Regional: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Human Resource Development Strategic Framework and Action Plan (Phase 2)

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Project Name Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Human Resource Development Strategic Framework and Action Plan (Phase 2)
Project Number 46071-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8549-REG: Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Human Resource Development Strategic Framework and Action Plan (Phase 2)
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased flow of skilled labor in the GMS
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened HRD cooperation in the GMS
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved cooperation in TVET

2. Improved cooperation in higher education

3. Strengthened national implementation and monitoring of the SFAP

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

Output 1:

Consultancy assignment advertised in March 2015

Output 2:

Quality assurance training workshops conducted in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Representatives of selected GMS higher education institutions (and interested non-GMS higher education institutions) to convene a meeting in May 2015 to present plans for the pilot implementation of ACTFA, including the developed forms, guidelines and supporting mechanisms; and discuss and generate input on issues and strategies in implementing ACTFA among participating higher education institutions to support active engagement in the pilot project.

Output 3:

National consultation meetings in the 6 GMS countries were held from August to September 2014.

The 13th Meeting of the Working Group on Human Resource Development was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 29-30 October 2014. The six GMS countries presented their national actions plans to implement the GMS HRD Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2013-2017. The meeting reiterated the importance of further strengthening cooperation between and among the GMS countries and regional organizations in order to achieve the intended development outcomes.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation No-objection on government's participation in the technical assistance has been obtained from participating countries.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services For output 1, a United Nations/other specialized agency, firm, or research institute will be engaged as a consultant to develop (i) a framework for the mutual recognition of skills and qualifications, which are more critical for development of the economic corridors; and (ii) a system for the mutual recognition of training standards for technical and vocational education and training teachers and trainers in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). For output 2, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) University Network (AUN) will continue to be engaged as an implementing agency with advance payment facility, to strengthen the university (internal) quality assurance (QA) capacity. AUN is a legitimate regional partner to be an implementing agency on the basis that (i) it was established by ASEAN to help strengthen the network of 30 leading universities in the ASEAN, including the QA system; (ii) it offers a regional platform in the university (internal) QA system called AUN-QA with ASEAN standards; and (iii) it was engaged as an implementing agency to implement university QA capacity building (Phase 1) under R-PATA 7275. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED) will also continue to be engaged as an implementing agency with advance payment facility, to (i) pilot and assess the Academic Credit Transfer System Framework for Asia (ACTFA) in universities in the GMS, and (ii) establish the GMS University Consortium as a GMS university networking mechanism. SEAMEO-RIHED is also a legitimate regional partner in administering a common credit transfer system (CTS) and promoting university networking, on the basis that (i) it is one of SEAMEO regional centers which specializes in higher education harmonization and networking; (ii) it has the experience and respect of governments and higher education institutions in the area of CTS; (iii) it was engaged as an implementing agency to implement a policy action research on a common CTS (Phase 1) under R-PATA 7275; and (iv) it offers a neutral position to serve as a secretariat for the GMS University Consortium as one of SEAMEO regional centers. For output 3, an individual international consultant will be engaged to assess the implementation progress of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan (SFAP) 2013 -2017. Individual national consultants will also be engaged to (i) support country-level implementation of the SFAP 2013 -2017, including the development of national human resource development (HRD) action plans, monitoring and annual reporting to the Working Group on HRD (WGHRD) meetings on progress in implementation; and (ii) support the preparation and delivery of annual WGHRD meetings to be held in Viet Nam (in 2014), Cambodia (in 2015), People's Republic of China (in 2016), and Lao People's Democratic Republic (in 2017), tentatively. Relevant GMS government ministries and agencies as implementing agencies will coordinate activities of national HRD working groups, and host annual WGHRD meetings. ADB will recruit the UN/other specialized agency, firm, or research institute to be engaged as a consultant under output 1 using quality-based selection (QBS), and an international consultant (3 person-months) and national consultants (about 90 person-months for 7 positions) as individual consultants under output 3, in accordance with ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Wolfgang G. Kubitzki
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Sep 2013
Fact Finding 09 Oct 2013 to 11 Oct 2013
MRM -
Approval 09 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 8549-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Dec 2013 - 09 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2017 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,250,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,550,000.00 09 Dec 2013 494,509.51

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