Jobs at World Wide Fund for Nature

Job Title:  Tourism Development Officer
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 for the job:
All interested candidates should send their cover letters, updated CVs, and academic transcripts to the People Development Manager, WWF Uganda, at
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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