Asian Development Bank

Senior Sustainable Tourism Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Job Description

Reference Number: 200558 Position Level: IS 5 Department: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Division: Urban SG, SDSC Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters Date Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Closing Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT) IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Close relatives1 of ADB staff, except spouses of international staff, are not eligible for recruitment and appointment to staff positions. Applicants are expected to disclose if they have any relative/s by consanguinity/blood, by adoption and/or by affinity/marriage presently employed in ADB.

1Close relatives refer to spouse, children, mother, father, brother and sister, niece, nephew, aunt and uncle Staff on probation are not eligible to apply. Applicants for promotion must have served at their position for at least one year and must have normally served at their personal level for at least two years immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date. Applicants for lateral transfer must have served at their position and personal level for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the vacancy closing date (reference A.O. 2.03, paragraphs 5.8 and 5.9).

In the event that the staff appointed to a new category (i.e. from AS to NS, or from NS to IS) is rated at 2 or lower in the first two performance reviews after appointment at the new level, they will return to the level occupied immediately prior to their appointment in the new category.

This is a special fixed-term appointment for a period of three (3) years following Section 3.1 (c.) of Administrative Order No. 2.01 ("Recruitment and Appointment'). This appointment is not convertible to a regular appointment. It may be extended on exceptional basis for a further fixed period at the option of ADB. This appointment is open to internal and external applicants . If the successful candidate is an ADB staff member holding a regular appointment, his/her regular appointment will be converted to a special fixed-term appointment. A special fixed-term appointment will automatically and without prior notice expire at the end of the term.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and The Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Urban Sector Group Secretariat within the Sector Advisory Service Cluster (SDSC-URB) of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). SDCC is the focal point of sector and thematic work in ADB, hosting the secretariats of 7 sector groups (Education, Energy, Finance, Health, Transport, Urban, and Water) and 6 thematic groups (Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Environment, Gender Equity, Governance, Rural Development and Food Security, and Social Development).

Job Purpose

The Senior Sustainable Tourism Specialist will provide Technical Support and leadership to various project teams across regional departments and sector and thematic groups of SDCC in conducting analytical work to assess the potential for sustainable tourism planning and development at the city, country and regional level, and processing and administering sustainable tourism investments, taking into consideration public-private partnership, and technical assistance. The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Urban Sector Group and may supervise National and Administrative Staff.


Conduct analytical work in coordination with regional departments to determine potential for sustainable tourism planning and development in selected cities and countries by collating resources, data and reporting trends, considering the impact of Covid-19.

  • Lead in identifying, designing, processing, and administering projects in sustainable tourism with a focus on holistic, integrated, and sustainable solutions considering planning, strategy, policy, regulations, marketing, infrastructure and basic services, private sector participation, livelihood and skills development for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), innovation, high-level technology, and urban and tourism related institutional capacity.
  • Provide extensive inputs to project teams in preparing sustainable tourism projects, join missions, and advise governments on improving sustainable tourism development plans based on regional and local resources and data analytics on available and probable tourism support infrastructure.
  • Coordinate across sectors in the geographic space covering sustainable tourism projects including but not limited to urban planning and development, urban design and place management, water, sanitation and hygiene (i.e., WASH), Solid Waste Management, flood risk management, transport, energy, health, education and information and Communication Technology (ICT).
  • Ensure thematic issues in project design, including but not limited to urban resilience, climate change, environment, disaster management, cultural heritage, pro-poor, gender, green growth, social development, governance, and finance are incorporated in projects.
  • Lead teams to administer projects, engage contractors through different procurement methods, administer construction and operation and maintenance contracts.
  • Coordinate with development partners active in the sustainable tourism sector
(e.g., UNESCO, World Tourism Organization) to exchange information and record lessons learned for incorporating into ADB projects.

Participate and support knowledge and thematic work with practical relevance in delivery of sustainable tourism projects.

Qualifications Relevant Experience & Requirements

  • Master's degree in, or equivalent, in Urban and Regional Planning, Tourism Planning Management, Architecture, Heritage Conservation, Economics or related fields. Alternatively, university degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Tourism Planning and Management, Architecture, Heritage Conservation, Economics or related fields with additional relevant professional experience may be considered;
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required;
  • Able to undertake background research and Analysis on difficult but well-defined tasks; collect and organize required data and information; apply appropriate computer skills in analyzing and developing the data; and prepare notes, papers, and sections of reports
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding of the interactions between different ADB work areas and relevant workflows and their purposes;
  • Possesses good analytical thinking with ability to make simple causal links, pro-and-con lists, and analyses to reach a decision; and set priorities for tasks in order of importance
  • Able to liaise and work effectively with staff within own work location and can work collaboratively with teams; and
  • Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for IS5.
General Considerations

The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB's standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual's qualifications and experience.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.

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