Governance, Management, Implementation and Coordination

The NAIP will be implemented in a decentralized manner and the effective implementation of competitively financed activities by consortia of service providers from both the public and private sector will require well-developed accountability systems. Once the implementation agreement has been signed, the parties involved assure faithful implementation according to the letter and spirit of the contract unless proven otherwise through retro-active accountability.

Successful implementation of the NAIP will require frequent and intensive interaction with a broad array of the NARS clients and stakeholders, including those from the farm and private sector. The structure and bodies that will be set up to facilitate this and to ensure smooth and effective project implementation is discussed in brief below. Because openness, transparency and rapid communications and feedback are of crucial importance to achieve the project's multi-faceted objectives, internet-based linkages between all project entities and stakeholders will be put in place from the NAIP start-up.

As per the policies set by the National Steering Committee (NSC), research grants under the NAIP are to be managed by the Project Management Committee (PMC) assisted by the O&M Programme Committee (O&MPC) and the Research Programme Committee (RPC). Figure 1 provides an overview of the NAIP governance arrangements.

National Steering Committee (NSC)

The NSC will be established by the ICAR to serve as the national apex body responsible for all aspects of the NAIP. The NSC will be the custodian of the NAIP, setting overall policy and providing guidance in order to ensure the timely achievement of the main goals of the project. The NSC will be supported by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The Director General, ICAR who is also the Secretary DARE, will chair this Committee and the National Director (NAIP) will be the Member Secretary. The Committee will meet twice a year in a retreat mode to monitor progress of the Project and to provide guidance to the PMC on issues of interest for the development and dissemination of technologies. The composition, periodicity and TOR of the NSC are given in detail in Appendix 2.

1 Director General, ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Chairman
2 Secretary, ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Member
3 Financial Advisor, DARE/ ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Member
4 DDG (Extn.) KAB-I, Pusa Campus New Delhi 110 012 Member
5 Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation and Agriculture Production Commissioner Gujarat Member
6 Agricultural Commissioner, Deptt. of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India Member
7 Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences GKVK Campus, Bangalore - 560 065, Karnataka Member
8 Chairman, APEDA NCUI Building, 3, Siri Institutional Area, Hauzkhas New Delhi-110 016 Member
10 Managing Director, MAHYCO Resham Bhavan, 4th Floor, 78 Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400 020 Member
11 Chief Operating Officer & Head, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Ltd. 2nd Floor, Niryat Bhawan, Rao Tula Ram Marg, Opp. R&R Hospital, New Delhi- 110 057 Member
12 Sh. G. Narasimharaju Yadav Organic Farmer Gudur, Krishna Distt. (AP) Member
13 Sh. Atam Swarup S/o Late Sh. Hari Kishan Progressive Farmer Village – Mahog, P.O. Chail, Solan - 173217, Himachal Pradesh Member
14 Dr. H.K. Pradhan WHO Consultant N - 4/263, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar - 15, Odisha Member
14 Dr. N.S.L. Srivastava, Ex-ADG (Engg), ICAR & Executive Director, TIT Group of Institutions Anand Nagar Piplani, Bhopal-462 021 Member
15 National Director PIU-NAIP, KAB-II, Pusa Campus New Delhi 110 012 Member-Secretary

Terms of Reference

  • To provide overall policy guidance and oversee NAIP,
  • To approve annual work plan and budget of NAIP, and to monitor NAIP progress, and
  • To advise on conflict resolution and to resolve outstanding issues.

Project Management Committee (PMC)

The PMC will have direct executive responsibilities for sanctioning/ endorsing7 proposed NAIP-financed sub-projects and for the overall management of the NAIP, in­volving oversight of the effective and efficient implementation of the entire project, resource management and use, and for M&E of all the NAIP-supported activities. The PMC will also serve as the link with the Subject matter-related Divisions of ICAR - for tech­nical liaison, and for resolving any management problems. This Committee will be chaired by the DG ICAR, and the National Director (NAIP) will be its Member Secretary. The PMC will meet as and when required. The composition, periodicity and TOR of the PMC are given in Appendix 2.

1 Director General, ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Chairman
2 Secretary, ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Member
3 Financial Advisor, DARE/ICAR Krishi, Bhawan New Delhi – 110 001 Member
4 DDG (Engineering) R.No. 408, KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi - 110012 Member
5 DDG (Animal Science) Room No. 13, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi - 110114 Member
6 DDG (Agricultural Extension) Room No. 301, KAB-I, Pusa Campus, New Delhi - 110012 Member
7 DDG (Horticulture) Room No. 422, KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi - 110012 Member
8 Agricultural Commissioner (GoI) Govt. of India Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi - 110114 Member
9 Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Krishi Viswavidyalaya Raipur - 492012, Chhattisgarh Member
10 Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai - 600051, Tamil Nadu Member
11 Dr. P.L. Gautam Former Chairperson, Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, NASC Complex, DPS Marg, Opp- Todapur Village, New Delhi - 110012 Member
12 Dr. N.S. Sipani Progressive Farmer Sipani Krishi Anusandhan Farm, Mandsaur - 458001, Madhya Pradesh Member
13 Shri Kapil Mehan Managing Director, CEO and Director Coromandel International Limited, Coromandel House, 1-2-10. Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad - 500003, Andhra Pradesh Member
14 National Director PIU-NAIP, KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012 Member-Secretary

Terms of Reference

  • Will have the main executive responsibility for the overall management of NAIP and for monitoring sub-project implementation by the Consortia that have received grants for implementing NAIP sub-projects according to the agreed contracts.
  • Review project progress, approve NAIP's annual work Programme and budget.
  • Provide the necessary information and guidance to the ND, PIU and the RPC for theexecution of the project.
  • Will also (through the PIU) organize an Annual National Workshop on NAIP progress, impact and constraints to which all stakeholders and participants in project implementation will be invited.
  • Will help to internalize and, in time, expand coverage of new approaches being introduced under the project to other entities and activities of the ICAR and to someextent the entire NARS.

O&M Programme Committee (O&MPC)

O&MPC will be a committee composed of persons with demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing R&D institutions/ systems and/ or who are aware of the emerging needs of the R&D systems. The committee will be responsible for awarding sub-projects proposed under the NAIP Component 1 and also guide the effective and efficient implementation of these sub-projects through inputs at critical stages such as the Annual NAIP Workshops and at sub-project "Mid-term reviews" (MTRs).  O&MPC members, which will be proposed by the PIU and approved by the PMC, will be an advisory committee of about six senior specialists with main responsibility for sanctioning/recommending major NAIP Component 1 sub-projects and activities, overseeing and monitoring the progress of these at the time of annual and mid-term reviews and for recommending corrective actions on the basis of the O&MAG reports. The O&MPC will also provide input for the Annual NAIP Workshop (see below).  A distinguished R&D manager of national stature will chair the Committee, Secretary, ICAR and FA (DARE) will be the ex-officio members and the NC for NAIP Component 1 will be the ex-officio Member-Secretary. One-third of the non-official members will be replaced in a staggered manner after the MTR of the Project to allow for continuity. The composition, frequency of meetings and TOR of the O&MPC in detail are given in Appendix 2.

Research Programme Committee (RPC)

The RPC will be a high statured committee with the respon­sibility of approving8 the research consortia proposed for financing through the NAIP (components 2, 3 and 4), recommending the broad R&D priorities to be financed under the NAIP, approving the identification of competent institutions for sponsored consortia, approving any significant changes in consortium activities during the implementation period, especially at the time of MTRs and for advising the PIU and the PMC on the need for modification or cancellation, if necessary. The RPC will be com­posed of about 13 members with the senior-most of the three NCs for the Components 2, 3 or 4 being the respective ex-officio member-Secretaries. The ND, 4 DDGs (on a rotational basis) and the Director Finance, PIU will be the other ex-officio members. The stature of the RPC will be such that its decisions will command wide and full respect. The RPC will meet quarterly to review and take decisions on the selection of consortia. Once all the consortia are in operation, the RPC will meet as frequently as necessary for monitoring the progress of consortia and other related activities such as granting additional funds or approving major modifications for ongoing activities. The RPC chairperson would be selected on the basis of his/her pre-eminence in the field of agriculture and allied sciences and would be consulted by the DG, ICAR on the further composition of the RPC. Members of the RPC, other than those ex-officio, will be eminent scientists/agriculture development specialists and will serve for three years. In order to ensure continuity, initial staggering of new memberships will be provided for. The composition, frequency of meetings and the TOR of the RPC are given in Appendix 2.

1 Dr. S.L. Mehta, Former Vice-Chancellor, MPUAT Udaipur 71, Gokul Nagar, Near Bohra Ganeshji Temple, Udaipur- 31300, Rajasthan Chairman
2 National Director, NAIP KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110 012 Member
3 DDG (Horticulture), Room No. 422, KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110012 Member
4 DDG (Agricultural Extension), Room No. 303, KAB-I, Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110012 Member
5 DDG (Engineering), Room No. 408, KAB-II, Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110012 Member
6 DDG (Animal Science) Room No. 113, Krishi Bahvan, New Delhi-110 114 Member
7 Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi-110 067 Member
8. Agricultural Production Commissioner (GoI), Deptt. of Agriculture & Cooperation Ministry of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi 110114 Member
9 Dr. K. Pradhan C-24, HIG, Housing Board Colony, Baramunda, Bhubaneshwar 751 003 (Odisha) Member
10 Dr. T.J. Pandian INSA, Senior Scientist School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625021 Member
11 Dr. S. Chandra Former Director, IIPR, Kanpur Member
12 Director (F),PIU-NAIP, KAB-1I, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012 Member
13 Dr. R.P. Misra, Principal Scientist, PIU-NAIP, KAB-1I, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110 012 Member-Secretary

Terms of Reference

  • To review and approve proposals as per powers delegated by PMC
  • To approve work plans, guide and overview the operation of all Research Programmes/ Consortia

Powers of the RPC

With a view to decentralizing the decision-making process under the NAIP the RPC will have the following powers. The PMC may decide to add to or modify these powers as and when required.
The RPC can sanction sub-project proposals up to Rs. 10 crores each. However, such sanctioned proposals will be put before the PMC for information. A proposal with a budget exceeding the above limit would be submitted to the PMC along with the recommendations of the RPC for approval.
The respective TAGs will screen and provide recommendations for project proposals on research under the different components before they are considered by the RPC/ PMC.
The PIU-NAIP will release the funds after a proposal is approved (hereinafter the proposal will be called a "sub-project") and the Consortium Leader (CL) will organize the Launch Workshop in order to sensitize all the partners about the procedural details for implementing the sub-project and the expected outcome(s).

The RPC may Exercise its Powers Subject to the Following Conditions:

  • That the necessary funds to meet the planned expenditures are available in the NAIP budget and the activities are approved in the EFC Memo,
  • That there is no duplication/overlapping of requirements indicated in the X Plan and subsequent Plan proposals or any other source of funding of individuals/ institutes/ projects to that proposed for NAIP funding; and that the norms prescribed/ instructions issued by the GOI/ ICAR from time to time are followed,
  • That the procurement of all goods, services, contracts, civil works, etc. is made as per World Bank's guidelines (adopted by NAIP),
  • That the proposals do not contain creation of posts and purchase of new vehicles, and All personnel for research assistance is co-terminus with the Project and the PIU-NAIP and ICAR will not have any liability whatsoever.

O&M Advisory Group (O&MAG)

The O&MAG will be a multi-disciplinary advisory group of experts in various fields relevant to the subject matters of Component 1. They will be responsible for the screening, evaluation and recommendations on sub-projects and activities proposed under NAIP Component 1 before final consideration by the O&MPC. The O&MAG may recommend appointing experts for in-depth review and assessment of proposed Component 1 activities.

The O&MAG will be responsible for ensuring appropriate review and assessment of activities and sub-programs proposed under NAIP Component 1. Advice on staff development and training needs of the entire NARS, selection of trainees and approval of related training activities will be an integral part of the O&MAG's review and decision process. The O&MAG will meet quarterly to recommend on the selection of sub-projects and activities, to monitor progress, decide on financial and management issues and review sub-project completion reports.  The O&MAG will have about five members; its chairperson and members will be selected by the PMC (in consultation with Chairperson O&MPC) on the basis of his/her eminence and national stature in agricultural research management and agricultural R&D issues. The O&MAG membership will comprise expertise in organizational development, public/private partnerships, information management, human resource management, M&E, communications technology, intellectual property rights, quality assurance, technology dissemination, environment and gender. The O&MAG membership (except ex-officio) will be for at least three years with some staggering of appointments starting at the end of the first three years to allow for continuity. The NC for NAIP Component 1 will be the ex-officio Member-Secretary of the O&MAG and be responsible for organizing expert reviews and other required inputs. The O&MAG reports to the O&MPC and the PMC through the PIU. The composition, frequency of meetings and TOR of the O&MAG are given in detail in Appendix 2.

Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)

The TAG2, TAG3, and TAG4 will be responsible for facilitating and synthesizing and recommending/advising "peer reviews" involving scientific and technical assessment for final consideration by the RPC of sub-project proposals under the NAIP Component 2, 3 and 4, respectively. The TAG members will participate in the Annual NAIP Workshop; they will also assist in monitoring progress and quality of sub-project implementation especially during MTRs and in case substantial modifications (or cancellation) of sub-projects are required. The TAGs will call on panels of referees (approved by the RPC) as needed to examine and assess sub-project proposals to be supported under Component 2, 3 and 4.

The TAGs will have major responsibility for ensuring transparency and fairness of the peer review of Concept Notes (CNs) and Full Proposals (FPs) submitted in the competition process. The TAGs, together with the CACs will be responsible for NAIP quality assurance through scientific and technical evaluation of sub-project proposals under the NAIP Components 2, 3 and 4, on the basis of the agreed guidelines, and for monitoring implementation of sanctioned sub-projects at key times such as MTRs and sub-project completion to assess progress and performance. Each TAG also will take account of the broad priorities to be financed under the particular the NAIP Component and assist in the identification of competent institutions for "sponsored" projects (that are directly contracted and not competed for). They will also review all sub-project mid-term status reports and assess the completion reports including recommending the mainstreaming of strategies and outcomes of successful sub-projects.

Each of the TAGs will comprise an inter-institutional multi-disciplinary (part-time) group of about five scientists and development specialists with skills and experience in biophysical, economic and other social sciences (from both the public and private sector). The NCs for NAIP Components 2, 3 and 4 will be the ex-officio Member-Secretaries for the respective TAGs. The TAG membership will be for three years with some staggering of new appointments to allow for continuity. In case a TAG does not have adequate capacity for the subject matter areas of a proposed sub-project, the PIU (NC) will on request by the concerned TAG, make arrangements for contracting additional peer reviewers. HRD and training related to the needs of individual sub-projects, the proposed trainees and the approval of training activities will be an integral part of the review and decision process for specific sub-project proposals submitted to TAGs for evaluation; it will also include support for strengthening of international linkages to improve the quality of human resources. The RPC will select the TAG chairpersons and members on the basis of their eminence and national stature in agricultural research and agricultural R&D issues.  The TAGs will meet at least quarterly. It is expected that the TAG members will liberally use electronic media for communication. The TAGs, through the respective NCs, report to the RPC and the PIU. The composition, periodicity and TOR of the TAG in detail are given in Appendix 2.

Consortium Advisory Committees (CACs)

The RPC will, based on a recommendation by the Consortium Implementation Committee (CIC), establish a CAC for each Consortium alongwith the approval for implementing a sub-project. The CAC will be responsible for monitoring effectiveness of implementation and adherence to the agreed objectives, evaluating outcomes and impact, approving or recommending to the RPC re-allocations of funds between sub-project activities (subject to the financial rules and procdures of NAIP) and mid-course corrections of the sub-project with information to the RPC, and facilitating the dissemination and up-scaling of replicable results. During sub-project preparation and before finalizing the CN, the collaborating institutions will idenfiy important stakeholders and client organizations, and consult them. Finalization of the FP will involve a staksholders' workshop. As far as possible, the participation of the prospective CAC members in the stakeholders workshop should be ensured by the CIC.

The CAC will have a membership of about 10 (in case of Component 4, it may have only about 5 members), which will include representatives of major stakeholders involved with and/or affected by the activities under the sub-project including the private sector. The CAC will comprise at least two scientists and the NC of the concerned NAIP component will be an ex-officio member.  However, the actual size and composition of each CAC will depend on the numbers of institutions and stakeholders that are substantially involved in the implementation of a sub-project and this may vary.  The CAC will select its own chairperson and meet half-yearly or more frequently if required. The CAC will be formalized through RPC endorsement on the recommendation of the CIC when the RPC approves the FP.  The Consortium Leader (CL) will function as the ex-officio Member-Secretary of the CAC. The CAC may at any time call on contributions and/or inputs by any staff member of any of the institutions and organizations collaborating in the concerned Consortium and/or on consultants. The CAC will meet at least twice a year. The composition, frequency of meeting and the TOR of the CAC are given in detail in Appendix 2.

Consortium Implementation Committees (CICs)

Each Consortium will have a Consortium Implementation Committee (CIC). The number of members of the CIC will depend on the size and complexity of the Consortium, and the CIC will be chaired by the Head of the Consortium's Lead Institution (LI); the Principal Investigators (PIs) of all the partner institutions collaborating in the Consortium will be members. The CIC membership will also include senior administration and finance staff of the LI.  The membership of the CIC and its responsibilities will be approved by the RPC at the time of approval of the CN. The responsibility of the CIC will be to ensure smooth and efficient sub-project implementation, to monitor and oversee execution of the concerned sub-porject and report to the CAC and PIU, according to the schedules set out in the NAIP Project Implementation Plan (PIP). Responsibility for M&E will be assigned to a Unit at the Consortium's LI (either existing like the PME cells established under the NATP, or established with NAIP support). On Consortium activities the Unit will report directly to the CAC. The Unit's work programme will be cleared by the NC who is responsible for the NAIP M&E at the National Level on after endorsement by the CAC. M&E activities and timely reporting of progress (or the establishment of such capacity early on during implementation) will therefore be an important screening critieron in evaluating Consortia proposals for NAIP financing by TAGs and the RPC.

The CIC will also make recommendations to the CAC, copied to the PIU, on implementation and policy issues, recommend if necessary, the reallocation of funds within the approved limits, set strategies for implementation and communication, etc.The composition, frequency of meeting and the TOR of the CIC are given in Appendix 2.

Project Implementation Unit

The Project Implementation Unit (PIU), headed by the "National Director" (ND) will be responsible for the coordination and facilitation of implementation of the entire NAIP. The PIU includes 4 National Coordinators (NCs), respectively for Component 1 activities, Production to Consumption Systems R&D (Component 2), Sustainable Rural Livelihood Security R&D (Component 3), and Basic and Strategic Research Projects (Component 4). The PIU will also comprise expertise in Administration, Finance, Procurement, M&E, Management Information Systems (MIS), Learning and Capacity Building (L&CB) and Social/ Environmental aspects (Fig. 1).

The PIU will coordi­nate and facilitate implementation of the NAIP under the direction and supervision of the PMC. It will, with inputs from implementing units and Consortia, O&MPC, RPC, O&MAG and the TAGs, consolidate the NAIP annual budgets and work plans for the different components for approval by the PMC. However, to provide for a decentralized and efficient mechanism for implementation of specific components, sub­-components and sub-projects implemented by Consortia, the principal interactions between participating agencies and institutions will be delegated to the CICs and/or CLs.  The responsibilities of the PIU will include:
Providing logistic support for the NSC, PMC, O&MPC, RPC, O&MAG and the TAGs, and preparing the respective meeting schedules and agendas (developed in consultation with the Chairs of the respective Committees).

Reviewing relevant reports and other materials, and developing recommendations, draft minutes of meetings, and contracting and administering special studies, reviews, etc. as advised by the NSC, PMC, O&MPC and RPC.
Technical, financial, procurement and administrative management of the NAIP, including issuing "Calls for Proposals" with the powers as may be delegated by the PMC.
Overseeing the implementation of the NAIP sub-projects and activities as approved by the PMC, O&MAG and RPC.
Preparing, collating and tracking im­plementation of all training activities.
Organizing the Annual NAIP Workshop.
Requesting withdrawals from the NAIP Special Accounts and release funds for authorized expenditures under the PIU.
Submitting to the World Bank, the NSC and the PMC, annual progress reports and audit reports within three and six months of the close of each fiscal year, respectively.
Liaising with the World Bank concerning operation and management of the NAIP as and when required for the execution of the NAIP-supported activities, and organizing World Bank review missions.
Preparing all reports, documentation and information on the PIU including on sub-project progress and impact evaluation for the O&MAG, the RPC and the World Bank missions, respectively, and any other reports required by various authorities.

The PIU with approval of the PMC, may arrange for expert ad­vice from consultants in any subject matter area related to the PIU implementation.

National Director (ND)

The PIU will be headed by a ND of the status of a DDG, ICAR. The ND, under the direction of the PMC will coordinate and facilitate implementation of the entire NAIP; he/she will be responsible for and empowered to direct all the activities of the PIU as summarized above. As indicated, the ND will be the ex-officio Member-Secretary for the NSC and the PMC.

National Coordinators

There will be one NC for each NAIP component; the responsibilities of NCs will be:
1. To process and track all proposals and activities under the O&M and Consortium research grant components that are submitted for funding under the PIU. This will include arranging for sub-project proposal evaluation and strengthening the quality of proposed sub-projects and their implementation with the help of the O&MAG and the TAGs in accordance with the applicable NAIP guidelines, and monitoring output, outcome and impact indicators. They will also facilitate any training required for sub-project preparation and implementation.
2. To facilitate and participate in sub-project identification, selection and review, and in M&E systems set up under the NAIP to ensure efficient and high quality preparation of sub-projects and the effective implementation of activities in order to enhance the magnitude of results and overall NAIP impact. This will include serving as the ex-officio member-Secretary of the O&MAG and the respective TAGs and the organization of the NAIP Annual Workshop with wide participation of the stakeholders and beneficiaries.
3. To facilitate fund releases to various Consortia and entities for executing sub-projects and activities.
4. To facilitate and oversee hiring & execution of consultancies and special studies.
5. To assist in execution and implementation of activities of the PIU as directed by the ND.
6. To collate and synthesize reports pertaining to their respective areas of responsibility and execute such administrative and financial responsibilities and powers as delegated by the PMC and the ND.

The NC Component 1 will in addition be responsible for: (i) NAIP-related M&E and the Project Management Tracking System (PMTS); and, (ii) NAIP's special effort in L&CB. In M&E, he/she will be assisted by an expert/consultant (firm) who would provide support in information systems development, networking and software development services.  The M&E consultant's first charge will be the design of a PMTS for NAIP implementation, a sub-system within the overall MIS of the NAIP/ ICAR. When these systems have become effective, the M&E expert/consultant (firm) will take on a wide range of M&E and information systems-related responsibilities. The M&E expert/consultant (firm) will also be responsible for assisting the NSC, PMC, the ND and the NCs in all their information needs. The M&E expert/consultant (firm) will be the major source of timely and relevant information on the NAIP for the ICAR and the broader stakeholders in the project and he/she will be a link person for all concerned. The M&E expert/consultant (firm) will also provide appropriate support for the MIS and information/communication. The M&E expert/consultant (firm) will assist NC1 for coordinating Consortia-level M&E functions.

Director Finance (DF)

He/she would be overall responsible for the financial management of NAIP including the estimation of fund requirements for different purposes, the timely disbursement of funds, proper accounting and audit, the establishment of separate bank accounts and the timely receipt of bank reconciliation statements by/from each implementing agency. The TORs of Director Finance are as follows:
Accounts, estimation of fund requirements for various heads of expenditure,
Disbursement of funds,
Statements of Expenditure (SoEs),
Accounts audited & auditor's report,
Monitor if the funds are being used for their intended purposes and submit the records periodically for each fiscal year,
Oversee that the CLs submit annual work program and budget giving details of research, training, procurements, & civil works,
Procurement methods as well as allocations of resources to various components of research system,
Separate bank account for each implementing agency and bank reconciliation statement every following month and financial control.
Organizing training for the Finance & Administrative Officers/ Officials both in the field of FMS (Financial Management Software System) as well as MDP (Management Development Program) for capacity building.

Procurement Officer (PO)

He/she will be the nodal point for all procurement-related matters in NAIP and will function as the main resource person to guide and advise implementing agencies on and World Bank procurement procedures and guidelines.

Environment and Social Assessment

The overall responsibility of environment & social assessment will be with NC 3; he/she may obtain need-based assistance of an expert in Environmental and Social Assessment (hiring a consultant if necessary) who will oversee environmental compliance and be responsible for environmental and social analysis and if needed, the design of mitigating actions. This will be done in close interaction with CLs and within the NAIP Environmental and Social Management Framework (Appendix 3).

A Sub-unit on Learning & Capacity Building Activities (Training Cell)
A sub-unit for L&CB activities under the O&M Component of the NAIP will be created in the PIU-NAIP for effective and efficient implementation of L&CB activities to be taken up under the NAIP. It will be under the NC (Component 1).  The guidelines for training under NAIP are given in Appendix-4.