Vanuatu : Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project

Sovereign Project | 54045-001

The proposed project endeavors to bolster resilience by expanding and enhancing training opportunities at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), the nation's oldest and largest technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institution. The proposed project will enhance skills training at VIT, expand infrastructure and equipment at two campuses, and support VIT to implement targeted interventions for women and vulnerable groups.

Project Details

Project Name
Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project
Project Number
54045-001
Country / Economy
  • Vanuatu
Project Status
Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 16.44 million
Japan Fund for Prosperous and Resilient Asia and the Pacific US$ 3.00 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
Gender equity theme
Description
The proposed project endeavors to bolster resilience by expanding and enhancing training opportunities at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), the nation's oldest and largest technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institution. The proposed project will enhance skills training at VIT, expand infrastructure and equipment at two campuses, and support VIT to implement targeted interventions for women and vulnerable groups.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Vanuatu faces a critical shortage of skilled professionals, leaving numerous managerial and technical positions vacant across both public and private sectors. Only 2 out of every 100 individuals aged 15 and above holds qualifications beyond high school education. Moreover, about 43% of young people aged 1524 find themselves neither engaged in employment nor enrolled in educational or training programs. While a significant portion of the adult population, particularly men, are working, women remain underrepresented in leadership roles. Compounding these challenges is Vanuatu's vulnerability to climate and disaster risks, heightening the urgency for adept individuals capable of steering and delivering national development initiatives and resilient recovery efforts post-disaster.
Impact

A quality caring education and training system provides every person with lifelong skills, values, and confidence to be self-reliant and to contribute to the development of Vanuatu.

An internationally recognized institute of higher education producing skilled graduates contributing to a sustainable and resilient Vanuatu supported

Formal schooling that is inclusive and safe for male and female students provided

Outcome

VIT students accessing quality and industry-relevant skills training increased

Outputs

Institutional capacity of VIT to deliver quality, in-demand, and climate- and gender-responsive training strengthened

Gender-responsive, inclusive, accessible, and climate-resilient infrastructure and facilities upgraded and expanded

Inclusive and targeted training and outreach activities, particularly for women and people with disabilities, implemented

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
Key stakeholders will be regularly consulted, and the project will implement co-design activities with students, women, and civil society organizations. MOET will engage VIT through direct contracting to provide scholarships. Value for money in procurement will be achieved by focusing on the engagement of national firms; consolidating requirements for goods to leverage economies of scale; designing infrastructure to match the local context, material availability, and operation and maintenance requirements; and providing ADB support to consultant recruitment.
Procurement
The assessed procurement risk is moderate. Strategic procurement planning was carried out to ensure that fit-for-purpose procurement approaches are developed to achieve value for money and the project's development objectives. Overall, a significant portion of all procurement is targeted at the domestic and local marketplace in line with the government's strategic priorities. Civil works contract packaging has been done according to the geographical and physical terrain of the project area to boost bidder response and encourage competition. Where indicated through strategic planning, options and risk assessment and mitigation, package size has been bundled for economy and efficiency, while reducing the administrative burden to the implementing agency of multiple smaller tenders.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Bryson, Cindy M.D.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management

Timetable

Concept Clearance
12 Dec 2022
Fact Finding
15 Jan 2024 to 25 Jan 2024
MRM
-
Approval
-
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
15 Dec 2022

Funding

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Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2022

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project: Social Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Apr 2024
Supporting the Delivery of Skills Development Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2024

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
TVET Institutional Strengthening and Twinning Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Management Team Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.