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            Improving Competitiveness in Tourism

Location Philippines
Status/Reference Tender
Agency/Donor ADB
Experts 01 Team leader and international skills development expert (35 person-months).
02 International finance expert (20 person-months)
03 National project coordinator (44 person-months)
04 National finance expert (44 person-months).
05 National communications and media relations expert (6 person-months)
06 International regulatory expert (15 person-months)
07 National regulatory expert (15 person-months)
08 International strategic regulatory expert (6 person-months)
09 International expert on quality assurance accreditation systems (10 person months)
10 International assessor trainer (6 person-months).
11 International labor market and skills forecaster (6 person-months)
12 International tourism curriculum development expert (4 person-months)
13 International grants manager (18 person-months)
14 National skills development expert (12 person-months)
15 National legal adviser (4 person-months)
16 National facilitator and monitors (four nationals, 36 person-months each)
commencement 01/10/2013
MISSION duration 36 months
Number work days
Language  skills Excellent command of spoken and written English
Deadline 18. August 2013, 12:00:00 Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement; posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.
ToRs are available only for shortlisted experts
Eligible Nationalities Open to ADB member countries
Observations
  • Only short listed consultants will be replied to.
  • Please apply only if you fulfill all requirements for the vacant position
  • All experts must have at least regional experience
  • Please send us your CV in the EU AID format; you may download the templates at http://wp.me/p1sHoW-5D

CONTACT applications@killefitconsult.com

Please note that we will respond only to candidates who meet the above requirements

Only short listed consultants will be replied to.If you wish to submit your candidature, please send us:1 – Your up dated and position-adjusted CV in EU AID format, in the language of vacancy and as word.doc detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments. CVs in other format than EU format will not be evaluated.

2 – The country, no of position/field (s) you will apply for in the subject line of message

3 – Your daily/monthly fee (EUR) without the living allowances.

4 – Your communication details (Mobil, phone, etc.)

5- Applicants are encouraged to create their consultant profile in our online registry at: http://www.killefitconsult.com/beta/

Suggestions: Please make sure, that the experience requested is also shown “Description” section 14 of your CV. As the selections are very strict and paper based, we request you to prepare your CV in the right format and detail all the relevant experience under the Professional experience table as much as possible. There is no problem if your CV is long, the most important is to prepare so that it describes clearly your experiences relevant to the mission. (Your CV has to sell you!)

Restrictions: In case consultants are short listed, they must be able to provide documentary evidence for educational and professional items in their CVs (copies of diplomas, copies of employers’ reference letters, etc.). Documents those are not available in English have to be accompanied by a faithful translation. This is mandatory requirement for Europe Aid tenders.

DESCRIPTION

Job description:The objective of the TA project is to increase employment in the tourism sector as one critical channel for achieving inclusive growth. This will be measured by an increase in employment above the long term average growth rate (the long term average growth rate is approximately 3.5% per annum, estimated from 2000 to 2010). The outcome of the TA is an improvement in the competitiveness of the Philippines tourism sector. This will be measured by an improvement in the ranking of the World Economic Forum’s global tourism and travel competitiveness index by at least 15 places from its 2011 baseline ranking of 98th in the world. The Design and Monitoring Framework is in Appendix 1 of the TA paper.

A. Project Implementation Unit

1. Team leader and international skills development expert (35 person-months). The expert should have an advanced degree in human resource development or management or equivalent, and at least 10 years’ experience in vocational education and team leadership in project management in skills development in developed and developing economies.

Professional work experience in skills development in the tourism industry is required. The expert must be highly fluent in written and spoken English, with excellent written and oral communication skills, well-developed analytical skills, and a diplomatic personality with good mediation and facilitation skills. Familiarity with skills development and needs in the tourism industry would be an advantage.

As team leader, the expert will be responsible for overall implementation of the technical assistance (TA), including ensuring that Asian Development Bank (ADB) contractual obligations are satisfied relating to disbursement of funds, accounting and audit, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and educational and labor market objectives. The team leader will manage and coordinate all international and national experts. The team leader will also

contribute to implementation of activities under output 3. The team leader will implement the TA monitoring and evaluation framework and report on progress to counterparts at the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the ADB task manager on a monthly basis. All consultants will report to the team leader.

Specific tasks include the following: (i) support the establishment and operation of the national tourism skills project council; (ii) represent the contractor at the project steering committee meetings with DOT and industry; (iii) oversee implementation of the industry skills grant scheme, (iv) develop a simple model for accrediting courses and teachers through the skills committee; (v) design and deliver a training program for DOT staff and members of the skills committee explaining industry demand-driven training, competency-based training concepts, and accrediting courses; (vi) monitor training program delivery to ensure effective delivery against agreed assessment methodology and outcomes; (vii) undertake a comparative study of tourism industry service standards in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sub region, comparing two other ASEAN countries with the Philippines; (viii) consult with DOT to develop key service standard benchmarks to be included in DOT accreditation standards; and (ix) ensure that reports are completed accurately, timely, and to a high standard.

2. International finance expert (20 person-months). The expert will be responsible for

(i) overall recording, reporting and management of accounts, procurement of goods and services, and disbursements under the contractors contract;

(ii) working with DOT accounting staff on recording and managing accounts under the matching grants program; and

(iii) Drafting contract variations related to minor changes of scope, implementation, and personnel.

The expert will oversee the work of the national finance expert responsible for outputs 1–3. The expert must have a degree in accounting and at least 5 years’ experience. Professional experience either on ADB projects or at ADB and familiarity with ADB procurement procedures would be an advantage.

3. National project coordinator (44 person-months). The coordinator will have a university degree and at least 5 years professional experience in project coordination and management. Familiarity with ADB projects would be an advantage. The coordinator will report to the team leader. Tasks include the following: (i) help the team leader manage the TA, including acting as the project manager in the absence of the team leader; (ii) be responsible for meeting all project milestones; (iii) provide secretarial and administrative support to project meetings (including steering committee meetings), including taking minutes of meetings and circulating to relevant parties; (iv) provide administrative and management support to the contractor to prepare and finalize financial, monitoring, evaluation, and audit reports and associated documentation relating to the project’s execution, achievements, and impact; and (v) provide administrative support for effective and efficient communication between ADB, DOT, and the contractor.

4. National finance expert (44 person-months). The expert will be responsible for recording, reporting and management of accounts, procurement of goods and services, and disbursements under outputs 1–3. The expert will report to the international finance expert. The national finance expert must have a degree in accounting, be a registered chartered accountant, and have at least 5 years’ experience. Professional experience either on ADB projects or at ADB, and familiarity with ADB procurement procedures would be an advantage.

5. National communications and media relations expert (6 person-months). The expert must have a degree in mass communications and at least 10 years professional experience in media relations in the Philippines either in a media relations firm, public relations firm, or in social media. The expert will help the team leader market and promote the TA to the broader community including the identified regions. The expert will report to the team leader. Tasks include the following: (i) develop and implement a communications strategy for all activities under outputs 1–3 (including a media relations action plan); (ii) develop all promotional media including newspaper advertisements, web updates, social media campaign, radio campaign, and brochures and printed media; (iii) work with the national project coordinator to develop expertise to assume control of the media relations action plan after the media specialist’s assignment; and (iv) provide an end-of-assignment report to the team leader outlining the media schedule, including all details.

B. Output 1: Regulatory Impact Assessment Program

Under output 1, the Contractor will engage one international regulatory expert (15 person-months) and one national expert (15 person-months each) to support DOT in implementing its regulatory impact assessment program and reviews. ADB will engage an international RIA strategy expert (6 person-months) through individual contract services.

6. International regulatory expert (15 person-months). The expert should have an economics or finance degree, and at least 3 years professional experience working in economic policy analysis and regulatory impact assessments (RIAs). Early career experience with an office of regulatory best practice or equivalent is necessary. The expert, who will report to the 12 Appendix 3 relevant DOT project manager and the ADB project manager, will help DOT implement its pilot RIA program and carry out RIA work plans. Tasks include the following: (i) help the RIA focal persons at DOT to develop annual RIA work plans for 2013 and 2014 for carrying out RIA on a selection of existing or proposed regulations and legislation; (ii) implement staff training on policy development and RIA tools (initial RIA, a full RIA, standard cost model ); (iii) help staff complete 10 RIAs by the end of the assignment; (iv) help staff work with selected local government units (LGUs) to review and reform licenses and permits impeding investment in the tourism industry (including developing work plans at the LGUs, providing training and helping LGUs with a regulatory review program, and developing a business licensing reform plan; and (v) oversee the design and implementation of a subnational survey of business licenses.

07. National regulatory expert (15 person-months). The expert will assist DOT in implementing its pilot RIA program and carrying out RIA work plans. The expert, who will report to the international regulatory expert, must have an economics or finance degree and at least 5 years’ experience working on business climate reforms. Experience working on the tourism industry would be an advantage.

08. International strategic regulatory expert (6 person-months). The expert will be engaged by ADB through individual contract services. The expert should have an economics or finance degree, and at least 10 years professional experience working in economic policy analysis and regulatory impact assessments (RIAs). Early career experience with an office of regulatory best practice or equivalent is necessary. The expert will report to the ADB project manager and DOT. The expert will help implement the pilot RIA program with government.

Tasks include the following: (i) help finalize a national RIA strategy, (ii) assist the government in

implementing the strategy, (iii) support advocacy and public awareness of RIA, (iv) provide

capacity development on RIA, and (v) assist the RIA steering committee, chaired by the Department of Finance.

C. Output 2: Hotel and Resort Quality Assurance and Accreditation System

Two international consultants (total of 16 person-months) will be engaged to implement activities under this output: (i) an international expert on quality assurance accreditation systems for hotels and resorts (10 person-months), and (ii) an international assessor trainer (6 person months). The contractor will also engage up to 10 internationally accredited assessors to carry out audits of 100 hotels applying for accreditation under the new system to be piloted.

09. International expert on quality assurance accreditation systems (10 person months). The expert will take the lead for activities under output 2. The expert should have international certification as an assessor and at least 10 years professional experience in accreditation of hotels. Specific tasks include the following: (i) review and strengthen the tourism industry quality assurance system to be implemented by DOT (including developing a costed medium-term implementation plan with measurable milestones); assess feasible options for industry financing of the system; and develop business processes for accreditation and the governance framework covering the duties and responsibilities of the certification committee, assessors, and internal audit; (ii) oversee implementation of the medium-term implementation plan; (iii) supervise work of other consultants such as the assessor trainer and assessors; and (iv) as part of the medium-term implementation plan, design and develop the manual for piloting the new quality assurance accreditation system with a target of 100 hotels, and implement the pilot accreditation of 100 hotels including overseeing the engagement of up to 10 internationally certified assessors to audit 100 hotels for the pilot. The assessment of hotels will be completed within 15 months of TA commencement.

10. International assessor trainer (6 person-months). The trainer must have international certification as an assessor and at least 10 years’ experience in accreditation of hotels and resorts in other countries. The trainer will work with DOT and relevant industry groups to develop a pool of national assessors; targeting accomplishing at least 60 certified assessors nationwide by mid-2014. Specific tasks include the following: (i) prepare training manuals and course materials for assessors, and provide training and assessments; (ii) help applicants with international certification; and (iii) help trainees with carrying out audits under the piloted accreditation system. The trainer will report to the director of accreditation and standards at DOT and the team leader.

D. Output 3: Tourism Industry Skills Development Program

17. Four international consultants (total of 63 person-months) and five national consultants

(total of 160 person-months) will be engaged: (i) team leader and international expert on industry skills development programs (35 person-months) (paras. 3–4); (ii) An international labor market and skills forecaster (6 person-months);

(iii) An international tourism curriculum development expert (4 person-months); (iv) An international grants manager (18 person months); (v) a national skills development expert (12 person-months); (vi) a national legal adviser (4 person-months); and (vii) Four facilitators and monitors (36 person-months each).

11. International labor market and skills forecaster (6 person-months). The forecaster must have a master’s degree in economics or statistics, and at least 10 years professional experience in labor market analysis and forecasting. The forecaster will report to the team leader. Tasks include the following: (i) complete a sector skills study in each of the four regions to enable industry and government to align skills development initiatives with industry needs and government plans and policy objectives (DOT National Tourism Development Plan); (ii) provide baseline data to allow skills forecasting of employment needs by job type (or skills set) and level of skill, and identify skills gaps for the duration of the TA, i.e., 2016; (iii) provide monthly reports to the team leader in a timely manner and of a high standard; and (iv) provide an end-of-mission report outlining projected demand for skills in the industry for 5 years, including an analysis of vocations in demand, entry qualifications, skill clusters required, and salary expectations.

12. International tourism curriculum development expert (4 person-months). The expert must have a university degree in vocational or higher education, and at least 10 years professional experience in technical and vocational education and training in the hospitality industry and some professional working experience in hospitality outside education, and will report to the team leader. Tasks include the following: (i) consult with industry players to develop appropriate training programs that will produce the desired labor market outcomes, including number of new graduates employed or developing the skills of existing staff; (ii) consider successful grant applications educationally, including assessment for best practice education methodology; (iii) map proposed training programs for the existing Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Commission for Higher Education (CHED)curriculum; (iv) enhance Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and CHED curriculum as required to meet ASEAN mutual recognition guidelines; (v) consult with and make recommendations to successful grant recipients on how to deliver programs including best practice assessment strategies; and (vi) provide monthly reports to the team leader ensuring they are timely, accurate, and of a high standard.

13. International grants manager (18 person-months). The manager will have a degree in accounting and/or finance, and at least 5 years professional experience in design, development, and/or management of matching grants projects with government or development partners. The manager will report to the director of research and planning, DOT, and the team leader. Tasks include the following: (i) work with DOT and industry groups to design the financial and governance framework for the matching grants program, including standard operating procedures, internal control and audit system, and business processes for receiving and reviewing proposals, and standard grants contracts with industry providers; (ii) work with DOT and industry groups to develop the technical components of the grants program including

standard templates for applications, submission of proposals, selection committee and criteria, and reporting mechanism; and (iii) work with DOT to oversee implementation of the matching grants program and set out an action plan for transfer of knowledge to DOT staff in the management of the program.

14. National skills development expert (12 person-months). The specialist must have a university degree in vocational or higher education, and at least 10 years professional experience in technical and vocational education and training in the hospitality industry. The specialist will report to the team leader. Specific tasks include the following: (i) develop program marketing and promotional workshops in the four regions; (ii) develop a memorandum of understanding for industry and institutions that will identify specific outcomes for training program delivery; (iii) design and deliver two 1-day workshops in each of the four regions specifically to map labor and skill demands of industry to educational competencies; (iv) consult with industry to develop appropriate training programs that will produce the desired labor market outcomes, including number of new graduates employed or developing the skills of existing staff; (v) consult with DOT to develop key service standard benchmarks to be included in DOT accreditation standards; (vi) monitor training program delivery and assessment in the regions under the guidance of the international skills development expert; and (vii) work with the international skills development expert to develop personal skills development capacity.

15. National legal adviser (4 person-months). The adviser must have a law degree from a Philippine university and at least 5 years professional experience in the Philippines. The adviser will draft grant agreements between the contractor and grant recipients under the matching grants fund. The agreements should comply with ADB procurement rules and safeguards and be in line with Philippine laws. The adviser will report to the international grants fund manager.

16. National facilitator and monitors (four nationals, 36 person-months each). The facilitators and monitors will have a university degree and at least 5 years’ experience in project implementation. They will report to the team leader and the international finance specialist. Each national consultant will be located in the provincial Department of Tourism in Each of the four pilot regions. Tasks will focus on facilitating and monitoring progress in implementation of TA outputs 1 to 3 in the respective pilot regions. Tasks include the following: (i) support the project team with facilitation and coordination of activities with the provincial DOT offices including arrangements for seminars, workshops, and team missions to the pilot regions; (ii) report on TA implementation activities in the pilot regions; (iii) working with the RIA team, assist the provincial DOT offices to set out a licensing and reform agenda under output 1 and provide quarterly monitoring report on reforms; (iv) working with hotel and resorts accreditation team, facilitate the implementation of the pilot accreditation project in the respective pilot region; (v) support monitoring work with the grants manager to develop a case management system to track implementation progress of each grant recipient per grant agreement; (vi) report on a monthly basis on grant implementation and monitoring performance; (vii) carry out a site visit on a monthly basis; (viii) provide a final report on the recipients’ completion of the grants.