Asian Development Bank

ADB is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.

Headquartered in Manila, and established in 1966, ADB is owned and financed by its 67 members, of which 48 are from the region and 19 are from other parts of the globe.

ADB's main partners are governments, the private sectornongovernment organizations, development agencies, community-based organizations, and foundations.  

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Some of the assignments that Semiotics has undertaken for this organization include the following:

Project Name Description
Early Childhood Development – Project Preparation Technical Assistance (PPTA) Asian Development Bank
Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab Project – TVET Sector and Skills mapping firm

The scope of the work of this engagement entails designing a 5-year TVET Sector Strategy, developing a time-bound action plan, design of a 5-year medium term expenditure framework, identifying areas for revenue generation and developing a TVET Gender Strategy.

Institutional Strengthening for Government-NGO Cooperation

The project intended to provide technical assistance for institutional development and capacity building support to both the Government and NGO sector comprising five components: creation of institutionalized NGO coordination units in the Federal and Provincial Governments as central points for Government-NGO engagement, institutional support for training of relevant Government officials and NGOs regarding contact and engagement with each other, support for the strengthening of existing NGO networks and development of a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework that governs NGO operations.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Devolved Social Services Program – ADB PPTA No. 4606-PAK
Labour Market Survey
Management Development Programme (MDP) under the Restructuring of Technical Education and Vocational Training System Project, NWFP

The Restructuring of Technical Education and Vocational Training System Project aimed at strengthening the effectiveness and competitiveness of the Technical Education and Vocational Training(TVET) system through policy reforms to improve quality, relevance and efficiency of TEVT institutions in NWFP. The project envisaged besides other, improvement of management of TEVT System in NWFP. The project was basically meant for strengthening the capabilities of principals, teachers and key TEVT officials to gear them towards assuming more responsibilities and autonomy in planning, management and effective utilization of resources in their institutions.

Gender Reform Program –Technical Assistance # 3832 The overall objective of the Technical Assistance (TA) for Gender Reform Program was to strengthen the capacity of the Government to reform institutions and systems dealing with the issues of gender and development. The specific objectives of the TA were (i) to support Ministry of Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education (MOWD) to formulate a gender reform action plan (GRAP) to address the issue of lack of effective policy and institutional mechanisms for gender mainstreaming; and (ii) strengthen the capacity of MOWD and Women Development Departments (WDDs) to initiate and institutionalize the process of reforms. The TA have two components: Component 1: Institutional Reforms-Gender Reform Action Plan. The TA assisted and supported preparation of gender reform action plan (GRAP) that delineate scope, design of policy and institutional reforms with clear goals, objectives, development paradigm, organogram, powers and authority, rules of business, procedures of reporting, flow of funds, methodology of processing a case, job descriptions, and service rules for MOWD, WDDs, and NCSW. It proposed sets of short and long-term investment options for review and submission to the appropriate fora for consideration to incorporate it into the PSDP and ADP. In addition, it includes a change management plan for institutional restructuring; capacity building requirements of MOWD and WDDs to institutionalize reforms; mitigation of negative impacts of institutional restructuring on staff; improved gender planning, budgeting, and auditing systems; methodology and mechanisms for implementation and monitoring of the action plan; identification and role of executing agencies, cost estimates, and financing arrangements; and a timeframe for implementation of the action plan. Component 2: Capacity Building of MOWD and WDDs. This component include support for MOWD and WDDs to initiate and institutionalize the process of reform. Five institutional reform cells were established in the Ministry and WDDs. Technical expertise and office facilities were provided, and staff trained in conceptual and technical skills to initiate and institutionalize the reform process. The second activity included training of 150 permanent professional staff MOWD and WDDs and line ministries to upgrade their conceptual and technical skills. Based on training needs assessment, a training plan prepared and implemented focusing the above areas of expertise.
Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation (BME), Malakand Rural development Project
Monitoring & Evaluation of Livestock Wing of MINFAL under Livestock Development Project
Monitoring and Evaluation- Malakand Rural Development Project
Monitoring, Review & Evaluation of Technical Education Project
Operational Evaluation of Primary Education Girls (Sector) Project
Project Performance Audit (PPAR) of Third Health Project
Project Preparation Technical Assistance for Science Education Project-II
Strengthening Portfolio Performance and Monitoring
Support to Implementation of GRAPs – Institutional Capacity Development of GRAP Stakeholders – Technical Assistance 4602-PAK The key objectives of the TA were: Institutionalization of gender mainstreaming capability of public sector Training Institutions and enabling them to effectively build capacities of GRAP stakeholders; Intellectual capacity development (knowledge and skills) of Government/State Training Faculties for engendered teaching curriculums; Strengthening and revitalization of NWFP SW&WDD for effective implementation of GRAP by strengthening 130 Industrial Training Centers (ITCs) of SW&WDD; Building the capacities of SW&WDD officers to effectively implement the GRAP of Balochistan. The TA had three components: Component A: Identification, consultation and selection of at least 5 potential public sector training institutes/academies per province for inclusion in the project for gender mainstreaming, Curriculum redesign/redevelopment of participating institutes; Post training roll out Component B: Training Need Assessment of Industrial Training Centers (ITCs) of the NWFP. Revision of course contents of lTCs and development of improved training modules, hold exhibition for displaying and promoting ITC products. Component C: Build SWBWDD of Balochistan capacities in (i) Gender & Development in Balochistan; (ii) Effective Communication & Presentation Skills; (iii) Project Planning 8 Management and (iv) Office Management & Performance Management.
Technical Education Project Technical Education Project (TEP ) was funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Pakistan (GOP). The project aimed at making technical education in Pakistan more relevant to the country’s development needs and to support industrial growth.
Textbook Study
Tracer Study on Impact of ADB’s Assistance for Technical Education Project
TA-10073 PAK: Subproject 6: Strengthening Gender Capacity of Pakistans National Transmission Company

ADB contracted Semiotics Consultants (Pvt) Limited to implement gender mainstreaming activities in line with the Gender Action Plan for the Tranche 4 of the Second Power Transmission Enhancement Investment Program in Pakistan. These activities are covered under the Technical Assistance Subproject 6: Strengthening Gender Capacity of Pakistan's National Transmission Company. Specifically, it will help address the limited participation of women in technical and leadership positions in the NTDC by promoting a workplace environment with equal opportunities for recruitment, skills development, and professional advancement of female personnel. It will also integrate community-based skills development for women as part of the NTDC’s gender-responsive sustainable business practice.