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Strategic Advisor to Rwanda's Ministry of Trade and Industry

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21 Oct 2018
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Our Governance work supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.
Focus of the Role:
The Government of Rwanda (GoR) has initiated a broad economic reform agenda from which ambitious but achievable targets have been set for growth and poverty reduction. One of the key pillars of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 is “private sector-led development”, spearheaded by competitiveness and entrepreneurship. Looking forward, the new Vision 2050 charts ambitious economic objectives that can only be achieved through structural transformation and a targeted, export-oriented industrial policy to generate employment in agro-processing, manufacturing, industry, and services.

In support of this agenda, TBI is seeking an Advisor to be based in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM), working closely with the Minister, Permanent Secretary (PS), and their team.

MINICOM is charged with facilitating Rwanda’s economic transformation through enabling a competitive private sector integrated into regional and global markets, while ensuring a level playing field and the protection of consumers. MINICOM has five strategic objectives:

• To create a business environment conducive to growth and the protection of consumers

• To increase the share of services and manufacturing of GDP

• To support private sector growth and job creation with a focus on SMEs

• To promote trade integration into regional and global markets with a focus on improving Rwanda’s trade balance

• To build an effective human resource base and institutional capacity for delivery

The Advisor will support MINICOM in delivering on these objectives and on leading the design and implementation of a Revised Industrial Policy, to be aligned with the National Export Strategy, Made in Rwanda Policy, Special Economic Zones Policy, and other key initiatives.

The Advisor will be a member of TBI’s team in Rwanda. The team consists of nine experienced advisors providing embedded support to key economic institutions of the government to attract and scale up private investment in priority sectors positioned to generate exports, jobs, and backward linkages. The Advisor will benefit from network effects of the Rwanda team. He/she will also be a member of TBI’s Inclusive Growth practice, through which they will gain from and contribute to the expertise of TBI’s teams across Africa and beyond.

The Advisor will based in the Office of the PS of MINICOM to strengthen Rwanda’s trade, investment, and industrial policy-making.Specific duties include:
  • Support the drafting and implementation of an active, export-driven Revised Industrial Policy based on product linkages of key value chains
    • Undertake socio-economic analysis of Rwanda’s comparative advantages and trade & investment opportunities, with a view to provide strategic advice and help develop/implement bankable projects.
    • Provide capacity building support to the MINICOM team drafting the Revised Industrial Policy, focusing in particular on cross-institutional stakeholder management.
    • Strengthen export-driven industrialization, based on the National Export Strategy and Revised Industrial Policy through the development & promotion of Special Economic Zones and by promoting processing and manufacturing.
  • Support improvements in the coordination and communication mechanisms in place between MINICOM and RDB and the private sector, in collaboration with the respective Director Generals of the Ministry
    • Support MINICOM to coordinate with RDB on engaging the private sector in industrial, trade & investment policies and implementation
    • Support MINICOM to proactively understand and address the private sector's specific constraints and requests for public support; support the Ministry to follow up these reports at coordination meetings, in negotiations, or with trade facilitation actions among others.
  • Support the delivery of the Permanent Secretary’s (PS) priorities within MINICOM, with the collaboration of the Director Generals of the Ministry
What We Look For in Our People:

The following list describes the type of experience and characteristics we are looking for:

  • An MA in International Economics, Business, Finance, Trade or related fields
  • At least 5 years’ experience working on private sector development and/or trade & industry policies in developing/emerging economies
  • Experience working or engaging with private sector players and development partners; ideally with some exposure to public sector organisations in developing and implementing business support and policy advocacy actions
  • Preference for individuals with work experience in Africa and/or other similar contexts like Rwanda
  • Excellent writing, presentation skills and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of French would be an added advantage.
  • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills. Team player with an ability to develop and foster relationships with counterparts across a large organization
  • Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to mentor, coach, and build capacity of national counterparts

Values we expect our advisors to share with us

  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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