries to provide technical assistance as and when required by PICs. The RRF is initially capitalised with USD$1.1million from the CIF, administered by the ADB. While the ADB funding is only available to finance technical assistance to *14 ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs), coverage of the RRF will expand as new donors and partners come onboard. The RRF is open to all donors and development partners who may wish to join as a partner. The RRF does not replace the everyday technical assistance roles of CROP agencies.

Register as an Expert

To register as an expert, please click on 'Expert Profile' and fill in the online CV template provided. As part of RTSM quality control, registered experts undergo a pre-approval process undertaken by the RTSM Project Committee. Only experts who have been pre-approved are eligible for selection or deployment into Pacific island countries requesting technical assistance.

Experts should have demonstrated experience in developing and implementing projects in the Pacific in the areas of climate change, climate resilience, adaptation, disaster risk reduction and risk management. Pacific island nationals and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Request Technical Assistance (TA)

Please click on ‘Request Assistance’ and fill in the online form. *Note: Terms and Conditions apply.

TA requests are assessed using the following as a guide:

  • Is it aligned with national or sector infrastructure/food security development priorities? (does it fit with the country’s infrastructure/agriculture/fisheries etc plans, national development/ sustainable plans, national/sector budgets, deliver on MDGs and provide or improve livelihood and/or basic infrastructure needs?)
  • Consistent with and designed to advance the national agenda on CCA, DRR and DRM?
  • Exhibit good practice in the implementation of infrastructure and food security projects in relation to CCA, DRR and DRM?
  • Does it encourage opportunities for private and community sector involvement?
  • Promote social inclusion and equality and target those at risk?
  • Likely to improve the legal and regulatory processes in the identified sectors?
  • Country-led and supported by the finance and aid coordination agencies?
  • Does it indicate whether it has been discussed with donors, development partners at the national level. If yes, did they support TA request?
  • Encouraging aid effectiveness, country dialogue with donor and development partners showing desire for long-term or increased level of engagement?

 For more information

Contact: [email protected] or download the RTSM/RRF Operations Manual

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