Technical Advisor on SME promotion at GIZ Rwanda

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GIZ Rwanda

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 promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Decentralization and Good Governance, Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Energy and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

The Special Initiative Training and Job Creation (SIAB) aims to improve the conditions for sustainable economic and employment growth in in Rwanda and to promote investment. The Special Initiative together with the Rwandan partners facilitates interventions in the following fields of action: “The conditions for investments of European or international enterprises in Rwanda are improved; the capacities of Rwandan SMEs in selected sectors/clusters for sustainable, employment-generating growth are improved; the business ecosystem of selected sectors/clusters is improved”. The project provides advisory services and facilitates access to funding schemes and instruments for the development and implementation of business projects.

A. Responsibilities of the Technical Advisor on SME promotion and E-Commerce of the Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation in Rwanda:

Support the programme independently in the identification, mapping, and development of SME promotion projects according to the programme offer providers of Business Development Services

Identification and addressing of potential obstacles for business growth and approaches how to mitigate these obstacles

Identification of skills gaps and developing approaches to address them directly that the activities are closely coordinated with the programmes related to SIAB in Rwanda, Germany and worldwide

Support actively the Monitoring & Evaluation efforts of the programme

Contribute actively to reports (regular and ad-hoc), PR materials, requests from GIZ HQ and for the preparation of political and economic delegations

The Technical Advisor performs the following tasks:

B. Tasks

1. Communication and networking

Establish and maintain contacts with companies in Rwanda that have growth potential

Contact person for companies interested in cooperation with the programme, especially with the focus on SME promotion and E-Commerce

Relationship management of established contacts with companies and other stakeholders

Establish and maintain contacts with all other relevant stakeholders; especially with the Rwanda Development Board

Represent the programme at national level

Collect and disseminate relevant information, disseminating programme experiences and developing a database on companies. Close cooperation and liaising with other GIZ programmes in Rwanda related to private sector development (such as Business Network (GBN) and Eco-Emploi; DeveloPPP for jobs, MakeIT and others);

2. SME promotion

Facilitate the process of investigating the needs of the private sector to improve their business activities

Participate in the identification, mapping and development of SME promotion activities

Support to SMEs to improve their business, become bankable, increase the quality of their products

Support SMEs to access international markets and be of interested as suppliers for international companies.

Moderation, facilitation of communication and project management processes between potential partners or groups of stakeholders

Identification and addressing of potential obstacles for business growth and approaches how to mitigate these obstacles

Identification of obstacles for SMEs to use E-commerce channels n support the access to E-commerce channels

Act as a resource person for local companies being interested in joint business activities with foreign companies

Responsible for the documentation of SME promotion projects

3. Programme management and programme support

Monitoring and evaluation of the achievements of the programme indicators;

Support to regular and ad-hoc reporting, PR requests as well as requests from GIZ HQ and for the preparation of political and economic delegations

Actively support the preparation of fact sheets, web pages, presentations, articles for GIZ intranet and other publications for presenting the programme to the public

Ensure that all administrative and financial rules are compiled to with the necessary diligence

Identify demand for national and international consultants, preparing consulting assignments and supporting documents

Guide, liaise and support consultants working for the programme on specific topics; ensure quality management and control of the services and tasks delivered

Operational Planning and follow up on an ongoing basis with all counterparts

Support to other programmes of GIZ in the cluster sustainable economic development as well as any activity and task on cluster level

Support and execute of any other tasks assigned to by the management

C. Required qualifications

Qualifications and Professional experience

Master’s degree in Economics, Business Development, Law or related field

At least 5 years’ professional experience in a similar position, e. g. as an advisor or in project management or in the private sector in business development, investor’s relation

Proven track record in development cooperation with the private sector as well as in capacity building for SMEs and E-Commerce

Proven track record in understanding the needs of the private sector regarding business development, skills development and investments, ideally through hands-on experience

Strong interest in skills development and digitalisation incl. E-commerce

Excellent project management skills

Skills in business planning, financial management, project development and related will be a strong asset

Working experience with grant schemes/facilites will be a strong asset

Other knowledge, additional competences

finely tuned organizational skills and ability to work on one’s own initiative, in project management but also at the conceptional level

able to work under little supervision but at the same time being a real team player

persistent and focused on the tasks, but at the same time creative and open-minded

excellent communication skills; experienced in communication on different levels and with different target groups (public and private sector)

very good working knowledge of ICT and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)

excellent knowledge of English, orally and written; fluency in German will be a definite asset

willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates, and references) until 3rd March 2020 at 4:00 PM, by e-mail to

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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.

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