EoI: Signalization of the CBTEs in the Kivu Belt Region

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Expression of Interest

 Signalization of the CBTEs in the Kivu Belt Region

  1. General Context of Eco-Emploi 2016 – 2019:

Rwanda has maintained steady growth and macroeconomic stability for the past 15 years, between 2002 and 2016 real GDP growth averaged at about 9% per annum. However, the rate of unemployment and underemployment is high and most of those in employment still work in poorly paid positions, above all in agriculture. The vast majority of youth leave schools hardly equipped for the labor market. A strong middle class that could provide for a solid foundation for the country’s economy does not exist.         

The program Eco-Emploi is part of the priority area “Sustainable Economic Development” of the Rwandan-German Development Cooperation and will be implemented between June 2016 and December 2019. Eco-Emploi embodies an integrated approach of technical and vocational education and training, labour market interventions and private sector development. It supports the economic sectors ICT, E-commerce/ logistics, wood economy, tourism and creative industries [above all audio-visual business]. The economic empowerment of women and people with disabilities are a cross-cutting effort in all activities of the program. Eco Emploi’s success is mainly defined by the amount of jobs that are created through the program’s activities.

B.    Rationale of the assignment:
1.    Description of assignment

The Government of Rwanda has identified tourism as one of the key sectors that can spur the country’s economic development. Tourism receipts have experienced very strong growth in recent years, growing by 38.7% annually on average since 2000 to 2017.  Considering its success, tourism has been highlighted among the key priorities of the country’s economy. According to this, the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) II has set an ambitious target of 25% annual growth in total tourism revenues. Rwanda is planning to double tourism revenues to USD 800 million by 2024 from USD 404 million in 2016.

Within the framework of the program Eco-Emploi, a tourism core group consisting of key actors from the private and public sector who will support the upgrading of the tourism value chain has been established. The core group has analyzed the tourism value chain and identified the main fields of intervention. As part of the identified fields of intervention, tourism product development and upgrading along the Kivu Belt region has been identified as one of the main packages to upgrade the tourism value chain.

The Kivu Belt has a lot of potential in Community based Tourism as far as tourism product development is concerned. In this framework, Eco-emploi has been supporting the identification of the potential Community-Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTEs) along Kivu belt. Fifteen identified CBTEs have been mentored to offer their tourism products to tourists visiting the Kivu Belt Region, 5 of them have started receiving the marketing support through different fairs, social media, and printed materials, and 7 have already received guests.

After the mentorship and the ongoing marketing support, there is need to facilitate the location of the CBTEs by tourists who visit the region.  This will be done by designing and putting up informative and directional signposts in different sectors where the CBTEs are located. The primary purpose of tourist signage will be to guide visitors to those destinations along the most appropriate route at the latter stages of their journey, particularly where they may be difficult to find. In this regard, the provision of clear and authentic tourist signage is an essential element in assisting tourists to locate these CBTEs in a safe and efficient manner. The CBTEs signposts will not only direct tourists and other interested tourism actors to them but also, to probably help CBTEs being included in the tourists pre-planning of their daily excursions, raising awareness of the existence of these CBTEs and complement the use of verbal directions, maps, and applications. 

2.    Process and methodology of the assignment

As the main objective of this assignment is to design and put up clear and authentic signposts that will facilitate the location of the community-based tourism premises in the Kivu Belt Region by tourists visiting the region, the consultant will conduct the assignment as follow:

2.1.    A field assessment visit

Eco-Emploi has found and collected the GPS data for 60 different places where the consultant will erect the signposts relating to where the CBTEs are located. Eco-Emploi will share the final GPS details of the locations with the one-stop centres of their respective districts for them to authorize the erection of the signposts. The follow-up of the authorization process will be done by Eco-Emploi and partners. The consultant will be provided with the GPS data and together with Eco-emploi tourism technical team, will conduct a field assessment to check on the practicability of these locations.

2.2.    Signposts designing 

The consultant will design and present to Eco-Emploi the designs of the directional and informative signposts to be used before print out for approval (considering that they should be tourists friendly). Preferably, the signposts will be in yellow-orange colour (CYMK: 0/16/77/0) and writings in black with an additional design element of thick green line to accentuate the distinguished shape of the sign. The written content and images for each of the signposts will be provided by Eco-Emploi. The material of the signposts has to be weather resistant and robust since they are meant to be installed on different outdoor locations. The stickers used on the signposts should be reflecting the light to ease the reading and visibility during the night. The size of the signposts should be around 1m x 1m (27 Pcs) for informative signposts, 1m x 0.5m (29 Pcs) for directional and 2m x 2m (4 Pcs) for informative signposts combining different CBTEs in one.

2.3.    Transporting and installation

The consultant will be in charge of transporting and installing the signposts at the approved different locations. All the signposts should have two strong and stable metal feet which are installed in the ground with the cement concrete. The signposts will be fixed at a height of at least 2,50 metres above ground level and the total post with a length of 3,25 metres. The installation of each signpost will be done in presence of at least 1 representative from the CBTE that owns it, 1 from Eco-Emploi and 1 from the nearest local authority. At least 60 metal signposts will be erected in 18 sectors of 5 districts in the Kivu Belt Region namely: Rubavu district: Gisenyi, Rugerero, Nyundo and Nyamyumba sectors; Rutsiro district: Kivumu, Kigeyo, Mushonyi, Boneza, Musasa and Mushubati; Karongi district: Rubengera, Bwishyura, Rwankuba and Gitesi; Nyamasheke district: Kagano and Bushekeri; Rusizi district: Kamembe and Gihundwe.

2.4.    Quality check and approval

Eco-Emploi together with partners will check on the quality of the work done by the consultant as per the terms of the reference and approve it. Any improvement recommended will be done by the consultant in less than fifteen days after the quality check for the final approval. For the signpost to be approved, the consultant will prove that colours or printing are long-lasting (8 years’ warranty), show a special protection against fading, e.g. transparency film or protective lacquer as well as proving the stability, depth and persistence of the entire fixed sign-post.

3.    Reporting and cooperation

The consultant will report to the Tourism Advisor of Eco-Emploi and the implementation of the assignment will be closely monitored by the Junior Tourism Expert of Eco-Emploi.

C.    Deliverables

  • Yellow-orange colored metal designed signposts installed on two strong and stable metal feet which are fixed in the ground with the cement concrete.
  •  Transporting and installing signposts in 18 sectors of 5 districts in the Kivu Belt region as per the following details:
  • At least 29 directional signposts of 1m x 0.5m
  • At least 27 Informative signposts of 1m x 1m
  • At least 4 Informative signposts of 2m x 2m combining different CBTEs in one
  • All the signposts with at height of at least 2,50 metres above ground level and the total post with a length of 3,25 metres
  • All signposts with special protection against fading and any other weather effects
  • All signposts with light reflection

D.    Timeframe of the assignment 

This assignment is to start by June 2019 and all the final products have to be handed in on 12th September 2019

E.    Key characteristics of consultant

The consultant should have experience in this line of work and show examples of at least three different locations of similar work that they have done in the past.

F.    Contact

In case of questions regarding the assignment, please contact us at procurement-rw@giz.de 

Please note that for a fair tender process, we only point to the publicly available information.

Please deposit your application in separated envelopes (1 for technical offer and 1 for

Financial offer) until the latest Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 4:00 pm, at the front desk of

GIZ office / Kiyovu, 41, KN ST 17, P.O. Box 59 Kigali.

Your application includes:

  • Technical proposal (copy of RDB, CV, Methodology and work schedule, references).
  • Financial proposal in Rwf only and VAT excluded.
  • For foreign consultants residing in Rwanda, a working permit is mandatory.