VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

                                        SENIOR TOURISM ADVISOR

                     SNV RWANDA, Duty station: Kigali, South Portfolio

    Rwanda has been identified as one of the few Sub-Saharan African countries most likely to
    achieve the MDGs by the target 2015. In general, Rwanda has indeed made strong progress
    between 2002-2005 in the social sectors health, education, water and sanitation whilst
    performance has been weaker within the productive sectors.

    In 2006 the predicted growth of Rwandan economy was between 3 percent and 5.5 percent.
    However the high population growth (350 inhabitants per square km, 3.5% per year of growth,
    17% users of contraceptives) erode the economic growth and destroy the environment (poverty
    decrease from 60.2% to 56.9% - 62.5% in rural areas and 23.3% in urban areas) but there are
    600.000 more Rwandans living in poverty than there were 5 years ago. Also, there is a soaring of
    inequity in threatening poverty reduction and economic growth (the average income of the top
    20% of the population has almost doubled since 1996, while the income of the bottom 20% has
    remained stagnant in the last 10 years). Inflation has been strictly controlled at 5.5 percent.

    Tourism is the fastest growing industry in Rwanda with an average annual growth of 16% above
    the average 13% for Sub Saharan Africa. In 2007, Rwanda’s tourism industry emerged as the top
    foreign currency earner, overtaking the coffee and tea industries.

    This dynamic tourism industry can offer significant benefits, great jobs and income opportunities
    for the poor in main tourism destinations and in remote areas where few viable alternative
    sustainable development opportunities exist. SNV Rwanda wants to connect mainstream tourism
    to pro poor development objective leading to diversified income generation for the poor, including
    minorities and women, reduced environmental vulnerability, and improved governance.

    SNV has slowly engaged in supporting sustainable tourism development in Rwanda since 2005
    and is now active at national level and in two regions, the Virunga and in the Districts along the
    Lake Kivu. SNV Rwanda is recognised as a leading actor in promoting sustainable and pro poor
    tourism and in creating local linkages within a destination.

    The SNV Rwanda interventions aim at building capacities of one national client Office Rwandais du
    Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN) and of three clients at District level to increase their
    ability to expand the sustainable development of tourism that contribute to employment and
    income generation opportunities for poverty reduction. Over the last three years SNV supported
    ORTPN in the development of community-based tourism guidelines and of recommendations for
    promoting Government incentives, two projects under the UN-WTO’s Sustainable Tourism -
    Eliminating Poverty programme. Currently SNV Rwanda is supporting the Rwanda Sustainable
    Tourism Development Master Plan process and the implementation of a new ST-EP project.

    The SNV ESA Regional Strategy for 2008-2009, as well as the concurrent SNV Rwanda 2008
    Management Agreement, reflects the evolving nature of SNV’s tourism practice: from community
    based tourism initiatives towards working to promoting destination management approach,
    developing pro-poor investment opportunities in mainstream tourism.Requiring a deliberate value
    chain approach, this is to bring more substance (critical mass through engagement with private
    investors next to government agencies) and more impact (return on SNV investment) in terms of
    outreach and improved income / more jobs for poor people. In the next two years, SNV Rwanda
    aims to actively contribute to an increase of tourism receipts, employment, micro and small
    enterprises at destination level.

    The senior tourism advisor is expected to lead this process at national level and contribute to
    strategic leadership at destination level.

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    The advisor will be part of the South Portfolio team comprising of advisors from tourism, Non
    Timber Forest Product (NTFP) and education sectors. The senior advisor delivers advisory services
    to national and district clients and, as a country focal point, has an active role in coaching
    advisors in the South Portfolio and tourism sector of SNV Rwanda in their services delivery in the

    The senior advisor will also work closely with the Portfolio Coordinator to ensure alignment with
    tourism activities with the SNV country strategy through annual sector plans.
    The senior advisor will be an active member of the SNV Africa Tourism Network Core Group and
    will contribute to the global SNV-UNWTO partnership.

       •  Advisory services
          Provide technical advice and process facilitation for mainstreaming pro-poor tourism at
          national and district level.
          Provide technical assistance, facilitation for localisation of pro-poor tourism, including
          capacity building of LCB’s.
       •  Learning / teamwork
          Coach colleagues and provide feedback on performance
          Lead tourism sector in the identification of best practices, shares and promote learning of
          them; identify the needs for training and/or partnerships; promote the participation of
          SNV Rwanda in thematic national and international networks related to thematic
          Actively participate in national/international learning and experiences sharing networks,
          and feed the knowledge back into the team.
       •  Knowledge development
          Contribute to the documentation of best practices in the form of case studies, advisory
          practice experiences on pro poor tourism
          Identification of new knowledge sources for clients and team members
          Contribute to the documentation and knowledge development in the tourism sector in
          Rwanda and ESA network.
       •  Positioning
          Contribute to the development of SNV Rwanda’s strategy on tourism.
          Provide input for the decision making with regards the development of strategies for
          delivery of advisory services that are focused on strengthening pro poor mainstreaming.

       •  Educational background: A Masters degree in Tourism or a relevant field, such as
          Economics or any other related discipline, in combination with a specialisation in planning,
          development and marketing of tourism products;
       •  Experience: Minimum 10 years of relevant working experience; Knowledge on private
          sector development and value chain approach to tourism sector; Broad experience in
          capacity building, facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, product development,
          organisational learning, change processes, and strategy formulation; Knowledge of (inter)
          national strategies for poverty alleviation, tourism and rural development;
       •  Skills: Proficiency in the English language (verbally & written); French language is an
          added value; IDOD advisory skills recommended; Good analytical and reporting skills;
          Familiar with planning and management techniques; Good networking and partnership
          building; Advocacy and lobbying.

    South Portfolio, Rwanda, Kigali (1.000.000 inhabitants)
    Health services: Good, there are a number of private clinics in Kigali
    Accessibility: Kigali is the capital of Rwanda
    Safety: Good
    Education: Belgium primary and secondary school

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    SALARY SCALE: 11 Minimum € 2795,02 – Maximum € 4294,82 gross per month (hypo tax will
    be deducted), excluding attractive secondary conditions and individual allowances.

    STARTING DATE: As soon as possible


    You can send your application letter and CV (in English) to or, under reference number RW 960, until August 4th, 2008.
    Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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