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Programme Officer for Blue Tourism


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Guinea-Bissau
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Sustainable Tourism
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results. Present in Guinea-Bissau since the signature of the Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Guinea-Bissau on 29 June, 1975, immediately after the independence, UNDP focuses its interventions in the country in the support to democratic governance, sustainable, inclusive and resilient development, working for a future that offers equality, dignity and opportunities for all following the commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNDP is partnering with the Government of Guinea-Bissau, local and international NGOs, the sister UN agencies, Civil Society Organizations, private sector and local communities to identify local solutions to face global and national development challenges through access to methodology, knowledge sharing, consulting and wide network of technical international cooperation.


The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) implements programs in order to empower more and more people and thus help nations to become stronger and more resilient. UNDP is the UN's global development network, intervening for change and supporting people to build a better life. UNDP is present in 177 countries and territories and works with people to achieve their own solutions to global and national development challenges. We have been present in Guinea-Bissau since the signing of the Cooperation Agreement with the Government of Guinea-Bissau after independence, on June 29, 1975. Since then, we have implemented programs in partnership with the Government and Civil Society Organizations in the country. promoting sustainable development, democratic governance, and economic growth. This UNV assignment is part of UNDP’s project “Resilient Ecosystems for Structural Economic Transformation in Guinea-Bissau” that aims build economic resilience, foster inclusive and diverse blue/green growth and sustainable development. The second component of this project focuses on strengthening the economic sustainable diversification for blue economy sectors through improved eco-tourism and sustainable fisheries. Based on the National Blue Economy Strategy and Investment Plan, the intervention is willing to boost the blue economy value chains and support responsible marine resources exploitation. Strengthening inclusive, sustainable, and resilient growth through blue economy will tap into Guinea-Bissau’s vast potential as a SIDS (Small Island Development States). By promoting sustainable blue economy practices in key sectors, such as tourism, the country can ensure long-term economic prosperity while also conserving coastal's ecosystems and biodiversity for future generations. Therefore, blue economy can be the key to recover from COVID-19 impacts and to embark on a greener and more sustainable and inclusive development pathway in Guinea Bissau. To support this transition, UNDP is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from government to civil society, development agencies and private sector.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Recovery and Resilience Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Programme Officer for Blue Tourism will: 1. Support the programmatic implementation and development of ongoing and pipeline projects of the Strategic and Economic Unit focusing on tourism. - Support the implementation of the tourism activities of the office, in particular for the implementation of the outcome 2 of the “Resilient Ecosystems for Structural Economic Transformation in Guinea-Bissau” project - Conduct successful consultation dialogues with local communities and private sector engagement - Support the partnership with the Escola de Hospitalidade e Turismo de Cabo Verde to train young bissau-guineans on specific tourism skills, - Follow up and support to the Blue Tourism Hub and Blue Tourism Business Incubator in the Bijagos archipelago. - Follow up on micro-financing initiative to support the tourism micro-enterprise created within the Blue Tourism Incubator. - Promote Bubaque and Guinea-Bissau as a touristic destination and attract investments through supporting relevant institutions - Support the government and local administration for the rehabilitation and operationalization of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Bubaque - Contribute to the development of youth and female entrepreneurship in the tourism sector - Draft ToRs, initiate new partnerships and consultancies and coordinate the procurement of studies, assessment, consultancies and agreements - Organize workshops and events related to the unit activities. - Use internal platforms for dissemination and reporting and to enhance project quality (e.g., Quantum, SharePoint) 2. Support the strategy and policy level on tourism through dialogue and outreach efforts at the national, local and community level - Support the implementation of the Blue Economy Strategy and its 3rd pillar on Blue Tourism - Support the Secretariat of State of Tourism to introduce supportive policy frameworks to promote Guinea-Bissau destination - Conduct fruitful exchanges with national and international stakeholders 3. Strengthen Partnerships and Resource Mobilization - Seek alignment and synergies across cluster and with other activities and initiatives of UNDP (e.g., the Innovation Hub, Accelerator lab, Academia de Liderança, Youth Sounding Board, etc) - Contribute to the development of partnerships between UNDP and other UN agencies, as well as with government institutions, other African SIDS, academia, NGOs, the private sector, existing sustainable development alliances, and other stakeholders and international networks - Support External communication on UNDP GNB and strengthen dissemination of the blue economy strategy, following the communication plan created. - Support resource mobilization efforts through contribution to proposals drafting

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