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

Call for Consultant(s):

Position Title: Consultant – Trainer and Subject Matter Specialist:Economic inclusion of refugees

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- 30 April 2022

World University Service of Canada

WUSC – World University Service of Canada – is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to providing education, economic opportunities and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world.

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


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 refugees and displaced populations in East Africa and Rwanda. The webinar will answer the following questions:

How do you define a refugee, returnee, and an IDP?

What is the current refugee context in East Africa, including Rwanda?

What policies, laws and regulations govern displaced and refugee populations in East Africa, including Rwanda, how do laws in Rwanda affect access to safe and meaningful employment for refugees and displaced persons (Including persons with disability)?

Provide an overview of refugee demographics in the camps and urban settings in Rwanda

What is the support that refugees have been and are receiving in Rwanda?

Are there any cross cutting similarities across the four countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda) refer to existing information from the WUSC East Africa mapping study etc.?

Which government offices regulate refugee and displacement issues in Rwanda and what are their specific mandates?What coordination structures for refugee and displaced persons’ economic empowerment exist? How can YAW leverage them?

At least 2-3 success stories/case studies of successful refugee entrepreneur/ Refugee led organization(s) in Rwanda, how they were able to navigate laws and regulations to start business.


The assignment entails development of 1.5 hour webinar content on the subject matter. This may include having a government guest speaker (MINEMA), and/or UNHCR-Rwanda on laws and regulations (the consultant will work with the program manager to identify a speaker). 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.


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

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

At least 3 proposals for would-be guest speakers

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


March, 2022: Submission of applications

March, 2022: Recruitment and selection of subject matter experts

Mar, 2022: Prepare the webinar

April, 2022: Deliver the Webinar 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

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

Experience hosting webinars

Expertise in the relevant subject matters

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

Significant familiarity with refugee context in Rwanda **

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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