Tourism specialists

Tourism specialists

VSO has recently seen an increase in requests for tourism specialists in countries including Guyana and Malawi.

Roles generally range from one to two years. You’ll have a degree in tourism or tourism management and at least three years' experience of tourism development plans at a regional or national level. You’ll have excellent project management skills and demonstrable communications skills through your experience of working with a wide variety of stakeholders.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll work with local and national tourism boards and sometimes tourism operators. Together you’ll develop tourism and eco-tourism markets by developing and implementing strategic tourism and specific tourism initiatives. Working to develop skills within these organisations, you’ll assess and develop new markets, marketing plans and materials.

Example placement

Placement for: Hospitality adviser

Country: Tajikistan

Opportunity to be a part of the development of an exceptional hospitality and tourism service in Tajikistan's fast growing tourism industry.

What does the role involve?:

  • Develop an understanding of the institute, the current teaching programme for tourism, the capacity and knowledge of students and teachers
  • Support students and teachers to develop practical skills in line with the expectations of international hotels restaurant managers and consumers
  • Support the institute to set up practical work placements and linkages with hotels and restaurants throughout the country
  • Support teachers and faculty members to consider how they can incorporate this learning into future training programmes
  • Coach staff and students on all aspects of hotel and restaurant management, from writing business and operational plans, marketing, financial management and visibility, standards (cleanliness and safety) and the introduction of new products and services.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll have a degree in tourism or a related field to hospitality management paired significant experience of managing a reputable hotel or restaurant - ideally with experience of attracting international clientele. You’ll have experience of managing and advising staff and providing on-the-job training at all levels of the hospitality business. You’ll need strong marketing expertise and experience.

You’ll need to be flexible to a new environment and ways of working – in Tajikistan there is a particular emphasis on building relationships, so you’ll need excellent communication and relationship building skills.

And the rest...

Dushanbe is a green town with wide open boulevards and a safe and welcoming atmosphere. There are banks and cash points in Dushanbe. Most local shops are small individually run stores where you can simply pick up basic supplies. Local museums are fascinating and Dushanbe has a relatively large number of cultural events throughout the year. Nearby is the stunning Varsob gorge where many people sit on day beds in the mountains during the summer months.

We’ll ask you to commit 12 months to make a sustainable contribution to development goals and in return we’ll provide you with invaluable training before your placement, a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation and insurance. When you return to your home country we’ll help you resettle and we’ll invite you to stay involved with us through campaigning, development awareness raising and fundraising.

Please quote reference number TAJ0057/0002/0001 in your application form.