Vacancy Announcement for National advisor for the MINICT Directorate of Future Planning
Rwanda has distinguished itself as a country that is deeply committed to leveraging innovation and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a means to accelerate growth and reduce poverty. The Government of Rwanda has therefore prioritized using digitally enabled solutions, wherever possible, to leapfrog traditional approaches and support innovation in service delivery. Beginning as early as 2000, Rwanda began charting an ambitious course for achieving rapid digitization, through a series of five-year plans – culminating in the SMART Rwanda Master Plan. These policies have resulted in the progressive roll-out of digital infrastructure, impressive public e-services expansion, as well as initiatives to support digital skills and to position Rwanda as a regional ICT hub, underpinned by government institutions and leadership committed to this agenda. Today, Rwanda continues to articulate ambitious strategies in relation to many of these areas.
The Ministry of ICT and Innovation (MINICT) has prioritized positioning Rwanda as a nation where innovative solutions to great socio-economic challenges are translated into rapid economic growth, employment creation, increased productivity, and competitiveness. To boost these activities, MINICT has established a Future Planning Directorate to effectively facilitate the identification and integration of frontier technologies into systems that will bring solutions to challenges of various sectors. The Directorate will support the development, diffusion, and adoption of these technologies, which would tangibly contribute to the country’s socio-economic development goals and targets.
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 project "Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development"(DSSD) is advising MINICT, RISA, and Rwandan institutions on the digitization of various priority sectors.
In this context, GIZ Rwanda together with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation is recruiting a National Advisor of the Future Planning Directorate General.
Fixed Term: 1 year
Position: 1 position
The senior advisor will be responsible for the operationalization of the Future planning Directorate by structuring key projects and building capacities for the Directorate’s new staff members to be recruited. She/he will act as the Senior Expert of Future Planning, at the Ministry of ICT and Innovation.
The national advisor performs the following tasks:
- Mainstream a radical, digital, and data-first approach to modernize the planning process, and as a result facilitate the Ministry and sector to a planning process driven by data.
- Develop tools, systems data sets, and other resources required to support the Ministry, sector, and all relevant stakeholders to use digital tools to support a new engagement and decision-making process hinged on data;
- Facilitate collaboration between Institutes of Higher Learning, research institutes, and industry in data science R&D, with the aim of driving industry adoption of cutting-edge data science and analytics technologies;
- Coordinate research and analysis to identify and integrate relevant future/frontier policies, strategies, programs, and technologies that may be adopted to ensure the ICT sector and Ministry deliver on their mandate.
- Support the development of a comprehensive resources and skills strategy for future planning for the Ministry and sector at large to support the implementation of policies, strategies, and plans developed by the directorate.
- Continuously monitor technological developments and their conditions, leading to early identification of promising future applications and an assessment of their potential.
- Analyze key areas of expected change where ICT for governance and policy modeling research is likely to have a significant impact on the public sector and on society, in different future scenarios;
- Work in partnership with relevant institutions to engage and attract investors in identified future technologies.
- Support the development, diffusion, and adoption of identified strategies, policies, and technologies identified to contribute to Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation efforts.
- Manage and maintain an excellent working relationship with both national and international stakeholders and initiate partnerships that promote, strengthen and drive the mandate of the Future Planning Directorate.
- Support transfer of knowledge and skills within the Directorate of Future Planning and key counterparts in the Ministry and the ICT sector.
- Provide strategic advice and guidance to the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation in designing and implementing relevant future strategies and policies to achieve Vision 2050 and NST1 goals.
- Other policy and strategic tasks as required by the senior leadership of the Ministry.
- Conduct other related activities as required by the Ministry.
C. Required qualifications, competencies, and experience
- Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, ICT, Information Management System, Electronics and Telecommunication, a Professional certification in relevant fields a plus.
- 7 years of relevant working experience, with proven experience leading data focused projects.
- Strong understanding of the dynamics of ICT demonstrated by experience in conducting and leading research and programs in that area.
- Substantive overall understanding of economic development trends and ability to present related issues clearly both to a general and a specialist audience.
- Substantive overall understanding in technology trends, innovation, and ability to present related issues clearly both to a general and a specialist audience.
Other knowledge, additional competences
- Preference for individuals with development projects work experience in Africa and/or other developing markets, especially in Rwanda.
- Demonstrate previous experience in public policy.
- Strong analytical and research skills.
- Excellent business writing, presentation skills, and verbal communication skills (in English).
- Strong project management skills.
- Effective interpersonal and leadership skills. Team player with an ability to develop and foster relationships with diverse stakeholders.
- Proven ability to mentor, coach, and build capacity, across different capacities.
- Drive, motivation, and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
- Fluency in English, Kinyarwanda is required French; knowledge is an advantage.
Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates, and references) until 27th September 2021, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The email attachment (max. size 2 MB) should be a PDF file. Please quote the job title in the subject
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