Philippines: Support for the Nationwide Rollout of JobStart Philippines

Sovereign Project | 49117-001

Project Name Support for the Nationwide Rollout of JobStart Philippines
Project Number 49117-001
Country / Economy Philippines
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8984-PHI: Support for the Nationwide Rollout of JobStart Philippines
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.30 million
TA 8984-PHI: Support for the Nationwide Rollout of JobStart Philippines
Government of Canada US$ 7.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Finance sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Nationwide Rollout of JobStart Philippines (JSP) is based on the Philippine Development Plan, 2011-2016 and will contribute to the government's efforts to increase youth employment rates. In particular, the project will support the government's efforts to establish the nationwide institutional setup for the JSP rollout and ensure 100,000 at-risk youth access JSP services under the rollout between 2015 and 2020.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

JSP rollout by DOLE and PESOs commenced

Progress Toward Outcome The JobStart Philippines program is in it's 5th year of implementation since the approval of the JobStart Act. A total of 35 PESOs have implemented the program. Implementation was deferred to 2021 due to the Covid-19 situation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Capacity development of JSP Unit at DOLE headquarters and RDOs strengthened

2. Life skills curriculum developed and rolled out nationally

3. Capacity of 24 PESOs in JSP implementation developed.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) To date, the Jobstart Program was implemented in 35 PESOs. JSP implementation in 18 PESOs is on-going for 2019. Capacity building activities for Bureau of Local Employment and Public Employment Services Offices are being conducted for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, with a particular focus on technical-vocational integration, delivery of Life Skills Training, and gender-sensitive career guidance and employment facilitation. Activities carried out by the consulting firm, Scope Global, was completed in June 2019. The TA will continue to provide support for implementation of JobStart activities, particularly Life Skills Trainings throughout 2019, while reducing administrative support in line with growing ownership for implementation by local government units.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A firm will be engaged in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to carry out activities under the TA. The consulting services under the TA will comprise of two international specialists: (i) the team leader with employment program experience (15 person-months) and the international finance officer (15 person-months). A total of nineteen national specialists will be engaged by Scope Global: (i) two finance experts to assist DOLE with financial management and government budgeted grant disbursements (10 person-months each), (ii) one information and communication technology expert (10 person-months) to assist DOLE with IT facilities for JSP, (iii) 14 training and internship officers (TIOs, 15 person-months each) will be recruited by the firm and placed with 24 PESOs on a rotating basis over 15 month period for capacity building, (iv) one communications and media relations expert will be engaged (10 person-months) to support development of and implementation of a communications and media strategy, and (v) one project administrator (15 person-months) will also be engaged. The firm will subcontract a life skills training provider to implement training program. Selection will be on a competitive basis with a fixed amount contract. The TA will be disbursed in line with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The purchase of equipment will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time) and such equipment will be turned over to the executing agency/implementing agency upon completion of TA activities.
Responsible ADB Officer Jayawardana, Poornima G.W.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Labor and Employment
Concept Clearance 10 Aug 2015
Fact Finding 11 Aug 2015 to 11 Aug 2015
Approval 30 Oct 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2020

TA 8984-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Oct 2015 21 Jan 2016 21 Jan 2016 31 Dec 2020 31 Mar 2022 29 Jun 2022
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,300,000.00 7,498,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,798,500.00 07 Jul 2022 7,116,941.02

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Lead Implementation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Sep 2020 23 Sep 2020
Life Skills Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020
Translator/proofreading Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Aug 2020 18 Aug 2020
Lead Implementation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2020 05 Apr 2020
Event Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Mar 2020 06 Apr 2020
IT Coordinator (BLE-DOLE) Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jul 2019 08 Aug 2019
National Finance Officer (BLE-DOLE) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2019
Project Implementation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jun 2019 06 Jul 2019
National Finance Officer (PMO) Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Jun 2019 25 Jun 2019
National Project Administrator (ADB HQ) Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Jun 2019 25 Jun 2019
National Project Administrator (PMO) Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Jun 2019 25 Jun 2019
National Finance Officer (ADB HQ) Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019
Capacity Building Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Apr 2019 01 May 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8984 31 May 2016 Scope Global Pty. Ltd (Australia) | Level 1, 41 Dequetteville Terrace Kent T South Australia 5067 Department of Labor and Employment 1,239,774.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.