Ministry of Internal Affairs
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Tonga is a small, archipelagic kingdom in the South Pacific. Tonga’s population of 106,000 is spread out across 36 of its 177 islands with around three-quarters of the population based in the main island of Tongatapu. Other major islands and island groupings include ‘Eua, Ha’apai, Vava’u, and the Niuas. Its location makes Tonga one of the most geographically remote nations from major centers of economic activity in the world. Tonga has a sizeable youth population, which generally face poor labor market outcomes. Over half (56 percent) of the country’s population is 24 years or younger, with a total of about 19,200 Tongans between ages 15 and 24. The potential for economic growth in Tonga is hindered by inherent high cost structures. Over the past two decades, per capita GDP has grown by 1.1 percent, compared to 2.3 percent globally. Given the employment effect of economic growth, this long-term trend has meant domestic job creation has been limited in the Kingdom of Tonga for a sustained period. As a result, a large proportion of youth fail to successfully transition into employment, remaining unemployed or inactive in the labor market well into adulthood.
Tonga is currently preparing a skills and employment project, which will be financed by the World Bank under the IDA 18 cycle. The total funding envelope is approximately US$20.90 million. The project will be jointly implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Training, and the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. The project objective is to improve opportunities for secondary school progression and facilitate the transition to jobs in the domestic and overseas labor markets for Tongans.
The project has four interlinked components: (1) Conditional cash transfer program for secondary school enrolment and attendance; (2) Strengthening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) provision; (3) Enhancing opportunities for labor migration; and (4) Project management, monitoring and evaluation, and centralized support. The project will support the poorest decile (some 1,500 households) with cash transfers conditional on them ensuring their secondary school age children enroll and regularly attend classes. It will provide Quality Improvement Grants to 8 TVET providers, and funds to cover tuition fees and living costs for some 600 TVET students from the poorest decile. Meanwhile, it will provide pre-departure training for some 8,000 Tongans and build a work-ready pool of 1,600 migrant workers.
The project will be managed by a Project Management Unit (PMU) located in Tungi Colonade. This PMU will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation, monitoring, and coordination of Components 1, 2, 3 and part of Component 4 of the project. The PMU will report to the World Bank on a semiannual basis on the progress of the project implementation for such components. It will be staffed with a nationally recruited Team Leader, Procurement Officer, Project Accountant, M&E Specialist, and Administrative Support Officer.
- Date and time Expression of Interest (EOI) due: 27 September 2018 - No later than 4:00pm local time
- Drop off EOI to Main Office: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku’alofa
- Email Submission of EOI: Please email to: etongotea [at] mia [dot] gov [dot] to
- Attn: Acting CEO, Ministry of Internal Affairs
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