Effective Design and Supervision

The project will focus on utilising and developing, where possible, local consulting resources.  For those activities that cannot be designed by local consultant, foreign consultants shall be sourced.  Local individuals and consultant firms will be utilised for design and supervision tasks, where possible.  Local consultants will be developed to more fully understand; designs requirements to create resilient infrastructure assets, safeguards requirements, procurement, contracting, quality control and assurance and monitoring and evaluation.

Part 1: R4D has extensive drawings and specifications for smaller works.  In most cases, local consultant will design the works, which will occur annual and in anticipation for the following year’s Annual Works Plan.  For larger works (such as complex coastal protection), these will be designed by foreign consultant. 

Part 2: School classrooms are already designed under an existing education project, which MoET has decided to utilise for VIRIP.  Should MOET require a different design for VIRIP classrooms or for certain sites then the new design will be developed under VIRIP in consultation with MOET. Repairs and retrofitting of existing school buildings requires scoping and documentation, by local consultants at each site.

Part 3: List of public buildings has been produced by DSPPAC.  A Local consultant shall be engaged to scope, document and where possible, design the reconstruction, rehabilitation and retrofitting of public buildings.

Efficient Implementation

Works under Parts 1, 2 and 3 will almost exclusively be undertaken by local contractors, packaged to meet the market conditions to achieve best value for money.  Local contractors will be supported to more fully understand the requirements for community consultation; safeguards; sub-project tendering; contracting; quality control and assurance; and monitoring and evaluation. 

Island-based contractors (IBCs) will be utilised for small works, where appropriate.  This will assist in injecting much needed funding at the local level, create possible business opportunities for members of those communities in the future maintenance of these assets, and provide skills training.  Small works to be carried out by IBCs are expected to include repairs to embankments and strengthening of coastal protection measures, improvements to existing roads and drainage structures, including drifts and/or vented drifts on water crossings, pipe culverts, lined drains, and low-maintenance surfacing on steep grades in the form of concrete pavements or concrete “tire paths.”  In some remote locations, walking tracks will be improved at critical locations with concrete steps or surfacing on steep grades and simple pedestrian bridges over water crossings. 

Nationally-based contractors (NBCs) are expected to collect the major share of works if available and have the required qualifications to implement contracts of construction.  NBC will be trained to improve disaster resilience through more fully understanding disaster-related construction/reconstruction and its design requirements, tendering, contracting, safeguards, construction methods and quality assurance and control.