Tourism Consultant


Individual Consultant

  1. Background

The Ministry of Finance, through the Lesotho Millennium Development Agency (LMDA), is pilot testing a new approach to catalysing private finance and investments in inclusive and transformative economic activities. The pilot tests are taking place under the broad banner of the National Economic Transformation Initiative (NETI).  Under this initiative, priority will be in the following product clusters or subsectors: Aloe, homestay accommodation, pelargonium, roads, rosehip, tourism, wool and mohair. To further develop this new approach and ultimately define projects and related reforms, the LMDA is looking to secure the services of a Tourism Consultant.   

  • Scope of the Assignment 

Working under the overall guidance and supervision of the Finance and Investment Consultant and Team Leader, the Tourism Consultant will be the lead advisor to the LMDA on all matters relating to the tourism sector. Specifically, the Tourism Consultant assist the LMDA to assess, plan and lead the preparation of LMDA’s short, medium and long-term catalytic approaches, projects and reforms that will scale up inclusive economic activities in the tourism sector. In this regard, the Tourism Consultant shall lead engagements with all the relevant actors in the sector and advise the LMDA accordingly. 

Key Performance Areas:

The Tourism Consultant shall be assessed on the basis of the following Key Performance Areas (KPAs):

KPA 1: Inclusive tourism activities: To be transformational and relevant to rural communities, suggested approaches, pilot projects and reforms by the consultant must be inclusive and place communities at the centre of planned approaches.

KPA 2: Benefit-sharing schemes:  Ecotourism is an important aspect of Lesotho’s offering. As such, environmental preservation is critical for the success of ecotourism. To sustain community involvement in environmental preservation activities, suggested approaches, projects and reforms must be anchored on benefit-sharing schemes.

KPA 3: Financial sustainability: Pilot projects must reach financial sustainability within three years

KPA 4: Rural livelihood incubation principles: To be transformational and relevant to rural communities proposed projects and approaches must be based on rural livelihood incubation approaches 

KPA 5: Spatial relevance: Each place, town or economic hub in Lesotho performs a specific function within Lesotho’s tourism sector. Suggested approaches and pilot projects must take into account the unique role’s of each place in the tourism network.  

Minimum Qualifications and experience

  • A post-graduate degree in tourism is a must.   
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience working in the tourism industry
  • At least five years’ experience working on projects that had a strong community involvement either in environmental protection activities or in linking communities to the tourism value chain.
  • At least seven years of experience in tourism product development

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiarity with key policy issues especially policies for linking communities with tourism investors, service-providers and trainers
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze technical and scientific information; to write clearly and concisely, edit technical reports and make effective presentations
  • Knowledge and experience of field programme/project formulation
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and lead group work, including organizing international working meetings, and
  • Excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing, on technical materials for audiences at different levels of technical expertise.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment

Type and duration of the contract

This is an individual, short-term contract from January 2021 until July 2022 and the incumbent is expected to commence work as soon as possible.

Applications and deadline for submission

Interested candidates should submit their applications letters together with CVs, copies of certificates and transcripts electronically on or before Friday 29th January 2021 at 12.00 noon, to [email protected]. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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