Disasters, climate and weather extremes and projected changes in climate, are increasingly recognized as a core development challenge, as they adversely impact social and economic development.  Accordingly, the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) has been developed in consultation with the Government of Samoa, along with other beneficiaries in order to respond to these challenges. The overall objective of PREP is to strengthen early warning, resilient investments, and financial protection of Samoa.

The PREP (Phase I) has a duration of five years and includes the following four components: Component 1 – Strengthening Early Warning and Preparedness; Component 2 – Risk Reduction and Resilient Investments; Component 3 – Disaster Risk Financing; and Component 4 – Project Management. The initial participants for Phase I are Samoa, Tonga, Marshall Islands, and Vanuatu, as well as the regional organizations the PREP Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) setup in the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)  and the Project Support Unit (PSU) housed in the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Government of Samoa has received funding from the World Bank’s International Development Association towards the cost of the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP), and intends to apply part of the proceeds to recruit a Project Manager, Procurement Officer, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the PIU team.

Project Name:                                                      PACIFIC RESILIENCE PROGRAM

Project ID:                                                             P154839

Project Implementation Start Date:              30 October 2015

Project Implementation End Date:                30 June 2020

Expected Closing Date:                                       30 Nov 2022

Implementing Agency:                                       Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment

Project Objective:                                                To strengthen early warning, resilient investments and                                                                                            financial protection of Samoa

Component and/or Activity USD
1. Strengthening Early Warning and Preparedness 9.250
1.1. Investments in early warning and preparedness 9.250
1.1.1 Institutional and regulatory strengthening 1.035
1.1.2 Modernization of the Observation Infrastructure (ESOC) 6.547
1.1.3 Enhancement of the MHEWS Service Delivery System (SIC) 1.668
1.2. Regional TA to strengthen impact forecasting and preparedness N/A
2. Risk Reduction and Resilient Investments   1.150
2.1. Risk reduction and resilient  investment planning and preparation 1.150
i. Investment planning and preparation 0.575
ii. Entry level investments 0.575
2.2 Regional platform to support risk reduction and resilient investment planning N/A
3. Disaster Risk Financing 2.500
3.1 Disaster risk financing Instruments 2.650
3.1.1. Contingency Emergency Response Sub-Component 0.500
3.1.2. Premium Financing 1.650
3.1.3. Capacity Building in DRFI 0.500
3.2 Development of Mutual Insurance Fund N/A
4. Project and Program Management 0.893 
4.1. Project management 0.893
4.2. Regional Program Management and Coordination N/A
Total Budget 13.943

The Project will be implemented and coordinated through a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) which houses a Project Manager, a Procurement Officer, an Implementation Support Specialist (ISS) and the M&E Officer. The PIU has been established in MNRE to manage and support the day-to-day implementation of the PREP activities for Samoa.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is involved in the project’s coordination, and houses the National Coordinator (NC) with responsibility for regional level coordination, program level support and provision of a Secretariat to the Climate Resilience Steering Committee (CRSC).

The MNRE will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and implementation of Component 1 of the PREP. MOF will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and implementation of Components 2, 3 and 4.  The Procurement Officer will need to liaise between MNRE and MOF to perform duties.

A Project Implementation Unit (PIU) has been setup to support the Samoa PREP implementation under the leadership of the MNRE working closely with MOF and other ministries on project implementation. The PIU (through the MNRE) is seeking to recruit a Procurement Officer to join the team (lead by PREP Project Manager with the support of an Implementation Support Specialist).

As of to date, the PREP PIU now has a full team comprising of the Project Manager (recruited 2 July 2018),  Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (recruited on 29 August 2018) and the Procurement Officer (recruited on 2 October 2017).

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