Secretary-General at Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC): (Deadline 10 December 2020)

Secretary-General at Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC): (Deadline 10 December 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda



Secretary-General at Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC): (Deadline 10 December 2020)


Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) is an independent body established by an Act of Parliament in 2011 under the auspices of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. KIAC’s principal mandate is to promote, facilitate, and encourage the use of domestic and international arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in Rwanda.

KIAC is seeking to identify and recruit a Secretary-General, who should be an individual with a clear understanding of international commercial arbitration, the administration of international arbitral institutions, and demonstrate a clear vision to keep positioning KIAC as the premier choice for dispute resolution institution and promoting it worldwide.

The Secretary-General is the overall leader of KIAC and supervises all the staff. Under this capacity, the Secretary-General serves also as the Registrar of the Centre. He/she will have these duties and responsibilities:






The successful candidate for this challenging, demanding, and high-profile role should be highly motivated, independent-minded and a qualified lawyer with:

  • Strong leadership and management experience, excellent organizational human and financial management skills, very good interpersonal skills, and ability to organize and motivate others and to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders including, at a high level and excellent report writing and reporting skills to diverse audiences and at various levels;
  • Excellent strategic visioning, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluations;
  • Working knowledge of research, policy development and analysis, programmes development and management, and project management.
  • Promote and catalyze organizational learning and development to ensure that the institution is well-positioned to meet future leadership needs and mentors others to enhance their development.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A minimum of a post-graduate degree (Masters in Law) in any of the following disciplines: Business Law, International Arbitration or International Trade Law; A minimum of 8years work experience with a proven record in Program Management and working with development partners
  • OR A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) with professional training in Arbitration or management. A minimum of ten (10) years’ work experience in Program coordination in the field of Law, 7 years of which must be proven in program management and working with development partners
  • Full professional fluency in English, French & Kinyarwanda;
  • A certificate (proof) of membership of a recognized professional body in good standing is an added advantage,
  • A demonstrated a thorough understanding of national goals, policies, and development objectives, and the ability to translate them into alternative dispute resolution policies;

His/her duties as the KIAC Secretariat:

  • Coordinate and direct the daily activities of the Centre;
  • Be the Secretary to KIAC Board of Directors and work with other KIAC committees;
  • Mobilize resources to implement programs and strategize to position KIAC at domestic, regional, and international level in a sustainable way
  • Prepare an annual action plan, execute the budget and manage the property of the Centre in full compliance with the administrative, finance, and HR components of KIAC’s internal procedures
  • Ensure the management of the personnel of the Centre in accordance with law;
  • Keep the records of the Centre;
  • Identify the Centre’s gaps and develop/implement KIAC’s programs based on the centre’s mission
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders, especially relevant ministries, Private Sector, and other partners at all levels in the country and the international arbitration community
  • Represent the Centre in all legal matters;

His/her duties as the Registrar:

  • Ensure that the Arbitration and Mediation caseload is properly managed in accordance with the KIAC Case Management Manuals and Rules
  • Appoint in consultation with the Arbitration/Mediation Committee, an arbitrator/arbitrators or Mediator as provided in KIAC arbitration and Mediation Rules.
  • Receive all communications made to the Arbitral Tribunal by the parties and communicate to them the orders and directions of the arbitral tribunal;
  • Keep a register of applications to the Centre and of awards made by KIAC Arbitral Tribunals,
  • Keep such other books or memoranda and make such other records or returns as the Board shall from time to time require;
  • Take such other steps as may be necessary to-assist the Arbitral Tribunal in the carrying out of its functions.
  • Scrutinize and approve all arbitral awards, in the interests of improving their quality and enforceability

II.    Attributes

The Suitable candidate should have the following attributes; strategic thinking, achieve results, team player, exemplify personal drive and integrity, cultivate productive working relationships, communicate with influence, and ability to set high standards in positioning the Centre at Regional and International Level.


Interested candidates are required to submit their curriculum vitae and cover letter detailing relevant experience for the post, current email address, and telephone contacts and must also include two (2) referees. They also have to attach their scanned certified copies of their degrees.

Applications should be addressed to The Chairman of the Board of Directors of KIAC,

Email: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is December 10th, 2020 at 5 pm Kigali Time.

Kigali, November 18th, 2020

KIAC Secretariat


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