Bhutan: Institutional Strengthening for Skills Development

Sovereign Project | 46175-001 Status: Approved

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The CDTA will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Government (specifically, MOLHR) so that it is better positioned to plan and implement high quality, relevant TVET throughout the public and private sectors. It will support the Government by (i) strengthening TVET planning; (ii) planning and piloting professional development for TVET staff; and (iii) introducing standards and curriculum in selected new/emerging skills area.

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Project Name Institutional Strengthening for Skills Development
Project Number 46175-001
Country Bhutan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8712-BHU: Institutional Strengthening for Skills Development
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The CDTA will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Government (specifically, MOLHR) so that it is better positioned to plan and implement high quality, relevant TVET throughout the public and private sectors. It will support the Government by (i) strengthening TVET planning; (ii) planning and piloting professional development for TVET staff; and (iii) introducing standards and curriculum in selected new/emerging skills area.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Bhutan has fundamental skills development facilities and systems in place, but they are not yet sufficiently relevant to the needs of the emerging labor market, nor are they sufficiently responsive to the needs and aspirations of young people. The current public system is comprised of 13 very small institutes, none of which enroll more than 300 students and most of which offer vocational training in only one industry area. There are an estimated 62 private providers, mostly extremely small, and with varying degrees of sustainability and quality. Formal TVET is characterized as having: (i) low interest from Bhutanese youth in the technical courses which lead to private sector careers; (ii) uneven quality, scope and relevance of current TVET programs; (iii) poor fit between skills developed and actual job opportunities; and (iv) insufficient engagement of private sector in the formal TVET system.
Impact Improved relevance of TVET
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of MOLHR to guide skills development initiatives
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. TVET blueprint developed

2. Professional development plan for TVET staff piloted

3. Standards, curriculum, and learning materials for priority skills developed

4. Improved delivery of community-run youth services

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

1. TVET Blueprint developed -- Ministry of Labor and Human Resources is leading process to develop a far reaching national Blueprint to guide TVET development over next 20 years. ADB recruited international TVET expert to advise and support government in this endeavor. Background research and development is underway and a national consultation to confirm directions for the Blueprint will be held in Bhutan 15-16 October 2015 ahead of finalization of strategies. The Blueprint is on track to be completed by April 2016.

2. Professional development plan for TVET staff piloted -- This output is still in early stage development. An international consultant to lead this work is currently being recruited.

3. Standards, curriculum, and learning materials for priority skills developed -- Ministry of Labor and Human Resources has identified the 5 priority, in demand, skill areas as: Excavator Operator, Pay Loader Operator, Cable TV Technician, Heavy Machinery Mechanic, and Back Hoe Driver. Standards for each have already been developed and workshops to collaboratively develop curriculum and further learning materials are scheduled between October 2015 and March 2016. The activity is on track to be completed by May 2015.

4. Improved delivery of community-run youth services -- The youth service receiving the capacity development under this output is the Bhutan Youth Fund, who are redeveloping their rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol affected youth through a new center in Tshaluna. International and national consultants have been recruited to assist the new facility in two main ways: (i) operationally, by development of an operational manual, and development of better financial, and human resources, capacity and systems, and (ii) treatment wise, by development of a fresh, Buddhist inspired approach to drug addiction and treatment. The main ADB support to the community run drug and alcohol facility is on track to be completed by December 2015, with additional support to new staff in the facility through to July 2016.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) will assist the Government with the means to plan for a more modern and expanded skills development system, encompassing both public and private providers, so that these challenges can be met.
During Project Implementation This capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) will assist the Government with the means to plan for a more modern and expanded skills development system, encompassing both public and private providers, so that these challenges can be met.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 69 person-months of consulting inputs will be provided under the TA: 15 person-months of international consultant services and 54 person-months of national consultant services. ADB will engage two individual experts (for 23 person-months) on individual consultant selection basis. ADB will engage an international firm or international nongovernment organization on the basis of quality-based selection with simplified technical proposal to provide project implementation support. The international firm or international nongovernment organization will provide 29 person-months of consulting inputs from October 2014 to June 2016. ADB will also engage a national firm on the basis of consultant's qualifications selection, with simplified technical proposal, to provide research and communication services. The national firm will provide consulting inputs from December 2014 to June 2016. All consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All TA-financed goods and equipment will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). The procured equipment will be handed over to the MOLHR upon TA completion.
Responsible ADB Officer Karina Veal
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Labour and Human Resources
Thongsel Lam, P.O. Box 835
Thimphu
Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Feb 2014
Fact Finding 29 Jul 2013 to 02 Aug 2013
MRM -
Approval 01 Sep 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Sep 2015

TA 8712-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014 31 Aug 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 750,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 875,000.00 01 Sep 2014 99,526.19
Title Document Type Document Date
Institutional Strengthening for Skills Development Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2014

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