SEIR&HC – PROJECT COORDINATOR at Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD): (Deadline 27 December 2021)

SEIR&HC – PROJECT COORDINATOR at Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD): (Deadline 27 December 2021)

SEIR&HC – PROJECT COORDINATOR at Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD): (Deadline 27 December 2021)

Vacancy Announcement 

1. About Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) Plc

 The Development Bank of Rwanda is Rwanda’s only National Development Bank mandated to support Rwanda’s development goals. Over the last years, the bank has undergone substantial re-organization aimed at positioning it as an “innovative and sustainable provider of development finance for socio-economic impact”.

To achieve this vision, the bank’s new strategic plan (2018-2024) has outlined 3 key strategic themes.

  • Operational Excellence: Continuous improvement of our credit and risk management system, financial performance and customer services.
  • Strategic Partnerships: Forming strategic partnerships to deliver our mandate is a key component of our core activities.
  • Dynamic Culture: Continuously improving our pool of knowledge to have the most competent and skilled employees.

2. About the Socio- Economic Inclusion for Refugees and Host community (SEIR&HC) Project

Following the financing agreement between The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank, and the project agreement between Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) Plc and the World Bank signed in May 2019 for the implementation of the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Refugees and Host Communities Project (SEIR&HC or Jya-Mbere Project).

The project aims at improving access to basic services and economic opportunities for refugees and host communities and support environmental management in target areas in Rwanda (Gatsibo, Gicumbi, Gisagara, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Kirehe Districts hosting respectively refugee camps of Nyabiheke, Gihembe, Mugombwa, Kiziba, Kigeme and Mahama). It targets also refugees located in urban areas of Kigali City (Nyarugenge, Gasabo, and Kicukiro districts), Huye district, and Bugesera district.

Jya-Mbere Project is composed of three key components: (i) Access to Basic Services and Socio-economic investments, (ii) Economic Opportunity, (iii) Environmental Management and is implemented by the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA), the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) Plc and the concerned Districts.

BRD Plc will implement the 2nd component “Economic Opportunity” by providing matching grants to viable/ eligible projects belonging to Refugees and Rwandan Entrepreneurs.

To help accomplish this ambitious and exciting vision, the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) would like to recruit suitable qualified candidates to fill the following position.

BRD is committed to respecting gender equality norms. We promote gender responsive practices. Qualified candidates particularly females are encouraged to apply.

To help accomplish this ambitious and exciting vision, the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) would like to recruit suitable qualified candidates to fill the following position:

1. SEIR&HC – Project Coordinator (1)

1. Background Information

Job Title: SEIR&HC – Project coordinator

Current Grade: JG 5

Divisions: SPIU

Reports to: SPIU Coordinator

Direct Report: N/A

Indirect Reports: N/A

2. Contract Terms – 5 years – renewable

3. Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the job is to coordinate the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Refugees and Host Community Project (SEIR&HC) implementation, in line with the project mandate to improve access to economic opportunities/finance trough the provision of capacity-building and matching grants for refugees and host communities, in the target areas in Rwanda.

Working as part of the BRD Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU), this position holder is responsible for the quality of the implementation of all processes under component two of the SEIR&HC (project management, preparation, and management of the annual work plan, procurement, reporting, identification of project pipeline to benefit from the grant, marketing, project MIS, etc.) in accordance with the approved and relevant policies, procedures, and quality standards.

Success in this role requires experienced personnel with a track record of managing donor-funded projects, in project management, local economic development, entrepreneurship and/or access to finance coupled with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while ensuring all the project development objectives are met.

The incumbent needs to have passion for strong work ethic, demonstrate integrity, and excellent working relationship with all the project stakeholders. The job also requires having sufficient understanding of each facet of business operations and information systems to be able to make meaningful analysis and recommendations, which add value to the business.

4. Main Responsibilities of the Job

  • Supervise and coordinate the planning and implementation of the project activities, providing proposals and liaising with the team in developing work plans, procurement, consultancies, recruitment, logistics, budgeting and disbursements.
  • Identify opportunities and potential synergies and negotiate partnerships with all potential partners/stakeholders in Rwanda.
  • Use an adaptive management approach, track performance and apply necessary correction and adaptations.
  • Establish close collaboration and working arrangements with an interdisciplinary team composed of project staff to ensure timely implementation of project activities, including contractual arrangements;
  • Work closely with the MINEMA team and the participating districts to ensure good coordination and collaboration, including getting technical advisories;
  • Work with the districts to identify potential business opportunities for the refugees and host communities;
  • Monitor and supervise the execution of project activities;
  • Prepare the terms of reference and identify consultants/institutions to undertake project assignments in accordance with the approved annual Work Plan, and submit required documentation to necessary and required authorities for approval;
  • Monitor and supervise the work of consultants and implementing entities, facilitate meetings and, as far as possible, ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Business Development Specialist of MINEMA, providing periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising;
  • Maintain close contacts with the Organs in BRD by ensuring adequate communication of Projects activities and getting required approvals;
  •  Prepare an annual Work Plan for submission to MINEMA (through BRD SPIU Coordinator) and updates on a quarterly basis with explanations of any changes. The annual work plan will comprise reviews of activities undertaken and/or completed over the last year, as well as proposals for project activities to be conducted the following year (scope, specifications and timeframe and expected products);
  • Prepare and convene, as required, technical meetings to provide guidance and revise reports on specific technical, policy, and legal issues in consultation with the BRD SPIU Coordinator;
  • Coordinate and initiate dissemination of good practices and lessons learned from project implementation.
  • Carry out any other assignment from the Line manager or the Management of the Bank.

5.Performance indicators

  • Quality and timely submission of SEIR&HC reports to the WB and MINEMA
  • Number of PFIs and beneficiaries participating/benefiting from the project
  • Number of public awareness campaign/events carried out annually
  • Number of trained entrepreneurs, cooperatives, MSMEs, BDAs, Saccos and MFIs
  • Internal and External audit issues closure rate

6.Working relationships

  • All BRD departments
  •  All SEIRHCP stakeholders
  • PFIs and project beneficiaries

7.Professional, academic qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree in Project Management, economics, rural development, access to finance, entrepreneurship, or related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience working on Financial Services, Financial Inclusion, Impact Investment, and Market systems development.

8.Core competencies

  • Proven working experience in project management;
  • Proven working experience with local government; local economic development;
  • Proven experience in entrepreneurship and access to finance;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Decision-making skills;
  •  Effective organization skills;
  • Excellent planning and control skills;
  • Time management skills;
  • Ability to manage and coordinate project;
  • Proven personal integrity and work ethics;
  • Working experience in World Bank funded project is an added value;
  •  Fluent in of English, French, and Kinyarwanda is a requirement.

Application Guidelines:

Interested candidates should apply online ( ) and upload application documents including Curriculum Vitae, copies of degree certificates and professional certificates, motivation letter, names of three previous supervisors (as one document) as well as their emails and telephone.

Only online applications shall be considered.

Email only for inquiries (not application):

Address all applications to the Head, Human Capital, and Corporate Services of the Development Bank of Rwanda.

Deadline for application: Monday, December 27th, 2021.

The employment package is highly competitive/attractive. All applicants must be Rwandan.

Only Candidates with the right qualifications and relevant experience shall be shortlisted and contacted for interviews.


Done in Kigali, December 10th, 2021

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