Private Sector Federation Project Coordinator for the East African Tourism Platform Jobs in Rwanda

Private Sector Federation Project Coordinator for the East African Tourism Platform Jobs in Rwanda


The East African Tourism Platform: Overview

  • The East African Community (EAC) recognizes the significance of the tourism sector to the national economies of its Partner States. The Sector contributes an average of about 10% to GDP, 20 % to foreign exchange earnings and, creating employment opportunities of about 8.3% in the region.

  • Review of the Partner States policy and development frameworks reveals that tourism is recognized as a key driver for future growth with a high potential to transform their economies. In particular, tourism development has been prioritized in the Vision Burundi 2025, Kenya Vision 2030, Rwanda Vision 2050, Tanzania Vision 2025, and Uganda Vision 2040. Given its cross-sectoral nature, tourism can only grow sustainably if it is integrated into each country and the East African Community’s overall economic, social, and physical planning policies.

  • To Fastrack and fully tap the potential of Tourism to lead the East Africa Community member states economic development agenda, it was necessary to create a regional platform to drive an effective coordination mechanism by way of Public-Private Dialogue and partnerships. It is against this background that, in 2011, key stakeholders led by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) PSO/CSO programme established partnerships with key private sector tourism actors in the region to develop the East African Tourism Platform.

    Objectives and scope of the work

  • The EATP Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the establishment of a strategic workplan to address key constraints faced by the Tourism and hospitality sector across the region aligned to Marketing unfavorable tourism business policies, unskilled labor force, limited access to investment financing, and among others, variations in industry standards across the EAC member countries.

    Duration of the contract

  • The assignment will run for 18 Months effective January 2021.

    Duty station

  • The EATP Coordinator will be based in Kigali Rwanda.

    Position Summary and Responsibilities

  • The EATP Technical Coordinator is the focal lead to the establishment of the EATP with Senior Management responsibility of establishing and enhancing key partnerships, increasing the EATP Grant Portfolio and generating Business opportunities for EATP members.

  • S/he will lead the planning, design, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of EATP and programs and ensuring the quality of projects, implementation, donor reporting, and maintain field-level management at highest standards.

  • The EATP Technical Assistant will work to translate regional tourism vision and strategy into results ensuring project design and implementation are geared towards achieving scale and impact, attracting funding to diversify funding resources and that the project implementation processes respond to EATP growth need to strengthen partnerships that lead to business development, improving marketing and increasing sales from the tourism and hospitality industry among Member countries.

    Core Responsibilities:

  • Enhance and establish new strategic partnerships, including identifying and working with prospective partners to design proposals (including helping determine the goals of the grant, its activities, expected results, indicators of success and budget), undertaking due diligence of potential partners and projects. Identify needs for business development approaches, plan and implement aligned activities that include but not limited to, financing access plans, customer relationships, business Intelligence to enhance sustainable tourism and hospitality trends.

  • Contribute to the implementation of EATP Strategic Activities, ensuring that they aligned to the Strategic Workplan.

    More specifically, the primary duties and responsibilities aligned to this role will include but not limited to:

    Program Strategy, Management, & Development

  • Participate in EATP and regional level strategic planning and contribute to the sustainable management of program growth with an eye towards program growth and development.

  • Ensure that relevant beneficiary data is collected, compiled, analyzed, and distributed and that appropriate assessment are conducted in the project areas of focus.

  • Lead the planning and development of concept papers, budgets, and project proposals with support from line EATP team.

    Fundraising, Grant proposals writing & reporting processes

  • Lead funding opportunities for all projects in all EATP areas of competence and coordinate the activities of the program managers, budget holders, and SMT to
    identify and materialize opportunities in alignment within Rwanda and regional strategies ensuring that all new funding opportunities and proposals reflect the existing capacities and strategy of the EATP Business Models.

  • Lead and oversee the drafting of concept notes, proposals, and donor reports by program managers (including budgets for cost-related activities) in coordination with support departments in compliance with EATP partner

    Program Staff Management and Capacity Building

  • Effectively manage program teams, including managers, specialists and technical experts across the country with an emphasis on program implementation excellence, learning, creativity, and innovation that promote tourism and hospitality business in Rwanda.

  • Lead and manage the programme department staff including people planning, recruitment, objective setting, performance reviews, well-being, and development

    Stakeholders’ Liaison, Partnerships, and Representation

  • Cultivate key relationships that enhance EATP visibility, credibility and notoriety in across all stakeholders in Rwanda and East Africa.

  • Identify local partners with whom to cooperate and partner with focusing on creating a more favorable business environment for the T&H sector.

    Implementation & Coordination:

  • Provide oversight, guidance, and leadership to all aspects of EATP in-country and regional projects implementation

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning

  • Business Intelligence: lead all key business consultancies, focusing on creating business opportunities for the EATP and counterpart regional members: this will include analyzing and presenting key information gathered from diverse sources.

  • Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations, or other research activities and studies.

  • Ensure quality programming by coordinating the technical support and contributing to the development of M&E tools and indicators and other quality improvement for various business initiatives

    Required Candidate Profile:

    To be successful in this role, the suitable candidate will possess the following:

  • Master’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • Over 8 years of progressively responsible experience in tourism and hospitality; preferably in areas such as Tourism promotion Businesses, Tourism Destination Marketing, public-private partnerships, management consulting;

  • Good understanding of critical issues faced by the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in the East African Community region; with the ability to generate relevant intervention proposals.

  • Demonstrate experience and skill in proposal development, budget development, program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Proven experience in senior public or private sector with a focus on tourism for at least 5 years

  • Proven experience in donor funds and effectively coordinating various projects with the private sector, government, international, and national NGOs and Corporate

  • Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills across a range of stakeholders, including the private sector or government institutions.

  • Substantial experience in business development, and/or developing public-private partnerships with a successful track record in the Tourism and Hospitality related activities across multiple contexts in a multi-cultural

  • Ability to assess the viability of Tourism and Hospitality business opportunities and risks;

  • Track record in developing and maintaining strong high-level relationships in the private sector, relevant governments, and development institutions;

  • Demonstrable understanding and ability to enable and participant in market creation opportunities and interventions to strengthen tourism Business investment

  • Ability to represent the EATP externally with the private sector, government, development partners, media, and other stakeholders;

  • Team player with strong leadership and influencing skills, and track record in working in a matrix structure; Strong client service orientation; Ability to resolve challenging issues;

  • Excellent critical thinking, analytical and presentation skills, and ability to work with or supervise the use of data utilizing standard office software Excel, Word, PowerPoint; among others.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required; working knowledge of French and Swahili is a strong added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • The application should contain the following:
    A detailed CV indicating education background/professional qualifications, all experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
    Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.

  • Interested candidates should submit their application letters, CVs with three references and notarized degrees to the Director of Human Resource on

  • not later than 15 January 2021 at 23:59

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