Timor-Leste: Mid-Level Skills Training Project

Sovereign Project | 45139-001

Summary

The proposed project will assist the Government of Timor-Leste in introducing and implementing mid-level skills training in construction and automotive trades by strengthening selected public and private training providers. The project will build on existing training programs and facilities which have a proven record of delivering quality skills training at basic levels. By filling skills gaps in the current system of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the project will help the government develop a skilled workforce and improve employment opportunities for men and women in Timor-Leste.

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Mid-Level Skills Training Project Apr 2013

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Project Name Mid-Level Skills Training Project
Project Number 45139-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0274-TIM: Mid-Level Skills Training Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Technical and vocational education and training
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will assist the Government of Timor-Leste in introducing and implementing mid-level skills training in construction and automotive trades by strengthening selected public and private training providers. The project will build on existing training programs and facilities which have a proven record of delivering quality skills training at basic levels. By filling skills gaps in the current system of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the project will help the government develop a skilled workforce and improve employment opportunities for men and women in Timor-Leste.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project aims to help fill the gap in mid-level skills training (levels 2 4) in construction and automotive trades by targeting and upgrading the strongest training providers to deliver training at higher than basic levels. Given past and ongoing assistance to basic education and basic skills training by other development partners, the project will focus its support on specific mid-level vocational skills training through SEFOPE. To implement mid-level skills training, the project will support the development of competency-based training standards and improve the quality of teaching staff. It will also facilitate the role of the private sector and strengthen the labor market information system (LMIS) to build demand-driven skills training that is relevant and responsive to the needs of the expanding Timorese economy.

The project is aligned with Timor-Leste's SDP and its focus on accelerated infrastructure and capacity development. The project is the first major step in the engagement by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in TVET in Timor-Leste, in accordance with the country partnership strategy (CPS) 2011 2015 and country operations business plan 2011 2013.9 As indicated in the CPS, ADB's extensive experience in TVET will assist the government in addressing skills shortages in infrastructure and other areas of the economy.

The project is also harmonized with assistance provided by other development partners. The Australian Agency for International Development and the International Labor Organization are major partners in the TVET subsector. Their support to the Youth Employment Promotion Program since 2008 led to the establishment of INDMO and the NQF. Other development partners in TVET include the European Commission, the Government of Brazil, and the Spanish International Cooperation. The project builds on previous and ongoing support in TVET and will be implemented in close cooperation with these development partners.

Impact Timor-Leste has a skilled workforce with improved quality and higher levels of vocational training
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The TVET system is enhanced with mid-level skills training that is relevant and responsive to labor market needs
Progress Toward Outcome Tendering for the dormitory construction has been successful and to be awarded in early Q1 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Mid-level skills training provision by selected public and private TVET providers

2. Improved technical capacity of teachers to deliver mid-level skills training

3. Enhanced labor market linkages of TVET programs

4. Strengthened SEFOPE financing and support for TVET

5. Efficient project implementation and management delivered by PMU

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Initial upgrading works for 3 training centers are complete; additional upgrading works for 4 training centers are ongoing.

a total of 357 students enrolled in certificate 1-2 training in 4 training providers (88 females)

Female enrollment at 25% for 2014 programs.

Teacher training ongoing for approximately 40 trainers in construction and autmotive trades.

No female trainer yet.

Not yet due. Employer contracting specialist is working on contract formats and requirements.

No female trainer yet.

One additional training provider signed up for partnership agreement; 150 Oecusse students are being trained in Dili; additional training facilities are supported for upgrading and expanded training.

Scholarships and stipends for female trainees are being implementd from 2014.

Outputs being delivered according to schedules, except for delayed contract award for Tibar dormitory.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is categorized environment category B and an initial environmental examination was prepared in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009). The initial environmental examination found that environmental impacts are minor and can be mitigated. During construction of training and dormitory facilities, excavated materials and solid waste will be managed in a manner that does not create any permanent environmental impact. During operation, the automotive workshop will ensure proper disposal of hazardous waste such as engine oil.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is classified category C for both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples according to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. All civil works on constructing or upgrading training and dormitory facilities will be undertaken on existing land owned by respective institutions within their current boundaries. The project is not expected to involve any issues of involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples. If any unanticipated issues are identified during implementation, the government will inform ADB and address these issues according to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified category C for both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples according to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. All civil works on constructing or upgrading training and dormitory facilities will be undertaken on existing land owned by respective institutions within their current boundaries. The project is not expected to involve any issues of involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples. If any unanticipated issues are identified during implementation, the government will inform ADB and address these issues according to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholders include relevant government agencies including Ministry of Education, Secretariat of State for Vocational Training and Employment, Ministry of Economy and Development, and National Statistics Office; development partners engaged in the TVET sector and other employment generation programs; industry organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; various training providers; and in-school students and out-of-school young people. Consultations with training providers, students, employers, and relevant government agencies will be undertaken during project preparation.
During Project Implementation The executing agency for the project will be SEFOPE. A project steering committee will be established, consisting of the secretary of SEFOPE (chair), MOE, members of INDMO executive commission, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Key development partners in the TVET subsector will participate as observers. The project steering committee will provide overall guidance to the project and ensure the integration of project activities into overall TVET development. SEFOPE will establish a PMU which will be responsible for day-to-day project implementation, capacity development, planning and budgeting, procurement, disbursement, monitoring, supervising implementation at training provider level, and reporting to the government and ADB. The PMU will be supported by consultants.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.14 An estimated 751 person-months (93 international and 658 national) are anticipated to (i) develop skills standards, curricula, and technical teachers capacity; (ii) strengthen TVET policy and institutional capacity of training providers; (iii) improve the capacity of TVET technical staff; (iv) undertake TVET promotion activities and career guidance services; (v) strengthen the LMIS; and (vi) support project management. The outline terms of reference for all consulting services are in section E.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) will be engaged to provide 118 person-months (46 international and 72 national) of technical services for output 1 and part of output 2 through single-source selection (SSS). The justification for SSS is ILO's experience in establishing the existing framework for vocational education and training, developing skills standards at qualification levels 1-2, and the need for consistency and continuity at this early stage in the development of the TVET subsector in Timor-Leste.

Individual consultant selection (ICS) will be used to engage four international consultants, total estimated at 39 person-months, for (i) TVET policy and institution strengthening, (ii) TVET teaching staff development, (iii) LMIS development, and (iv) finance and procurement, and two national consultants for PMU management team leader and deputy/finance manager. ICS will follow government procedures acceptable to ADB. For the remaining consulting services, consulting firms will be engaged (i) for PMU support services using the quality-and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality:cost ratio of 80:20 and (ii) for SEFOPE support services using consultants' qualifications selection (CQS). The finance and procurement specialist will support SEFOPE in the recruitment of key consultant positions, and train SEFOPE and PMU staff in managing recruitment process and contracts. An audit firm will be engaged by the least-cost selection (LCS) method to perform the annual audit of the project.

Procurement

The project management unit (PMU) will be established by SEFOPE. Under the guidance of the project director, the PMU will be responsible for day-to-day project implementation; planning and budgeting; procurement; disbursement; monitoring; supervising and overseeing of implementation at the training provider level; and submitting the required reports to the government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The PMU will be supported by consultants.

The PMU will carry out the procurement of goods, works, and services under the project with the help of an international finance and procurement expert. The expert will assist in developing procurement capacity in the procurement department, which will be responsible for procurement processing on behalf of the executing agency.

Responsible ADB Officer Sunhwa Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Sec't of State for Vocational Training& EmploymentBENDITO_FREITAS@YAHOO.CO.UKEx-UN House, Caicoli, Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Jul 2011
Fact Finding 13 Aug 2011 to 10 Sep 2011
MRM 27 Sep 2011
Approval 07 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Mar 2015

Grant 0274-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Dec 2011 27 Jan 2012 31 May 2012 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 13.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 07 Dec 2011 8.96 0.00 75%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 07 Dec 2011 6.59 0.00 55%
Title Document Type Document Date
Mid-Level Skills Training Project Procurement Plans Apr 2013
Grant Agreement for Mid-Level Skills Training Project between Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Asian Development Bank dated 27 January 2012 Grant Agreement Jan 2012
Mid-Level Skills Training Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2011
Mid-Level Skills Training Project Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2011
Mid-Level Skills Training Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2011

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