Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (SICBT) Project

Consultant

SELECTION OF AN INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT

 

Assignment Title: TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) Consultant
Name of Project: Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (PACSTAT)
Grant No: D543-TO
Date of Issuance: 29th April 2022

 

Due date and time for Expression of Interest (EOI): Friday, 20th May 2022, no later than 16:30 local time.

 

Email Submission of EOI:
Please email to viliami.fifita@stats.gov.to and copy to maletinoh@gmail.com
Attn: Dr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita, Government Statistician, Tonga Statistics Department
Reference No.: TDS/REF-22-02

 

The Government of Tonga has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Tonga’s Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (SICBT) Project, 2020 to2025 and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the recruitment ofa TSA Consultant.

 

The consulting services (“the Services”) include1. Identify inter-related areas and data, areas to include tourism accommodation, visitor expenditures, transportation (regional, international and domestic), food & beverages, handicraft industry, entertainment/cultural activities for tourists, economic linkages to other industries such as the Agricultural sector. 2. Establish and design appropriate TSA method of measuring direct economic contributions of tourism consumption to a national economy consists of unique set of interrelated tables. 3. Conduct workshop with stakeholders (either face-to-face in Tonga or through Zoom meeting) in Nuku’alofa.  Objectives of this workshop meeting are to give an update as well as outline work areas/scope and depth to be carried.

 

It is anticipated that the TSA Consultant will commence as soon as possible on a part-time basis for   136 working days spread over a period of 15 months. . The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained from Maletino Hola at maletinoh@gmail.com or it can be downloaded from the link.

 

The Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the duties of the TSA Consultant. Interested persons should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (attach curriculum vitae or resume with description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, etc.)

 

The criteria for selecting the TSA Consultant are:

  • At least Master’s degree or PhD in Economics, Statistics or other related field
  • At least six (6) years of professional experience for a Master’s degree holder or two (2) years’ professional experience for a PhD holder in similar assignments
  • Advanced Experience in work related to Tourism industry of Tonga;
  • Experience with planning, implementing, and managing of survey relevant for TSA;
  • Experience with microdata analysis using any statistical software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong management skills in a diverse (cultural and technical) work environment;
  • Experience working with development partners such as WB, ADB, and DFAT would be an advantage.

 

Scoring:

CVs of eligible candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be scored according to the following criteria:

Criteria Maximum score
1)      General qualifications (general education, training, and experience): 20
2)      Adequacy for the Assignment (relevant education, training, experience in the sector/similar assignments) 60
3)      Competences and other personal aptitudes/skills (fluency in both Tongan and English languages, computer literate and well-versed skills in MS Office software, Good analytical skills, result-oriented, honesty and integrity, etc.) 20

 

The attention of interested persons is drawn to paragraph 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers of November 2020 , setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A TSA Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultants (INDV) method set out in the Paragraphs 7.36 to 7.37 of the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, 08:30am to 04:30pm.

Expressions and should be clearly marked EOI for SICBT TSA Consultant, Contract No. TSD/REF-22-02”.

 

Attention: Dr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita

Government Statistician

Tonga Statistics Department

1st Floor Si’i-kae-Ola Supermarket Building

Taufa’ahau Road

Nuku’alofa

Tonga

Ph: +676 23-300

E-mail: viliami.fifita@stats.gov.to and copy to maletinoh@gmail.com

 

 

 

TSA - Term of Reference

 

Download PDF format: TSA Consultant.pdf

 

Assignment: TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) Consultant
Objective Understanding the economic impact of tourism using the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA)
Employer: Tonga Statistics Department, Kingdom of Tonga
Location: Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Duration: 136 working days spread over a period of 15 months
Tentative Start Date: May2022

 

I.        Background

Tonga is one of the Small Island Developing States that is not only small but contains small islands within the small state, most isolated, and like other vulnerable nations of its kind – faces many development challenges. Small size and remoteness increase the costs and complexities of economic activity, public service delivery, and data collection. The geographical characteristics of the country also lead to a high vulnerability to natural disasters. These factors have led to an undiversified economy that is vulnerable to external shocks and dependent on financial transfers.

The Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) is Tonga’s main government agency in terms of collection, processing and publication of economic and social statistics. With the increasing demand for data, TSD is trying to address data gaps and gather new data sources, and develop new statistics in order to assist with planning and policy making for the country.

To support in addressing these issues, particularly through the channel of strengthening public financial management, an IDA project to facilitate “Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building” has been initiated. The ultimate objective of this project is improving the comparability, accessibility, sustainability, and overall quality of statistics in Tonga.

One of the important components of this IDA Project is Sub-component 1.3 data collection for economic statistics.

The subcomponent will support the development and collection of data for the Tourism Satellite Account, which measures the size of the tourism sector in the Tongan economy, in accordance with relevant international standards. A ‘satellite account’ is a term developed by the UN to measure the size of economic sectors which are not defined as industries in the national accounts framework, while remaining consistent with the overall System of National Accounts. In the case of tourism, information from a variety of industries, including transportation, accommodation, food and beverages, recreation, entertainment, tour companies, and so on, is aggregated together to measure the overall importance of the sector.

Following the 2008 Recommended Methodological Framework issued by the UNSD, data will be collected to disaggregate overall tourism spending into expenditure by international visitors and expenditure by domestic tourists, with domestic spending further disaggregated into household tourism, government travel, and business travel. These data will be analyzed, and reports will be issued annually. The project will support this activity to hire a consultant with the requisite technical expertise, collect and analyze the data, and package the findings for policy makers.

Two major challenges facing tourism policy-makers, statisticians and researchers are : (i) how to present a rational, universally acceptable and technically sound definition of the tourism sector within clearly delineated boundaries; and (ii) how to more precisely measure the economic value-added and impact of the tourism sector. These challenges derive from the fact that the ‘tourism industry’ or the group of industries identified in the tourism sector does not exist as a distinct entity in the traditional national accounts or national statistical system. Consequently, the value added of the tourism sector has been consistently underestimated in traditional income accounting. One of the biggest limitations in the tourism sector is the absence of a reliable, thorough and internationally uniform statistical database from which one could measure the full economic impact of tourism.

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) initiated in the year 2000 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a statistical accountant framework in the field of tourism and measures the goods and services according to international standards of concepts, classifications and definitions which allow valid comparisons from country to country in a consistent manner. A complete TSA contains detailed production accounts of the tourism industry and their linkages to other industries, employment, capital formation and additional non-monetary information on tourism.

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) Background: Unlike other sectors in the economy, tourism activities and contribution to the national economy cannot be measured using standard economic methods.

TSA is a unique tool now available to policymakers in many countries to document the contributions of tourism to national economies. The TSA sets the international standard for measuring the role and contribution of tourism to an economy. By using this standard each TSA is constructed in precisely the same way, making the measurement of tourism activity consistent and comparable across states, countries and industries.

TSA helps sound planning, targeted strategies and short- and long-term planning.

 

II.            Objective of the Assignment

Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) is looking to recruit a TSA consultant in addition to the RA to handle the TSA project in conducting of the following work and to support “data collection for economics statistics” projects.

 

TSA consultant is required to:

  1. Identify inter-related areas and data, areas to include tourism accommodation, visitor expenditures, transportation (regional, international and domestic), food & beverages, handicraft industry, entertainment/cultural activities for tourists, economic linkages to other industries such as the Agricultural sector.
  2. Establish and design appropriate TSA method of measuring direct economic contributions of tourism consumption to a national economy consists of unique set of interrelated tables.
  3. Conduct workshop with stakeholders (either face-to-face in Tonga or through Zoom meeting), mid to late July in Nuku’alofa. Objectives of this workshop meeting are to give an update as well as outline work areas/scope and depth to be carried.
  4. Complete all deliveries as noted in III Scope of services

 

III.        Scope of Services

Phase 1. Commencement date: May 2022-April 2023

May-June 2022:                                    Consultancy services

  • Desk research.
  • Literature and Industry review of TSA frameworks in other economies and of similar size to Tonga’s economy and tourism industries.
  • Review with the Tonga Statistics, Tonga Tourism and other department and agencies, on current data and resources available in these areas

Submit preliminary report early July 2022. (Report 1)

June-August 2022:                                Consultancy services

  • Identification of inter-related areas and data. Areas to include tourism accommodation, visitor expenditures, transportation (regional, international and domestic), Food & Beverages, handicraft industry, entertainment/cultural activities for tourists, economic linkages to other industries such as the Agricultural sector.
  • Establish appropriate TSA method of measuring direct economic contributions of tourism consumption to a national economy consists of unique set of interrelated tables.
  • Conduct workshop with stakeholders (either face-to-face in Tonga or through Zoom meeting), mid to late July in Nuku’alofa. Objectives of this workshop meeting are to give an update as well as outline work areas/scope and depth to be carried.

August 2022 Nuku’alofa workshop

August- October 2022:                          Consultancy services

  • Drafting of proposed Tonga TSA Framework.
  • Identification of inter-related Tables and data. Areas to include: (Design and development of surveys and data mining processes).
  • Design and develop appropriate structured Questionnaires for each area:
  • Tourism accommodation tables.
  • Visitor expenditures format and recommended tables.

(Submit Report 2)-late October 2022

November 2022- April 2023:                Consultancy services:

  • Design and develop appropriate structured Questionnaires/Surveys for the following areas:
  • Transportation (regional, international and domestic) data and tables’ format).
  • Food & Beverages expenditures and tables/data.
  • Handicraft industry expenditures pattern.
  • Entertainment/cultural activities for tourists’ expenditures and data/pattern.
  • Cruise ship economic impact study
  • Economic linkages to other industries such as the Agricultural sector.
  • Other areas to be identified.

Conduct new surveys (to be jointly administered by Tonga Statistics and Tonga Tourism) using latest new data collection

(Report 3: April 2023)

Phase 2: May 2023- July 2023

  • Consultancy services will continue to identify tourism impacts and linkages information as well as to implement surveys during Phase 2 as from May 2022 to April 2023. The expected outcomes from these surveys include cruise ship economic impact studies; accommodation surveys, transportation, economic impact of the handicraft industry, employment in the tourism industry, whale watch economic impacts and other studies deemed necessary for a more complete ongoing TSA for Tonga.

(Report 4: July 2023)

 

IV.        Institutional and Organization Arrangements

The TSA Consultant will be hired by The TSD and will be posted in the TSD, where office space and facilities will be provided. The TSA Consultant is expected to reside in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.  Some flexibility to accommodate previous or ongoing commitments and the current Covid-19 situation may be provided to the successful candidate. The TSA Consultant will be serving in country (Tonga) as well as remotely. The TSA Consultant will report to the Government Statistician (GS) or whomever the GS has delegated to be responsible officer for the TSA Consultant. The GS or assigned officer will act as coordinator of the TSA Consultant in a task supervisory capacity.

 

V.        Selection Criteria – Desired Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The following expertise and level of experience is required of the TSA Consultant:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics or other related field
  • At least Six years of professional experience for a Master’s degree holder or Two years’ professional experience for a PhD holder in similar assignments
  • Advanced Experience in work related to Tourism industry of Tonga;
  • Experience with planning, implementing, and managing of survey relevant for TSA;
  • Experience with microdata analysis using any statistical software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong management skills in a diverse (cultural and technical) work environment;
  • Experience working with development partners such as WB, ADB, and DFAT would be an advantage.

Scoring

CVs of eligible candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be scored according to the following criteria:

 

Criteria Maximum score
1)  General qualifications (general education, training, and experience): 20
2)  Adequacy for the Assignment (relevant education, training, experience in the sector/similar assignments) 60
3) Management skills in a diverse (cultural and technical) work environment and Experience working with development partners such as WB, ADB, DFAT 20

 

VI.        Duration of the Assignment

This is a 15-month assignment starting in May2022.

 

VII.        Reporting Obligations

 

The TSA Consultant is responsible for ensuring the timely completion of the outputs mentioned above in part III – Scope of services.

 

VIII.            Selection Method

The TSA consultant will be selected through the “Individual Consultant Selection method” in accordance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers Procurement Regulations of November 2020.

Assistant

SELECTION OF AN INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT

 

Assignment Title: TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) Assistant
Name of Project: Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (PACSTAT)
Grant No: D543-TO
Date of Issuance: 29th April 2022

 

Due date and time for Expression of Interest (EOI): Friday, 20th May 2022, n

 

Email Submission of EOI:
Please email to viliami.fifita@stats.gov.to and copy to maletinoh@gmail.com
Attn: Dr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita, Government Statistician, Tonga Statistics Department
Reference No.: TDS/REF-22-03

 

The Government of Tonga has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Tonga’s Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building in Tonga (SICBT) Project, 2020 to2025 and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the recruitment of the  TSA Assistant.

 

The objective of this assignment is to assist the TSA consultant with the implementation of TSA project and the establishment of TSA unit in Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) under the management of the TSA consultant and TSD Economics staff.

 

It is anticipated that the TSA Assistant will commence as soon as possible on full-time basis for 12 calendar months with further extension based on need and satisfactory performance. The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be obtained from Maletino Hola at maletinoh@gmail.com or can be downloaded from this link.

 

The Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the duties of the TSA Assistant. Interested persons should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (attach curriculum vitae or resume with description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, etc.)

 

The criteria for selecting the TSA Assistant are:

Academic Background and Relevant Experience

  • A minimum qualification of a Diploma or Bachelor in Economics, Statistics, Tourism management or any other related field.
  • With at least 3 years of relevant work experience for a diploma holder and one year of relevant experience for a Bachelor’s degree holder.

Competencies

  • Good analytical skills.
  • Computer literate with well verse skills in common software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
  • Good communication skills; fluent in English and Tongan both written and spoken language
  • Able to network and maintain good public relations.

Personal Aptitudes

  • Result-oriented
  • Proactive and highly motivated.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Innovative and positively addresses change.
  • Accountable and responsible.
  • Good teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Committed to the task at hand.

 

Scoring: CVs of eligible candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be scored according to the following criteria:

Criteria Maximum score
1)      General qualifications (general education, training, and experience): 20
2)      Adequacy for the Assignment (relevant education, training, experience in the sector/similar assignments) 60
3)      Competences and other personal aptitudes/skills (fluency in both Tongan and English languages, computer literate and well-versed skills in MS Office software, Good analytical skills, result-oriented, honesty and integrity, etc.) 20

 

The attention of interested persons is drawn to paragraph 3.14, 3.16 and 3.17 of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers of November 2020(“the Regulations”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.

A TSA Assistant will be selected in accordance with the Selection of Individual Consultants (INDV) method set out in the Paragraphs 7.36 to 7.37 of the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, 08:30am to 04:30pm.

Expressions should be clearly marked “EOI for SICBT TSA Assistant, Contract No. TSD/REF-22-03”.

 

Attention: Dr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita

Government Statistician

Tonga Statistics Department

1st Floor Si’i-kae-Ola Supermarket Building

Taufa’ahau Road

Nuku’alofa

Tonga

Phone: +676 23-300

E-mail: viliami.fifita@stats.gov.to and copy to maletinoh@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

TSA Assistant - Term of Reference

 

Download PDF format: TSA  Assistant.pdf

 

Assignment: TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) Assistant
Employer: Tonga Statistics Department, Tonga
Location: Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Duration: Full time position for 1 year (with 3 months probationary period) with further extension based on performance and need)
Tentative Start Date: May 2022

 

1.    Background

Tonga is one of the Small Island Developing States that is not only small but contains small islands within the small state, most isolated, and like other vulnerable nations of its kind – faces many development challenges. Small size and remoteness increase the costs and complexities of economic activity, public service delivery, and data collection. The geographical characteristics of the country also lead to a high vulnerability to natural disasters. These factors have led to an undiversified economy that is vulnerable to external shocks and dependent on financial transfers.

The Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) is Tonga’s main government agency in terms of collection, processing and publication of economic and social statistics. With the increasing demand for data, TSD is trying to address data gaps and gather new data sources, and develop new statistics in order to assist with planning and policy making for the country.

To support in addressing these issues, particularly through the channel of strengthening public financial management, an IDA project to facilitate “Statistical Innovation and Capacity Building” has been initiated. The ultimate objective of this project is improving the comparability, accessibility, sustainability, and overall quality of statistics in Tonga.

One of the important components of this IDA Project is Sub-component 1.3 data collection for economic statistics.

The subcomponent will support the development and collection of data for the Tourism Satellite Account, which measures the size of the tourism sector in the Tongan economy, in accordance with relevant international standards. A ‘satellite account’ is a term developed by the UN to measure the size of economic sectors which are not defined as industries in the national accounts framework, while remaining consistent with the overall System of National Accounts. In the case of tourism, information from a variety of industries, including transportation, accommodation, food and beverages, recreation, entertainment, tour companies, and so on, is aggregated together to measure the overall importance of the sector.

Following the 2008 Recommended Methodological Framework issued by the UNSD, data will be collected to disaggregate overall tourism spending into expenditure by international visitors and expenditure by domestic tourists, with domestic spending further disaggregated into household tourism, government travel, and business travel. These data will be analyzed, and reports will be issued annually. The project will support this activity to hire a consultant with the requisite technical expertise, collect and analyze the data, and package the findings for policy makers.

Two major challenges facing tourism policy-makers, statisticians and researchers are:

  1. how to present a rational, universally acceptable and technically sound definition of the tourism sector within clearly delineated boundaries; and
  2. how to more precisely measure the economic value-added and impact of the tourism sector. These challenges derive from the fact that the ‘tourism industry’ or the group of industries identified in the tourism sector does not exist as a distinct entity in the traditional national accounts or national statistical system.

Consequently, the value added of the tourism sector has been consistently underestimated in traditional income accounting. One of the biggest limitations in the tourism sector is the absence of a reliable, thorough and internationally uniform statistical database from which one could measure the full economic impact of tourism.

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) initiated in the year 2000 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is a statistical accountant framework in the field of tourism and measures the goods and services according to international standards of concepts, classifications and definitions which allow valid comparisons from country to country in a consistent manner. A complete TSA contains detailed production accounts of the tourism industry and their linkages to other industries, employment, capital formation and additional non-monetary information on tourism.

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) Background: Unlike other sectors in the economy, tourism activities and contribution to the national economy cannot be measured using standard economic methods.

TSA is a unique tool now available to policymakers in many countries to document the contributions of tourism to national economies. The TSA sets the international standard for measuring the role and contribution of tourism to an economy. By using this standard each TSA is constructed in precisely the same way, making the measurement of tourism activity consistent and comparable across states, countries and industries.

TSA helps sound planning, targeted strategies and short- and long-term planning.

 

 

2.    Objective of the Assignment

To recruit a TSA assistant to assist with the implementation of TSA project and the establishment of TSA unit in Tonga Statistics Department (TSD) under the management of the TSA consultant and TSD Economics staff.

 

3.    Scope of Services

The duties and responsibilities of the TSA Assistant for the SICBT project includes:

  • Assist TSA Consultant in any way when identify data requirements for this project.
  • Coordinate with line ministries and agencies in Tonga to retrieve required available data upon the supervision and directions of the TSA Consultant and TSD Economics staff.
  • Assist TSA Consultant and TSD staff in any way required when establishing appropriate TSA methods to capture tourism sector direct contribution to the economy.
  • Support the implementation of surveys deemed necessary for the ongoing operation of the TSA unit.
  • Assist TSD staff when preparing logistics required in conducting workshops and meetings in whatever method appropriate (virtual or face-to-face).
  • To assist TSA consultant and TSD staff on any related work for this project.
  • Conduct any other related tasks and activities required by the TSA Consultant and GS.

4.    Institutional and Organization Arrangements

The TSA Assistant will be hired and posted at TSD, where office space and facilities will be provided. The TSA Assistant is expected to reside in Tongatapu, Tonga.  The TSA Assistant will report to the Project Coordinator (PC) of the PMU through the TSA Consultant or whomever the GS has delegated to be responsible officer for the TSA Assistant. The TSA Assistant is required to follow TSD standard working hours and may be requested to work extra hours depending of requirements.

 

5.    Selection Criteria

The candidate must possess the following academic background and experience, competencies and personal attributes:

Academic Background and Relevant Experience

  • A minimum qualification of a Diploma or Bachelor in Economics, Statistics, Tourism management or any other related field.
  • With at least 3 years of relevant work experience for a diploma holder and one year of relevant experience for a Bachelor’s degree holder.

Competencies

  • Good analytical skills.
  • Computer literate with well verse skills in common software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
  • Good communication skills; fluent in English and Tongan both written and spoken language
  • Able to network and maintain good public relations.

Personal Attributes

  • Result-oriented
  • Proactive and highly motivated.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Innovative and positively addresses change.
  • Accountable and responsible.
  • Good teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Committed to the task at hand.

 Scoring

CVs of eligible candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be scored according to the following criteria:

 

Criteria Maximum score
1)  General qualifications (general education, training, and experience): 20
2)  Adequacy for the Assignment (relevant education, training, experience in the sector/similar assignments) 60
3) Competences and other personal aptitudes/skills (fluency in both Tongan and English languages, computer literate and well-versed skills in MS Office software, Good analytical skills, result-oriented, honesty and integrity, etc.) 20

 

6.    Selection Method

The TSA Assistant will be selected through the “Individual Consultant Selection method” in accordance with the World Bank Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers (Procurement Regulations) of November 2020.

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