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(EoI) Employment Counsellor to support the CSO-Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board

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Employment Counsellor to support the 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, labour 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 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 labour market analysis.

B.     Context of the assignment

With an average of 225,000 individuals joining the labour market every year, a key question facing policymakers in Rwanda is how best 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 a lack of access to the labor 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 jobseekers 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.

Capacitating the PESCs with a mobile outreach approach will ease the access to employment services. In particular, the rural population, but also girls and young women as well as people with disabilities, for which mobility is often limited due to family obligations, need for special transport or financial restrictions. It is against that background that two buses have been acquired to provide Mobile Employment Services.

It is within this context that the GIZ Eco-Emploi programme is hiring one employment counselor to support the delivery of Public Employment Services activities under Targeted Labour Market Interventions Department at the Rwanda Development Board.

Assignment location: Musanze (with frequent travels to other districts)

Contract type: Consultancy

C.    Duties and Tasks

1.    Specific tasks


The employment counselor will:

  • Identify opportunities and plan outreach activities in collaboration with the Musanze Employment Service Centre (MESC) manager and the Musanze District Business Development and Employment Unit.
  • Conduct outreach activities with the Mobile Employment Services buses.
  • Match job seekers to companies/vacancies by pre-selecting candidates according to employers’ needs.
  • Coordinate training activities within the Centre.
  • Conduct individual and group career counseling and career guidance, with particular focus on female jobseekers.
  • Conduct information sessions on job vacancies, CV writing, and interview skills, and job search strategy.
  • Identify and inform about other available support schemes.
  • Report weekly to Centre Manager.

2.    Reporting 

The Employment Counsellor will report monthly 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 the Eco-Emploi Programme through the Centre Manager.

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 will 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 1 year of professional experience.

G.    Other knowledge, additional competencies

Key Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Experience in planning and coordination of activities.
  • Extensive knowledge of gender-sensitive counseling methods.
  • Extensive facilitation skills to moderate discussions of small and larger groups (up to 20 persons).
  • Profound knowledge in conducting training.
  • Profound knowledge of the Rwandan labor 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 and in English; knowledge of French 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.

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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