NEW ZEALAND - MFAT - Local Government Technical Assistance Facility for Pacific Countries, (PacificTA)

Intro text: 
PacificTA is funded from the New Zealand Aid Programme and is managed by Local Government of New Zealand (LGNZ). PacificTA has been established to assist Pacific Island countries with technical expertise to develop and deliver appropriate solutions to service delivery at the local level. This can relate to areas such as urban planning and development and planning and management of infrastructure including water, waste and landfill management.

Official website

http://www.lgnz.co.nz/home/our-work/pacificta/

Who can apply

A steering committee, including representatives from LGNZ, Auckland Council, Porirua City Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been established to consider and assess requests received from Pacific government institutions. Criteria for PacificTA include: 1. Applications to the Local Government Technical Assistance Facility must meet the goals of the facility.

2. The steering committee will consider requests received direct from Pacific Island countries, the NZ High Commission, Local Government New Zealand or from New Zealand councils within the context of established relationships.

3. All requests accepted are to align with national country strategies, and local government development plans. 4. A local counterpart is to be appointed for each assignment.

5. Primarily technical support is for short one off assignments, i.e. two-three weeks. This could be consecutive weeks or several short visits programmed over a year.

6. Longer term assignments will be considered on a case by case basis.

7. Costs will be reimbursed for technical assistance. This will include flights and a per diem (accommodation, meals, and incidentals). For rates refer to the MFAT website.

8. Reimbursement of salary costs, in whole or in part, may be considered on a case by case basis. Reimbursement of salary cost may be considered where a local authority needs to back fill a role while a staff member is undertaking technical assistance. Clear benefit must be shown for this to be agreed (for example, a small New Zealand local authority may be able to provide the most appropriate advice due to experience in terms of scale of issue and resources available for solutions.)

9. Assignments scoped by Local Government New Zealand or agreed

representatives

Objectives and activities

PacificTA has been established to assist Pacific Island countries with technical expertise to develop and deliver appropriate solutions to service delivery at the local level.  This can relate to areas such as urban planning and development and planning and management of infrastructure including water, waste and landfill management.

Type and level of funding

Technical assistance