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( EoI) Career Guidance Specialist to support CSO-Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board

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Career Guidance Specialist to support CSO-Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board


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).

A.    General Context of GIZ Eco-Emploi 2020 – 2022

Rwanda aspires to improve standards of living for all its citizens in the Vision of 2050. The Vision will be effected through a series of seven-year National Strategies for Transformation (NST1), underpinned by detailed sectoral strategies that are aimed toward the achievement of the SDGs. The NST1 came after the implementation of two, five-year Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies—EDPRS (2008-12) and EDPRS-2 (2013-18), under which Rwanda experienced robust economic and social performances. The growth averaged 7.5% over the decade to 2018 while per capita growth domestic product (GDP) grew at 5% annually.

However, the rate of unemployment and underemployment is still prominent. With strategies like the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) and the Private Sector Development and Youth Employment Strategy (PSDYES), the Government of Rwanda is promoting skills development and the creation of off-farm jobs. The programme GIZ Eco-Emploi as part of the priority area “Sustainable Economic Development” of the Rwandan-German Development Cooperation is supporting these efforts.

GIZ Eco-Emploi incorporates an integrated approach of technical and vocational education and training, labor market interventions, and private sector development and will be implemented between January 2020 and December 2022. The programme aims at employment-intensive growth in selected economic sectors, namely the wood industry, tourism & hospitality, and film industry, with a special focus on digitalization. The economic empowerment of women, youth, and people with disabilities are a crosscutting effort in all activities of the Programme. GIZ Eco-Emploi works towards achieving SDG 1 "No poverty", SDG 4 "High-quality education", SDG 5 "Gender equality" and SDG 8 "Decent work and economic growth”. 

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) vision is to transform Rwanda into a dynamic global hub for business, investment, and innovation. It is a one-stop agency, which facilitates and supports local and foreign investors in all types of industries. RDB aims to facilitate and enhance the private sector-led growth to achieve its two key goals of job creation and reduction of the current account deficit. The Government of Rwanda has recognized the critical role of skills and talent pools in the economic transformation of Rwanda and established Chief Skills Office (CSO) under RDB in September 2018 to align skills development with labour market demands. The Office is mandated to provide effective oversight and coordination of the relevant stakeholders in the skills development and employment promotion ecosystem. RDB-Chief Skills Office has been partnering with the GIZ Eco-Emploi programme in employment promotions interventions including employment service outreach and labor market analysis.

B.    Context of the assignment

With an average of 225,000 individuals joining the labor market every year, a key question facing policymakers in Rwanda is relevant to help unemployed get productive jobs.  Rwandan youth face multiple obstacles in labor market transition including employment-related information and readiness to work skills. A critical challenge is lack of access to the labour market and training information, CV writing skills, interview, and communication skills. These knowledge gaps can result in unrealistic and very simple job search strategies that lack innovation.

Employment Service Centres are a crucial instrument in organizing a transparent and functioning marketplace and prepare and bring together supply and demand of labour.

The Republic of Rwanda has designed policies and spent considerable effort to tackle the issue including the establishment of Public Employment Service Centres (PESC) in Kigali (KESC), Musanze (MESC), and Huye (HESC). The Centres have the mandate of addressing unemployment and underemployment by linking job seekers and job providers, provision of information for informed decision making in career planning, information and training on job search strategy and other counseling support that could result into job placement.

Also, since a few years, career guidance became a mandatory service for TVET schools, universities and employment service centres to offer career coaching to students, respectively jobseekers, this service lacks qualified and dedicated coaches, information material as well as a systemic strategy. While a professional career depends to a large extend on taking right choices based on professional advice and accessible information, to date, many students in Rwanda in absent of this services often take career decisions based on the influence of their closest environment, such as expectations of parents, inspiration by jobs performed by other family members and/or traditional stereotypes that exist with regard to which jobs are supposed to suit someone and which not.

In consequence, many people decide for career path that do not fit their talents and therefore further contribute to the continuously increasing gap between qualified labour demand and the supply - a major reason for underemployment and slow economic growth. In addition, some graduates who remain unemployed needs advice in refresher training that increase their employability and some of them are willing to undertake short-term reconversion vocational training but lack a professional guidance.

It is against that background that the GIZ Eco-Emploi programme is hiring a Career Guidance Specialist to support the delivery of Career Guidance Services under Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board.

Assignment location: Kigali (with travels to other provinces)

Contract type: Consultancy


C.    Duties and Tasks

1.    Tasks


The Career Guidance Specialist will:

  • Develop career guidance specific modules to be used by employment counsellors in different Employment Service Centres.
  • Work with Career Guidance advisors in different IPRCs and Public Universities in developing Career Guidance specific modules to be used respective educational institutions.
  • Work with Career Centres system through continuous improvement processes and innovative business practices that maximise resources, foster partnerships, and engage employers to ensure a skilled, motivated, and adaptable workforce capable of meeting the increasing labour market needs in Rwanda, now and in future.
  • Support to develop standard package of communication materials to be used in employment services outreach including the ones using mobile buses and other forums.
  • Produce weekly and monthly career guidance progress reports for Employment Services Centres and RDB employment services coordination.
  1. Deliverables

The Career Guidance Specialist will deliver the following (but not limited to):

  • Develop at least 2 Career Guidance Modules to be used in the Public Employment Service Centres.
  • Conduct 1 ToT training with Public Employment Service Centres staff.
  • Develop at least 2 Career Guidance Modules to be used in Career Centres of IPRCs and Public universities.
  • Conduct 1 ToT training with Career Advisors in IPRCs and Public universities.
  • Produce monthly progress reports towards achievement of the overall targets.
  1. Reporting

The consultant will report to the Head of Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board and to the Head of the Private Sector Development Component at GIZ/Eco-Emploi.

D.    Duration of assignment

The assignment should be performed in the period from 1st July to the 30th of September 2020 for 60 days, with up to travel 15 days. A detailed work plan to be agreed upon by the stakeholders at the beginning of the assignment.

E.    Qualifications

Master’s or bachelor’s degree (A0) in Social Work, Psychology or Sociology, Human Resource Management, Development Studies, Business Administration, Economics any other related field.

Further trainings in Career Guidance are an added advantage.

F.    Professional experience

At least 5 years of professional experience, of which 2 years working experience in providing Career Guidance services.

G.    Other knowledge, additional competencies

Key Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Experience in planning and coordination of activities.
  • Experience in developing Career Guidance modules.
  • Extensive knowledge in gender-sensitive counselling methods
  • Extensive facilitation skills to moderate discussions of small and larger groups (up to 20 persons).
  • Profound knowledge in the conduction of trainings.
  • Profound knowledge of the Rwanda labour market.
  • Excellent knowledge of employability and application skills (CV writing, interview preparation, and job readiness skills).
  • Excellent knowledge of using MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda, English and/ or French; knowledge of three languages is an added advantage.                                                                        

Key soft skills required:

  • Excellent knowledge creativity and innovation;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Complex problem-solving skills;
  • Able to work independently and maintains a supportive and cooperative environment with colleagues.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of the world of work and up-to-date information about trends that affect employment in Rwanda.

H.    Submission of EoI

Companies and individuals are eligible to apply to this assignment.

Please submit your EoI documents in two separate envelopes (1 for technical offer and 1 for the financial offer) until latest Wednesday 09 June 2020 at 4:00 pm, at the front desk of:

GIZ Office Kigali/Rwanda

KN 41 Street / Nr.17 – Kiyovu

B.P 59 Kigali – Rwanda

The EoI should contain the following:

For Technical Proposal:

  • A Cover letter expressing interest in this assignment;
  • Technical Proposal with a brief description of why your consulting firm or you as a consultant would be considered as the most suitable for the assignment, relevant expertise, and a detailed clear methodology, on how will be your approach and complete the assignment;
  • The Technical Proposal should also contain the CVs of the personnel proposed in accordance with the EoI. The CVs shall not exceed 4 pages.
  • Business registration certificate (RDB)
  • VAT registration certificate
  • Proof of successful completion of related assignments.
  • Latest tax clearance certificate
  • The Financial offer (in a separate sealed envelope) indicates the all-inclusive total contract price, supported by a breakdown of all costs. The cost must be in RWF and VAT excluded.

For the Financial Proposal: 

The Financial Proposal indicates the all-inclusive total contract price, supported by a breakdown of all costs. The cost must be in RWF and VAT excluded.

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