Specialist in Sustainable Coastal Marine Tourism, Coquimbo, Chile At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Specialist in Sustainable Coastal Marine Tourism

Job advertisement : Aug 23/2023

Publication cancellation date : Sep 6/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLCHI – FAO Representation in Chile

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: PSA ( Personal Service Agreements )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Chile-Coquimbo

Duration: 3 months

Position Number: N / A

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Organizational framework

The main objective of FAO country offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to help governments develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, help develop agricultural, fishing, and forestry sectors and use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

On December 2, 2020, Mr. M.Sc. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez CEO and President of the Global Environment Facility ( GEF, for its acronym in English ) communicated the CEO Endorsement of Full-sized Project, which approves the Project Document “Strengthening of management and governance for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of global importance in coastal marine ecosystems in Chile “, which aims to improve the governance of coastal marine spaces, in addition to committing the actors that act on the coastline to incorporate measures management and technologies for the sustainability of the fishing resource and improve the effective management of marine protected areas. The executing agencies of the project are the Ministry of the Environment ( MMA ), the Ministry of National Assets ( MBBNN ), the Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture ( SUBPESCA ), the Undersecretariat for Regional and Administrative Development ( SUBDERE ), the Undersecretariat for the Armed Forces ( SSFFAA ) and the National Service Fisheries and AquA, with FAO as the implementing agency. More information on the project is available at: https://gefgobernanza.mma.gob.cl/.

Consultants represent an important source of expertise for FAO and make expert contributions around the world to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives. To enable FAO to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. The objective of this process is to create a pool of candidates who can be called upon when their experience is required, guaranteeing a transparent and rigorous selection process.

These Terms of Reference are related to the requirement to hire a Manager of good practices for sustainable marine-coastal tourism in the North Pilot Site of the project, who provides on-site technical assistance for the correct and successful implementation of the activities. Output 2.1.1: Pilot coastal communities adopt biodiversity-friendly management practices and technologies to sustainably use marine resources and ecosystems, in the context of the implementation of the GEF project.

Hierarchical dependency:

– Under the general supervision of the National Project Coordinator.

– Under the direct supervision of the Bi-regional Coordinator of the North Zone of the Project.

Field of specialization

The Professional will provide assistance in the design and execution of activities associated with promoting Sustainable Coastal Marine Tourism in the North Pilot Site. These activities must be developed in conjunction with the multiple regional and local actors linked to tourism ( fishermen and communities, academia, public services, business entities and NGOs ) and that interact in the North Pilot Site.

Tasks and responsibilities

– Promote close coordination and alignment with project execution activities at the North Pilot Site, under the guidance of the Bi-regional Coordinator.

– Prepare Work Plan to fulfill assigned tasks

– Technically support the development of meetings and workshops to coordinate with local actors ( public, private and community ) the execution of assigned tasks.

– Update database of operators, entrepreneurs and tourist activities in the northern pilot site

– Manage and coordinate the assistance of project beneficiaries to the Coquimbo Adventure International Seminar and exchange experiences between pilot sites

– Participatively identify the gaps associated with the development of good practices of Sustainable Tourism and Blue Tourism

– Promote the development of Blue Tourism through training and experience exchanges with entrepreneurs, tour operators and service providers in the northern pilot site.

– Participatively defines Blue Tourism standards for the northern pilot site

– Design Turismo Azul routes in the northern pilot site

– Prepare a Calendar of Festivities in the North Pilot Site within the framework of Blue Tourism.

– Prepare together with the Local Roundtables Sustainable Tourist Stories for Blue Tourism.

– Strengthen tourism governance in the North Pilot Site

– Support the design of good practices for recreational diving in the Choros-Damas Islands and Chañaral Island Marine Reserves

– Prepare a Final Report on the work carried out.


Minimum requirements

– University degree, of at least 8 semesters, in areas related to special interest tourism, with demonstrable specialization in tourism planning and management projects, especially regarding marine ecotourism.

– At least 3 years of experience in projects associated with collaborative management in marine ecotourism.

– Chilean nationality or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

– Results-based approach.

– Teamwork.

– Effective communication.

– Establishment of effective relationships.

– Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement.

Technical / functional skills

– Demonstrated ability to carry out field work, teamwork and establish good working relationships with public institutions, civil society organizations, private companies and local communities.

– Demonstrated ability to plan, execute projects and achieve objectives in a short time.

– Experience and capabilities for organizing events.

– Demonstrated ability to adapt to projects in progress, adhering to guidelines defined in advance.

– Desirable knowledge of good tourism practices, Ecotourism or Blue Tourism.

– Excellent oral and written skills.

Selection criteria

– Demonstrable experience in planning and managing special interest tourism, organization of events and preparation of technical reports in the aforementioned areas.

– Demonstrable experience in collaborative work with coastal communities, public services, academia and private related to tourism

– Driving license class ‘ B ’.

– Work experience in associated projects in planning and management of good tourism practices, special interests.

– Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the management and regulations of tourism.

– Knowledge and experience in participatory planning, relationship with various actors and goal monitoring.

– High availability to carry out field work in the towns of the North Pilot Site

– Ability to timely prepare administrative and technical reports. With high quality standards.

– Have residence in the Coquimbo or La Serena communes, or willingness to move to the area.

– Immediate availability.

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


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  •  Please be informed that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from an educational institution included in the Global Higher Education Database, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
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