Vacancy Announcement Advisor for Private Sector Development for Skills Development for Economic Transformation in Rwanda (Eco Emploi 5)

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).

Skills Development for Economic Transformation 2023 – 2025

Rwanda aspires to improve standards of living for all its citizens in the Vision of 2050. The Vision will be affected through a series of seven-year National Strategies for Transformation (NST1), underpinned by detailed sectoral strategies that are aimed toward 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 and is planning a follow-on implementation phase for the period January 2023 to December 2025

GIZ Skills Development for Economic Development incorporates a transformation approach through digitalization in production process, strengthening skilled workers and economic empowerment of women and will be implemented between January 2023 and December 2025. The Programme aims at employment-intensive growth in selected economic sectors, namely wood industry, with a special focus on women economic empowerment.  Green transformation, digitalization, decent work towards youth employment and inclusion of 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”.

It is with this background that GIZ would like to recruit a candidate for the position of Advisor for Private Sector Development for the Program of Skills for Economic Transformation (Eco Emploi 5).

Location: Kigali

Fixed Term: 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2025

Position: 1

The Advisor for Private Sector Development performs the following responsibilities and tasks:


The Advisor for Private Sector Development under the supervision of the Head of Private Sector Development (PSD) Component will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating activities related to Women Economic Empowerment (as part of the upcoming interventions of Women Economic Empowerment component)
  • Supporting the Head of Component leader in identifying possible future activities in the area of Women Economic Empowerment with specific focus on the selected value chains
  • Preparation of documents, analyzing studies, policies and strategies according to sector specific needs towards implementation of PSDYES as well as other relevant strategies and the role of private sector with emphasis on rights, access to resources and strengthen representation of women organizations.
  • Supporting the Head of Women Economic Empowerment Component in all matters related to Private Sector Development and linkage with other Components and related interventions.


The Advisor for Private Sector Development performs the following tasks in close cooperation with the public and private partners

Work in collaboration with the PSD Team on the better integration of women and girls in all PSD interventions

  • Provide advice on the organizational development for the Imanzi Business Institute (IBI); management of training operations and overall institutional development including establishment of business partnerships.
  • Support in product development (training curricula and modular courses) and marketing support.
  • Support the IBI in integrating in their trainings topics that address the challenges of women entrepreneurs.
  • Identifying together with the colleague who is in charge of the collaboration with Employment Service Centers career guidance services that focus on women and girls.

Intensify the link between Eco Emploi TVET interventions and Private Sector Development with specific focus on women and girls

  • Scan the existing TVET interventions and develop an approach who to better ensure the attachment to Private Sector
  • Develop a proposal how to integrate entrepreneurship skills and support to access to finance in our training offers with focus to opportunities for women

Work on the linkage between the service package Coffee Innovation Fund (CIF), several iDPPs and the tourism component with the PSD component

  • Identify in close collaboration with CIF team the link to the strategic goals of the PSD component.
  • Bridge Wood sector, Light manufacturing with TVET and Labour Market Interventions

Preparation of documents, analyzing studies, policies and strategies according to sector specific needs towards implementation of PSDYES and the role of private sector.

  • Upon the request of the Head of PSD Component, the Advisor will prepare documents, analyze studies, policies and strategies such as PSYES and the NST1 with specific focus on Women Economic Empowerment
  • The Advisor will be expected to support in the documentation of processes and case studies related to private sector development

Supporting the Head of Private Sector Development component in all matters related to Private Sector Development and Labour Market Interventions (LMI) and other Eco-Emploi components

  • Upon request of the head of the Women Economic Empowerment component, the Advisor will be responsible for coordinating different activities within the component related to promote linkage between PSD and other Programme interventions.

Required Qualifications, Competences and Experience


  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree (A0) in the economics, business administration, economic policy, Development Studies, Private Sector Development and any other related field.

Professional Experience

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in project management positions in coordinating economic development, of which 3 year working experience in working with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • The Incumbent should have at least five (5) years of pertinent experience in private sector development
  • Proven experience in the development cooperation is an advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of the local Private Sector ecosystem, working knowledge in the area of Promotion of Private Sector particularly business development services.
  • Interest and understanding of SME development.
  • Proven experience in planning and coordination of activities aiming at capacity building e.g Trainings, Mentorship etc

Other knowledge, additional competencies

  • Very good communication, presentation, and network skills.
  • Proactive in the development and implementation of ideas and proposals.
  • Good knowledge of English and Kinyarwanda. Additional knowledge of French would be an asset.
  • Use of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is a minimum.

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates and references), until 30th November 2022 at 4:00 PM, by e-mail to All attachments should be put together in one PDF file not larger than 2 MB. Please quote the job title in the subject.

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 consider, when considering your application.

Women and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.

GIZ Office Rwanda

KN 41 St. / Nr.17, Kiyovu

P.O. Box 59, Kigali,


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