Tourism Infrastructure Advisor
Position # 1231-050

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants

PARTNER:

Tanzania Tourism Board

LOCATION:

TANZANIA; UNITED REPUBLIC OF , Arusha

DURATION:

3 months

EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

OVERVIEW:

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca

PARTNER DESCRIPTION:

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) is a government organization working toward socio-economic development through the tourism industry, and it aims to establish the country as Africa's leading tourist destination. TTB's approach includes responsive tourism promotion and the diversification of tourism products to enhance visitors' experiences. Evolving since 1995, their Cultural Tourism Program, which includes Tanzania's mountain trekking, wildlife, and beach tourism, has received recognition and awards. There are over 60 Cultural Tourism Enterprises (CTEs) owned, managed and operated by local communities. Through various marketing activities and the coordination of tours, the number of tourists visiting CTEs has increased from 35,000 to 70,000 in a period of 5 years. http://tanzaniatourism.go.tz/en.

The Tourism Infrastructure Advisor volunteer will contribute to Uniterra program and TTB objectives through the below, building on recent work of volunteers and in collaboration with Village Monde:

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assess the capacity of CTEs to meet the Village Monde Label certification (for promotion on the platform), specifically relating to quality of reception, food and beverage services, booking, accommodation, access to the market and marketing;
  • Develop a capacity development plan based on the identified gaps of the CTEs;
  • Facilitate training to improve accommodation standards based on Village Monde requirements;
  • Recommend the CTEs that meet requirements for Village Monde certification;
  • Ensure the meaningful and appropriate participation and representation of women and youth in all activities;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
  • Produce reports as required by TTB and the Uniterra Program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management or equivalent related experience
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in the tourism and/or hospitality sectors
  • Open-minded, resourceful and adaptable
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • High degree of intercultural sensitivity and diplomacy
  • Understanding of and commitment to youth inclusion and gender equality principles

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:

  • Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
  • Language training in-country where required.
  • Return flights, visas and work permits.
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
  • Health insurance.
  • Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • Vacation leave entitlement.
  • Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
  • An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
  • Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
  • With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.

TO APPLY:

  • You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.