Agri Tourism Advisor
Position # 1244-145

TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:

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

PARTNER:

Hayleys- Kelani Valley

LOCATION:

SRI LANKA , Hatton

DURATION:

6 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:

KVPL (www.kvpl.com/) was incorporated as a regional plantation company in June 1992. It was initially managed by DPL plantation PVT LTD, acquiring the controlling interest in 1995 the company comprises of 26 estates covering over 13000 hectares in total with almost equal extent of tea and rubber, spanning three distinctive agro-climatic regions. KVPL manages 4042 hectares of tea plantation and produces approximately 7 million kg of tea annually. The specific locations of the plantations enable the company to offer a wide product spectrum, each carrying individual features of attraction. KVPL works to improve the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, it provides housing, hot water, electricity, child care, and healthcare services to the tea workers. Kelani Valley Plantations PLC (KVPL) is a busidiary of Hayleys (https://www.hayleys.com/).

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide guidance in the development of a Tourism Development Plan for the newly-opened Robgill Cabana in consultation with the Project Manager;
  • Support developing innovative tourism products aligning within the guidelines of the tourism development plan/ business plan;
  • Train youth in the estate to be involved in activities in the business plan to obtain skills that will increase their employability;
  • Provide guidance in managing and coordinating customer service activities. This may include quality, guest satisfaction, and safety;
  • Build capacities of Robgill cabana staff on customer care through training and coaching;
  • Build relationships with tour operators, travel trade partners and other key stakeholders in tourism;
  • Create a link between successful hotels, and the Robgill Agri-tourism project and assist the estate with managing the relationship;
  • Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies;
  • Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities of and all program benefits; and
  • Write reports required by Hayleys (KVPL) and the Uniterra program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A degree in the field of Strategic Management or related field
  • 2-3 years of experience in developing strategic plans/ business development plans
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
  • Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
  • Written and oral fluency in English

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.