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Lao People's Democratic Republic: Education for Employment Sector Development Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50399-003 Status: Active

The proposed Education for Employment Sector Development Program (EESDP) will strengthen human capital in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and support inclusive growth and economic diversification. The policy-based loan will support reforms to align secondary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education with the country's workforce needs. This includes enhancing the role of secondary education in preparing youth for employment. The investment project will build capacity in the Ministry of Education and Sport (MOES) to align secondary education, TVET, and higher education with skill demand. It will also enhance the quality and relevance of secondary education and increase completion rates. EESDP builds on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Secondary Education Sector Development Program (SESDP) and related support for TVET and higher education.

Project Details

Project Officer
Lawrence, Annika R. Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Education for Employment Sector Development Program
Project Number 50399-003
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3821-LAO: Education for Employment Sector Development Program
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
Loan 3822-LAO: Education for Employment Sector Development Program
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 40.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Secondary - Secondary - social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The proposed Education for Employment Sector Development Program (EESDP) will strengthen human capital in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and support inclusive growth and economic diversification. The policy-based loan will support reforms to align secondary education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education with the country's workforce needs. This includes enhancing the role of secondary education in preparing youth for employment. The investment project will build capacity in the Ministry of Education and Sport (MOES) to align secondary education, TVET, and higher education with skill demand. It will also enhance the quality and relevance of secondary education and increase completion rates. EESDP builds on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Secondary Education Sector Development Program (SESDP) and related support for TVET and higher education.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Weak human capital is a critical obstacle to inclusive growth, competitiveness, and economic diversification. Employers cite an inadequately educated workforce as the top constraint to doing business in Lao PDR. They face shortages of both foundational soft skills (e.g., critical and analytical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving) and vocational hard skills like welding, mechanical, or tourism-related skills. Without education reforms, gaps between the supply of and demand for skills may continue to widen. These gaps threaten to obstruct economic transformation away from natural resource exploitation and low-skilled labor towards the higher value-added modern service and industry sectors. Skill gaps mean that a large number of Lao PDR's youth have limited prospects for productive employment and contribution to economic growth.

Post-primary education (secondary, TVET, and higher education) lies at the epicenter of Lao PDR's human capital challenge. Secondary education accounts for the largest share of new entrants into non-agricultural jobs at 47% of 18-27 year-olds in industry and service sectors, with higher education and TVET combining for another 29%. The government has enacted initial reforms and recognizes the need for further reforms to address key challenges related to: (i) weak strategic alignment of post-primary education and collective misalignment with labor market needs; (ii) inadequate quality and relevance of secondary education; and (iii) low secondary education access and completion rates.

To support the government's efforts to address these binding constraints, EESDP is expected to provide cohesive policy and investment support clustered under 3 outputs: (i) Post-primary education aligned with labor market demand; (ii) Secondary education quality and relevance to emerging skill demands strengthened; and (iii) Expanded, more equitable secondary education access and completion.

Impact Inclusive, balanced, and skills-driven economic growth achieved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Employability of secondary school youth enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Alignment of post-primary education with labor market demand strengthened

Quality and relevance of secondary education to emerging skills demands strengthened

Equitable secondary education access and completion increased

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Subject to confirmation during the detailed design stage, EESDP will involve only minor environmental issues: in particular minor noise and dust, as well as risk of injury associated with minor civil works conducted at existing school sites. It is expected that all facilities construction and expansion will be undertaken at existing government-owned sites (e.g., upgrading of currently incomplete secondary education schools).
Involuntary Resettlement Subject to confirmation during the detailed design stage, EESDP will not involve involuntary resettlement. It is expected that all facilities construction and expansion will be undertaken at existing government-owned sites (e.g., upgrading of currently incomplete secondary education schools).
Indigenous Peoples EESDP supports reforms and investments benefit ethnic groups and other disadvantaged groups. Ethnic group youth are expected to disproportionately benefit from the program, and specific interventions (e.g., stipends, dormitory provision, etc.) will include explicit targets prioritizing ethnic group youth, teachers, etc. These will be recorded in an Ethnic Group Plan. EESDP does not involve activities expected to be disproportionately that will trigger the requirement of attaining the consent of Indigenous Peoples communities in the context of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design In-depth dialogue with relevant government agencies throughout EESDP's design process; workshops/roundtables with agencies/departments at the central and provincial levels, international development partners, and private sector/nongovernment actors; compilation of existing data and conduct of focused studies; informal focused group discussions at both the institution and village/community levels; and direct consultations with school staff and students in target areas.
During Project Implementation In addition to international development partners, non-government entities (including the private sector and non-profits) will be involved in EESDP-supported work to develop and/or operationalize new policies and roll-out various project initiatives aimed at equitably strengthening post-primary education in Lao PDR. EESDP will also support an expanded role by communities in school management through strengthening pupil-parent committees, involvement of communities in EESDP initiatives, as well as broader capacity building and support to promote community involvement in school improvement planning and school-based management.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Recruitment of consulting firms will be using QCBS and least cost selection (LCS) and will be under ADB's prior review. ICS recruitment will be under prior review.

All consultants will be recruited according to ADB's Procurement Policy (2017) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017).

An estimated 530 person-months (130 international, 400 national) of consulting services through a firm are required to (i) facilitate project management and implementation, and (ii) strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the executing agency. Consulting firms will be engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method with a standard quality cost ratio of 80:20.

Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017).

OCB procedures will be used for the procurement of goods and works valued at $100,000 or higher. Request for quotations (RFQ) will be used for procurement of goods and works for contracts less than $100,000. OCB for national advertisement will be applied to all procurement of goods valued up to $999,999; while OCB for international advertisement will be applied to goods valued more than $1 million. Civil works procurement will use OCB national advertisement for packages valued up to $2.99 million; while international advertisement will be used for those valued more than $3 million.

The contract packages of all goods and works procured through OCB procedures will be under prior review by ADB.

Responsible ADB Officer Lawrence, Annika R.
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 06 Nov 2018
Fact Finding 10 May 2019 to 17 May 2019
MRM 10 Jul 2019
Approval 24 Sep 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2019

Loan 3821-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Sep 2019 30 Oct 2019 14 Nov 2019 30 Jun 2020 - 02 Dec 2019
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 24 Sep 2019 10.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 24 Sep 2019 10.00 0.00 100%

Loan 3822-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Sep 2019 30 Oct 2019 14 Nov 2019 30 Jun 2025 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 45.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 40.00 24 Sep 2019 5.29 0.00 13%
Counterpart 5.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 24 Sep 2019 3.80 0.00 9%

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International finance management specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Dec 2020 07 Jan 2021
Construction Supervision Engineers (10 engineers) Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Oct 2020 04 Nov 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Gender, social development, and indigenous peoples safeguards specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 May 2020 03 Jun 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Environment specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 May 2020 03 Jun 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Construction supervision engineer (2 positions) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Financial management specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2020 16 Mar 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Monitoring and reporting assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Procurement and contracts specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Financial management assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Monitoring and reporting specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Junior administrative assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Project implementation consultants Firm - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Jan 2020
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Senior administrative assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
Education for Employment Sector Development Program - Financial management specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2019 30 Dec 2019
50399-LAO: Education for Employment Sector Development Program Advance Notice Active 16 Sep 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTANTS Loan 3822 03 Nov 2020 INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT CORP. UNIT 407, A.B. SANDOVAL BLDG. ORANBO DRIVE, PASIG CITY PHILIPPINES Ministry of Education and Sports CONSULTANCY 3,368,293.00 3,368,293.00
PMU STAFF Loan 3822 10 Feb 2020 VARIOUS VARIOUS LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP Ministry of Education and Sports CONSULTANCY 100,000.00 100,000.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.