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Creative & Communication Agency , Rwanda

Mind you, this is not a job opportunity, but Smart Africa is looking for companies who can provide these services.

Title: Recruitment of Creative & Communication Agency for Smart Africa Secretariat.

Client:
Smart Africa Secretariat
9th Floor, Bloc C, Makuza Peace Plaza,
10 KN4 Avenue, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 788-300-581/ 0784013646
PO Box: 4913
info@smartafrica.org
www.smartafrica.org

1. Background of the organisation

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th - 31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States, in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICTs.
On 30th-31st January 2014, all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa endorsed the Smart Africa Manifesto. This development places the Manifesto at the heart of the ICT agenda in Africa beyond just the seven original signatories at the Summit to all the 54 African countries.

The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 28 African countries that represent almost 700 million people.
1.1. The Smart Africa Alliance

The Smart Africa Alliance is a framework for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Smart Africa Manifesto, designed to make it actionable. Currently, the Alliance is a partnership bringing together all African countries adhering to the Manifesto represented by the AU, the ITU, World Bank, AfDB, ECA, the GSMA, ICANN and the Private Sector.

Besides its initial membership, other organizations and countries sharing the same vision, interests and goals can be admitted to the Alliance.
The Smart Africa Alliance has five pillars which reflect the five principles of the Smart Africa Manifesto. These pillars are (1) Policy, (2) Access, (3) e-Government, (4) Private Sector/Entrepreneurship and (5) Sustainable Development.

Each pillar is built on four crosscutting enablers: (1) innovation, (2) communications and advocacy, (3) capacity building and (4) resource mobilization. These will support Smart Africa implementation. These pillars and enablers, when effectively developed and combined, will contribute to Economic Growth and Job creation, which remains the ultimate goal of the Smart Africa Manifesto.

2. Transform Africa Summit

Transform Africa Summit is Smart Africa’s flagship event. It is the annual leading African forum bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations to collaborate on new ways of shaping, accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital revolution.

The Transform Africa Summit has been held four times to date, in Kigali, Rwanda, with the following themes:

2013: The Future delivered today.
2015: Accelerating Digital Innovation.
2017: Smart Cities. Fast Forward.
2018: Accelerating Africa’s Single Digital Market.
2019: Boosting Africa’s Digital Economy.

The 2019 summit attracted over 5,000 participants, specifically:

• Heads of State and Government
• Ministers and Government officials in ICT, Health, Finance and related sectors
• Telecom and Utilities Regulators
• Central Bank Governors
• Heads of International and Regional Organizations
• ICT Industry leaders, innovators and investors
• Young Innovators, Girls and women in STEM
• SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators
• Non-Governmental organizations
• Academia, Consultants, Thought Leaders and Digital Thinkers

The 2020 Transform Africa Summit will be held in Conakry, Guinea from the 20th to the 22nd of April 2020 at the Palais de Mohamed V and will attract similar delegates.
3. RFP Objective

The Smart Africa Secretariat is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors for a creative and communications agency for Smart Africa and the Transform Africa Summit 2020

The selected firm will be responsible for communicating Smart Africa’s projects, creative design work around Smart Africa and the Transform Africa Summit and Public Relations for Smart Africa,
4. Duration of Engagement

It is for One year (12 months) from time of contracting, non-renewable.
5. Scope of work and deliverables

The Smart Africa requires the provision of the following:

Smart Africa & the 2020 Transform Africa Summit:
• Design the look and feel for the 2020 Transform Africa Summit
• Create, propose and execute advertising campaign for the 2020 Transform Africa Summit
• Create, propose and execute media strategy for Smart Africa and the 2020 Transform Africa Summit
• Create, propose and execute Public Relations strategy for Smart Africa and the 2020 Transform Africa Summit
• Manage all designs as may be required by Smart Africa and for the 2020 Transform Africa Summit
• Provide camera people and videographers for Smart Africa events, press conferences and workshops in Kigali (Approximately 3 per quarter)
• Develop short promotional videos for Smart Africa and the 2020 Transform Africa Summit. Approximately 3 per month
• Develop and produce opening 5-minute video for TAS2020. Should be available in standard and wide formats.
• Develop and produce 3-minute closing video for TAS2020. Should be available in video format and standard format.
• Develop and produce 5-minute Smart Africa video for TAS2020
• Develop and produce 4 x 1-minute project videos for Smart Africa
• Manage Smart Africa social media pages with at least 1 post per medium per day
• Translation services between French and English for all materials and adverts

6. RFP Requirements

Applicants interested in competing for this contract are required to submit/send their proposal to the Smart Africa Secretariat. The applicant will provide a detailed description of the approach to the scope of work that addresses the following requirements for the proposal. The applicant’s proposal shall include:

6.1. Administrative Documents

Please submit:
• Your company registration certificate
• Tax Clearance Certificate / Equivalent;
• The pension contribution clearance certificate / equivalent;
• Performance Guarantee of $ 62,469 is required for all bidding firms
6.2. Corporate Profile

Present a corporate profile with details of the bidding firm or of the consortium in such a case.
6.3. Demonstrated Success

Vendors must provide at least three (3) certificates of work completion of issued by current or former clients within the last 5 years for which your company has performed work of a similar nature, scope, size or complexity.
6.4. Methodology / Operational Processes

Provide detailed information regarding the internal/external processes that will be put in place to complete the work.

For each task under the scope of work, include a summarised work plan that includes the tasks, timelines, start date, end date and responsible person.

Provide a summarised communication plan showing how you intend to keep the client informed of all activities done on their behalf in the execution of services under this contract.

Describe quality assurance standards and practices you will put in place to ensure the success of the initiative.
6.5. Technical Team

Provide a table highlighting: (1) the names of each team member, (2) his/her proposed role, (3) the specific title of the deliverable he/she will be assigned to as well as (4) the relevant expertise he/she possesses that related to the deliverable he/she will be assigned to.

Provide the CV of each team member. In addition to their qualifications, degrees or professional certificates, please make sure that their CVs highlight a brief description of prior works/assignments related to the respective deliverables.
The mission will be carried out by highly qualified consultants/experts in the specialities requested, below:

a) Lead Communications Consultant (1), Task Team Leader:
• With at least 10 years of experience in marketing and Communications for high profile organisations especially in NGOs and Multilateral organisations.
• Having managed 3 similar communications/marketing department for organisations of the similar profile as Smart Africa for over the last past Five (5) years.
• With at least 5 years of proven experience in leading marketing/Marketing teams.
• With a university degree of at least MBA with specialisation in marketing or master’s in project Management from recognised universities.

b) Creative Director (1):
• With at least 5 years of experience in a similar role doing work for high profile organisations or worked in such organisations managing communications and marketing departments.
• Having developed three (3) communication strategies for similar organisations over the last past five (5) years.
• With a university degree of at least bachelor's degree in marketing or communications or bachelor’s degree in project management from recognised universities or in other similar fields;
• Having master’s degree in marketing or communications will be an added advantage

c) Art Director (1):
• With at least 5 years of experience in a similar role having done work for high profile organisations or worked in such organisations managing communications and marketing departments.
• Having developed three (3) communication strategies for similar organisations over the last past five (5) years.
• With a university degree of at least bachelor's degree in marketing or communications or bachelor’s degree in project management from recognised universities or in other similar fields;
• Having master’s degree in marketing or communications will be an added advantage

d) Content Development Expert.
• Having worked as in a content development capacity for similar organisations as Smart Africa for the last Five (5) years
• With at least 3 years of proven work experience as a journalist or in a content development capacity
• With a university degree of at least in marketing or communications or bachelor’s degree in project management from recognised universities or in other similar fields;
• Having master’s degree in marketing or communications will be an added advantage.

e) French to English Translator (1):
• With at least 3 years of experience in a similar role for high profile organisations or worked in such organisations managing communications and marketing departments.
• Having done document translations for organisations similar to Smart Africa in the last (2) years.
• With a university degree of at least bachelor's degree in related languages or in other similar fields;
• Having master’s degree will be an added advantage

f) Graphic Designer (1):
• With at least 3 years of experience in a similar role doing work for high profile organisations or worked in such organisations managing communications and marketing departments.
• Having developed two (2) communication strategies for similar organisations over the last past five (5) years.
• With a tertiary qualification in graphic design or in other similar fields;

g) Audio-Visual Expert (1):

 With at least 3 years of experience in audio-visual filming for high profile organisations.
 With at least 3 years of proven experience working as videographer on Television or news presenter in one of regional TVs or radios.
 With at least a certificate in video production and shooting from recognised institute.

The Consultant shall propose such additional staff as he deems necessary.

o Documents required

A specific outline must be followed in order to facilitate the Smart Africa Secretariat’s review and evaluation of the responses received.

A response to this RFP must include the following sections in the order listed:
1. A cover letter confirming the firm’s interest to provide the services required
2. A technical proposal containing the following content:
• Executive summary
• Business experience/Profiles
• Approach and Methodology
• Work Plan / Schedule
• Mission team experience/profiles
• Updated Curriculum Vitae for the team and academic certificates requested
• Duly signed and stamped recommendation certificates/letter
• Company registration certificates and tax clearance

3. Financial Proposal containing the following;
• Summarised Total Cost VAT Inclusive (Value of tax indicated on final cost)
• Breakdown of remuneration package
• Breakdown of reimbursable expenses
6.6. Value Added Propositions, Recommendations and Other Considerations

 Provide a detailed note on the value addition that your company will bring to Smart Africa and the 2020 Transform Africa Summit.
 Detail the additional aspects which you feel would add value to the organisation.
 List key anticipated risks and challenges that the conference owner should consider.
 Highlight your value proposition to Smart Africa.

6.7. Detailed Financial Structure and Proposed Costs

Provide an explanation of your fee and billing structure.

Explain your organization's internal mechanisms/processes that are in place to ensure all costs stay within budget for the duration of the contract.

Outline your detailed financial proposal budget (detailed breakdown of the corresponding fee for each deliverable including all costs for all individuals) for the management of the Transform Africa Summit activities.

Include the total estimated cost of providing this service broken down above in the scope of work and deliverables.

6.8. Experiences Required

Please note that the bidding firm / consortium must demonstrate at least 10 years’ worth of experience handling events of a similar size to the Transform Africa Summit and international organisations similar to Smart Africa.

The bidder must not have filed for bankruptcy or declared insolvent in any jurisdiction within the last 5 years.
An evaluation model will be used to evaluate all respondents and proposals submitted.

7. Rights Reserved

This RFP does not obligate Smart Africa to complete the RFP process. The Secretariat of Smart Africa reserves the right to amend any segment of the RFP prior to the announcement of a selected firm. The Secretariat of Smart Africa reserves the right to modify any segment of the tender before the announcement of the selected company.

The Smart Africa Secretariat also reserves the right to withdraw one or more services from the request for proposal if the evaluation demonstrates that it is in the best interest of the Smart Africa Secretariat to do so. The Smart Africa Secretariat also may, at its discretion, issue a separate contract for any service or groups of services included in this request for proposal.

The Smart Africa Secretariat may negotiate compensation package and additional provisions to the contract awarded under this request for proposal
8. Proposal Submission

Technical and financial proposals must be presented in separate envelopes showing each the nature of the offer concerned (technical or financial offer) a alongside with a performance guarantee provided by a professional competent body, the firm’s name and both put in a third anonymous envelope marked as follow: 014/S.A/TAS/RFP/09/2019: “: Recruitment of Creative & Communications Agency”

Well-printed proposals, properly bound presented in one (1) original copy, signed and paraphed and in one (1) scanned copy of the original signed proposal on a non-refundable USB Flash Drive (pdf format) must be submitted in sealed envelopes not later than 20th December 2019, 12:00 pm local time (Kigali) prompt to the address below:

Smart Africa Secretariat
9th Floor, Bloc C, Makuza Peace Plaza,
10 KN4 Avenue, Kigali, Rwanda
Phone: +250 788-300-581/ 738-300-581
Attention: Office of the Director General, Smart Africa.

In addition, soft copies in two languages (French and English) of the proposal should be sent to: procurement@smartafrica.org . Quotes will be confidential during the selection process.

Late proposals will be rejected.

The envelopes shall be opened on the same day in public session at 1:00 pm in the Smart Africa Secretariat conference room and interested bidders are invited to attend the bid opening session.
9. Validity

Proposals and quotes must remain valid for a period of 180 days after the date of closing noted above. After, the closing date and time, all proposals received by the Smart Africa Secretariat become its property
10. Enquiries

Prospective respondents who may have questions regarding this RFP may submit their enquiries to procurement@smartafrica.org and copy enquiries@smartafrica.org

Expiring: Dec 20, 2019
Project Manager Smart Cities in Rwanda , Rwanda

1. About Smart Africa

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

On 30th-31st January 2014, The Smart Africa Manifesto was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa. This development places the Manifesto at the heart
of the ICT agenda in Africa beyond just the 7 original signatories at the Summit to all the 54 African countries.

The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 29 African countries that represent 600+ million people.

The Smart Africa Manifesto aims to put ICT at the Center of National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries; improve access to ICT especially Broadband; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT promoting the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication; to put Private Sector first; and to leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.

2. Background of the Smart City initiative

The urbanization rate of the African continent has increased from 15% to 40% between 1960 and 2010 and is expected to reach 60% in 2050. The urban population in Africa will triple over the next 50 years.

This is an unprecedented demographic boom that is accompanied by an increase in challenges for governments in terms of housing, food, access to water, transport, waste management and energy supply.

Africa must take advantage of this rapid growth of urban citizens to overcome its difficulties through better management of its cities.

Faced with these challenges of sustainable development and controlled urban growth, African countries are considering the most effective solutions adapted to the realities of the continent.

The concept of Smart City is key to better manage African cities and meet the challenges of exponential urbanization.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Consultant - Project Manager (PM) in charge of the Smart Cities initiative with responsibility for management of various strategic projects, in close consultation with stakeholders and partners.

The PM will lead specific discussions revolving around Smart cities, e-Government, ICT industry development and IoT initiatives as well as other Smart Africa projects that will be assigned to him from time to time, as per the Smart Africa action plan such as supporting with preparing documents of the Smart Africa different councils (Council of African Regulators, Council of ICT Ministers, etc).

The primary duties of the position will include:

• Provide required technical leadership and administrative support to coordinate and implement project activities across Smart Africa Member States while ensuring effective linkages to the Smart Africa core objectives
• Preparing an annual work plan for submission to the head of digital transformation services;
• Design and document the organization’s evolving strategy, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging;
• Review and prepare analysis and research on the sector, using regional and global resources including academia and industry;
• Help the organization in bringing new allies and strengthening the commitment of existing partners;
• Establish close collaboration and working arrangements with an interdisciplinary team composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, Non-Government organisations and other professional associations, to ensure good coordination, collaboration and timely conduct of Smart Africa activities;
• Follow through mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of the Smart Africa projects;
• Provide periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising;
• Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.

Other duties and responsibilities will include:

• Prepare the terms of reference and identify consultants/institutions to undertake assignments in accordance with the approved annual Work Plan;
• Monitor and supervise the work of consultants, institutions, government staff and other partners, facilitate meetings and, as far as possible, ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;
• Provide to institutions/consultants visiting or engaged in assignments, including preparing itineraries, appointments and assisting with travel and other logistical arrangements;
• Any other assignments which will be assigned from time to time by the leadership of Smart Africa.

4. Key qualifications

Education:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field with recognised at least 10 years of technical expertise.

• A Project Management Certification from a recognized International Project Management Certification Body such as the Project Management Institute (PMI).

• A Masters’ Degree in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Business in IT will be an added advantage.

General experience and skills:
• Self-starter with high degree of flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously;
• Ability to effectively explain strategy and approach to external partners audiences;
• Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, mentor staff, develop work plans, and manage budgets and project expenditures;
• Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (Ministry, development partners, private sector, NGOs and Academia);
• Experience working with in project coordination;
• Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems (internet, worldwide web, email, etc);
• A good knowledge of matters related to ICT policy and regulation;
• Experience in creative writing;
• Ability to work in a team;
• Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).

Languages:
• Excellent Knowledge and Fluency in French and English.
• The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.

5. Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment will be for 1 year, with a possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funds and performance appraisal.

6. Reporting requirements

The PM will report directly to the Head of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Services.

7. Application Procedure

• A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the ToR;
• A CV with 3 contact information of referees;
• A brief essay of two (2) pages to the following question: What would be your approach to transform successfully African cities into Smart Cities within a short period of time (1 to 3 years) as a PM in Smart Africa Secretariat?

You will send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and essay in either French or English. All the above should be sent to the following email address: to hr@smartafrica.org and copy procurement@smartafrica.org not later than Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 5 pm.

Are you interested in becoming a Project Manager Smart Cities in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Nov 18, 2019
Project Manager Start-Ups in Rwanda , Rwanda

1. About Smart Africa

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

On 30th-31st January 2014, The Smart Africa Manifesto was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa. This development places the Manifesto at the heart
of the ICT agenda in Africa beyond just the 7 original signatories at the Summit to all the 54 African countries.

The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 29 African countries that represent 600+ million people.

The Smart Africa Manifesto aims to put ICT at the Center of National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries; improve access to ICT especially Broadband; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT promoting the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication; to put Private Sector first; and to leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.

2. Background of the Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems development initiative

In all countries of the world, access to the digital environment promotes growth in gross domestic product. This trend is already being observed in Africa, notably through mobile penetration. As a factor of innovation, digital technology generates new uses everywhere and helps to transform business models. While African innovation and start-ups is starting to emerge into the international scene, the significant development potential of the digital innovation and entrepreneurship is not being used to their full potential.

The continent remains very fragmented between a few rare hubs, and the fragility of the ecosystem of start-ups mainly due to:
- Administrative and legal barriers to the creation and development of enterprises,
- Limited access to telecommunications infrastructure, in particular the Internet,
- Particular access to finance and expanding market,
- Lack of countries support for the development of innovative start-ups,
- Difficult market access,
- The weakness of education systems.

From this background, it is important to enhance entrepreneurship and increase innovation for new solutions in the ICT sector.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Consultant Project Manager (PM) in charge of the Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems development initiative with responsibility for management of various strategic projects, in close consultation with stakeholders and partners.

More precisely, the PM will help define and execute our global strategies on various projects, including the development of start-ups and innovation ecosystems development.

The primary duties of the position will include:
• Provide required technical and administrative support to coordinate and implement project activities across Smart Africa Member States while ensuring effective linkages to the Smart Africa core objectives and activities.
• Preparing an annual Work Plan for submission to the reporting to the Head of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Services;
• Design and document our evolving strategy, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging;
• Review and prepare analysis and research on the sector, using regional and global resources including academia and industry;
• Help us bring new allies and strengthen the commitment of existing partners;
• Establish close collaboration and working arrangements with an interdisciplinary team composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, Non-Government organisations and other professional associations, to ensure good coordination, collaboration and timely conduct of Smart Africa activities;
• Follow through mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of the Smart Africa projects;
• Provide periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising;
• Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.

Other duties and responsibilities will include:

• Prepare the terms of reference and identify consultants/institutions to undertake assignments in accordance with the approved annual Work Plan;
• Monitor and supervise the work of consultants, institutions, government staff and other partners, facilitate meetings and, as far as possible, ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;
• Provide to institutions/consultants visiting or engaged in assignments, including preparing itineraries, appointments and assisting with travel and other logistical arrangements;
• Any other assignments which will be assigned from time to time by the leadership of Smart Africa.

4. Key qualifications

Education:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Business Information Technology (BIT), Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field with recognised at least 10 years of technical expertise.
• A Project Management Certification from a recognized International Project Management Certification Body such as the Project Management Institute (PMI).
• A Masters’ Degree in Business Information Technology or master’s in business administration, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field with experience in business development will be an added advantage.

General experience and skills:
• Strong management skills with the ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, develop work plans, manage budgets and project expenditures;
• Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (Ministry, development partners, private sector, NGOs and Academia) to effectively explain strategy and approach to external Partners audience.
• Self-starter, work independently, with critical thinking, ability of tolerance and ambiguity to work on multiple projects
• Experience in the start-ups and entreprenuership ecosystem in Africa.
• A good knowledge of ICT policy and regulation ecosystem /framework;
• Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite , modern communication tools such as zoom, etc.

5. Languages:
• Excellent Knowledge and Fluency in French or English.
• The good working knowledge of both French and English or other languages such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.

6. Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment will be for 1 year, with a possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funds and performance appraisal.

7. Reporting requirements

The PM will report directly to the Head of Digital Transformation, Innovation and Services.

8. Application Procedure

• A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the ToR;
• A CV with 2 contact information of referees;
• A brief essay of two (2) pages to the following question: What would be your approach to develop successfully Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems in Africa within a short period of time (1 to 3 years) as a PM in Smart Africa Secretariat?

You will send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and essay in either French or English. All the above should be sent to the following email address: to hr@smartafrica.org and copy procurement@smartafrica.org not later than Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 5 pm.

Are you interested in becoming a Project Manager Start-Ups in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Nov 18, 2019
Project Manager Internet Infrastructure in Rwanda , Rwanda

1. About Smart Africa

Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

On 30th-31st January 2014, The Smart Africa Manifesto was endorsed by all Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa. This development places the Manifesto at the heart
of the ICT agenda in Africa beyond just the 7 original signatories at the Summit to all the 54 African countries.

The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 29 African countries that represent 600+ million people.

The Smart Africa Manifesto aims to put ICT at the Center of National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries; improve access to ICT especially Broadband; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT promoting the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication; to put Private Sector first; and to leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.

2. Background of the Broadband and Internet Infrastructure Initiatives
Africa, being the youngest and 2nd most populated continent on earth has an enormous opportunity to leapfrog through technology which will facilitate socio-economic growth and close the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world.
The Internet penetration in Africa stands at an average of 35%, whiles the world average is 54.4%. Out of the continent’s population of 1.2bn, it is estimated that only 454 million had access to the internet by 2017. A whooping 64% of Africans are yet to be connected to the internet.
Broadband Connectivity is the main enabler to achieve a single digital market and Smart Africa has as part of its mission to make broadband connectivity accessible and affordable through its numerous cross border projects.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Consultant - Project Manager (PM) in charge of Broadband and Internet Infrastructure Initiatives with responsibility for the management of various strategic projects, in close consultation with stakeholders and partners.

More precisely, the PM will help the organization define and execute the global strategy on various projects, including development of projects to ensure accessible and affordable broadband connectivity for Africa in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

The primary duties of the position will include:

• Providing required technical and administrative support to coordinate and implement project activities across Smart Africa Member States while ensuring effective linkages to the Smart Africa core objectives and activities.
• Preparing an annual Work Plan for submission to the Head of Digital Infrastructures Program
• Planning, supervising and implementing Smart Africa projects/initiatives activities, providing proposals and plans (including work plans, procurement, consultancies, recruitment, logistics, budgeting and disbursements).
• Establishing close collaboration, working arrangements and partnerships with Governments, Private sector, Non-Government organisations, Academia and other professional associations, to ensure good coordination, collaboration and timely conduct of Smart Africa activities.
• Liaising with government and other key stakeholders to promote enabling ICT policy and regulatory environment that would facilitate the implementation of initiatives under his/her supervision;
• Following through mobilization of funds /resources from development partners and institutions to complete the financing of the Smart Africa projects, especially those under his/her supervision;
• Providing periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising;
• Participating in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required;

Other duties and responsibilities will include:
• Prepare the terms of reference and identify consultants/institutions to undertake assignments in accordance with the approved annual Work Plan;
• Monitor and supervise the work of consultants, institutions, government staff and other partners, facilitate meetings and, as far as possible, ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;
• Provide to institutions/consultants visiting or engaged in assignments, including preparing itineraries, appointments and assisting with travel and other logistical arrangements;
• Any other assignments/project which will be assigned as needed by the leadership of Smart Africa.

4. Key qualifications

Education:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or a related field with recognised at least 10 years of technical expertise.
• A Project Management Certification from a recognized International Project Management Certification Body such as the Project Management Institute (PMI).

• A Masters’ Degree in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Business in IT will be an added advantage.

General experience and skills:
• Self-starter with high degree of flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously;
• Ability to effectively explain strategy and approach to external partners audiences;
• Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, mentor staff, develop work plans, and manage budgets and project expenditures;
• Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (Ministry, development partners, private sector, NGOs and Academia);
• Experience working with in project coordination;
• Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems (internet, worldwide web, email, etc);
• A good knowledge of matters related to ICT policy and regulation;
• Experience in critical thinking;
• Ability to work in a team;
• Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).

5. Languages:
• Excellent Knowledge and Fluency in either French or English (reading and writing).
• A good working knowledge of both English and French will be an added advantage.

6. Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment will be for 1 year, with a possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funds and performance appraisal.

7. Reporting requirements

The PM will report directly to the Head of Digital Infrastructure Program under the Technology and Innovation department.

8. Application Instructions

• A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the ToR;
• A CV with 2 contact information of referees;
• A brief essay of one (1) page to the following question: In your view, what are the main reasons for the low penetration of Broadband in Africa, Explain your reasons.

You will send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and essay in either French or English. All the above should be sent to the following email address: to hr@smartafrica.org and copy procurement@smartafrica.org not later than Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 5 pm.

Are you interested in becoming a Project Manager Internet Infrastructure in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Nov 18, 2019
Program Support Manager in Rwanda , Rwanda

1. Position: Program Support Manager

2. Background

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Smart Africa agenda is led by visionary Heads of State who believe in the power of ICT for the advancement and betterment of the African continent. This agenda will lead the continent to the 04th industrial revolution, using the transformation power of ICTs through a successful implementation and deployment of major ICT infrastructure, applications, services as well as creating local relevant content for Africa while developing a vibrant ICT industry and creating jobs.

The Smart aims to put ICT at the Center of National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries; improve access to ICT especially Broadband; to improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT promoting the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication; to put Private Sector first; and to leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.

3. Purpose and context

The Technology and Innovation department of Smart Africa is responsible for the implementation of various projects organised under two (2) broad categories: The digital infrastructure program and the digital transformation program. Under these 2 programs are implemented a wide range of projects and initiatives, ranging from cross-border fibre optics, data centers, cyber security, digital ID and entrepreneurship and innovation, just to name a few.

The program support manager will be responsible for providing support to the 2 program heads mentioned above. He/She will report to the Director of Technology and Innovation and will have a close and effective collaborative working relationship with the program heads.

4. Responsibilities

The programme support manager will be responsible of the following:
• Support program managers with strategic planning, workforce planning processes and develop and align program goals and performance outcomes;
• Support program managers with the development of concept papers, project/partnership proposals, project presentations, high level briefs;
• Ensures that each program/project actions and decisions to be followed or implemented by the department is assigned to a project manager to ensure responsibility, accountability and timeline for delivery;
• Track the implementation of each program/project actions and decisions, until completion using online productivity tools;
• Ensure the monitoring and reporting of the performance of agreed Smart Africa annual goals and KPIs, program plans, program budgets, contracts, agreements and MoUs, and support addressing non–performance, to achieve the required outcomes;
• Develop a sustainable reporting system that tracks daily, weekly and monthly actions, and put processes into place to ensure its utilization;
• Oversee communications and information sharing within the Technology and Innovation Department;
• Assist in planning, scheduling and maintaining the Technology and Innovation department master calendar;
• Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of a healthy workplace which fosters trust, creativity, and general well-being; and
• Any other duties, as delegated from time to time.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Impeccable written and spoken English and French.
• High sense of responsibility, organization, prioritization and the ability to take initiative with minimal supervision.
• Excellent project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
• Cross-cultural experience and the acumen.
• Ability to handle sensitive issues with a high level of integrity, discretion and confidentiality.
• Desire to grow professionally.
• Gracefully handle pressure and remain a constantly reliable resource to management.
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to format complex documents.
• Flexible and motivated team player.
• Excellent skills in Microsoft Office – especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Experience Required:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in management, project management, business administration, with at least 4 years of experience, with at least 1 year of work experience in senior management, senior advisory or strategic support position.
• Extensive cross-cultural experience and ability to help people of different cultures understand Rwandan Culture.
• Demonstrated ability to cooperate and work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and build a positive work environment.
• Experience in proposal writing or coordination.
• Experience in writing reports in English as well as in written and oral translation.
• Demonstrated ability to engage and work cooperatively with external stakeholders, such as Government Departments, private sector and international organizations.
• Demonstrated computer literacy, interpersonal and time management skills.

Application Procedure:
• A one-page cover letter describing your motivation for applying to Smart Africa Secretariat and why you are uniquely qualified to fill the post described in this announcement.
• A one-page CV with 3 names of referees.

5. Duration of assignment

The appointment will be for 1 year, subject to a probationary period of 3 months. The position might be renewed for a second year, subject to availability of funds.

Interested bidders should send their Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and essay in either French or English. All the above should be sent to the following email address: to hr@smartafrica.org and copy procurement@smartafrica.org not later than Monday 18th November 2019.

Are you interested in becoming a Program Support Manager in Rwanda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Nov 18, 2019
Head of Fintech in Uganda , Uganda

Motorcycle taxis are immensely popular and serve as the lifeblood of many cities in Africa, but they are extremely unsafe and disorganized. SafeBoda is a Ugandan-based startup on a mission to make motorcycle taxis (bodas) more safe, affordable, and convenient across Sub-Saharan Africa—while providing a more meaningful and lucrative career for drivers

At the click of a button, SafeBoda provides a safe, more convenient, mobile-first transportation platform for Africa’s booming young population. On the high-frequency use of our transportation service, SafeBoda is providing value to consumers, our drivers and passengers, with additional financial services, payments and other on-demand services to keep Africa moving forward.

What we are looking for
SafeBoda is looking for a Head of Fintech to lead all payments and financial services work at SafeBoda across East Africa. We believe our team can move quicker and smarter and build value in East Africa. The person will be responsible for the strategic vision of the fintech layer of SafeBoda’s service. In particular, you will be designing and implementing a range of financial products and services for our target consumer which are the SafeBoda drivers and passengers. This will require working with a range of actors. In addition, this will be an exciting and challenging role that enables the successful applicant to play a pivotal part in identifying, testing and scaling opportunities for SafeBoda to offer access to financial products and services to millions of underbanked East Africans.

Below are key responsibilities and qualifications.

Responsibilities:
- Lead the financial services and payments offering at SafeBoda
- Manage a series of partnerships with financial institutions and partners across multiple areas
- Develop highly scalable products and lead and inspire a high-performing cross-functional team across Product, Engineering and Operations.
- Scale a team rapidly to deliver on very ambitious targets
- Support the company to ensure SafeBoda becomes a leader in fintech in East Africa

You should have:
- +5 years leading in fintech, banking, payments, tech or a similar field
- Proven leadership and ability in scaling a team
- Experience in fintech/banking/microfinance in East Africa, Uganda is a plus
- Product development experience is a plus
- Familiarity with the financial regulatory environment in Africa
- Bachelor’s degree in a business or finance related field with academic excellence
- Pro-active ability to move fast, innovate and find creative solutions
- Solid analytical skills and advanced experience of Excel
- Passionate about financial services and financial inclusion
- Excellent communication skills with the flexibility to negotiate corporate partnerships one minute and explain financial concepts to SafeBoda riders the next
- Love our product and be curious about how it works
- Live the SafeBoda values, represent the company in everything you do and constantly fly the flag.

Ready?
The need for this role is urgent, and we’d like the right candidate.

Are you interested in becoming a Head of Fintech in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Mar 02, 2019
Pre-Sales Head IMS in Kenya , Kenya

Direct Supervisor: Director - Solutions Business Unit
Supervision: Presales Consultant
Department/Group: Sales
Job Category: Senior Manager
Location: Kenya Travel Required: No
Position Type: Permanent

POSITION OVERVIEW
The position is responsible for responsible for driving solution development in Techno Brain Group through his/her team and supporting Sales teams in delivering value driven demos to customers. The ideal candidate has a strong propensity for technology, loves innovation and leading technical teams to success.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Solution Development
- Oversee the design, development and improvement of solutions by liaising with product development team.
- Plan and implement the solution development life cycle based on market/client need.
- Tailor corporate solutions based on market trends, opportunities and competitor analysis.

2. Sales team support and Corporate Positioning
- Ensure effective production of responses to Requests for Information (RFI) and Requests for Proposal (RFP)
- Collaborate with Sales teams to provide product, business and technical knowledge in support of pre-sales activities.
- Understand the go to market strategy for each product/solution and appropriately execute a sales plan with the on ground sales team.
- Promote Techno Brain as a company in the market to ensure brand recognition and awareness.

3. Leadership
- Provide strong leadership to the team through engagement
- Promote Techno Brain as a company in the market to ensure brand recognition and awareness.
- Performance Management: Manage employee performance e.g. Weekly/monthly continuous performance discussions and provision of feedback. Translate strategy into executable plans while motivating your team with clear direction by setting clear goals and KPIs each quarter.
- Succession Planning: Develop the next leadership bench in your team through identifying and working with HR in developing your team’s talent potential e.g. coach, mentor and facilitate development of direct reports.
- Behavioural Role Model: Emulate Techno Brain corporate values through your behaviour through rewarding and voicing support for good behaviours as much as you reward technical competence.
- Team Engagement: Engage their employees and manage diversity within the workplace by encouraging and personally participating in employee engagement activities.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
- % of Customer satisfaction.
- % of new solutions developed
- % RFI/RFP responses
- Performance Management: Evidence of no. of performance conversations per week/month with individuals in team
- Succession Planning: % of high potential individuals identified for succession planning in team
- Behavioural Role Model: % of cases, warnings or issues arising from the team members
- Engagement: % of team-building activities and positive feedback received during HR Connect

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

Academic Qualifications
- Master’s degree in related field from a recognised university;
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

Professional Qualifications
- Relevant professional qualification;
- Member of a relevant professional body.

Experience
- Minimum of (8) years’ relevant experience in a similar organisation with six (2) at managerial level.
- Good market understanding of Identity Management business, exposure to trends in the African market.
- Experience in responding to Requests for information and Requests for pricing.
- Good experience in Conducting pre sales activities such as demo’s and presentations.
- Conduct regular competitor and price analysis in order to understand market trends and identify opportunities.

Are you interested in becoming a Pre-Sales Head in Kenya? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Mar 02, 2019
Account Executive in Morocco , Morocco

As an Account Executive your main task will be to provide support to new and existing accommodation partners, contacting, informing and advising them about how to meet the demands of the visitors on the Booking.com website. You will also build the accommodations webpages and training the new accommodations on how to use Booking.com’s extranet and how to use the systems that can improve their availability and supply. Furthermore you will offer support to the Account Managers with various tasks at the office.

Tasks:
- Day-to-day pro-active communication with partners in your region by telephone, by internal messaging and occasionally in person to assist with the development of the business;
- Building productive relationships with partners to ensure that they offer the best availability and rate structure;
- Discuss opportunities with partners that will help improve business by using Booking.com BV’s internal tool of priority setting;
- First point of contact for key local accommodation partners, answering questions and queries, taking action as needed;
- Participation in weekly team learning in your office;
- Advise accommodation partners regarding their (potential)webpages on the Booking.com website and how they can amend data with respect to supply, availability, specials, promotions;
- Liaison person for properties to contact when they have questions by phone and the Account Managers are unavailable;
- Providing support to properties or Booking.com BV in building the webpage for accommodations and/or maintaining property information on the Booking.com website;
- Verify that the website has accurate information on properties and pictures of newly registered accommodations;
- Delivering training by phone to new and or existing properties on how to use Booking.com’s extranet and rates & availability system;
- Providing properties with information and advice mainly by phone, including follow-ups;
- Looking after IT/administrative related tasks;
- In consultation with the Account Managers, provide information support to Booking.com BV for new and existing accommodations;
- Conduct daily/weekly rate and availability checks on various platforms;
- Assist in the preparation of market visits, operational planning and projects;
- Assisting in additional tasks and projects when needed
- You will also need to be versatile, flexible and adapt quickly to the latest guidelines/changes from Booking.com BV.

Qualifications:
- Great face-to-face and telephone communication skills;
- Fluent French, English and Arabic speaker and writer;
- Affinity/experience within e-travel and/or hotel/travel industry is a plus;
- Pro-active, sense of responsibility and can work independently;
- Ability to convince partners on the phone to implement suggestions;
- Quick and resourceful, flexible, accurate, strong analytical and an eye for detail;
- Team player, motivated and enjoys to work in e-travel and hospitality;
- Business focused;
- Positive attitude;
- Hotel School or University background preferred
- You already have a work permit to work in Morocco

Are you interested in becoming an Account Executive in Morocco? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jan 11, 2019

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