Advisor to the Pan-African e-Commerce Initiative Job at The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - Career Opportunity in Rwanda
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Vacancy title:
Advisor to the Pan-African e-Commerce Initiative

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Deadline of this Job:
27 September 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Monday, September 13, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

The Advisor to the Pan-African e-Commerce Initiative (PeCI) in Rwanda will perform the following responsibilities:
• Technical:
• Establish and manage collaboration between the PeCI and stakeholders in Rwanda
• Gather and disseminate relevant information to stakeholders in Rwanda, East Africa, and Europe
• Contribute to and lead elements of PeCI’s technical advisory to relevant partners and stakeholders on facilitating cross-border e-Commerce in Rwanda
• Project Management:
• Ensuring that the activities are closely coordinated with the programmes related to e-Commerce in Rwanda, East Africa, Germany and worldwide
• Support actively the Monitoring & Evaluation efforts of the programme
• Support effective communication of the Initiative and network proactively with relevant stakeholders
• Support financial planning, monitoring, and reporting for the project in Rwanda
• Manage and steer the engagements of short-term experts engaged by PeCI to implement activities in Rwanda
• Contribute actively to reports (regular and ad-hoc), PR materials, requests from GIZ HQ and for the preparation of political and economic delegations
• Administrative:
• Ensure that logistical and administrative elements of the project run smoothly and aligned to existing processes
• The Advisor performs and supports the following tasks:
• Tasks
• Technical Advisory
• Establish and manage collaboration between PeCI and Stakeholders in Rwanda
• Contribute to technical advisory to relevant partners and stakeholders on facilitating e-Commerce in Rwanda, with a particular focus on building sustainably building the e-Commerce capacities of SMEs, increasing trust in e-Commerce in Rwanda, and improving the e-Payments ecosystem
• Gather and disseminate relevant information on Rwanda-specific aspects of the project
• Align specific needs in Rwanda with the overall/regional goal of the Initiative
• Liaison with relevant e-Commerce platforms and associations
• Communication and networking
• PR and communication of PeCI in Rwanda
• Event management: identify appropriate events for engagement and manage/assist in the management of events for the Initiative
• Relationship management of established contacts with companies and other stakeholders
• Establishing and maintaining contacts with all other relevant stakeholders
• Representing the Initiative within Rwanda
• Document approaches, implementation, and results and distribute/present them
• Finance and Accounting
• Assist in preparation of budget planning for the Initiative in Rwanda
• Support reporting to headquarters and the commissioning party, monitor output-related budget allocations and expenses
• Manage and monitor the expenses of any partner organisations supported through a local subsidy agreement
• Manage financial aspects of the Initiative in Rwanda
• Check travel expense statements of staff for approval
• Check requests for funds before release
• Administration
• Take responsibility for administrative tasks according to GIZ rules and regulations (P+R), including assisting in and autonomously preparing bookings, bidding procedures, contracts of experts / external consultants and ensuring documentation of the procedures
• Be responsible for logistical aspects of project activities (meetings, workshops etc.)
• Project management, monitoring and evaluation
• Monitoring and evaluation of the achievements of the Initiative indicators
• Support to regular and ad-hoc reporting, PR requests as well as requests from GIZ HQ and for the preparation of political and economic delegations
• Ensure that knowledge generated by the Initiative is captured and disseminated as appropriate
• Actively support the preparation of fact sheets, web pages, presentations, articles for GIZ intranet and other publications for presenting the programme to the public
• Guide, liaise with, and support consultants working for the programme on specific topics; ensure quality management and control of the services and tasks delivered
• Operational Planning and follow up on an ongoing basis with all counterparts
• Cooperate closely with other initiatives (GIZ projects)
• Support and execution of any other tasks assigned by the management

Qualifications and Professional experience
• University degree in Commerce, Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Trade, Information Technology or related field. Post-graduate qualification preferred
• At least six years of professional experience in the field of trade, logistics, private sector development, digitalisation, or sales – ideally in the private sector. Experience with cross-border trade is highly desirable
• Strong knowledge of digital modernization in Africa and of Rwanda’s digital ecosystem
• Excellent organizational and coordination skills. Project management skills and experience would be a strong asset
• Experience in the administration of a project or in an office
• Ability to work independently, remotely, and with minimal supervision, structure tasks, and to become familiar with new topics quickly and comprehensively
• General understanding of financial planning and accounting
• Experience with digital payments and regional payment systems would be an asset
• Excellent writing and communication skills and a great interest in ICT and digitalisation
• Flexible and able to work under time constraints
• Business fluency in English is vital. Knowledge of German and/or French would be an advantage
• Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and high commitment to integrity
• Skills in business planning, financial management, and project management are a strong asset
• Good working fluency with ICT and computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Teams)
• Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 72

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates and references) until 27th September 2021, by e-mail to 

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Job Info
Job Category: Administrative
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job: 27 September 2021
Duty Station: Kigali
Posted: 13-09-2021
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 13-09-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 13-09-2065
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