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United Nations ESCAP Pacific Office
PMB, Suva, Fiji
Tel.+679 331 9669
Email: registry.epo@un.org
Advisory Services

The Pacific Office employs a Regional Advisor who provide advisory services to Governments upon request, free of charge. Their areas of expertise are:

  • Development Policy and Strategic Planning: Building national capacity for the formulation and analysis of development policies and national development plans including macro-economic policies and public sector reform.
     
  • Social Development and Planning: Building national capacity in formulating, implementing and evaluating social policy development plans and programmes in the Pacific Island countries.
 

To request services of Regional Advisors based in Suva, contact:

Head,
United Nations ESCAP Pacific Office
Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji
Email: registry.epo@un.org
Tel: + 679 331 9669, Fax: + 679 331 9671


RECENT ADVISORY MISSIONS TO THE PACIFIC
Cook Islands
UNDP Pacific Centre "Sub-regional MDG Workshop on Planning, Costing and Budgeting for Polynesian Pacific Countries" 26May - 29 May 2008 To participate in the UN Team of facilitators for the "UNDP Pacific Centre" Sub-regional MDG workshop on Planning, Costing and Budgeting for Polynesian Pacific countries RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Review of the National Policy on disability and national action plan (2003-2008) 4Aug - 18Aug 2007 To undertake and complete a stocktake of the current situation relating to people with disabilities, consolidate and analyse data on the national situation relating to people with disabilities and make practical recommendations for a revised Policy for the next five years, 2008-2012 RA Social Development and Planning
Fiji
Fiji Suicide Prevention Policy 23Oct 2007 - 19 Mar 2008 To develop a suicide prevention consultation strategy; suicide prevention policy framework and draft policy statement developed. RA Social Development and Planning
Support for Preparation of "People's Charter" 17Jan - 14 Feb 2008 Assist the interim Government of Fiji to prepare a People's Charter for Change and Progress RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
-ILO’s Tripartite Technical Meeting on Decent Work for Pacific Island countries 26Nov - 28Nov 2007

To participate in the ILO’s Tripartite Meeting on Decent Work for Pacific Island countries (including Australia and New Zealand)
RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Preparation of Corporate Plan for the Fiji Islands Trade & Investment Board 30Oct - 7 Nov 6
Preparation of a corporate plan for the Fiji Islands Trade & Investment Board (FITIB); to conduct a SWOT sessions with each unit of FITIB; conduct of objectives setting sessions with each unit of FITIB; preparation and conduct of a workshop of FITIB staff to finalise content of new corporate plan; write up of corporate plan in conjuction with FITIB staff.
RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Pacific Urban Agenda, Fiji Local Government Association Annual Meeting 20Oct - 20Oct 2007 To brief the annual meeting of the Fiji Local Government Association on recent developments regarding the implementation of the Pacific Urban Agenda (PUA), particularly in respect of the outcomes of the Planning Institute of Australia, AusAID and UN Habitat workshop held in Brisbane from 2-4 October to develop a Regional Action Framework to implement the PUA RA Social Development and Planning
The Second Regional Workshop on Urban Management, 23Apr - 25Apr 2007 To assist with the management and facilitation of the 'Second Pacific Regional Workshop on Urban Management' workshop in collaboration with the workshop partners Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. This workshop was organized to review progress in the implementation of the Pacific Urban Agenda as the integrated framework for urban management in line with the Pacific Plan; enhance learning by sharing information on urban planning and management; and review support provided by development partners for its implementation; and (d) refine the priorities of the Pacific Urban Agenda and to develop appropriate responses, both by countries and their development partners.
RA Social Development and Planning
Presentation of the report on adjusting to a Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement at the Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting 13Nov - 16Nov 2006 Present report on adjusting to a Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement at the Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting
RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Formulation of a National Disability Policy 10Aug - 7Sep 2006 Fiji Disability: Review secondary social and economic data and relevant national policies; hold national and provincial level consultations on the draft policy; and draft national policy statement and implementation plan.
RA Social Development and Planning
Assistance to Pacific ACP states to quantify EPA trade adjustment costs, 19Jun - 19Jun 2006 Present a paper at the meeting in Nadi on PIFS Study "Adjusting to a Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement - Costs and Constraints". Pacific states that are a party to the Cotonou Agreement with the EU are due to finalise a wide-ranging Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU by the end of 2007. The UN-EPOC Regional Advisor Development Policy has assisted in this process by preparing broad Pacific wide estimates of the adjustment costs which may arise out of the implementation of free trade with the EU states under this Economic Partnership Agreement. The adjustment cost estimates are based on information gathered in a series of country visits. The study was undertaken for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The report on the quantum of likely adjustments costs was presented to the Pacific Forum Trade Minister's meeting in Vanuatu in November 2006. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Kiribati
National disability policy workshop 17Jul - 20Jul 2007 To advise and act as resource person for Government of Kiribati, first national workshop on developing a national disability policy RA Social Development and Planning
Assistance to Pacific ACP states to quantify EPA trade adjustment costs, 19Jul - 27Jul 2006 Initial assessment of documentation on assessing adjustment costs in consultation with PIFS staff; collect information costs of adjustment for public institutions and the private sector; prepare report and presentations.
RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Federated States of Micronesia
Technical Assistance Draft National Disability Policy 14Jul - 18Jul 2008 To revise the Federated States of Micronesia draft national policy on disability. RA Social Development and Planning
Support for development plan implementation and monitoring 18Oct - 4Nov 2007 To assist government of Micronesia to develop the Strategic Development Plan and monitor implementation performance RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Mission to complete a Draft National Disability Policy 25Nov - 10Dec 2006 Consultation workshops held in 4 states; presentation of draft policy made to national coordination group; relevant national policies reviewed e.g. education and health; drafting of implementation plan, consultation with key stakeholders.
RA Social Development and Planning
Second Mission to develop a National Disability Policy and Situation Analysis of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 19Jun - 2Jul 2006 Disability - Assistance to develop a national policy statement and action plan based on the Biwako Millennium Framework; Confirm arrangements for undertaking a Situation Analysis on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. RA Social Development and Planning
Assessment Mission for a National Disability Policy and Situation Analysis of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 5Mar - 19Mar 2006 To follow up on a range of outstanding issues: national plan of action on CSEC; provide advise on the development of an implementation strategy for the Biwako Millennium Framework; technical assistance to the newly formed working committee on human trafficking and different forms of exploitation of children. RA Social Development and Planning
New Caledonia
SPC stakeholder consultation on the development of the new Human Development Programme 23Jan - 27Jan 2007 Participate in an SPC stakeholder consultation on the development of the new Human Development Programme; review HDP priorities and learn of new Pacific developments in the social development sector.
RA Social Development and Planning
Papua New Guinea
Social and economic impacts of the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement and other trade agreements 21May - 25May 2007 Build awareness of social and economic impacts of the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement and other trade agreements and to develop impact assessment process for PNG through training in social impact methodology and identify national processes to mitigate potential impacts

RA Social Development and Planning

RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning

Assistance to Pacific ACP states to quantify EPA trade adjustment costs, 24Jun - 10Jul 2007 Initial assessment of documentation on assessing adjustment costs in consultation with PIFS staff; collect information costs of adjustment for public institutions and the private sector; prepare report and presentations.
RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Samoa
Technical Assistance to Review Government of Samoa Ministry of Women, Social and Community Developments Community Sector Plan 12Aug - 22Aug 2008 To review draft community development sector plan; agreement on a strategy for developing policy on disability and the elderly; and agreement on a strategy for developing policy on combating gender based violence. RA Social Development and Planning
Pacific Disability Forum, Women with Disabilities Forum & Regional Training Workshop 21Apr - 24Apr 2008 To provide training for the Pacific Disability Forum, Women with Disabilities Forum and Regional Training Workshop, also to act as a resource person for Pacific Disability Forum's (PDF's) workshop RA Social Development and Planning
Assistance to Pacific ACP states to quantify EPA trade adjustment costs, 11Jul - 16Jul 2006 Initial assessment of documentation on assessing adjustment costs in consultation with PIFS staff; collect information costs of adjustment for public institutions and the private sector; prepare report and presentations. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Solomon Islands
Project Planning Training 25Aug - 29Aug 2008 To conduct a workshop on project planning with the aim to raise understanding of planners on the links between policy, planning and budgeting; designing a project; and budgetting processes, funds disbursement and aid coordination. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
MDG Initiative Scoping Mission 21Jul - 1Aug 2008 To be part of the UN Team in the MDG Initiative scoping missions to Solomon Islands. It is aimed at supporting MDG based National Development Strategies and their implementation. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Solomon Govenment & Development Partners High Level Consultatant Meeting 27June 2008 To provide technical support and advice to the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination for the meeting: Solomon Islands Governement and Development Partners High Level Consultation Meeting. Social Development and Planning
Choiseul Development Plan, Phase 2 4Mar - 16Mar 2008 To complete phase 2 (final phase) of the Choiseul Provincial development plan, to conduct project planning training for economic and social planners, to discuss involvement of EPOC's RA in the preparation of Solomon Islands Medium Term Development Strategy (NSDS) and Capacity building of SIDS to incorporate the Mauritius Strategy into national sustainable development strategies and to consult with Home Affairs Ministry and Honiara city council to identify possible researchers for a joint project with Commonwealth Local Government Forum researching socio-economic conditions of informal settlements in Honiara. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning & Social Development and Planning
MDG Workshop for Melanesian Pacific Island Countries 12Nov - 15Nov 2007 To participate in the sub-regional MDG-based workshop for Melanesian Pacific Island Countries"

RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning

Choiseul province development plan 15Nov - 24Nov 2007 Plan and pilot community consultation process and presentations; briefing for consultation consultant; and seek agreement from the provincial government for the consultation process RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning, Social Development and Planning
Provincial development plan for Choiseul Provincial Government 11Jun - 22Jun 2007 Assess feasibility of developing a provincial development plan for Choiseul Provincial Government, assess feasibility of assisting government of Solomon Islands, PM's office and also to assess feasibility of assisting the Honiara City Council in collaboration with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning, Social Development and Planning
Launch of Solomon Islands Project Planning Guide 17Mar - 25Mar 2007 Official launching of the Project Planning Guide and three day workshop on project preparation and appraisal RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Development of Project Appraisal Processes and Planning Manual 11Sep - 26Sep 2006 Preparation of a project planning manual in consultation with officials of the government of Solomon islands; conduct of workshop on the manual with government officials; and finalisation of project planning manual following workshop inputs RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Tonga
Eua Strategic Development Plan Phase II 3Mar - 14Mar 2007 Assist Government of Tonga to prepare the 'Eua Strategic Development Plan' RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning, Social Development and Planning
Eua Strategic Development Plan, Phase I 29Apr - 13May 2006 To review secondary social and economic data; hold village level consultations on island development priorities; draft strategic development plan. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning, Social Development and Planning
Vanuatu
MDG Initiative Scoping Missions 16Jun - 27Jun 2008 To be part of the UN Team in the MDG Initiative scoping missions to Vanuatu. It is aimed at supporting MDG based National Development Strategies and their implementation. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Technical Assistance for Vanuatu National Urban Policy 5May - 9May 2008 To provide assistance to achieve policy consultation strategy, outline information needs for a national uban policy and draft a policy structure. Social Development and Planning
Assistance to Vanuatu Government to prepare fiscal economic and policy reports 23Sep - 2Oct 2007 To assist government of Vanuatu officials to prepare fiscal, economic and policy reports. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Assistance to Pacific ACP states to quantify EPA trade adjustment costs, 24Jun - 10Jul 2006 Initial assessment of documentation on assessing adjustment costs in consultation with PIFS staff; collect information costs of adjustment for public institutions and the private sector; prepare report and presentations. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning
Vanuatu ’s “Priorities and Action Agenda”
16Feb - 10Mar 2006 To complete the preparation of the prioritized action agenda for Vanuatu. RA Development Policy and Strategic Planning






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