Technical Assistance for the Development of the Transport Sector Project


  • Reference: P-SS-D00-001
  • Approval date: 26/11/2013
  • Start date: 12/02/2015
  • Appraisal Date: 20/06/2013
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
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1Human Resource Development(UA 1.18 million):Training needs assessment (TNA) to identify the existing/forecasted gaps in knowledge and skill requirements at various managerial and technical levels in the sector in the short, medium and long-term periods; and assess existing in-country capacity for training and mentoring professionals in the transport sector; develop Human Resource Development Programme (HRDP) with short, medium and long term implementation time frame; recommend training packages for imparting knowledge and skills to fill the identified gaps and create a critical mass of professionals for effective implementation of the transport sector;examine and identify opportunities for leveraging resources for financing the human resource development programme within the country and from development partners; and financing the training of priority training programmes in accordance with the recommendation under the implementation of the HRDP. 2Studies:

(i) National Transport Master Plan Study(UA 2.00 million):Review and assess the existing transport infrastructure and operations; undertake transport demand forecast considering the development projections of national developments including the development of natural resources, population settlements, regional and national connections, governance and security requirements; Develop and analyse list of investment and operational alternatives; package and prioritise complementary investments across the different modes of transport; analyse funding options and develop a prioritised transport sector investment programme; Recommend feasible funding and packages for the short term priority investments; prioritize projects for medium to long term investments; identify social and environmental scoping studies for short term priority investments; and Develop efficient strategies, legal framework, and institutional setups for rolling out implementation, monitoring the implementation of the identified short term priorities and revise and update medium and long term priority investments;

(ii) River Transport Study (UA 0.37 million):Review of existing data and information and assessment of the challenges to identify significant constraints; undertake site survey of the current situation of the main navigable routes of the White Nile River and its tributaries; Identify and recommend required interventions including detailed studies, surveys and projects; prioritize the interventions into short term and medium to long term investments with cost estimates; and Identify interventions for potential private sector investment and public private partnership; and recommend appropriate and adequate environmental and social safeguards;

(iii) Road Study (UA 2.26 million):A feasibility study, Environment and Social Impact Assessment, Resettlement Action Plan, Detailed Engineering Design and preparation of Bidding Documents of the Juba-Mundri-Yambio road; and

(iv) Economic Diversification Study (UA 0.30 million): Prepare diversification profile, road map, a monitoring and evaluation framework with clear milestones, indicators for the implementation and harmonized coordination structures for economic diversification. 3Strengthening Project Management and Implementation Capacity 3.1. Technical Assistance (UA 0.52 million) Provisions for Technical Assistants in the areas of Financial Management and Transport Economics each for two years 3.2. Project Management/Operation (UA 0.24 million): Provisions for project management and operation including allowances, travel expenses, and other miscellaneous expenses (fuel, transportation, and office supplies) 3.2. Financial Audit0.06 Financial audit.


The objectives of the proposed project are to enhance institutional setup and capacity, improve human resource capacity, streamline the transport infrastructure development, provide information for policy makers with regard to economic diversification and strengthen project management and implementation capacity. The outcome of the intervention will provide the basis for the sustainable development of the transport sector in South Sudan


The weak institutional and human capacity challenge for the transport sector has been found critical in the Bank's Infrastructure Needs Assessment. The Republic of South Sudan is a post-conflict fragile new country which is facing formidable development challenges, including the lack of institutional and human capacity and an economy heavily dependent on oil that severely constrains the implementation of its development agenda. Public administration at all levels lacks the basic human, financial and logistical means to deliver services. A majority of civil servants have not had any formal training for several years due to the prolonged civil conflict. Accordingly, the institutional and human capacity in South Sudan is characterized by low level of productivity and service delivery. The weak institutional and human capacity challenges cut across all sectors including the transport sector.

The previous Bank support to South Sudan in undertaking the INA and the preparation of the IAP are strategic interventions laid down for the infrastructure development in the country. The Government of South Sudan considers the Bank as one of its reliable development partners in playing a leading role in the development of infrastructure. The proposed technical assistance for RSS is the first Bank operation in the transport sector which is dedicated to build capacity and provide comprehensive and strategic framework for the development of transport sector. The support is a continuation of the Bank's engagement to lead the development of transport infrastructure and services in South Sudan. The intervention also provides the basis for future Bank support in the transport sector.

The NTMP shall provide a comprehensive strategic framework of prioritized investment plan taking into account the transport demand and available resources and implementation capacities. It will also cover the development of institutional and human capacity as requirements for rolling out the development of the sector. The intervention will provide the basis for organizing efforts and leveraging resources from the Government, the Bank and other Development Partners towards the sustainable development of the sector. The Bank's comparative advantage to support the proposed intervention stems from its leadership role in the preparation of IAP and co-chairing the Infrastructure Working Group as well as the rich experiences that the Bank has in the development of transport infrastructure and services in Africa, particularly in fragile states.


The intervention will benefit the transport sector, the people of South Sudan and many other users of improved transport infrastructure and services in South Sudan. The river transport study in particular will contribute to improve river transport (more than 1300 km) which will enhance connectivity along the White Nile River corridor and links the country with Sudan and Ethiopia. The improvement is expected to benefit about 3 million people, which is about 27% of the total population. Moreover, the road study is a preparation for a pipeline road project which aims at unlocking the potential agricultural land for commercial farming and benefiting about 500,000 people in the zone of influence.

Key contacts

BEZABEH Girma Berhanu - OITC2


Finance source Amount
Co-financierUAC 6,930,000
TotalUAC 6,930,000