42278-024: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project | Asian Development Bank

Lao People's Democratic Republic: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42278-024 Status: Active

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 Details

Project Officer
Servais, Gerard Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Modality
  • Grant
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project
Project Number 42278-024
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0503-LAO: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Sufficient skilled labor available to maintain inclusive and sustainable development in the Lao PDR
Project Outcome
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.
Implementation Progress
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.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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.
Involuntary Resettlement

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.
Business Opportunities
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.
Procurement

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
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Sports
Lane Xang Avenue
Vientiane
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Timetable
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

Grant 0503-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
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%
Counterpart 1.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 18 Oct 2016 8.15 0.00 33%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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Tenders

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

Contracts Awarded

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