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Where to spend $1m...

T he UNDP has provided a breakdown of where it intends spending $999,540 in two years

to come up with a grand plan to develop the Tonle Sap.

PERSONNEL: $175,540.

$74,040 in "Agency Support" (this includes presumably rent), hire two interpreters

at $500 a month and four secretaries at $250 a month.

Site visits over two years comes to $50,000; "Monitoring Mission" $6,000;

and "Terminal Evaluation" another $14,000.

SUB-CONTRACTS: $600,000.

(Ten) technical assistance sub-contracts (eight of whom will work in Cambodia for

two months) $480,000; and sub-contracts to specialized national agencies and NGOs

$120,000.

TRAINING: $80,000.

Fellowhips $15,000; a study tour $24,000; and seminars and workshops $41,000.

EQUIPMENT: $135,000.

Operation and maintenance $14,000; office supplies $32,000; fuel for site visits

and rental car $14,000; "contingencies" $10,000.

There is another $65,500 going to be spent on "international procurement",

including two levels, two theodolites, an $18,000 car and two $3,000 boats, a $400

camera, ten pocket calculators, two sediment samplers and two $3,000 water level

recorders.

MISCELLANEOUS: $9,000.

$5,000 in report costs and $4,000 for "sundries."

The Post has also obtained copies of the job descriptions for eight of the ten foreign

consultants who will be hired. All contracts are for two months; all of the consultants

will be based in Phnom Penh.

The "experts" in navigation, irrigation, forestry fisheries, environment,

and the economist must all have at least 20 years experience in their fields. The

eco-tourism expert needs only 10 years.

All will be asked to prepare development plans of the Tonle Sap - in accordance with

the government's national development strategy - in two months. They will work in

"close cooperation" with other project staff. Most of them must have worked

in areas of similar "tropical" or "socio-economic" climes; only

the navigation expert "should have experience in similar conditions as the Great

Lake." Fluency in English or French is essential; knowledge of Khmer "an

advantage."

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