Project Manager (m/f)

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  • Assignment period:
    06/01/2018 - 03/31/2021
  • Field:
    Economic Development
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Job description

Shaping economic and investment policy to promote pro-poor development and poverty reduction is one of the key political challenges facing Rwanda. In 2016, Rwanda was ranked 159th out of 188 countries on the UN’s Human Development Index. The country’s central economic policy actors face shortcomings in their ability to implement ambitious national and international reforms and the G20 Compact with Rwanda: the capacity of key state and academic actors in Rwanda to shape an economic and investment policy geared to pro-poor growth needs to be improved.

The project operates in three closely interlinked intervention areas. In the first intervention area, ‘Macroeconomic analysis, forecasts and policy impact assessments’, the project helps the Chief Economist’s Department in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the National Bank of Rwanda, and Rwanda’s National Institute of Statistics to strengthen employees’ economic and investment policy analysis skills and supports policy recommendations for improving macroeconomic models and systematising operational processes. In the second intervention area, ‘Investment management processes’, advice is provided to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on introducing new investment planning processes and making existing processes more effective. The third intervention area, ‘Policy-related research’, supports evidence-based communication and dialogue between state and civil society stakeholders in Rwandan economic and investment policy. It also supports development of academic and institutional capacity within the Rwandan Economic Policy Research Network, the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, and the University of Rwanda.

Your tasks

  • To assume full responsibility for management of the project, including the commission of funds, supervision of staff, and achievement of expected results
  • To show inter-linkages between economic policies/strategies and other programmes run by the Government of Rwanda
  • To assist partners in their inter-institutional work, e.g. the macroeconomic working group and the tax policy working group
  • To prepare and manage the annual budget for the project
  • To support the project’s Steering Committee in preparing and monitoring the annual Plan of Operation and progress of the project
  • To monitor progress against agreed goals and indicators, reporting to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • The project manager will participate in GIZ meetings and GIZ sector network meetings and job related training courses. This will include communication with the GIZ country office on project management-related issues.

Your profile

  • You will have at least a Master’s degree in economics from a recognised university; a PhD will be an asset
  • You will have held a senior position involving economic policy advice and project management and have at least six years’ practical experience in developing economic policies and strategies
  • Management experience within GIZ will be a considerable asset
  • Practical experience in economic policy research, capacity building and knowledge transfer are desirable
  • You will have a good working knowledge and good understanding of the issues related to the establishment of fiscal and macroeconomic frameworks, investment planning and appraisal, and creating and maintaining research networks
  • You will have good communication and report-writing skills
  • You will have a proactive approach, be a team player, and will show integrity and a respectful attitude towards government officials
  • You will have very good access to networks and experts relevant to the project’s work.

Location information

The security situation in Rwanda is generally calm.


This position is allocated to salary band 5.

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Our benefits

We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries., Diversity and respect are key elements of our corporate culture: GIZ promotes and supports every individual and in this way safeguards the individual opportunities for all employees, irrespective of sex, nationality or religion. Naturally, our management team is made up of both men and women., During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network., We are happy to support your professional development, for example with the training provision of the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), the leading provider of international skills development., We are convinced that employees need a healthy balance between their private and professional lives. This is why we offer childcare allowances and support to accompanying partners. Our family-friendly nature also extends to situations where relatives are in need of care. As part of its family-friendly staff policy, GIZ aspires to support employees while they are carrying out their work., Our flexible working hours offer you the time and the flexibility to reduce the overtime you work in agreement with your manager. If necessary, we will find even more flexible working hours for individual employees., Do you need a longer period off? We have a special part-time block model which also allows you to take a leave of absence lasting several months. You can save up your working time credit over a longer period and work it out within the framework of an exemption., You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces. , We set common objectives for the new year in our annual employee meetings. If you achieve these objectives, you may receive an additional variable payment., If you are required to work abroad for a period of time, you will receive an overseas supplement as reimbursement for your additional expenses. The amount of the overseas supplement depends on where you are located. , We have a comprehensive package of services for partners and other relatives who relocate with you, for example medical check-ups, travel costs to and from the location or language courses. This includes seminars at the Academy for International Cooperation on regional studies or on the topic of ‘Emigrating with Children’., GIZ will pay an allowance for education which will cover a significant portion of the school costs which are due. This therefore guarantees that your children will be able to attend a mainstream school where you are located and work towards completion of the Abitur (British A-level equivalent) or a qualification which is comparable to the German Abitur., If you have not yet found somewhere suitable to live when you travel to your placement, it is also possible to stay in a hotel in the short term. An allowance for hotel costs will be paid for this. For the duration of the employment abroad, GIZ will pay an allowance for rent in the place of employment.

About us

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


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