Tourism Capacity Building - Chief of Party and Long-term/Short-term positions

Timor-Leste
Apply by 29 May 2017
Posted on 16 May 2017

Job Description

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, is seeking a Chief of Party and qualified long- and short-term advisors/companies/organizations, in the area, of tourism development for an upcoming project in Timor-Leste.

These positions are contingent on funding from USAID.

Chief of Party

• Chief of Party candidates must have an advanced degree in international development, social science, public policy, business, or another relevant field of study.

•A minimum of five years of experience as a Chief of Party or Project Director on a tourism development, institutional strengthening, economic reform, or private sector development project.

•Minimum of ten years of experience managing large, complex donor-funded projects; USG or especially USAID experience preferred.

•Demonstrated capabilities in high-level strategic visioning and leadership, and experience in working effectively with senior government officials/agencies, civil society, USAID, local and national government authorities, the private sector, or other development partners and donors.

•Demonstrated experience in managing research initiatives and drawing on research to facilitate the development and implementation of evidence-based policies.

•Proven technical and managerial experience and skills, preferably in Timor-Leste and/or Southeast Asia/the Pacific.

•Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in program management, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts, and leading and supervising multi- cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

•Proven effectiveness in relationships with counterparts, partners, and clients is required.

•Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

•Strong preference to candidates with specific experience and expertise in the tourism sector including but not limited to:

–the development and management of sustainable tourism and tourism investment;
–working with counterparts within government tourism ministries on strengthening of institutional capacity and developing policies; and
–engaging with communities on both eco- and community-based tourism initiatives.

•Knowledge or experience of the tourism sector in Timor-Leste is strongly preferred.

•Strong oral and written communication skills in English required.

•Tetum, Portuguese, or Bahasa Indonesia language capacity preferred

Sustainable Tourism Company/Organization (Long Term)

Experience working with government institutions in producing policies, supporting legislation, providing guidance, and addressing policy reforms in the tourism sector and experience in the areas of tourism investment and finance. Advisor will need in-depth experience related to the policy and governance frameworks needed for success.
Knowledge and experience of the political, social, and environmental issues related to tourism development, particularly in Timor-Leste and/or Southeast Asia.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study.
A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience working with government, civil society, and the private sector, preferably in Timor-Leste.
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required.
Experience working in Timor-Leste and/or Southeast Asia preferred.
Knowledge or experience in tourism sector in Timor-Leste preferred.
Strong oral and written communication skills in English; proficiency in Tetum or Portuguese.

Private Sector Development (Company/Organization) (Long Term)

Proven experience and track record in identifying, developing, and sustaining potential private sector investment in the tourism sector; and strong ability to collaborate effectively with private sector, government entities, international donors, and other US government partners.
Experience in developing tourism products in nascent tourism markets in the developing world;
Organizations will have candidates with relevant experience and qualifications in tourism, sustainability, environmental protection fields;
Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience on tourism initiatives, preferably in Timor-Leste and/or Southeast Asia.
A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience working with government, civil society, and the private sector, preferably in Timor-Leste.
Strong emphasis on communications strategies, including marketing and branding required.
Experience working in Timor-Leste and/or Southeast Asia preferred.
Knowledge or experience in tourism sector in Timor-Leste preferred.
Strong oral and written communication skills in English; proficiency in Tetum or Portuguese.

Short-Term Advisors—The Asia Foundation is also looking for short-term advisors with expertise in the following areas: tourism promotion; hospitality/tourism workforce development; transportation; eco-tourism; agri-tourism; historical tourism; cultural and community-based tourism; adventure tourism; and tourism financing and investment.

Essential Skills

All candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of value systems, traditions, social norms, and practices of different cultures and religions. Excellent consulting skills will be required including: communication, both oral and written, consensus building, and team facilitation, all with an emphasis on results and cultural sensitivity.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by May 29, 2017 to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC.

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