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Consultant to Strengthen the National Framework for Sustainable Tourism Development
|Location :||Praia, CAPE VERDE|
|Application Deadline :||03-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French Spanish Portuguese|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
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The consultancy will be developed in the framework of the project “Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into the tourism sector in synergy with a further strengthened protected areas system in Cabo Verde”, executed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAA), through the National Directorate of the Environment (DNA), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, and co-funded by the UNDP and the GEF.?
The project’s main objective is to safeguard globally significant biodiversity in Cabo Verde from current and emerging threats, by enhancing the enabling and regulatory frameworks in the tourism sector and activating a critical further subset of the national protected areas (PAs) system.
The proposed alternative scenario, supported by the project, will create enabling conditions to mitigate the adverse impacts on biodiversity by the tourism sector in Cabo Verde. The frameworks will be developed at national level and tentatively rolled out in four priority islands – Santiago, Sal, Boa Vista and Maio – where immediate pressure is greatest and urgent action is required that can be replicated more widely in the future. This urgent action includes at the local level the pending operationalization of a number of critical terrestrial and marine/coastal PAs and the piloting of marine biodiversity and artisanal fisheries management together with communities in two selected sites. At the same time the project will harness the opportunities to establish more sustainable tools for PA financing, protected area management and local community development, contributing to the consolidation and diversification of Cabo Verde tourism product, and the sustainability of the destination and the sector. This will be achieved through the following two project components:?
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant will support the MAA, through the DNA and the Project Management Unit (PMU) to:
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
The International Consultant will have the following functions and responsibilities:
Develop and agree with the UNDP-CO (Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Unit) and the DNA/PMU, the work plan for the whole consultancy;
Review and discuss with the UNDP-CO, DNA/PMU and relevant stakeholders the current national context for tourism development and management, with special focus on sustainability issues. The review will not be limited to consultation with national stakeholders, but will include local actors through field visits of the consultant to the four project intervention sites (Sal, Boavista, Maio and the Nature Park of Serra de Pico de Antonia - PNSPA - in Santiago) and additional islands selected according to identified needs during the first consultancy mission. This inception review and discussion will include:
Propose and discuss with the UNDP-CO, DNA/PMU and DGTT a methodology to carry out a baseline assessment of sustainable and biodiversity-friendly practices in the tourism sector in Cape Verde. The proposed methodology will also comprise methods to establish the level of interest, willingness-to-pay, and preference for particular programs for certification among hotels and tour operators. The consultant will finalise the methodological proposal based on the feedbacks provided by project partners. The fieldwork for data collection will be carried out by the Protected Areas Management Units (PAMUs), in close collaboration with the DGTT, Cabo Verde Trade Investments (CVTI), the Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Turístico das Ilhas de Boavista e Maio (SDTIBM), the Chamber of Tourism, the Travel Foundation, and other relevant stakeholders, including those from the private sector.
\In the framework of the above-mentioned inception review and discussion, the consultant will carry out a national workshop on sustainable tourism, providing high-level technical guidance to relevant project partners and stakeholders to develop analyses to feed the elaboration of selected supporting tools and regulations. During the workshop it will be launched the initiative to develop national standards for the tourism sector and for sustainable tourism in PAs, and inception feedbacks from relevant national stakeholders will be collected.
Provide technical support to the DNA/PMU, PAMUs, DGTT, CVTI, and SDTIBM to carry out field data collection for baseline assessment of sustainable and biodiversity-friendly practices.
Prepare a baseline assessment, delivering it to UNDP-CO and DNA/PMU in the form of a specific report, of sustainable and biodiversity-friendly practices in the tourism accommodation and tour sector in Cape Verde. The assessment report will incorporate: (1) a review of existing practices; (2) the use of voluntary sustainable tourism certification programs; (3) willingness to pay for certification; and (4) current challenges faced in implementing biodiversity-friendly practices.
Propose a workplan and provide high-level technical guidance for the development of the national standards for the tourism sector in Cabo Verde, informed by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operators.
Propose a workplan and provide high-level technical guidance for the development of the national standards for sustainable tourism in PAs by adapting ISO18065:2015 on tourism services provided by PAs (see http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=61250) to local conditions.
Prepare a proposal, discuss, review and agree with DNA/PMU, DGTT and IGQPI the ToRs and composition of voluntary technical committees to coordinate the development of the two standards.
Provide technical support to voluntary technical committees to coordinate the development of the standards, through participatory and consultative processes, and in line with the guidance from the IGQPI.
Prepare a review and analysis, and deliver it to UNDP-CO and DNA/PMU in the form of a specific report, on the options available to support national stakeholders in selecting the most suitable type of certification for the Cape Verdean context among those used at international level to establish whether an individual accommodation facility, or a tour, meets set of sustainability criteria. The review will include (1) systems in which the country develops its own certification program that closely fit national priorities; and (2) systems in which the country select a certification program established by private companies or NGOs used in more than one country. The consultant will incorporate into the report a SWOT analysis of each GSTC approved certification systems operating in other SIDS, based on the possibility to be adopted in Cape Verde.
Submit to the UNDP-CO and DNA/PMU the first Progress report. The short report (max. 8 pages, not considering the annexes) shall include at least:
A brief description of the activities carried out during the field mission;
A list of persons met and brief results from these meetings;
Carry out a workshop where proposals for national standards are presented and discussed with project partners and stakeholders. The consultant will prepare draft proposals for the two national standards based on the feedbacks provided during the workshop and the whole preparation process based on the approved workplan.
Through the UNDP-CO, DNA and DGTT, submit the draft of the national standards for the tourism sector in Cabo Verde.
Through the UNDP-CO, DNA and DGTT, submit the draft of the ISO18065:2015 on tourism services provided by PAs adapted to the national context.
Provide technical assistance on the integration of biodiversity elements into a service quality certification process for small hotels, to strengthen an ongoing DGTT project supported by the World Bank’s Competitiveness for Tourism Development.
Carry out a national workshop aimed to discuss and find solutions for the implementation of a certification system at national level to establish whether an individual accommodation facility, or a tour, meets set of sustainability criteria. The consultant will provide high-level technical guidance to relevant project partners and stakeholders to develop analyses to feed the review and analysis for the selection of a specific certification system.
Deliver a consultancy draft report on the certification system at national level. The report will incorporate:
Prepare tools to strengthen and advise the PAMUs and Advisory Councils of Protected Areas (CAAPs), and other agencies (e.g. DGTT, CVTI, SDTIBM, IGQPI, etc.) to improve the coherence between tourism and biodiversity management. These tools will include:
Best practice guidelines for hotel and resort siting, architectural design, biodiversity conservation and socio-economic benefits from sustainable tourism.
Guidelines for tourism concession and licensing award that encourages sustainable tourism practices. These guidelines will have to comprise at least the following contents, beside other issues to be defined during the inception review and analysis:
Submit to the UNDP-CO, DNA/PMU the second Progress report. The short report (max. 8 pages, not considering the annexes) shall include at least:
Carry out a validation workshop where the above-mentioned guidelines and tools are presented and discussed with project partners and stakeholders. The consultant will finalise the proposals based on the feedbacks provided during the workshops.
Carry out a validation workshop on proposed national standards. The consultant will finalise the proposals based on the feedbacks provided during the workshops.
Through the UNDP-CO, DNA and DGTT, submit the final draft of the national standards for the tourism sector in Cabo Verde to the IGQPI for approval.
Through the UNDP-CO, DNA and DGTT, submit the final draft of the ISO18065:2015 on tourism services provided by PAs adapted to the national context to the IGQPI for approval.
Provide technical assistance, upon request of the IGQPI, to support the recognition of standards against the GSTC criteria.
Carry out a validation workshop where the selected certification system and criteria for the co-financing of certification costs are presented and discussed with project partners and stakeholders. The consultant will finalise the proposals based on the feedbacks provided during the workshops.
Submit to the UNDP-CO, DNA/PMU the third Progress report. The short report (max. 8 pages, not considering the annexes) shall include at least:
A brief description of the activities carried out during the field mission;
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Experience and Skills?