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Project Manager e-Agriculture in Rwanda , Rwanda

Terms of Reference:

Recruitment of a Consultant - Project Manager to assist the Smart Africa Secretariat on the e-Agriculture and Agritech initiative

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 African countries.

The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 30 African countries that represent 750+ 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 e-Agriculture and Agritech initiative
Smart Africa recognizes the impact of agriculture goes well beyond its immediate economic contribution. Smart Africa seeks to positively impact the agricultural sector in Africa, to help countries realize the gains in production and efficiency that will stave off hunger and malnutrition and decrease the food trade deficit. These gains can be achieved partly, but significantly, through digital solutions which will in turn catalyse additional investment in the sector, further empowering the continent’s population.

In this context, various Member States of the SMART Africa initiative have adopted flagship projects in relation with e-Agriculture and Agritech and will be working on sharing best practices to promote a framework for a sustainable and innovative agriculture in the continent.

Besides the interest of Member States, the SMART Africa Secretariat has also partnered with innovative actors from the private sector to collaborate in the development of a concept paper and the implementation of concept for a cross-cutting platform that integrates the financial ecosystem with the livestock value chain, contributing in addressing financial inclusion.

Smart Africa will work with Member States, the private sector and other relevant partners to identify streams of interest, conduct desk research on the African agricultural contexts, e-Agriculture and Agritech strategies, and other Key Informant Interviews. This research exercise will help better understand digital agriculture transformation challenges and ways to address them and will underpin the implementation strategy.

3. Responsibilities
The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager (hereinafter referred to as the “PM”) to assist the Smart Africa Secretariat with responsibility for management of various strategic projects in relation to e-Agriculture and Agri-tech, in close consultation with stakeholders and partners.

The PM will 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.

The PM will support activities between Smart Africa, countries and relevant partners with three main objectives:
• Establish partnerships between organizations amplifying a shared vision for supporting countries in Africa on their journey to achieve a development plan for digital agriculture;
• Research challenges in the varied African agricultural contexts and needs of governments in defining their digital agriculture transformation strategy, e-Agriculture and Agritech strategies and implementing cross-sectoral and whole-of-government initiatives to improve the whole agricultural value chain and integrating it more closely into a country’s digital economy;
• Define an implementation roadmap for e-Agriculture and Agritech schemes in different African regions, including milestones, key deliverables and the necessary resources to ensure sustainability;
• Host learning events to share best practices and insights from research.

The other general duties of the Project Manager will include:
• Support the e-Agriculture and Agri-tech flagship projects’ global annual performance;
• 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 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
• A minimum of graduate qualifications (Master’s degree) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Social Sciences, economics, Agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, or development studies)
• At least 5 years of relevant experience particularly working with country governments in developing ICT policy and/or implementing ICT strategies in order to empower rural communities, improve rural livelihoods, and build sustainable agriculture and food security
• Familiarity with different aspects of sustainable agriculture, rural development and related literature
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills
• Excellent project management and team management skills
• Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work effectively with all partners in order to act as an effective catalyst
• Ability to communicate knowledge effectively through various mediums including data visualization and reports, learning activities, and other methods
• Problem-solving skills, including ability to draw meaning and trends from data and recommend actions to address issues
• Strong technical skills in standard software programs (such as MS Office), web-based applications (such as Google suite and Microsoft Teams)
• Highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds
• A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally
• Ability to work in Kigali, Rwanda

Languages:
• Excellent Knowledge and Fluency in both French and English (reading and writing).
• 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 contract is 1 year. The position is based in Kigali, Rwanda.

6. Reporting requirements
The PM will report directly to the Head of the Digital Transformation Division under the Director of Technology and Innovation.

7. Application Procedure
• A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the ToR;
• A CV with 2 contact information of referees;

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

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Expiring: May 05, 2020
Rwanda Country Director , Rwanda

Position: Rwanda Country Director
Reports to: Regional Director – Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Country Program/Sector: Rwanda, Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Region
Start date: 15 May 2020
Position Type: Full-Time
Application deadline: 15 March 2020
Internal liaison: WCS Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Regional Director; Africa Program Executive Director; Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Regional Business Manager; Africa Program Director of Program Operations.
Expected travel: Approximately 30%. As required within the region, occasionally to the US if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible.

Organization Background:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Rwanda Program Overview:

The primary focus of the Country Program is to work in partnership with the Rwanda Government to protect globally significant biodiversity and the critical natural resource base within and outside of protected areas. This includes a diverse set of actions that aid the Rwanda government accomplish its goal of achieving green, sustainable development by 2050, as well as the development of a major new project helping advance climate resilience and connectivity among national parks along the Congo Nile Divide with financial support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Country Director must be able to lead and manage a team of highly motivated staff, be the primary focal point for liaison with the Government of Rwanda and other partners, as well as sustain the fundraising needed to support the program.
WCS Africa Program is now seeking a dynamic, experienced individual to lead this program.

Core Responsibilities:

• Lead the WCS Rwanda country program in consultation with the Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Regional Director.
• Act as legal representative of WCS in Rwanda, working with the WCS Office of General Counsel.
• Act as political representative of WCS in Rwanda with all government partners including the Rwanda government (particularly the Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of the Environment), and bilateral donors/agencies (e.g., GCF, USAID, UNDP, AFD).
• Represent the WCS Rwanda Program to donors, the press, the Government of Rwanda, and other internal and external stakeholders.
• Develop and manage the WCS Rwanda Country Program budget.
• Prepare and implement annual WCS Rwanda Country Program workplans and associated budgets, and approve related project workplans and budgets.
• Fundraise from public and private sources for the Rwanda Program in collaboration with other WCS fundraising teams (e.g., Africa Program, Program Development, Global Resources).
• Prepare annual country reports and oversee preparation of reports on projects and for donors, and evaluate on a regular basis progress against strategies and workplans.
• Collaborate with other WCS initiatives including but not limited to the WCS Species Program and Conservation Solutions team.

Required Qualifications:

• Extensive experience leading and managing teams required.
• Successful experience developing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of conservation programs, preferably in Africa.
• Experience in developing and implementing community development projects in Africa.
• Proven fundraising experience for conservation from public and private sources, preferably in Africa.
• Demonstrated capacity in financial planning and management.
• A track-record of success in conservation strategy, implementation, and fundraising.
• Graduate degree in conservation, ecology, or related discipline preferred.
• Commitment to WCS’s mission.
• English language proficiency required, French language preferred.

Application Process:

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to: AfricaApplications@wcs.org by March 15, 2020. Please include “Rwanda Country Director” in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value
WCS provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. WCS does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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Expiring: Apr 06, 2020
Project Manager in Rwanda , Rwanda

Terms of Reference:
Recruitment of a Project Manager to assist the Smart Africa Secretariat on the cooperation areas with the United Nations Foundation (UNF)

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 African countries.
The Smart Africa Alliance has since grown to include 27 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 cooperation between the Smart Africa Secretariat and the United Nations Foundation (UNF)

The SMART Africa Secretariat has partnered with the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to conduct a study which aims to better understand the challenges and barriers to implementing a whole-of-government approach (WGA) to digital transformation in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other national digital strategy targets.
Smart Africa will work with DIAL to identify themes of interest, conduct desk research, and other Key Informant Interviews. This research exercise will help the digital ecosystem better understand digital transformation challenges and ways to address them.

3. Responsibilities

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager (hereinafter referred to as the “PM”) to assist the Smart Africa Secretariat on the cooperation areas with UNF.
The PM will be responsible for undertaking initial desk research, identifying gaps in existing documentation, and conducting additional interviews with relevant government officials in targeted countries. The PM will also organize and coordinate related dissemination events and convenings, as well as training and overseeing research teams supporting this project and subsequent work.

The PM will support activities under this three-phased partnership between Smart Africa and DIAL/UNF with three main objectives:
• Establish a partnership between the two organizations amplifying a shared vision for supporting countries in Africa on their journey to digital transformation to achieve development outcomes, as well as creating opportunities for knowledge and information-sharing with a broader network of stakeholders.
• Research challenges and needs of governments in defining their digital transformation strategy and implementing cross-sectoral and whole-of-government digital initiatives.
• Host learning events to share best practices and insights from research.

The other general duties of the PM will include:
• Work with Smart Africa to develop research scope and country selection
• Research select countries’ digital transformation strategies and related challenges and identify data gaps to inform subsequent Key Informant Interviews (KII).
• Oversee hiring of research staff to conduct (in-person) interviews and data collection (as necessary)
• Develop and test Research Protocol for in-country/in-person interviews
• Conduct data analysis and write research report
• Organize and attend weekly follow up meetings with relevant staff at Smart Africa and DIAL/UNF
• Organize research dissemination and learning events, including planning for logistics, research presentation, and insights gathering
• Support development of subsequent work (Phase 2 &3) around country pilot and support
• 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;
• Provide periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising;
• Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.
• 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

• A minimum of graduate qualifications (Masters degree) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Social Sciences, economics, or development studies)
• At least 5 years of relevant experience particularly working with country governments in developing ICT policy and/or implementing ICT strategies.
• Familiarity with different aspects of digital transformation, e-governance, and related literature
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills
• Excellent project management and team management skills
• Excellent inter-personnel skills and the ability to work effectively with all partners in order to act as an effective catalyst
• Ability to communicate knowledge effectively through various mediums including data visualization and reports, learning activities, and other methods
• Problem-solving skills, including ability to draw meaning and trends from data and recommend actions to address issues
• Strong technical skills in standard software programs (such as MS Office), web-based applications (such as Google suite and SharePoint)
• Highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds
• A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally
• Ability to work in Kigali, Rwanda

Languages:

• Excellent Knowledge and Fluency in both French and English (reading and writing).
• 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 contract is 1 year. The start date is February 3rd, 2020. The position is based in Kigali, Rwanda.

6. Reporting requirements
The PM will report directly to the Head of the Digital Transformation Division under the Director of Technology and Innovation.

7. Application Procedure
• A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the ToR;
• A CV with 2 contact information of referees;
You will send your Curriculum Vitae, cover letter and essay in either French or English no later than January 24th 2020 to the following email address: to hr@smartafrica.org and copy procurement@smartafrica.org

Are you interested in becoming a Project 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: Jan 25, 2020
Regional Grants Manager, Central Africa , Rwanda

Position: Regional Grants Manager, Central Africa

Reports to: Regional Business Manager, Central Africa

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Country Program/Sector: WCS Central Africa Regional Program

Start date: 01 March 2020

Position Type: Full-time

Application deadline: accepting applications until position filled

Internal liaison: WCS Regional Director Central Africa; WCS Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Country Program; WCS Republic of Congo (ROC) Country Program; WCS Gabon Country Program; WCS Equatorial Guinea Country Program; WCS Subaward Compliance Manager

Expected travel: Approximately 40%. As required within the region

Organization Background:
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Job Summary:
This position will lead grant management and compliance in the Central Africa region. Candidates will need to clearly demonstrate they have the necessary experience and leadership to work in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment managing grant funding from governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies, foundations, and private organizations and individuals.

Major Responsibilities:
Regional Grant Management
• Ensure compliance with all organizational, country level and donor policies.
• Organize kick-off meetings for awards in the region with budgets of $1 million or more focusing key compliance requirements and award terms and conditions.
• Ensure regular, effective communication across the entire Central Africa Region to include follow up on grant management specifics identified in the kick-off meeting.
• Support Technical Leads and Chief of Parties with general grant administration tasks to include preparing donor approval requests for changes to budgets and workplans, waivers, disposition.
• Ensures grant information management and filing systems for regional grants are coordinated and respected such that all donor contractual documents, reports, and key correspondence are appropriately filed, accessible and up-to-date.
• Maintain Leahy Vetting approval database to support country program compliance with this USG requirement. Act as main point of contact for all questions about Leahy Vetting.

Subaward Compliance
• Prepare all subaward agreements in the region, using the applicable template for the donor and/or OGC approved template in coordination with Country Programs.
• Collaborating with Global Subaward Compliance Manager, develop effective subaward management procedures, templates and tools.
• Coordinate subaward compliance in the region with the Country Technical lead and Finance team.

Procurement
• Ensure efficient procurement processes in country programs in accordance with WCS Procurement Policy.
• Acts as the main point of contact for procurement related questions.
• Assist Country Programs as needed with the preparation of Requests for Proposals, qualified vendor lists and procurement supporting documentation.
• Reviews service agreements for country programs and drafts service agreements for Regional activities. In certain cases, this position will also be responsible for drafting country level service agreements.

Other
• Support grant audits in coordination with NY Finance and the Regional Controller.
• Other responsibilities as assigned by the Regional Business Manager and/or Regional Director.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor degree required
• Proven grant management experience in an international organization (3+ years) in a multi-funder and multi-currency environment required
• Experience in managing substantial (>USD 1million) USAID, EU and/or other bilateral/multilateral grants required
• Experience managing procurement and logistics processes
• Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team. Must be solution-oriented and have strong problem solving and analytical skills.
• English fluency required; French language skills strongly preferred.
• Excellent computer and systems skills required with respect to MS Office applications (advanced skills in MS Excel required). Experience with a major financial accounting and reporting software (SAP or equivalent) strongly preferred.
• Ability to work and live in challenging environments

Application Process:
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to: AfricaApplications@wcs.org. Accepting applications until position is filled. Please include “Regional Grants Manager Central Africa” in the subject line of your email.
In addition, all candidates must apply on-line using the following link:
http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers.aspx/

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value
The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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

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Expiring: Feb 20, 2020
Consultancy firm to develop Digital ID blueprint , Rwanda

Recruitment of a consultancy firm to develop a Digital ID blueprint for Smart Africa member states that facilitates and enables Pan-African interoperability.

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

1. RFP OBJECTIVES AND SUBSEQUENT DELIVERABLES

Based on a concept-note developed by Smart Africa and the guidance of the Smart Africa digital ID Working Group, the Consultancy firm will produce three deliverables to support the implementation of a demonstration pilot of digital ID interoperability across three African countries, as well as carry out the necessary preparatory research:

• A blueprint serving as a global strategy for digital identity in Africa;
• Detailed implementation roadmaps for three pilot countries;
• A proposal for a technical architecture and legal frameworks to support interoperability between the identity schemes of three pilot countries.

1.1. Smart Africa Digital ID Blueprint

In order to develop the Smart Africa Digital ID blueprint, the Consultancy firm must review relevant and comparable initiatives on digital ID developed by other countries, especially in Africa. Because different countries carry different features, the Consultancy firm must firstly assess national characteristics and peculiarities of member states in the relevant areas of civil registration, technology, legislation, regulation, network coverage and mobile phone penetration, financial inclusion, among a number of others. Some governments and organizations are now equipped or are developing specific systems for digital ID management. This background data will provide an invaluable source of information that together will enable a comprehensive evaluation of the most relevant lessons learned elsewhere, upon which the Smart Africa blueprint can then be built.

The Consultancy firm will also review the existing literature on digital identity in Africa, recommendations, principles and guidelines developed by international organizations, in particular the World Bank, ITU, AU, UNECA, GSMA, Omidyar, the European Union (eIDAS Directive), ETSI, and Secure identity ALLIANCE (osia). He will then compile a composite summary of the key relevant guidelines and standards to which countries should pay attention when developing their national digital ID schemes.
The Consultancy firm will develop the digital ID blueprint based on the concept note on digital identity developed by Smart Africa and its digital ID Working Group and by engaging key stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

In a number of African countries, the use of digital ID to support electronic government services and/or commercial/financial transactions will not yet be catered for within the framework of existing legislation and regulation. Therefore, the blueprintt needs to put forward a clear proposal for a governance framework that references other relevant standards and legislation (e.g eIDAS, ETSI and GDPR in Europe), and defines the key components of a successful legislative and regulatory framework that would enable good governance.

1.2. Implementation roadmaps for three pilot countries

Prior to the commencement of the Consultancy firm ’s work, Smart Africa and its digital ID Working Group will have identified the three countries which will host pilot ‘proof-of-concept’ digital ID implementations (“pilots”).

The Consultancy firm will be required to work with the Smart Africa digital ID Working Group to define the scope and nature of the pilots, and the services that they will support. The timeline, dependencies between tasks and efforts needed for the implementation of these pilot projects should be prioritized in accordance with their criticality to ensure that limited resources are appropriately leveraged.

The Consultancy firm will define a typical implementation roadmap or action plan for a digital ID scheme in three (3) member countries. This roadmap will include appropriate milestones and key deliverables, including consideration of adequate human and financial resources to ensure sustainability. The Consultancy firm will develop the implementation plan by engaging key stakeholders from the public and private sectors. It will contain details on what concrete actions are to be taken, when, and by whom in order to prepare for, implement and evaluate the pilot, as well as governance arrangements. Key aspects of the implementation plan will be how digital ID systems in the participating countries may need to be built or modified and how the use cases can be successfully exploited (i.e. what the relying parties have to do to modify their existing business processes and systems).

The implementation plan should provide practical guidance for Ministries, Departments, Agencies, private sector ID providers, relying parties, international organizations or otherwise to implement the digital ID interoperability pilot for a limited set (1-3) of demonstration use cases. To the extent possible, the implementation plan should be able to be scaled up to the continental level.

As part of the definition of the implementation roadmap, the Consultancy firm shall identify any legal instruments and/or regulations that do not yet exist (or need modification) in the pilot countries. The Consultancy firm shall provide draft texts for these new/modified legal instruments and/or regulations, taking guidance from the countries in question. Particular attention should be paid to any changes that may be needed to support and facilitate the pilot projects.

1.3. Technical architecture and legal framework proposal

The Consultancy firm will develop detailed technical and functional documentation for how the interoperability between identity schemes will be designed and implemented. The proposed technical architecture should align with the implementation plan and have minimal cost to the participating countries. The Consultancy firm will build upon the technical options considered globally (e.g. eIDAS, Latin America and other) and build upon the summary conducted by the World Bank.

As part of the preparatory work, the Consultancy firm will analyze existing digital ID systems in the participating countries (including their plans for development) and of potential use cases for interoperability of the three identity schemes.

The Consultancy firm is encouraged to draw on existing architectures for mutual recognition (such as Europe’s eIDAS and Latin America’s interoperability in Mercosaur), and research (such as by UNECA and the World Bank).

The Consultancy firm will identify any legal instruments and/or regulations that do not yet exist (or need modification) in the three participating countries and clear areas where the legal instruments and/or regulations need modification.

2. METHODOLOGY AND APPROACH

The mission will be carried out by the Consultancy firm in collaboration with Smart Africa and its digital ID Working Group. The blueprint should be based on the existing Smart Africa concept-note on digital identity and focus on the development of concrete roadmaps to support the three host countries to implement interoperable pilot digital identity schemes.

It is expected that the Consultancy firm 's methodological approach will, among other things, consist of:

• Conduct a desktop literature review to gain a good understanding of the ICT ministry and other relevant actors in the main flagship sponsor country, and the two additional countries. The review to include an analysis of the structure, relevant current programs and cross-ministry initiatives being undertaken in these three countries;

• Conduct a review of existing international guidelines and recommendations on Digital ID, in particular those from the African Union (AU), the GSM Association (GSMA), the World Bank, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Union (eIDAS Directive), ETSI, and then compile a composite summary of the key relevant guidelines and standards to which countries should pay attention when developing their digital ID schemes.
• Write an interim draft version of each planned report and provide a presentation of these interim reports at workshops to be organized by Smart Africa;
• Collect comments on each interim report and make consequential revisions in the final version;
• Assume primary responsibility for drafting the blueprint, implementation plans and interoperability proposal, and work closely with the designated staff of Smart Africa and the digital ID working group to carry out the task;
• Provide support and facilitation from the Smart Africa Secretariat for exchanges with countries and the collection of documents for the analysis of the existing situations;
• Develop the digital ID blueprint, implementation plans and interoperability proposal on the basis of an in-depth analysis of the needs of pilot project countries in terms not only of the establishment of a digital ID scheme but also in terms of the major adaptations to infrastructure, legislation, regulation and government processes that will be required for successful implementation of such a scheme.

3. INDICATIVE TIMELINES

The selected Consultancy firm must carry out the project within 3 months from the date of signing the contract.

The indicative timetable is as follows:
T0 Start of the project and adoption of a schedule for the execution of the mission with the dates of the deliverables
T0 + 2 weeks Conduct an analysis of the African context for the establishment of a digital ID blueprint in the Smart Africa Alliance
T0 + 3 weeks Organize a first workshop with key stakeholders to present the analysis and gather additional insights
T0 + 6 weeks Develop and submit to the Smart Africa Secretariat a draft digital ID blueprint, and detailed project definition reports (PDR) for the related pilot project(s) (which include budgeted action plans)
T0 + 10 weeks Organize a second workshop with key stakeholders to present the blueprint and collect feedback and proceed with pre-validation of the blueprint at Pilot country levels.
T0 + 12 weeks Develop jointly with the three countries a draft implementation roadmap for interoperable digital identity schemes
T0 + 14 weeks Finalization of documents incorporating the remarks of the feedback workshops, and submission to the Smart Africa Secretariat for validation.

4 FIRM PROFILE AND EXPERIENCE

In addition to the human resources required to assemble its team, as described below, the firm must meet the following requirements:
• Have at least five (5) years of relevant experience in the development of international or cross border strategies in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and in the more recent field of digital technologies and developments;
• Demonstrate technical, economic and regulatory skills for the development of a digital ID strategy and designing and implementing digital ID systems;
• Have work experience in ICT Policy development in Africa, and in particular in the member countries of the Smart Africa Alliance;
• Firms should submit three recommendation letters from previous clients of similar projects with same magnitude and complexity in the ICT and/or digital sector.

The work shall be carried out by highly qualified consultants/experts in the requested specialties, namely:

• Lead Consultant/Head of Mission (1)
 Experienced in the development of international or cross border economic and technology strategies;
 A minimum of a Master’s degree in Economics, Business administration, computer engineering, electronics engineering or Project Management with 7 years of experience in strategic plan development for ICT projects or Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Project Management, computer engineering, electronics engineering, combined with 10 years of experience in Telecommunications and ICT sector.
 Having been head of mission for four (4) similar projects over the past six (6) years.

• IT Expert (1):
 A University graduate with a minimum of a master’s degree in Information Technology (IT), engineering, data or computer science, or related discipline;
 Having at least 5 years of proven experience in the area of digital ID / Cryptography / PKI / Information Security;
 Having participated in at least two (2) similar projects.

• Socio-Economist (1):
 A University graduate with a minimum of a master’s degree in Economics, with a specialization in development economics, development studies, sociology, and project management or related discipline, combined with experience in socio economic development projects in Africa.
 Having at least 5 years of proven experience in the economic and financial evaluation of development projects and programs, as well as in private sector development and in the establishment of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects;
 Having participated in at least four (4) similar projects.

• Legal Expert (1):
 A University graduate with a minimum of a master’s degree in law from a recognized university.
 Having at least 5 years of proven experience in the drafting of legislative and regulatory texts in the field of legislation for digital ID, data protection, privacy and financial crime (AML etc.);
 Having participated in at least two (2) similar projects.

The Consultancy firm shall propose additional staff as deems necessary.

5. DURATION OF THE ASSIGNEMENT

This assignment is expected to be conducted for a period of three (3) months from the contract signing date.

6. EXPECTED RESULTS

The following deliverables should be submitted to the Smart Africa Secretariat:

1) T0 + 1 week: Preliminary report including the methodology to be adopted by the Consultancy firm and the proposed timetable for the execution of the assignment with the dates of the deliverables;
2) T0 + 2 weeks: Benchmark report on the analysis of the African context for the establishment of a digital ID blueprint in the Smart Africa Alliance, including literature review of principles and guidelines developed by international organizations and a comparison of relevant initiatives on digital ID developed by other countries, both within and outside Africa;
3) T0 + 6 weeks: A draft digital ID blueprint, along with detailed PDRs for each of the three pilot project(s);
4) T0 + 12 weeks: A final digital ID blueprint, and final PDRs for each of the three pilot projects, reflecting feedback from the workshop and digital ID working group.

The Consultancy firm shall submit each report in five (5) paper copies and all working documents in soft copies, editable files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), in both French and English

7. EVALUATION CRITERIA

A model will be used to evaluate all respondents and proposals submitted.
The financial proposal of only those firms will be opened which secure a minimum score of 70/100 in the technical evaluation.

- Budget and Financial Criteria
+ Budget Estimates: This project has a budget allocation of not more than $120,000 covering all related expenses.

8. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL PROPOSALS

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. 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 tables;
● Summarised Total Cost VAT Inclusive (Value of tax indicated on final cost)
● Breakdown of remuneration package
● Breakdown of reimbursable expenses

9. SUBMISSION PROCESS

Technical and financial proposals must be presented in separate envelopes each showing the nature of the offer concerned (technical or financial offer), the firm’s name and both put in a third anonymous envelope marked as follow: “021/S.A/RFP/09/2019: “Recruitment of Consultancy firm for the formulation of a digital ID Blueprint for the Smart Africa Secretariat”.

Well-printed proposals, properly bound and presented in two (2) copies, with one (1) in English and another French Version must be submitted in sealed envelopes not later than 10th January, 2020 at, 12:00 am local time (Kigali) prompt to the Director General Smart Africa Secretariat at the address on the cover page of this RFP: or they can send soft copies (separate emails, clearly marked) of both technical and financial proposals to : procurement@smartafrica.org

10. RIGHTS RESERVED

This RFP does not obligate the Smart Africa Secretariat (SAS) to complete the RFP process. SAS reserves the right to amend any segment of the RFP prior to the announcement of a selected firm. SAS also reserves the right to remove one or more of the services from consideration for this contract should the evaluation show that it is in SAS’s best interest to do so. SAS also may, at its discretion, issue a separate contract for any service or groups of services included in this RFP. SAS may negotiate a compensation package and additional provisions to the contract awarded under this RFP.

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.

11. 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.

12. Enquiries

Any enquiries will only be received and addressed 3 days or more prior to the bid submission deadline. Prospective respondents who may have questions regarding this RFP may submit their enquiries to procurement@smartafrica.org

Expiring: Jan 10, 2020
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
Education Technical Lead , Rwanda

The Building Learning Foundations programme led by Education Development Trust in Rwanda is committed to improving the quality of teaching and leadership in all 2,500 of Rwanda’s government supported primary schools, so improving learning outcomes for 2.6 million Rwandan children. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the programme is being implemented by a consortium of British not-for-profit organisations, led by Education Development Trust in partnership with the British Council and VSO. Our innovative and impactful programme design is based around three foundations: teacher development, leadership for learning and system strengthening, supported by our evidence-based research provision.

Over the past 3 years, BLF has already benefitted all P1 to P3 English and Mathematics teachers and improved learner outcomes of over one million P1 to P3 pupils. To prepare for the next stage of the programme, we are inviting applications from experienced educationalists for the post of BLF Education Technical Lead. Reporting to the Team Leader, this role will form part of the programme’s Senior Management Team, have technical oversight and accountability for the successful delivery of this programme and leadership of a multi-disciplinary team.

You will have a strong technical background in education and education reform, with specialist knowledge in one or more of the following areas: policy development/delivery, curriculum-related material design, teacher development, early grade literacy or education data management. Leadership or management gained in at least one large-scale improvement programme of a similar nature is essential. Previous experience of living and working in the region and an appreciation of the educational context in Rwanda is preferred.

Interviews will take place from the end of November to the beginning of December. The selected candidate will be expected to start work in Rwanda as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary and benefits package will be commensurate with the seniority of the role and region.

How to apply? You can either apply below, or directly on our website using this link: https://careers.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/vacancies/620/education-technical-lead--kigali-rwanda.html
You will be asked to complete a short application form and upload your CV.

Expiring: Nov 27, 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

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