The Asian Development Bank is working with the Lao People's Democratic Republic to increase opportunities for young women to access technical and vocational education. The project is providing training for women who want to work in traditionally male occupations.
|Project Name||Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project|
|Country||Lao People's Democratic Republic
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Technical and vocational education and training
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Sufficient skilled labor available to maintain inclusive and sustainable development in the Lao PDR|
|Description of Outcome||TVET system expanded and aligned with evolving labor market needs|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Project implementation ongoing. Review mission fielded in Q1 2018.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Teaching and learning environments at eight TVET colleges upgraded
Quality and relevance of demand-driven programs improved
Access to TVET institutions for disadvantaged students increased
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Output 1: Civil works for 5 TVET colleges have been awarded and construction ongoing. Completion of these facilities is currently underway. Procurement of equipment per specialized trade areas has been initiated, with provision of some equipment forecasted in Q4 2018.
Output 2: Recruitment of a capacity building firm to train TVET teachers and managers' capacity in pedagogy, technical, and management is ongoing, with tentative award in Q4 2018. Academic upgrading scholarship program is currently being implemented for the first batch consisting of 45 TVET teachers for completion of their master's degree.
Output 3: 584 students (183 females) at C3 in six colleges received stipends as first batch under the stipend program. Polytechnic and Vientiane-Hanoi Friendship VTC have not yet started the stipend program because they have not started the courses in which students eligible for stipends will study. Four of the schools have made three monthly payments since November, and the other two schoolls have made one or two monthly payments. Recruitment of a social marketing firm for TVET promotion to undertake awareness campaigns is ongoing. Expected mobilization by Q4 2018. Career guidance units were established in all eight target schools, but their capacity to provide guidance remains limited.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project will build upon the ongoing Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Project (STVET). The project will include minor civil works to upgrade dormitories and rehabilitate workshops and classrooms on existing, government-owned school sites. During the construction phase there might be minimal environmental impacts such as dust, noise and construction waste. The PPTA team also includes a civil engineer to ensure that workshops, classrooms and dormitories are designed in compliance with government planning regulations and building codes; and would address potential environmental impacts including most suitable options for management of wastewater and sewage to be discharged from the buildings.|
The project will build upon the ongoing Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Project (STVET). The project will continue to support the schools under the STVET and some new schools which will be identified during the PPTA.
The new project will construct dormitories and rehabilitate workshop and classrooms in the existing school compound. Therefore, land acquisition and resettlement are not anticipated. However, there are expected to cause minor or temporary disruption during the construction phase. During the PPTA, it will be determined if a category C for IR can be considered.
|Indigenous Peoples||SSTVET is not expected to have adverse impacts on IPs. SSTVET will provide substantial benefits to IPs. IPs will access to information related vocational courses, training assistance vouchers. SSTVET will construct dormitories to accommodate poor and IPs students, particularly girls while they undertake training courses in the project schools. The PMU will establish a mechanism to ensure IPs equitable access to the benefits to enhance positive impact and mitigate any negative impacts on IPs.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
A Stakeholder Communications Strategy Framework (SCSF) has been developed for the project, which will guide the design of a TVET Promotion Strategy to inform stakeholders about the benefits of TVET and the TVET services offered under the project, as well as to increase TVET enrollment and utilization of the stipend for eligible disadvantaged students. The TVET Promotion Strategy will build on social marketing plans and products created previously by MOES and expand on them to i) strengthen national level media and branding activities to promote positive perceptions and build awareness, trust and credibility of TVET, and ii) strengthen the roll out of social marketing activities in the communities in the geographic area of each of the 8 project colleges, equipping the colleges to develop and implement their own community outreach and career guidance campaigns.
The TVET Promotion Strategy will be designed and implemented by a communications firm under direction of TVED. The project colleges will, with support of the firm, create community outreach and career guidance plans to deliver TVET promotion in their respective geographic areas. The firm will create a toolkit with standard operating procedures, guidelines, templates, suggested activities and resources to enable the schools to design and deliver these plans, and provide capacity building and ongoing advisory support to colleges administrators
and MOES staff to ensure effective delivery of the plans.
Key channels of communication that will be used at the national level include: TV/print/radio media products, a digital communication strategy including mobile, internet and social media activities, and the creation of a consistent brand identify for TVET. Channels that will be used at the college level include local customization of the national level products as well as community awareness activities; use of local media and cultural events; partnerships with secondary school career guidance units and career guidance/demonstration events targeting prospective students; and collaboration with organizations and leaders with influence in the community.
The TVET Promotion Strategy will make use of approaches and channels that support engagement with female students, ethnic and linguistic minorities and the poor, and will ensure that poor students are aware of the availability of the stipend program and how to utilize it. A monitoring and evaluation framework will be created as part of the TVET Promotion Strategy, which will include indicators to track and assess reach to these groups.
|During Project Implementation||The project will monitor implementation of the stakeholder communication strategy, and reflect updates in the progress reports.|
|Consulting Services||To support the overall facilitation of the project, TVED is supported by a team of consultants, based at the PMU and consist of (i) an international Team Leader, (ii) a national deputy team leader, (iii) a financial expert, (iv) a procurement expert, (v) an M&E specialist, (vi) a gender expert, and (vii) 3 support staff.|
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB''s Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). A procurement capacity assessment report has been developed during project design.
International competitive bidding procedures will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $3 million or more, and goods contracts valued at $1 million. Contracts for works of more than $100,000 but less than $3 million will follow national competitive bidding procedures. Supply contracts for goods estimated below $1 million but above $100,000 will be awarded on the basis of national competitive bidding. Items costing $100,000 or less will be procured through shopping.
Before the start of any procurement, ADB and the government will review the public procurement laws of the central and state governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).
|Responsible ADB Officer||Servais, Gerard|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SERD|
Ministry of Education and Sports
Lane Xang Avenue
Lao People's Democratic Republic
|Concept Clearance||08 Jan 2016|
|Fact Finding||30 May 2016 to 10 Jun 2016|
|MRM||19 Jul 2016|
|Approval||18 Oct 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Oct 2016||08 Nov 2016||03 Jan 2017||30 Jun 2022||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||26.50||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||25.00||18 Oct 2016||12.84||0.00||51%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||18 Oct 2016||8.15||0.00||33%|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 May 2018||14 May 2018|
|Procurement Assistance||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Feb 2018||16 Feb 2018|
|Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Feb 2018||12 Feb 2018|
|TVET Capacity Building Measures Consulting Firm||Firm - Consulting||Closed||30 Nov 2017||29 Dec 2017|
|TVET Promotion Strategy Firm||Firm - Consulting||Closed||30 Nov 2017||29 Dec 2017|
|ICS15||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Nov 2017||05 Dec 2017|
|ICS04(2)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||11 Aug 2017||18 Aug 2017|
|ICS30||Individual - Consulting||Closed||11 Aug 2017||18 Aug 2017|
|ICS31||Individual - Consulting||Closed||11 Aug 2017||18 Aug 2017|
|ICS20||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS25||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS29||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS17||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS27||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS26||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS12||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS16||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS22||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS21||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS18||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS19||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS24||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS23||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|ICS28||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|TVET PROMOTION STRATEGY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION||Grant 0503||20 Nov 2018||PUBLICUS ASIA INC.||UNIT 1103 JOLLIBEE PLAZA COND. F.ORTIGAS JR.RD ORTIGAS CTR. PASIG CITY PHILIPPINES||Ministry of Education and Sports||Consulting Services||687,301.00||—|
|CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN AND CAPACITY STRENGTHENING MEASURES AT TVET COLLEGES||Grant 0503||10 Sep 2018||ASIAN MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE||9TH FLOOR SUCED BLDG. 108 NGUYEN HOANG NAM TU LIEM DISTRICT HANOI VIET NAM SOC REP OF||Ministry of Education and Sports||Consulting Services||819,850.00||—|
|PIU STAFF (NATIONAL CONSULTANTS)||Grant 0503||01 Aug 2017||VARIOUS||VARIOUS LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP||Ministry of Education and Sports||100,000.00||—|
|Signed Contract with PIU Team Leader||Grant 0503||23 May 2017||Bernadette Gonzales||4F Sandoval Building Shaw Blvd. Pasig City Philippines||Ministry of Education and Sports||Signed Contract with PIU Team Leader||360,000.00||—|
|Signed Contract With Piu Team Leader||Grant 0503||23 May 2017||Bernadette Gonzales||4F Sandoval Building Shaw Blvd. Pasig City Philippines||Ministry Of Education And Sports||360,000.00||—|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Jul 2018|