Tajikistan: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Sovereign Project | 46535-001 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Tajikistan to improve the country’s technical and vocational education and training system. The project is upgrading facilities, providing new competency-based curricula and learning materials, developing an in-service teacher training plan, and strengthening sector management, as part of government efforts to create a modern, skilled workforce.

Project Details

Project Officer
LaRocque, Norman I.A. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Modality
  • Grant
  • Loan
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 46535-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0452-TAJ: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Grant 0453-TAJ: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility US$ 2.00 million
Loan 3309-TAJ: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The impact of the proposed Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project (the project) will be a national workforce with an increased proportion of skilled workers employed in Tajikistan. The outcome will be a demand-driven, quality-assured, and flexible TVET system responsive to labor market needs.

The project comprises four outputs, as follows: (i) TVET system methodology modernized; (ii) physical learning facilities in selected TVET institutions upgraded; (iii) access to quality TVET programs improved; and (iv) governance and management of TVET system strengthened. These are explained below.

Output 1: TVET system methodology modernized. The project will develop competency standards and assessment tools aligned to an adapted European Qualification Framework (EQF). Competency-based training (CBT) curriculum and gender-sensitive learning materials will be developed, and competency assessors for 17 occupations will be trained. The occupations have been selected based on the government's development priorities, a labor market survey conducted during project preparation, and inputs from key stakeholders. An implementation plan for the development of the CBT components has been developed involving industry sector working groups, training providers, and development partners. Guidelines and manuals will be prepared to promote future sustainability and institutionalize tasks related to development of competency standards, qualifications and curriculum. The Center for Training Methodology and Monitoring of Education Quality (CTMMEQ) under MOLME will take the lead in implementing Output 1. The project will build CTMMEQ capacity a twinning partnership with a reputable foreign workforce development agency. The CBT curriculum and learning materials will be piloted in 29 TVET institutions. The project will strengthen the selected TVET institutions' core programs to enable them to serve as resource centers for other TVET institutions in their respective sectors.

Output 2: Physical learning facilities in selected TVET institutions upgraded. The project will upgrade the physical learning and teaching facilities of the selected TVET institutions. The design of rehabilitation works takes into consideration teaching requirements, student needs, and environmental and social safeguards. In three project sites, green reconstruction and power approaches will demonstrate options for general building rehabilitation, and help train teachers and students in green reconstruction. The project will also support gender-appropriate dormitory upgrades, which will help increase female student access to formal TVET system.

Output 3: Access to quality TVET programs improved. The project will develop an in-service TVET teachers training plan to provide teachers and masters with a clear understanding of the CBT methodology, competencies n student-centered training delivery, and practical knowledge and skills in respective technology areas through industry internships.

Output 4: Governance and management strengthened. The project will support the establishment and operation of industry advisory committees and working groups in the five priority sectors; training in modern TVET management, strengthening of the secretariat of the National Coordination Council for Vocational Education and Training; provision of equipment for the Scientific Research Institute on Labour, Migration and Employment under MOLME to support annual labor market assessments; a social marketing program; development and implementation of the project monitoring and evaluation system; and designation of a resource center in each region to facilitate coordination and ensure efficient project implementation. A skills conference in year 4 will showcase CBT achievements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project aims to respond to the needs of Tajikistan. The project will empower the country's unemployed and underemployed youths and adults to take advantage of employment and income opportunities in domestic and international labor markets through provision of quality training. A key feature of the project is the institutionalization of mechanisms for engaging the private sector in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at the policy and operational levels.

The challenge in reducing poverty remains daunting. The official unemployment figure is low at about 2.2% over the past decade but it masks a high rate of underemployment, particularly in the rural areas with seasonal activities. In addition to the existing stock of largely unskilled labor, some 150,000 youth without employable skills enter the labor force every year. At the same time, a number of jobs in industries remain unfilled due to lack of qualified and skilled applicants. Lack of opportunities, particularly for the unskilled, forces many to seek employment overseas. Annually around 800,000 Tajik workers find work abroad, over 90% in Russia. In 2014, remittances of these workers amounted to $4.2 billion or almost half of GDP making Tajikistan the most remittance-dependent among the developing countries. The role of migrant workers therefore is critical to the economy at this stage of the country's development.

While employment through international migration is very important, the workforce needs of the local industries are a key focus as these ultimately provide a sustainable solution to the perennial problem of underemployment and poverty in the country. A major challenge is how to ensure an adequate supply of trained workers to meet the requirements of both overseas and domestic labor markets. This responsibility falls on the country's education and training system, more specifically the TVET system, which unfortunately does not meet expectations.

Tajikistan's network of TVET providers comprises public institutions including: (i) 63 primary vocational education schools (now called lyceums) and 49 secondary vocational education schools (now called technical colleges) under the Ministry of Education (MOE); and (ii) 30 adult learning centers with 40 branches in the districts under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (MOLSP). The National Adult Training Center (NATC) in Dushanbe serves as the model and as a central resource center.

The lyceums offer 1-2 year courses with an enrollment of 23,857 in 2012. Technical colleges offer 2 to 4 year courses with 40,095 enrolled during the same school year. Both the lyceums and technical colleges also offer short courses (3, 6, 9, and 12 months) and trained 47,000 youths and adults in 2012. The adult learning centers offer only short courses and trained 53,000 in 2012. Women comprise about 30% of the total enrollment. About 30-40% of the students in long courses and majority of trainees in short courses pay for the cost of training which provides the TVET institutions a significant source of revenues to augment their limited budget and increases the sustainability of the system.

The TVET system however faces major constraints including outdated curriculum and learning materials, obsolete and inadequate equipment base, dilapidated school buildings and unmaintained and damaged dormitories, teachers and masters advanced in years with little staff development and succession planning, little or no linkage with industries, absence of modern approaches to school management, and continuing underinvestment in TVET in general. While a large number of graduates are produced each year, they lack modern skills and qualifications relevant to the labor market demands. In the Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum, 2010-11), the 'poor work ethic in the national labor force' and the 'inadequately educated workforce' ranked 5th and 6th, respectively, among the most problematic factors in doing business in Tajikistan, reducing the country's competitiveness and acting as binding constraints to economic growth.

The Government of Tajikistan (the government) has taken certain initiatives to address the dire situation of the TVET sector. In 2012 the government approved the 'State Program to Reform the TVET System, 2013-2020' outlining the different strategies and programs that need to be undertaken in a coherent and coordinated manner to reform and modernize the TVET sector. Its implementation requires political will and continued support from development partners. The project aims to fully support of the government's TVET reform program. With its emphasis on private sector development and reducing the cost of doing business, it is also consistent with ADB''s Tajikistan Country Partnership Strategy, 2010-14.

Impact A national workforce with an increased proportion of skilled workers employed in Tajikistan.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome A demand-driven, quality-assured, and flexible TVET system responsive to labor market needs.
Progress Toward Outcome The project inception mission was fielded in October 2016. The first review mission will be held in May 2017. The mission will review the overall implementation of the project and assess attainment of project objectives.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(1) TVET system methodology modernized

(2) Physical learning environment upgraded

(3) Access to quality TVET programs improved

(4) Governance and management of TVET system strengthened

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

The industry working groups have been established. These groups will initially establish a sector occupational map; and then identify the competencies required for a single defined occupational area. Recruitment of the international industry partnership and competency standards development specialists is ongoing.

Rehabilitation works on the Bokhtar Agricultural College, adult learning centers in Vanj, Sangvor, and facilities for the Center for Training Methodology and Monitoring of Education Quality and the Engineering Pedagogical College of Dushanbe are ongoing.

The establishment of the project monitoring and evaluation system is ongoing.

Geographical Location Dushanbe

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Civil works are limited to minor construction or refurbishment of dormitories on existing school property. No temporary or permanent land acquisition or other assets is required.
Involuntary Resettlement Civil works are limited to minor construction or refurbishment of dormitories on existing school property. No temporary or permanent land acquisition or other assets is required.
Indigenous Peoples The proposed project do not directly or indirectly affect the dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, or culture of indigenous peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The reconnaissance, review and fact-finding missions met all relevant stakeholders including the following: Executive office of the President,

Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Finance, Migration Service, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EU Delegation, World Bank, IOM, GIZ. The mission also held a focus group discussion with a group of Tajik migrant workers. Workshops, seminar, and conferences were held to ensure extensive participation in project design. This involved discussions with the government, the academia, private sector, civil society organizations and NGOs, as well as all other relevant stakeholders.

During Project Implementation

During project implementation, various stakeholders from public and private sectors are expected to be fully engaged with the project.

A Project Brief has been completed in collaboration with SDCC to disseminate the objectives of the project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services 43. An estimated 321 person-months (8 international and 24 national) of consulting services will be required to: (i) engage experts from industry and TVET institutions for the development and implementation of CBT system components; (ii) supervise the upgrading of facilities of selected TVET institutions; (iii) implement the staff development program for management and teaching staff of selected TVET institutions; and (iv) facilitate the implementation of the project's special programs including the MRITP, GEMP, and demonstration of clean energy/energy efficiency technology.
Procurement

The ADF resources will cover minor civil works, modern equipment, systems development, staff development, research and studies, and consulting services.

The Clean Energy Fund will help the project integrate clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer LaRocque, Norman I.A.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population (formerly Ministry of Labor and Social Protection)
[email protected]
5/2, A. Navoi Street
Dushanbe City, Tajikistan
434026

Timetable

Concept Clearance 10 Dec 2013
Fact Finding 19 Jan 2015 to 30 Jan 2015
MRM 14 Apr 2015
Approval 09 Nov 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2017

Grant 0452-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2015 16 Nov 2015 14 Apr 2016 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 09 Nov 2015 2.34 0.00 16%
Counterpart 2.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Nov 2015 1.10 0.00 7%

Grant 0453-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2015 16 Nov 2015 14 Apr 2016 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 09 Nov 2015 0.00 1.04 52%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2.00 09 Nov 2015 0.00 0.88 44%

Loan 3309-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Nov 2015 16 Nov 2015 14 Apr 2016 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 09 Nov 2015 0.32 0.00 2%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Nov 2015 0.42 0.00 3%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Central Resource Centre-Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017
Regional Resource Centre-Coordinator (RRC-C) (4 positions under respective RRC) Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017
Central Resource Centre-Coordinator Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017
Regional Resource Centre-Coordinator Assistant (4 positions under respective RRC) Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017
3309-TAJ: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training [MOLME/TVET/NCB-GS07] Invitation for Bids Closed 22 Jun 2017 19 Jul 2017
L3309-TAJ (SF): Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training [MOLME/TVET/NCB-GS06] Invitation for Bids Closed 07 Jun 2017 05 Jul 2017
TAJ: Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Advance Notice Archived 16 Nov 2015

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found