Job Position of Technical Advisor at GIZ Rwanda: (Deadline 3 August 2022)

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Technical Advisor at GIZ Rwanda: (Deadline 3 August 2022)

Vacancy Announcement for a Technical Advisor 


Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation (SI Jobs) Programme

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ has worked in Rwanda for over 30 years. The primary objectives between the Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany are poverty reduction and the promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Energy and Decentralization and Good Governance.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the Special Initiative on Training and Jobs Creation on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Under the brand Invest for Jobs, the project collaborates with investors and private sector companies to create new employment and improve working conditions in eight African partner countries, including Rwanda. In addition, the project supports businesses in preserving jobs that were put at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthens partnerships with African and international companies seeking to expand business and investment to the project’s partner countries. The project also promotes small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the training of new employees and staff members, increasing product quality or certification as well as advising on general business and financial acumen. Ultimately, these measures enhance the competitiveness of SMEs, extend their reach beyond the markets they currently serve, and create new jobs.

The Digital Economy constitutes one priority sector for the project, in line with the strategic objective of the Rwandan Government to position the country as a knowledge economy. One strategic objective of the Rwanda Development Board in this regard is to establish Rwanda as a prime investment destination for Global Business Services (GBS) in order to create new employment in Rwanda’s ICT sector. The project supports this initiative by collaborating closely with RDB to attract GBS services companies and foreign investments in the ICT sector to Rwanda, amongst others.

To achieve this, GIZ is seeking applications from interested candidates for a Technical Advisor position in support of the Digital Economy of Rwanda, with a key focus on the promotion of investments and job creation in global business services and business process outsourcing (BPO), digitization, and e-commerce, amongst others.

Location: Kigali

Fixed Term: 24 calendar months

Position: One (1)

The Technical Advisor performs the following responsibilities and tasks:


The Technical Advisor will be responsible for:

In close cooperation with the project’s international Digital Advisor, other GIZ projects, as well as international and local partners, the Technical Advisor will contribute to the implementation of the digital project portfolio (ICT/ITO/BPO/E-commerce) of the GIZ Invest for Jobs project and support the development of new projects in the broader digital economy.


The Technical Advisor will perform the following tasks:

General tasks

  • Support the Head of Components 1 and 2 and the Digital Advisor of the Invest for Jobs project in all activities related to support for the digital economy in Rwanda.
  • Preparation of documents for tenders, grant agreements, service/consulting contracts as per GIZ´s processes and regulations.
  • Assist in the tracking of the project´s M&E data and results indicators
  • Coordinate communication efforts for all activities in the digital economy sector, including development of communications materials, internal reports and presentation material, as required, for internal and external audiences, including success stories, web-content, and best practices.

Establishing Rwanda as a prime investment destination for GBS and BPO:

  • Support the project in the implementation of existing investment promotion activities for GBS / BPO, including advising international and local investment partners in the preparation, implementation, and closure of activities, including quality assurance, monitoring and reporting;
  • Actively participate in brainstorming sessions with local and international partners to identify and develop new project activities in support of GBS / BPO in order to increase the employability of digital talent with a strong focus on youth, women and persons with disabilities.
  • In close collaboration with government and private sector partners, develop new technical and financial project proposals in support of GBS / BPO investment and employment in Rwanda, including quality assurance, monitoring and reporting throughout the entire development phase.

Assist in the implementation of the initiative: “Rwanda: Enabling the future of E-commerce”

  • Support the Head of Component and the project’s Digital Advisor as liaison officer between the project and the independently implemented e-commerce initiative: “Rwanda: Enabling the Future of E-Commerce”;
  • Maintain good and constant communications with the Hub Manager of the newly created E-Commerce Centre Rwanda, to ensure that various activities are properly coordinated with the project, deadlines are met, and risks are escalated timely to the project’s Digital Advisor;
  • Where necessary, coordinate requests for the procurement of goods and services in accordance with GIZ rules and regulations, including inventory management.

Assist in developing new project opportunities outside of the Digital Economy:  

  • Where feasible, support the preparation and facilitation of sector specific feasibility studies for project opportunities outside the Digital Economy, including, but not limited to, E-Mobility.

Collaboration in cross-cutting tasks and, as required, support in the processing of other technical topics:

  • As required, support the project in the preparation and implementation of other tasks, such as monitoring & reporting, quality assurance, tender evaluations, and/or substitutions of other colleagues while on leave, amongst others.

Required qualifications, competences and experience

Qualifications and professional experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of IT, Economics, Project management or related fields
  • Written and oral English skills at level C1, as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Your written English expression and oral presentation skills show the ability to present complex issues in a comprehensive way.
  • General professional experience: Five years of working experience in projects in the digital economy or (tech) start-ups (digital transformation, digital literacy, programming/coding, e-learning
  • Specific professional experience: Two years professional experience in private-sector investment promotion in the Digital Economy; 2 years professional experience managing multiple stakeholders, diverse teams and multiple functions.
  • Leadership / Management experience: N/A
  • Regional experience: 5 years of experience in projects in Eastern Africa, of which 3 years in Rwanda; International experience considered a strong asset.
  • Development Cooperation (DC) experience: Evidence of Co-operation / Working experience with a development cooperation agency in 2 or more projects considered a strong asset.

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Highly organised and detail-orientated, able to carry out a large number of work packages and processes in parallel, taking into account the right prioritisation independently, and without the need for supportive supervision;
  • Quickly familiarising with the new technical areas and having outstanding communication skills orally and in writing.

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates and references) until 3rd August   2022 at 4:00 PM, by e-mail to The email attachment (max. size 2 MB) should be a PDF file. Please quote the job title in the subject.

GIZ is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified candidates. This includes the provision of reasonable accommodation, if needed, in order to participate in the job application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please, let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application. 

Women and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.

GIZ Office Rwanda

KN 41 St. / Nr.17, Kiyovu

P.O. Box 59, Kigali,


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