Tourism Mentor & Technical Advisor

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Tourism Mentor & Technical Advisor with the Municipality of Walvis Bay in Namibia. Tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the local economy of Walvis Bay but the town lags in capitalizing on the abundant tourism opportunities because the municipality has until recently not established an institutional structure for supporting the development of tourism. Having recognized the economic growth potential that can derive from a well-established tourism portfolio, the Municipality of Walvis Bay has embarked upon a process to hire a Tourism Officer to develop the town’s tourism sector in order to create much needed employment opportunities, particularly for the youth. The PCRV is needed to facilitate the tourism officer’s on-the-job training and help establish them into the new role. Given the importance of tourism to the local economy, and the newly developed position within the municipality, this assignment will be very important to the overall attainment of the Municipality’s goals and objectives, as well as the economic development of the town at large.

A PCRV with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, tourism management or related field and 5 years of work experience in the hospitality and tourism sector is needed to serve as a Tourism Mentor and Technical Advisor. The PCRV will also serve as the Technical Advisor for the tourism portfolio, and will facilitate the formulation and initial implementation of the strategic plan for the municipality’s tourism development aims. Among other duties, the PCRV will work with the internal and external stakeholders to mentor the Tourism Officer on how to market the town as a dynamic business and tourist attraction and investment opportunity and to promote the municipality as a responsible organization striving to meet the needs of its residence and potential investors. The overall goal of this assignment is to help develop the tourism of Walvis Bay.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Dates may not be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Municipality of Walvis Bay (MWB)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality, Tourism Management or related field
• 5 years’ work experience in the hospitality and tourism sector
• Experience in strategy formulation and implementation
• Mentoring experience

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Namibia

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