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Tajikistan: Skills and Employability Enhancement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51011-001 Status: Active

The program will support ongoing skills sector reforms including approval of the Initial Vocational Training Law and development of new policies and regulations based on the law through the policy-based grant. The policy reforms will include: (i) official endorsement of initial vocational training law; (ii) development of the National Qualification Framework; (iii) development of a strategy for skill training for disadvantaged groups; and (iv) the development and approval of regulations on adult education centers. The program will provide capacity development programs for sector planning, management and administration to MOLME and provincial governments.

Project Details

Project Officer
Izawa, Eiko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Skills and Employability Enhancement Project
Project Number 51011-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9639-TAJ: Skills and Competitiveness Sector Development Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
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 Gender equity
Description

The program will support ongoing skills sector reforms including approval of the Initial Vocational Training Law and development of new policies and regulations based on the law through the policy-based grant. The policy reforms will include: (i) official endorsement of initial vocational training law; (ii) development of the National Qualification Framework; (iii) development of a strategy for skill training for disadvantaged groups; and (iv) the development and approval of regulations on adult education centers. The program will provide capacity development programs for sector planning, management and administration to MOLME and provincial governments.

The program will develop new, model job centers in western Tajikistan, which exports a high volume of labor migrants. Civil works sites will be determined through a migrant survey during the transaction technical assistance (TRTA); Dushanbe, East Khatlon, and East Karotegin have been identified preliminarily as project regions. The job centers will offer facilities currently unavailable in vocational colleges and schools and provide further support to job seekers. New services and facilities will include accommodation for short-term training participants; workshops where local private firms will demonstrate actual required skills and technologies; transportation that provides access to centers from rural areas, particularly for women; childcare centers; and job counseling rooms. The program will also provide training equipment for the workshops.

The transaction technical assistance will conduct a quick economic study on labor migration in Tajikistan. Based on the survey results, the ensuing program will develop both pre-departure and post-migration services for migrant youth. These programs will offer (i) short-term skills training for industries with large-scale employment, including tourism, ICT, agriculture and energy; (ii) soft skills training; (iii) foreign language training; (iv) guidance in access to social safety nets in Tajikistan; (v) knowledge of labor contracts and labor safety in destination countries; and (vi) support to the families of migrants. The new job centers will provide pilot childcare services. After the pilot testing is appraised, the training program will be scaled up and implemented nationwide. The program will also support developing pilot short-term training for women in rural areas, who have mostly worked for traditional agriculture. The program will further strengthen the labor market information system being developed under the ongoing ADB-financed project, which will help provide more efficient and timely job-search assistant and job matching system.

These outputs will result in the following outcome: skills and employability of youth and women in the key industries improved in selected provinces. The program will be aligned with the following impacts: (i) productive employment expanded (National Development Strategy 2030); and (ii) full and productive employment, and decent work for all promoted (Sustainable Development Goal 8).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed Skills and Competitiveness Sector Development Program will enhance the employability of youth and women in Tajikistan. Improved skills and labor competitiveness is a key driver for the country's inclusive growth. The program will comprehensively support the skills sector by (i) strengthening the sector policy framework and service delivery capacity; (ii) improving access of vulnerable groups to skills training; (iii) providing more relevant and better quality training; and (iv) developing and establishing a new type of job center, a one-stop platform providing all job-related services in regions where labor migration and youth unemployment rates are high.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
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 ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The TA will require (i) 4.5 person-months of consultant inputs through two individual consultants (1.5 person-months for an international consultant and 3 person-months for a national consultant); and (ii) 43 person-months of consultant inputs through a firm (19 person-months for international consultants and 24 person-months for national consultants). The fixed budget selection method will be followed. A simplified technical proposal will be required.
Procurement The TA consultants may procure equipment according to ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The equipment procured will be transferred to the program administration group upon completion of the TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Izawa, Eiko
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)
5/2, A. Navoi Street
Dushanbe City, Tajikistan
434026
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

TA 9639-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Nov 2018 06 Dec 2018 06 Dec 2018 31 May 2020 31 Dec 2020 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 880,000.00 12 Nov 2018 571,483.42

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Skills and Competitiveness Sector Development Program - National Skills Sector Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Nov 2018 09 Dec 2018
Skills and Competitiveness Sector Development Program - International Skills Sector Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Nov 2018 09 Dec 2018
Skills and Competitiveness Sector Development Program - Consulting Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Nov 2018 06 Dec 2018

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 Preparatory Technical Assistance 9639 17 Apr 2019 PACIFIC RIM INNOVATION & MANAGEMENT EXPONENTS, INC (PHILIPPINES) in association with Koei Research & Consulting Inc. (JAPAN) 502 MANILA LUXURY CONDOMINIUM PEARL DRIVE, ORTIGAS CENTER, PASIG CITY METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES Ministry of Labor,Migration &Population Employment Consulting Services 669,979.00

Procurement Plan

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