MINICOM/MINECOFIN : Economic Diplomacy Programme Young Professional Traineeship scheme (Deadline: June 15,2018)

1.Name of organisation : Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM)

2.Location(s) : Rwanda

3.Rationale for intervention

To reach the economic growth targets Rwanda aims at, the Government of Rwanda (GoR) needs to negotiate economically and developmentally sound trade and investment agreements in an efficient manner and link them with its industrial and foreign affairs policies to take the most out of them. For this, the GoR developed the Economic Diplomacy Programme. It aims at i) linking industrial, trade, investment and political strategies, ii) improving GoR’s understanding, implementation and monitoring of trade and investment agreements and iii) an intelligence instrument helping to wield influence in foreign affairs.

This programme started in 2017 and will be divided in 3 phases:

1.    Needs assessment
2.    Strategy
3.    Implementation

As part of the program’s capacity development efforts, a Young Professional Scheme was set-up. This scheme aims to train young Rwandan graduates who are the future officials and leaders. The practical skills on international trade & trade law are usually not studied in the national Universities and need to be developed with hands-on practice. This is an opportunity for young graduates to develop their career in a promising area whose skills are and will be needed to support Rwandan growth.

This programme aims at securing a smoother recruitment of staff with appropriate training and knowhow that links to the Economic Diplomacy priorities.


To run a high-quality, reputed trainee programme which creates a pool of young graduates with professional skills in the field of international trade. The learned skills and hands-on experience will help young Rwandan graduates to access positions in the GoR as well as open their doors to international organisations and foreign affairs posts.

2.Proposed activities

The current assignment will last 6 months’ length. 2 young professionals will be recruited to support MINICOM on:

  • support the design and implementation of the Economic Diplomacy strategy,
  • collect and analyse data,
  • organise of meetings and coordination events with stakeholders, and
  • draft memos, communication material and correspondence to follow up the different stages of the programme.

Examples of tasks are:

  • Coordinate activities with GoR and private sector
  • Support the drafting and evaluation of the strategy
  • Support the planning and implementation of the intelligence (coordination) and information systems
  • Research, analyse and summarise the economic tools available for the prioritasation and development of industry, trade, investment and related foreign affairs policies.
  • Analyse industrial & trade data.
  • Support the systematically use of impact indicators and use national and international databases to monitor trade data.
  • Draft economic aspects of the intelligence (intranet), information (internet) and capacity development plan
  • Liaise with private sector to identify barriers and propose recommendations
  • Support the team and focal points across the GoR in awareness and communication activities
  • Support the team to draft ToRs, select technical assistance and facilitate their assignments
  • Support the legal analysis of trade and investment agreements
  • Advise ministries on policies that promote SME participation in coordination activities and clusters.
  • Advise ministries on policies to adopt to add more value to exports in a certain industry, in a WTO-consistent manner.
  • Advise ministries on how to draft a public-private partnership regulations or trade negotiations in light of best practices
  • Advise ministries on regulatory reform in the context of digital trade.
  • Advise ministries and private sector on the SPS and TBT standards that must be complied with for export into various markets.
  • Advise ministries on how to restructure an SEZ to bolster participation of domesticS MEs, consistent with the WTO and other trade and investment agreements.
  • Evaluate programmes using M&E systems

The specific tasks will be defined with the Young Professional the 1st day of his/her assignment as they will match the Economic Diplomacy priorities at that time and the graduate’s prolife.

MINICOM and MINECOFIN will select Rwandan graduates who have previous studies or gathered demonstrated experience in international economics, trade law or related subjects.

He/she will report to the Programme coordinator directly but, to facilitate the daily follow-up and transfer of skills, each Young Professional will have a mentor assigned.

He/she will also receive an induction course to contribute to his/her specific education on Economic Diplomacy (see courses available below). He/she will also have ToRs specifying the tasks allocated to them and their support to the overall programme. The mentor will assess the trainee’s work every 3 months to monitor progress and adjust tasks, if needed.

He/she will be provided with an office space at MINICOM (where the Economic Diplomacy programme is coordinated and the team sits) that will share with government officials.

He/she will receive a PC and office material to perform its duties provided by MINICOM.

He/she will be embedded in MINICOM’s work and attend meetings with stakeholders.

He/she will be provided with hands-on experience in international trade negotiations and trade law as well as free training. The Young Professional can choose 2 of the following trainings to increase its education during his/her traineeship period at the GoR:

  • Export sales & negotiation
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Taking the Entrepreneurship Route
  • Introduction to Cross-border Contracts
  • Understanding the Role of Trade Support Institutions
  • Considering Export Markets
  • Setting up an Export Marketing Strategy
  • Approaching Banks for Financing
  • The Role of Standards in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • How to Analyse Trade Flows
  • Engaging with the Diaspora for Trade
  • Standards and Certifications for IT and ITES Outsourcing
  • Adding Value Through Geographical Indications (GIs)
  • Introduction to Exporting Coffee
  • Helping SMEs Generate Export Business
  • Building a Trade Information Service
  • Working with Foreign Trade Representatives
  • Advocacy and Trade Policy Reform
  • Cross-Border IT and ITES Outsourcing
  • Women and Procurement
  • Introduction to Standards and Sustainability
  • Embarking on a Lean Digital Transformation for Organisations
  • Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Administering the SME Competitiveness Survey
  • Introduction to the WTO
  • A short trip through TRIPS
  • Accession to the WTO
  • Agriculture in the WTO
  • Copyright in the WTO
  • Legal Underpinnings
  • Made in … Understanding Rules of Origin
  • Market Access for goods and Non-Agricultural Market Access NAMA Negotiations
  • Patents in the WTO
  • Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
  • Technical Barriers to Trade
  • The Multilateral Trade Agreements
  • The WTO and Trade Economics -Theory and Policy
  • The WTO Dispute Settlement System
  • Trade and Development
  • Trade and Environment
  • Trade Finance and the WTO
  • Trade in Services in the WTO
  • Trade Remedies and the WTO
  • Trade-related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Transparency and the WTO – Notification Obligations

How to apply

Candidates will be required to send an email including (1) CV; (2) Cover letter and (3) Check list stating their compliance to each compulsory and voluntary requirement to respecting the following deadlines:

Application deadline

         15 June 2018

Notification period

          15 July 2018

Traineeship period

          Sept 2018 – Feb 2019


Only successful candidates will be contacted.


Compulsory requirements:

  • Have a graduate or postgraduate degree in Economics, Law, Development Studies, Political Sciences, IT or related subject.
  • Have finalised courses on international trade and/or international law; or have professional experience on these matters
  • Have studied Political Economy or have a proven interest on it;
  • Have an advance knowledge of MS Office incl. Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
  • Have strong communication and collaboration skills with track record of project ownership and accountability.
  • Take initiative and can work independently
  • Have experience analysing and summarising data and reports
  • Speak and write in English (advance level)

Voluntary requirements that will bring an advantage:

  • Speak and write in Kinyarwanda and/or French
  • Have experience in foreign affairs (International Organisations, embassies, consulates, Commercial Offices, etc)
  • Have experience preparing and making presentations
  • Have experience organising meetings and events with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Have a good understanding on the GoR vision and internal organisation
  • Have experience negotiating contracts
  • Have experience working with the private sector in import/export activities

The stated requirements that will be detailed following the priorities of the Economic Diplomacy programme.


September 2018 – February 2019 (6 months)


He/she will receive a 300 USD monthly stipendium and a transport allocation


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