Papua New Guinea : Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment Project

Sovereign Project | 53083-001

The project will assist the government in implementing reforms to strengthen the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system and to prepare students to be more competitive and responsive to employment and industry demands. It will focus on construction trades and agriculture programs in 10 TVET colleges identified by the government as centers of excellence, which will serve as models for subsequent reforms to other TVET colleges in the country.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Carandang, Ninebeth S.
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment Project
Project Number 53083-001
Country / Economy Papua New Guinea
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0866-PNG: Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment
Government of Australia US$ 10.69 million
Loan 4263-PNG: Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 50.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will assist the government in implementing reforms to strengthen the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system and to prepare students to be more competitive and responsive to employment and industry demands. It will focus on construction trades and agriculture programs in 10 TVET colleges identified by the government as centers of excellence, which will serve as models for subsequent reforms to other TVET colleges in the country.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a lower middle-income country, with gross national income per capita at about $2,460 in 2020. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that the extreme poverty rate declined to 27.3% in 2018, but may have risen again to about 30% with the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The prospects for economic growth in PNG have been affected by weak mining and petroleum output and the prolonged impacts of COVID-19. However, an improved outlook for the extractive industries should boost gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2022. GDP growth is forecast at 3.4% in 2022 and 4.6% in 2023, although the persistence of COVID-19, aggravated by a low vaccination rate and emerging variants, threatens the projected gradual recovery. The demand for technical graduates by larger agricultural employers is growing as the mechanisation and sophistication of production techniques increases. The construction industry contributes about 12% of formal employment opportunities, and substantial investments in infrastructure have increased demand for skills. While ADB classifies PNG as fragile and conflict-affected, the country identifies itself as a small island developing state.
Impact

Unemployment rates for female and male youth reduced (1524 years old) by 2030

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Selected TVET colleges strengthened to provide programs that are relevant and responsive to labor market needs in priority sectors

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

TVET college governance and management strengthened

High-quality TVET teacher training provided

Curriculum for demand-driven TVET programs developed

Gender-responsive TVET infrastructure and equipment established

National TVET governance and industry links developed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Procurement will prioritize civil works and goods packages as well as consulting activities for Bougainville Technical College. Consulting services will include needs assessment and advisory support that will prioritize Bougainville Technical College.
Procurement Strategic procurement planning was used to design the project procurement strategy and procurement plan. Carefully prepared multiple civil works and goods procurement packages maximize value for money. The contracts for eight civil works packages are proposed using standard bidding documents for small works, which will result in higher efficiency in total time spent on procurement, and in lower civil works design costs. Procurement and consultant recruitment will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Department of Treasury
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Sep 2019
Fact Finding 14 Feb 2022 to 03 Mar 2022
MRM 19 Aug 2022
Approval 29 Nov 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Nov 2022

Grant 0866-PNG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2022 14 Dec 2022 23 May 2023 30 Jun 2030 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.69 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 22 Jan 2024 0.00 0.96 9%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 10.69 22 Jan 2024 0.00 0.19 2%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Unsatisfactory - - - -

Loan 4263-PNG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2022 14 Dec 2022 23 May 2023 30 Jun 2030 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 55.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 50.00 22 Jan 2024 0.66 0.00 1%
Counterpart 5.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Jan 2024 0.57 0.00 1%

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
TVET College National Support Coordinators (2 Positions) Individual - Consulting Active
Monitoring and Evaluation Firm Firm - Consulting Closed
Technical Support Team Firm - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
ICT Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Accounting and Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Gender and Social Safeguards Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
National Environmental Safeguards Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
National Financial Accounting and Management Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
National Communications and Community Support Officer Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
International financial accounting and management specialist Loan 4263 12 Oct 2023 Saher Shah | Unit 52-A South Pacific Plaza Tower, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines Department of Treasury 159,800.00 159,800.00
International ICT Policy Specialist Loan 4263 12 Oct 2023 Mayra Christina Mirandilla Ambrocio | 3588 Santo Angel Central, Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines Department of Treasury 117,752.00 117,752.00
Annual contract for the Project Manager 4263 21 Jun 2023 George Ignatus Bopi-Kerepa | Sec 94, Lot 27 Valkyrie Place, Korobosea, National Capital District, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 211 Department of Treasury 171,800.00 171,800.00

Procurement Plan