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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Strengthening Capacity to Develop the Employment Service System

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49332-001 Status: Closed

The capacity development technical assistance (TA) will develop an employment service system to expand opportunities for job seekers to access employment information in the formal sectors. It will strengthen capacity of central and provincial level institutions in terms of providing information on employment opportunities to job seekers, and job/career counseling to graduates from secondary school. The TA will complement the ongoing secondary education projects, TVET projects, and higher education projects financed by ADB and other development partners. It will develop Lao LDR's first online employment service.

Project Details

Project Officer
Chanthy, Khamtanh Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Strengthening Capacity to Develop the Employment Service System
Project Number 49332-001
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9115-LAO: Strengthening Capacity to Develop the Employment Service System
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The capacity development technical assistance (TA) will develop an employment service system to expand opportunities for job seekers to access employment information in the formal sectors. It will strengthen capacity of central and provincial level institutions in terms of providing information on employment opportunities to job seekers, and job/career counseling to graduates from secondary school. The TA will complement the ongoing secondary education projects, TVET projects, and higher education projects financed by ADB and other development partners. It will develop Lao LDR's first online employment service.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is aligned with the ADB Lao PDR Country Partnership Strategy 2012-2016, which highlights the need to supply a workforce that better meets the demands of the labor market. The TA is included in the COBP 2015 -2017 under the project title Better and Safe Access to Jobs for Poor Women in the Garment Industry
Impact Share of employment in the formal sector increased (Eighth National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016 2020)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome ESS developed to expand access to employment opportunities in the formal sector.
Progress Toward Outcome The outcome will assessed at the end of the TA.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. ESP developed

2. ESS made operational

3. Institutional capacity to sustain the ESS and LMIS strengthened

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

Output 1: The TA assessed the current employment services through desk studies and meetings with key stakeholders. The report reveals that the Lao employment services is not in place compared with the regional and international employment service concept, arrangements, and standard. The current employment services focused on (i) recruitment of Lao workers for mega projects and oversea work force; (ii) regulation of private employment service companies, (iii) labor market information system is not yet in place due to lack of employment information, (iv) limited coordination with private employers and skills training institutes, (v) job centers do not have adequate facilities to provide services, (vi) institutional capacity on employment services at any level is still young, and (vii) career guidance and counseling has not yet initiated.

The consultants and EA prepare a draft employment services plan (ESP) to address the assessment findings and recommendation and align with the regional and international concept. The ESP will include employment service policy and direction, strengthen institutional capacity, cooperation mechanism to ensure the ESP is realistic and implementable. How the ESS can be developed to suit the local context and it can be implemented. Update the employment service structure, role and responsibility of Job centers and employment services. Strengthen the existing labor market information (LMI).

Stakeholder workshop was organized in January 2018 to discuss and validate the ESP to ensure it is implementable and gain support with the key stakeholders.

Output 2: Employment Service System (ESS) made operational

1) Online Employment Service System Developed: The TA developed a website in English and Lao languages. Website features are designed in consultation with stakeholders including private enterprises, private employment service companies, job centers, MLSW staff, and development partners. Procurement of IT equipment was completed, the equipment is expected to be delivered by 30 March 2018. The task force was established to guide and supervise the development of ESP and LMIS.

2) The TA revise structure, role and responsibility of job center and employment office to ensure it is aligned with the ESS in the region. DSDE with full support of the consultant organized a brainstorm workshop to share the initial prototype and discuss features of the website. Comments have been incorporated in the design which is a progressing work with involvement of relevant stakeholders to ensure the website containing all the significant features and content. Development of website has discussed with key stakeholders and is expected to be tested in mid 2018. ESS manual is being developed and training will be held in Q2 2018. DSDE assigned the focal staff to operate and maintain the website.

3) Mobile Network Application or SMS Developed: The TA aimed to develop SMS to disseminate employment opportunities to job seekers, particularly rural job seekers whom own mobile phones. The consultants obtained necessary ministerial approval to partner with Lao Telecom company for SMS delivery. The consultant will help the DSDE to establish agreement to start trailing SMS with Lao Telecom when employment information is available.

4) The TA also assessed the current labor market information system (LMIS) through desk study and interviews and identified areas for improvement. The report was prepared in Lao and English language and the reports were shared with key stakeholders for comments. The report also suggested to upgrade the LMIS and its server, introduce mechanism to collect data related labor supply and demand; developed a training program for (i) data collection by job center staff; (ii) data analysis and preparing report by MOES staff; and developed manual and tool for labor market survey. Procurement of server and computer to support the LMIS was completed and installation is expected to be cone in April 2018.

5) ESC and JCs Improved: Provincial Labor and Social Welfare Department have committed to improve their job center facilities and appoint more staff to carry out the proposed tasks indicated in the revise structure and responsibility of job center. Procurement of computer and internet services provided to job centers were completed. The job center staff will receive training on employment services, data collection, communication skills, management and leadership between April to December 2018.

Output 3: The TA assessed the capacity on employment services from central to provincial levels and found that the capacity is limited due to shortage of staff to carry out the task, knowledge and skills on employment services is limited; and inadequate facilities to carry out the tasks. A comprehensive training program is being finalized.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held with MLSW, MOES, ILO, JICA, Embassy of Japan, National Chamber of Commerce, Trade Associations, and vocational training institutes.
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Chanthy, Khamtanh
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Lao Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
Pangkham Road, P. O. Box 347
Vientiane
Lao, People's Democratic Republic
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Nov 2015
Fact Finding 09 Nov 2015 to 17 Nov 2015
MRM -
Approval 13 May 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2018

TA 9115-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 May 2016 22 Jun 2016 22 Jun 2016 31 May 2018 30 May 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 13 May 2016 1,370,543.18

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9115 17 Mar 2017 Training and Technology Transfer Ltd. (New Zealand) Level 9, 111 The Terrace Wellington, Wellington 005, New Zealand Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare 950,000.00

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