Hiking Trail Coordinator

People in Need (PIN) is announcing a call for the position of Hiking Trail Coordinator to work on the new Legends Trail connecting Goris and Kapan Community clusters within the framework of “EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik” project.

Contracting authority: People in Need Armenia
Project title: EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik
Trail name & location: LEGENDS Trail - Syunik region, RA
Brief task description: Coordination of works and completion of on the new Legends Trail
Timeline: up to 4 months
 
  1. BRIEF PROJECT OVERVIEW

“EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik” is a community development project implemented in Goris and Kapan areas with the goal of developing touristic infrastructure to bolster the development of the local economy in the impoverished region. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the international NGO People in Need (PIN) in partnership with ARK Ecological NGO.

The project aims to:
  • Develop and promote alternative eco-friendly tourism in Syunik region
  • Enable rural communities to benefit sustainably from tourism
  • Revive local traditions and legends
  • Empower civil society and promote cooperation between civil society organizations and local authorities
 
  1. RATIONALE OF HIRING HIKING TRAIL COORDINATOR

People in Need Armenia is seeking to contract a credible and experienced professional to improve and complete the necessary works on the new “LEGENDS Trail” resulting from the “EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik” project. This involves approval of the final trail design, supervision and coordination of activities such as mapping, marking and signposting in order to ensure the highest possible standards as well as unified quality of both Goris & Kapan segments of the trail. Implementation of the above-mentioned activities will be coordinated by the Project Manager of People in Need Armenia (alone or in cooperation with the local partner).

 
  1. DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT AND SCOPE OF WORK 

The Hiking Trail Coordinator will work in cooperation with the “EU4Tourism: Outdoor adventures on the historic trails in Syunik” project team and will answer directly to the Project Manager of People in Need Armenia.
S/he will be responsible for:
  • selection of the final trail design in a few not yet finalised segments of the already scouted/ marked/ mapped area (Goris area: ≈100km, Kapan area: ≈110km);
  • identification (with the support of the project team) and coordination of a team of field workers and volunteers working on the trail;
  • update of the provided schedule of directional signage at all appropriate junctions, including specifications per current Armenian governmental standards;
    • This schedule to include: exact decimal coordinates, destination names in Armenian and English, distance to destinations, hiking time to destinations, and compass bearing orientations of signboard arrows
  • installation of the signage at various junctions in Goris area;
    • identification of necessary service providers
    • coordination and supervision of all related field work
  • complete and improve the quality of blazing and signpost installation in both Goris and Kapan parts of the trail in order to ensure the highest possible standards as well as unified quality of both segments of the trail;
  • ensure all identified safety & accessibility shortcomings are addressed;
  • collaborate with PIN’s mapmaker to address any questions related to the collected data;
  • provide technical trailmaking expertise and support to project staff and volunteers;
  • maintain, inventory and purchase tools, materials and supplies needed for crews and volunteers to complete trail projects while following PIN procurement procedures.
  • maintain a collaborative relationship with project staff, partners, lead volunteers, and subcontractors to ensure the smooth operation of crews and trail projects.
Implementation of the above-mentioned activities will be coordinated with the Project Manager of People in Need Armenia (alone or in cooperation with the local partner) within the period of up to 4 months.
 
  1. PEOPLE IN NEED ARMENIA WILL

  • Provide scouting reports, GPX coordinates of the trail and expert assessments;
  • Cover the workrelated expenses (transportation, material for blazing as well as printing and installation of directional signs);
  • Provide contacts and coordination support with relevant regional stakeholders (trained support workers, volunteers, community leaders, etc.);
  • Support with all tasks as agreed.
 
  1. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SERVICE PROVIDER

  • Proven experience with trail design and layout, estimating time, materials, and costs, including the successful ontime and on-budget completion of trail projects;
  • Experience with outdoor leadership – ability to work with and motivate a wide variety of volunteer, field staff, contractors, recreational users, and other stakeholders to accomplish trail projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining effective communications with the rest of the team;
  • Skills in safe use, operation, and maintenance of hand tools, brush cutters, and other mechanical equipment;
  • Familiar with computers, Excel spreadsheets and MS Word;
  • Ability to educate trail crews and volunteers and effectively instruct others in trail work techniques, practices and standards, tool use, safety, and teamwork;
  • Ability to take responsibility for maintaining safety standards.
 
  1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested candidates should submit:
  • CV
  • letter of intent
  • contact of 2 references
  • price offer based on the above provided assignment description and Scope of work clearly indicating the approach and overall budget in AMD.
The aforementioned should be sent in electronic version to info.armenia@peopleinneed.cz, with EU4Tourism: Hiking trail Coordinator” in the subject line no later than February 29th, 2020.

The interested applicants can contact People in Need Armenia for questions or clarifications on any of the points in this ToR before February 29th, 2020.

Applications will be considered and interviews will be held on rolling basis.
 
  1. EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Bids will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Suggested price amount for the service with justification (reasonably low bid)
  • Compliance of implementation schedule with the timeperiod specified in the ToR (4 months)
  • Experience in performing similar tasks backed up with relevant references
 
  1. CONTACT DETAILS

Client contact details: Kristina Krizanova (Project Manager)
E-mail: kristina.krizanova@peopleinneed.cz
 
  1. About People in Need

People in Need is a Czech non-governmental organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. It is one of the largest relief and development organizations in Central/Eastern Europe and has administered projects in 37 countries over the past 30 years. People in Need has been working in Armenia since 2003 and has office in Yerevan, Goris, Gyumri and Amasia.