World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Jobs – Tourism Development Officer

Organization: World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF)
Project Name: Sustainable
Financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) Project Uganda
Funding Source: European
Union (EU)
Duty Station: Kasese, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
          
About WWF:
WWF is one of the world’s largest independent and experienced
Conservation organizations operating in over 100 Countries in the world. WWF
UCO implements a number of national programmes promoting environment
conservation in Uganda. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our
planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in
harmony with nature.
About RMNP Project:
WWF UCO with funding from the European Union is implementing the
“Sustainable Financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) Project
Uganda” a project aimed at promoting sustainable conservation financing within
the Rwenzori Landscape. The Project will be implemented in partnership with the
mandated Government Institutions, Civil Society Organizations, the private
sector and communities within the Rwenzori Landscape.
Job Summary: The Tourism
Development Officer will technically support the implementation of tourism
component of the project in partnership with the Rwenzori Mountains National
Park, Uganda Tourism Board, Private Sector and the Community. The incumbent
will support the Project Manager, to efficiently and effectively implement the
sustainable financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) Project.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Work with the Finance and Administration
    Officer and the Project Manager to prepare annual budgets and workplans
    for the Project as necessary;
  • Develop and carry out the overall tourism
    strategy for the program,
  • Work with conservation, tourism and
    community organizations on developing market-driven tourism products;
  • Plan, budget for, and facilitate technical
    implementation of field ecotourism activities in liaison with relevant
    partners including local government, donors, and the private sector
  • Develop appropriate tools for planning and
    marketing of tourism products
  • Develop training manuals and coordinate
    training and marketing campaigns as per agreed program strategy and work
    plan;
  • Update and adapt training programs based
    on the local context and partner curriculum/programs to train local
    partners and build their capacity to run more successful sustainable
    tourism development activities;
  • Conduct feasibility studies to support
    community tourism enterprise development and coordinate targeted community
    tourism enterprises
  • Work with both private and public sector
    entities to plan and implement project activities,
  • Strengthen tourism associations, advocacy
    groups, and local government systems with the overall focus of increasing
    tourism revenue for RMNP and surrounding communities.
  • Working with WWF UCO-based Monitoring and
    Evaluation Specialist, develop a robust M&E system for tourism
    activities implemented either directly or through implementing partners.
  • Ensure that key issues and lessons learned
    are documented and shared between partners;
  • Ensure that WWF policies and guidelines
    are followed within the implementation of the Project;
  • Offer regular project updates to relevant
    partners and share success stories.
  • Ensure reports and written outputs from
    the project in line with donor (EU and FGEF) and WWF requirements are
    prepared and submitted on a timely basis;
  • Support the Project Manager to prepare
    reports and drafting technical documents;
  • Perform any other duties as required and
    directed by the immediate supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, Enterprise Development, Marketing or
    related.
  • Possession of a relevant post-graduate
    qualification will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in
    similar roles.
  • Past exposure and experience implementing
    tourism and conservation projects in the field;
  • Good working knowledge of GIS and remote
    sensing
  • Possess the ability to understand tourism
    market constraints faced by local communities, and to identify innovative
    new approaches that will enable local rural communities to access markets
  • Proven track record working with multiple
    partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
    skills, in addition outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit strong interest in and
    understanding of conservation.
  • Be willing to travel to remote areas in
    the Rwenzori landscape.
  • Possess a good technical background and
    understanding of ecosystem services;
  • Prior experience working with local
    government and the communities in varied cultures.
  • Familiarity working with National and
    local stakeholders (National Forest Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority
    and Uganda Tourism Board
  • Possess the ability to develop and deliver
    tourism and conservation work in the field
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively
    with local governments, local NGOs, and community groups;
  • Ability to communicate publicly (written
    and oral) and with a wide range of audiences, particularly the local
    communities and partners;
  • Ability to convey the work of WWF with
    confidence and credibility;
  • Good team player with the ability to also
    work well under own initiative;
  • Possess the ability to prioritize and
    manage time effectively;
  • Computer literacy i.e. Competency with
    standard word processing and spreadsheet programmes;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability to speak Runyakitara
  • Ability to deal with challenges in a
    positive way;
  • Strong and effective communicator;
  • Builds positive personal and
    organizational relationships.
How to Apply:
All interested candidates should send their cover letters, updated CVs,
and academic transcripts to the People Development Manager, WWF Uganda, at
kampala@wwfuganda.org.
Physical Office: WWF Uganda Country Office, Plot 2, Sturrock Road,
Kololo P.O. Box 33513, Kampala – Uganda
NB: Only shortlisted
candidates shall be contacted.
Deadline: 20th June 2014

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