Country: Rwanda
Organization: World University Service of Canada
Closing date: 20 Mar 2022

Position Title: Consultant – Trainer and Subject Matter Specialist: Refugee inclusion

Location(s): Remote or based in Rwanda

Reports to: DREEM Refugee and Displaced Youth Inclusion Young Africa Works, Program Manager

Contract term: 4 days over the period 1 April, 2022- 25 May 2022

World University Service of Canada

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization with a mission to build a better world for all young people. It is a world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities. We work towards this mission by delivering programs that enhance education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth.

The Project

WUSC, through the DREEM project, plays a unique role as a technical assistance and strategic learning partner to the Mastercard Foundation and Mastercard Foundation partners. The DREEM project contributes to the Foundation’s commitment to meaningfully include refugee and displaced youth in their Scholars Program and Young Africa Works initiative.

Young Africa Works (YAW) supports Mastercard Foundation’s country partners and staff in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda to gain the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully include and develop programming that meets the unique training and employment needs, opportunities and aspirations of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women.

Purpose of the assignment

Background

The mandate of DREEM and Mastercard Foundation is the provision of tailored support to refugees, displaced young people and their host communities, and strengthening the resilience/capacity of the institution to facilitate sustainable pathways to dignified and fulfilling work for refugee and displaced youth.

Rwanda alone hosted a total of 137,975 refugees and asylum seekers at the end of February 2021.The refugees mainly of Congolese and Burundian origins are hosted in 6 refugee camps; Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kigeme, Kiziba, Mahama and Mugombwa camps.

Under the Rwanda Young Africa Works (YAW) strategy, Mastercard Foundation aims to reach 1,000,000 youth with 300,000 job opportunities in the sectors of agriculture (horticulture, poultry and agroforestry), tourism and hospitality (garment, creatives, sports and tourism), digital economy and education and skills (TVETs). Of the 300, 000 jobs to be created, 3% (9,000 jobs) target refugee and displaced youth.

Through a series of webinars, WUSC will help the Foundation’s country partners and staff in Rwanda to gain the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully include and develop programming that meets the unique training and employment needs, opportunities and aspirations of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women.

Scope of work

This assignment involves developing and delivering a webinar on the context of refugee inclusion in the digital economy sector in Rwanda. The webinar will answer the following questions:

How is the current uptake of digital gigs/work by refugee youth in Rwanda? Does it differ for men and women, and if so, why?

What are the specific opportunities in the digital economy for refugees? Which digital gigs show more potential for employing refugee and displaced youth? What are the enablers and disablers? Does it differ for men and women?

How is the current infrastructure support in camp hosting areas in relation to digital work? Internet connectivity and device accessibility by refugee youth. What are the challenges refugees face accessing devices and connectivity?

How is the digital economy being explored for business support services by refugee entrepreneurs?

Which are the institutions/organizations working to promote refugee and displaced youth inclusion in the digital economy? What investment are they making? Are they having equal success including men and women? What are the challenges, risks, and safeguarding concerns they are facing?

What are some best practices from the other East African countries/ global that can be replicated in Rwanda for refugee and displaced youth?

A success story/case study of a successful refugee youth working in the digital economy sector.

Methodology

The assignment entails development of 1.5 -hour webinar content on the subject matter.The consultant is expected to refer from current publications/authentic articles (done in the last 5-years). While the context is Rwanda, we encourage comparing findings with information from other countries that host refugees including Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Deliverables

A webinar presentation (PPT slides) for the relevant subject matter

A summary (no more than 7 page write up on the workshop subject matter

A proposed guest speaker where possible

Work with the YAW program manager to conduct a 1.5 hour webinar for the staff and partners of the Foundation

Timelines

March, 2022: Submission of applications

March, 2022: Recruitment and selection of subject matter experts

April, 2022: Prepare the webinar

May,, 2022: Deliver the Webinar (the context of refugees and displaced population in East Africa and Rwanda) to the Foundation’s staff and partners

Qualifications of the Consultants

The Consultant(s) is expected to have:

Ability to write insightfully and concisely in English

Excellent interpersonal skills

Significant experience conducting desktop studies, case studies

Experience hosting webinars

Ability to develop a high quality presentation deck preferably using softwares such as CANVA etc.

Expertise in the relevant subject matters (refugee inclusion and the digital economy)

Lived experience as a refugee or displaced person is a significant asset, however not a MUST.

Significant familiarity with refugee context in Rwanda

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How to apply:

Interested candidates should click here to apply before or on March 20, 2022. Candidates should submit one file to include a CV, sample of similar work conducted, one-page cover letter that details: 1) why they are an ideal candidate; 2) how they would approach the assignment; and 3) proposed budget outlining your daily rate.

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