Dr. Sison to write PCR of ADB’s skills training project in Maldives

PRIMEX Director Dr Jerome F. Sison will assist the ADB in preparing ADB’s Project Completion Report for its Employment Skills Training Project in Maldives (Loan 2028-MLD).

The $6.3M loan project was designed to assist the country make better use of its human resources potential by increasing the number of Maldivians actively participating in the labor force. It sought to provide employment-oriented skills training in various occupations to make prospective Maldivian employees more attractive to employers. In the process, it aimed to strengthen in-country capacity to deliver competency-based skills training.

The project started on 6 August 2004 with the Maldives Ministry of Finance and Treasury as executing agency and the Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports (changed to Ministry of Education recently) as implementing agency.

The training in the Project was delivered in three regions, namely: Malé island and adjacent atolls, the Northern Development Region, and the Southern Development Region. It had three components: (i) increasing access to good quality employment-oriented skills training; (ii) social marketing and improving career guidance and awareness of employment opportunities; and (iii) capacity strengthening of the Ministry of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security (MHEESS).

The five-week consultancy started this November 2011 and will culminate with the submission of the PCR on 28 December 2011. The PCR is scheduled to be finalized by the end of March 2012.

Dr. Sison is an economist and financial analyst with a wealth of experience in the planning, design, and evaluation of development projects across sectors, including agriculture, fisheries and coastal resource management, irrigation and water management, and the social sectors. Since 1983, he has completed a total of 63 assignments in China, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.