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Technical Assistance for Small Hotels Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis

Country/ Location of the position  St Kitts and Nevis
Status/Reference FWC
Agency/Donor EC
Experts E1 Project Manager/Small Hotels Sector Expert
E2 Energy Efficiency Consultant
Start + duration of project 01/04/2012
Duration of mission E1 42 working-day
E2 17 working-day
Required language English
Deadline 05/03/2012 12:00:00. Recruitment starts immediately upon publication of this vacancy announcement, posts may be filled already before the indicated application deadline.
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DESCRIPTION

 Expert 1 Project Manager/Small Hotels Sector Expert (42 working-day)

 

Qualifications and skills

•              At least a Master’s Degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management, Tourism Planning and Development, Business Administration or related field.

 

Professional Experience

•              The expert should have a minimum of ten (10) years working in the Hotel and Tourism sectors, Tourism Planning and Development, Business Administration or related field.

•              He/she must demonstrate knowledge of the ability to undertake the assessment of the small hotel sector.

•              He/she must have experience with such undertakings in the Caribbean region and/or small island states.

•              The consultant shall have a minimum of ten (10) years experience in research and documentation.

The role of the Small Hotels Sector Expert will be to conduct an in-depth analysis of the small hotels sector in St. Kitts and Nevis and conducting a one-day consultation/meeting to share and discuss the draft report prior to submission of the final report. He/she will also be responsible for the preparation and timely submission of reports to the NAO and the EU Delegation. 

 

Expert 2 – Energy Efficiency Consultant (17 working-day)

 

Qualifications and skills

•              At least a Master’s Degree in Physics, Engineering, Environmental Management, or related field.

 

Professional Experience

•              At least ten (10) years experience in the area relevant to the assignment.

•              Experience in the application of energy efficiency and energy saving measures and in the use of green and alternate energy sources as a means of reducing operating costs.

The Energy Efficiency consultant will conduct a situation analysis of the Small Hotels Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis as it relates to the utilization of green and alternate energy to reduce operating costs in the Small Hotels Sector. He/she will be required to consult with the Department of Energy, Department of Physical Planning and Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the Nevis Island Administration. The Consultant is responsible for forwarding the findings and providing recommendations to the Small Hotels Sector Expert.  

 

Terms of reference

 

SPECIFIC TERMS OF REFERENCE

Technical Assistance to St. Kitts and Nevis

FWC BENEFICIARIES 2009 – LOT No 10: TA FOR SMALL HOTELS SECTOR IN

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

EuropeAid 2012/ 285752 Version 1

 

 

 

1.            BACKGROUND

 

1.1          Beneficiary Country

St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN)

 

1.2          Relevant Country Background

 

The twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has combined land area of 269 sq. km. and a total estimated population of 52,650 as of 2010. Historically, the combination of monoculture and primary production of sugar cane, together with the diseconomies of scale in production and the openness of the economy have resulted in fiscal vulnerability and variable economic performance. This has been exacerbated by the closure of the sugar industry in mid-2005 after more than 300 years of continuous operation. The closure has had wide ranging economic, social, environmental and psychological impacts on the citizens of the Federation, particularly the displaced sugar workers, their dependants and the communities in the rural areas referred to as the “sugar belt”. However, this challenge now provides an opportunity to transform the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) to move from an agro-based to a service-oriented economy.

 

In order to chart this new course of development, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis (GSKN) formulated a National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) 2006-2013 to:

 

1.            Promote the economic diversification of sugar-dependent areas; and

2.            Address broader impacts generated by the adaptation process such as employment and social services, land use and environmental restoration, energy sector, research and innovation and macroeconomic stability.

 

The restructuring of the economy has been buttressed by four pillars namely agricultural diversification, tourism, financial services and information communication and technology which have been considered vital to sustainable growth within the Federation. In the context of the closure of the sugar industry, and the resulting need for accelerating economic diversification, the GSKN has identified tourism as a major strategic sector for stimulating economic growth and development. The tourism sector has been a major contributor to the GDP through visitor expenditure, foreign exchange earnings and employment generation in the Federation. However, there are issues and constraints that continue to impact the development prospects of the sector which require immediate attention in order to improve the unique tourism product that would give SKN a competitive edge in the international market.

 

1.3          Current State of Affairs

 

The performance of the tourism sector has been adversely affected in the past few years by a number of factors such as increased competition from other markets, limited advertising budgets, hurricanes and the downturn in the global economy including the recent financial and economic crisis. In fact, the deepening of the economic slowdown in major source markets such as the United States and the United Kingdom has resulted in the further deceleration of visitor arrivals by air which is the main contributor of the sector’s performance. During 2009 the sector declined by 27.1% and in 2010 a marginal recovery of 3.3% was recorded. Although the sector is expected to improve slightly in 2011 with the reopening of the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, the substantial downturn in the previous years has adversely affected the small hotel plant.

 

There are currently seven (7) small hotels in St. Kitts and nine (9) in Nevis which are properties with more than 10 rooms but not exceeding 99 rooms. These establishments are the backbone of the hotel industry on the islands as there are more small hotels than large resort hotels. The small hotel sector has been struggling with high production costs leading to a worsening of its financial position. This situation has deteriorated further as a result of the fall off in stay over arrivals as a result of the global economic crisis which has made travel a luxury in an uncertain economic climate.

 

In the past, the GSKN has sought to provide relief to the sector through various initiatives such as the Special Incentives Package for small hotels in order to mitigate the negative effects of exogenous shocks on the viability of the sector. However, the efforts of the Government to provide relief through incentives are considered as mitigative measures which do not provide a long term solution to improve operational performance towards enhancing financial viability. In order to continue the evolution of the tourism product it has become necessary for the GSKN to assess the future of the small hotel sector, its potential contribution to the tourism sector and possible options for diversification within the sector.

 

 

2.    DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

 

Objective, Requested Services and Required Outputs

 

2.1 Global Objective

 

The overall objective of the Government of St Kitts and Nevis is to develop a diversified, competitive and environmentally sound tourism product through the assessment of the viability of the small hotel sector in a changing global economic environment.

 

2.2 Specific Objective(s)

 

The specific objective of the consultancy is to provide an in-depth analysis of the small hotel sector and make recommendations for sustainable growth within the sector.

 

2.3 Requested Services

 

The requested services of this consultancy are as follows:

 

i.              Assess the development trend of the economy and, the role and evolution of the tourism sector in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis;

ii.             Outline the method of operation utilized by the small hotel sector and identify inefficiencies in the business model;

iii.            Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) within the sector;

iv.            Identify appropriate business model(s) or alternate business plan(s) for the sector where necessary to facilitate profitability and sustainability inclusive of identification and possible refocus of target market;

v.             Identify appropriate marketing strategy for the sector to create brand recognition, increase revenue inclusive of non-traditional and cost effective promotional activities;

vi.            Provide recommendations regarding the use of green and alternate energy sources as a means of reducing operating costs; and

vii.           Analysis of the impact of governmental assistance on the sector and identification of options for funding to facilitate expansion and renovation based on the appropriate business model(s) or alternate business plan(s) proposed.

 

2.4 Required Outputs

 

The specific outputs for this consultancy include:

 

1.            An Inception Report and Work Plan.

2.            A Draft Report.

3.            A Workshop with stakeholders to discuss the Draft Report.

4.            A Final Report including a summary of main findings, achievements and recommendations for the further development of the small hotel sector and also incorporating comments/corrections and changes proposed.

 

 

3.     EXPERT’S PROFILE OR EXPERTISE REQUIRED

 

3.1          Profile and/or expertise required (Education, Experience, References and Category  as Appropriate)

 

The consultant should ideally have the following profile:

 

Expert 1 Project Manager/Small Hotels Sector Expert

 

Qualifications and skills

 

•              At least a Master’s Degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management, Tourism Planning and Development, Business Administration or related field.

 

Professional Experience

 

•              The expert should have a minimum of ten (10) years working in the Hotel and Tourism sectors, Tourism Planning and Development, Business Administration or related field.

•              He/she must demonstrate knowledge of the ability to undertake the assessment of the small hotel sector.

•              He/she must have experience with such undertakings in the Caribbean region and/or small island states.

•              The consultant shall have a minimum of ten (10) years experience in research and documentation.

 

The role of the Small Hotels Sector Expert will be to conduct an in-depth analysis of the small hotels sector in St. Kitts and Nevis and conducting a one-day consultation/meeting to share and discuss the draft report prior to submission of the final report. He/she will also be responsible for the preparation and timely submission of reports to the NAO and the EU Delegation. 

 

Expert 2 – Energy Efficiency Consultant

 

Qualifications and skills

 

•              At least a Master’s Degree in Physics, Engineering, Environmental Management, or related field.

 

Professional Experience

 

•              At least ten (10) years experience in the area relevant to the assignment.

•              Experience in the application of energy efficiency and energy saving measures and in the use of green and alternate energy sources as a means of reducing operating costs.

 

The Energy Efficiency consultant will conduct a situation analysis of the Small Hotels Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis as it relates to the utilization of green and alternate energy to reduce operating costs in the Small Hotels Sector. He/she will be required to consult with the Department of Energy, Department of Physical Planning and Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the Nevis Island Administration. The Consultant is responsible for forwarding the findings and providing recommendations to the Small Hotels Sector Expert.  

 

3.2          Number of experts required per category and number of man-days per expert or per category

 

This consultancy foresees the recruitment of two (2) Category I experts as follows:

 

•              A Small Hotels Sector Expert is expected to work forty-two (42) man-days over an estimated total duration of two (2) months.

•              An Energy Efficiency Consultant is expected to work seventeen (17) man-days over a one (1) month period.

3.3          Language Skills

 

The experts must be fluent in spoken and written English and should have the ability to write analytical, clear and concise technical reports.

 

 

 

 

4.   LOCATION AND DURATION

 

4.1          Starting Period and Foreseen Duration

 

The mobilization period is fourteen (14) calendar days from the award of contract.  The suggested start date is April 1, 2012. The assignment is envisaged to be completed by mid-June, 2012.

 

4.2          Foreseen finishing period or duration

 

The overall input for the assignment is estimated at 59 working days for 2 experts over a two month period. Of this total, 2 man-days will be assigned for briefing and debriefing in Barbados, and 4 working-days for international travel.

 

4.3          Planning including the period for notification for placement of the staff as per art 16.4a

 

The assignment foresees in-country dialogue with key stakeholders.  The Ministry of Sustainable Development; Ministry of Housing, Energy, Public Works and Utilities; Ministry of Tourism; St. Kitts Tourism Authority; St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA); St. Kitts-Nevis Hotel Association; Ministry of Communications, Public Utilities, Post, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment in the Nevis Island Administration; Ministry of Tourism in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA); Nevis Tourism Authority; and the Nevis Investment Promotion Agency (NIPA) will make readily available related documents (policy documents, studies, strategy papers, etc.) for the consultants relevant to the assignment.

 

4.4          Location of the assignment

 

The in country mission will take place in St. Kitts and Nevis with two days assigned in Barbados to meet with the European Union Delegation at the beginning and end of assignment.  The experts will be provided with office space at the Ministry of Sustainable Development but will be expected to travel to Nevis.

 

5. REPORTING

 

5.1          Content:

 

Name of report/ output    Content Time of submission
Inception Report and Work Plan    Analysis of the existing situational planning of work including: issues encountered and key prerequisites/factors foreseen and planned activities      16 days after start of project.
Draft Report         All of the required analysis based on the services outlined in Section 2.3. Summary of main findings, achievements and recommendations for the further development of the small hotel sector.         30 days from start of the assignment.
Workshop             Presentation of and discussion on the 1st Draft Final Report                37 days from the start of the assignment
Final Report All of the required analysis based on the services outlined in Section 2.3 should be included in the final report.  It should also include a summary of the main findings, achievements and recommendations for the further development of the small hotel sector and incorporate comments/corrections and changes proposed.    42 days from the start of the assignment.
                   

 

5.2          Language

 

The reports must be submitted in English.

 

5.3          Submission/Comments timing

 

               

Indicative time Schedule Simultaneous Activity Description
(working days) Expert 1  
Day 1     International Travel (Home country – Barbados)
Day 2     Briefing in Barbados (EU Delegation)
Day 3-15 Regional Travel/Briefing meetings in St. Kitts and Nevis, Field work in St. Kitts and Nevis
Day 16   Presentation of Inception Report to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the EU Delegation
Day 17-30 Field work in St. Kitts and Nevis
Day 30   1st Draft Final Report submission to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the EU Delegation
Day 30-36            Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and EU Delegation have 6 days to comment on 1st Draft Final Report. Consultant will continue field work on St. Kitts and Nevis
Day 37   Workshop – Presentation of Draft Final Report to stakeholders
Day 38   Debriefing at the EU Delegation in Barbados
Day 39   International travel (home)
Day 40-42 Consultant write up and submission of Final Report

 

 

               

Indicative time Schedule Simultaneous Activity Description 
(working days) Expert 2  
Day 1     International Travel expert 2 (Home country – Barbados)
Day 2-16 Regional Travel/Briefing meetings in St. Kitts and Nevis, Field work in St. Kitts and Nevis
Day 16   Presentation of Final Report to stakeholders
Day 17   International Travel expert 2 (Home country – Barbados)

 

 

5.4          Number of reports(s) copies

 

The Consultants will be required to present all submissions in both hard and electronic copies as follows:

 

RECIPIENT No. of Copies
Ministry of Sustainable Development 4
EU Delegation in Barbados             1
Total copies           5

 

6.            ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

 

6.1 Contracting Authority

 

The Delegation of the European Union will act as the Contracting Authority for and on behalf of the National Authorising Officer of St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

 

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