8 Job Positions at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

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5 Job Positions at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Project Manager in Charge of Startups Funding and Investment at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Recruitment 

  • Position: Project Manager in charge of Startups Funding and Investment
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time 
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, cent investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development. 

  1. The Africas Blueprint for ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems

Tech Startups and innovation ecosystems development was identified in 2019 by the Smart Africa Alliance member States as the number one priority project to be implemented. To meet this priority, Smart Africa has activated the “ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems for Africa” flagship project championed by Tunisia.

In close cooperation with a range of key public and private sector stakeholders and partners, the Republic of Tunisia, supported by the Smart Africa Secretariat, developed the “Africa’s Blueprint for ICT start-ups and Innovation ecosystems” aiming to support African countries by giving concrete policy and strategic recommendations and creating the best ecosystems for the birth, growth and success for African tech-startups.

Based on the outputs of the blueprint and its recommendations, Smart Africa identified three (3) strategic areas of focus in its Technology-driven Entrepreneurship program :

  • Policy frameworks: support African countries with the development of policy and legal frameworks (Startup Acts) that are aiming to initiate and/or boost and accelerate the development of their startups and innovation ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem support: assist with the development of the broader ecosystem including the startup support organizations (innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators, startup studios for example).
  • Investment and funding: facilitate the access to sufficient, suitable, affordable investment and funding for the African startups (Bloc Smart Africa Fund as the first building bloc).
  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager in charge of Startups Funding and Investment who will be primarily responsible for the third area of focus in the tech-driven entrepreneurship program, which is investment and funding. The Project Manager (PM) will be tasked with managing various strategic projects, working closely with stakeholders and partners to facilitate and oversee the startup capital initiatives within the program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Building the concept and value proposition for the VC Accelerator initiative
  • Undertake identification of relevant selection criteria for the candidates to the Accelerator and its activities
  • Build the right pitch for the mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of the VC Accelerator initiative.
  • Support assessment and identification of a pipeline of Acceleration/investment ready Startups
  • Coordination of analysis and assessment study/reports to help mapping and evaluating the investment landscape in Africa. The objective is to identify relevant potential investment actors: VCs, Governments funds, angel investors networks, acceleration programs,
  • Involvement and facilitation of Smart Africa networks and stakeholders (support programs, mentors/experts, Governments, investors) through workshops and thematic meetups and stakeholders outreach activities (both physical and virtual)
  • Coordinate Smart Africa initiatives in favour of Startups capital mobilization.
  • Coordinate Smart Africa initiatives to support VCs and acceleration programs on the continent.
  • Design and document Smart Africa evolving strategy related to startups funding, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging.
  • Review and prepare analysis and research on the Startups Funding field, using regional and global resources including academia and industry.
  • Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Planning (also collaborate), executing and reviewing workshops, pre-and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.
  • Drawing project budgets. 

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • A Master’s degree in finance, business administration or any other related field

Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in investment, startups funding, etc.
  • Experience working with successful acceleration programs and/or VCs

Knowledge and skills

  • Good knowledge of African Tech Startups Ecosystem dynamics, actors and challenges specifically those related to funding and investment
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels;
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Strong communication skills

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential.
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Project Manager will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Technology Driven entrepreneurship within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Manager-Startups Funding and Investment in the subject line

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Project Coordinator in Charge of SATA Partnerships at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment

  • Position: Project Coordinator in charge of SATA Partnerships
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, insufficient investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

  1. About the Smart Africa Trust Alliance (SATA)

The Smart Africa Trust Alliance (SATA) is a coordination and operations mechanism that fosters the use of digital identities and data to enhance trade and services across Africa.

SATA’s role is to coordinate the adoption and harmonization of digital policies and standards among African countries, focusing on interoperability of digital systems. It aims to address challenges such as fragmented legal frameworks and limited institutional capacity by providing practical solutions for policy implementation and boosting trust in digital transactions.

SATA’s potential use cases span various sectors, including telecom, health, finance, trade, and education, demonstrating its broad impact on digital transformation in Africa.

SATA emphasizes multi-stakeholder involvement and transparency, with an overarching goal to realize the African Single Digital Market with Trust.

Visit https://sata.smartafrica.org/ or more information about the Smart Africa Alliance (SATA)

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Project Coordinator (PC) in charge of SATA Partnerships will play a pivotal role in managing and expanding SATA’s network, including members, partners, and the wider community. Responsibilities include organizing and executing SATA events, maintaining, and enhancing partnerships, and contributing to membership satisfaction. The ideal candidate will possess experience in partnership and event management, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting, and a commitment to the mission of SATA and Smart Africa.

The other general duties of the PC will include:

  • Help SATA bring new allies and strengthen the commitment of existing partners.
  • Assist with the management of relevant working groups composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, non-Government organizations and other professional associations.
  • Support with mobilization of funds /resources.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with partners.
  • Planning and executing workshops, pre- and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • Relevant university degree in Applied Science, Business Administration, Applied Technology, or any other relevant fields.

Experience

  • A minimum of Five (5) years of experience in an African international context is essential.

Knowledge and skills

  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Work effectively in a diverse and multicultural team.
  • Contribute to building the initiative from the ground up.
  • Strong dedication to SATA’s mission and the broader objectives of Smart Africa.
  • Excellent communication abilities for effective partner interactions and event planning.
  • Skilled in engaging with various stakeholders, including government, private sector, and international organisations.

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential for this role due to the job’s nature.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The PC will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Digital Trade and Services within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Coordinator-SATA Partnerships in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Project Manager in Charge of Startups Ecosystems Development at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment

  • Position: Project Manager in charge of Startups Ecosystems Development
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time 
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, insufficient investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

  1. The Africas Blueprint for ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems

Tech Startups and innovation ecosystems development was identified in 2019 by the Smart Africa Alliance member States as the number one priority project to be implemented. To meet this priority, Smart Africa has activated the “ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems for Africa” flagship project championed by Tunisia.

In close cooperation with a range of key public and private sector stakeholders and partners, the Republic of Tunisia, supported by the Smart Africa Secretariat, developed the “Africa’s Blueprint for ICT start-ups and Innovation ecosystems” aiming to support African countries by giving concrete policy and strategic recommendations and creating the best ecosystems for the birth, growth and success for African tech-startups.

Based on the outputs of the blueprint and its recommendations, Smart Africa identified three (3) strategic areas of focus in its Technology-driven Entrepreneurship program :

  • Policy frameworks: support African countries with the development of policy and legal frameworks (Startup Acts) that are aiming to initiate and/or boost and accelerate the development of their startups and innovation ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem support: assist with the development of the broader ecosystem including the startup support organizations (innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators, startup studios for example).
  • Investment and funding: facilitate the access to sufficient, suitable, affordable investment and funding for the African startups (Bloc Smart Africa Fund as the first building bloc).
  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager in charge of Startups Ecosystems Development who will be primarily responsible for the second area of focus in the tech-driven entrepreneurship program, which is ecosystem support.

More precisely, the PM will help develop the Smart Africa Network of Incubators and Accelerators – SANIA. SANIA facilitates and coordinates linkages in Africa between incubators and accelerators on one side and all startups support organizations and governments on the other side, with the aim of growing and scaling-up tech enabled startups across Africa. SANIA ultimately supports the growth of business partnerships between tech enabled African startups on the continent and facilitates investment and market linkages to regional and international markets.

The PM will provide required technical and administrative support to coordinate and implement activities under SANIA initiative across Smart Africa Member States while ensuring effective linkages to the Smart Africa core objectives and activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate building the concept and value proposition for SANIA.
  • Coordinate the development of the SANIA platform and its content.
  • Undertake identification and assessment of relevant candidates for the network and its activities.
  • Coordinate building and implementing capacity building programs for the beneficiaries.
  • Follow through mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of SANIA.
  • Support the initiative’s global annual performance.
  • Design and document Smart Africa evolving strategy for Startups ecosystem development in Africa, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging.
  • Review and prepare analysis and research on the ecosystem, using regional and global resources including academia and industry.
  • Help Smart Africa bring new allies and strengthen the commitment of existing partners.
  • Establish close collaboration and working arrangements with an interdisciplinary team composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, non-government organisations and other professional associations, to ensure good coordination, collaboration, and timely conduct of SANIA.
  • Provide periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising.
  • Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Reviewing ICT start-ups ecosystem analysis and developing policies.
  • Planning (also collaborate), executing and reviewing workshops, pre-and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.
  • Drawing project budgets. 

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • A Master’s degree in Information Technology, technology sciences, entrepreneurship, business administration, marketing, and other relevant fields

Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Entrepreneurship and startups ecosystems development both in concept and implementation levels.
  • Experience working in multistakeholder development environments on the African continent with international partners,
  • Experience in project coordination,
  • Experience in ICT policy and regulation,
  • Excellent knowledge of African Tech Startups Ecosystem dynamics, actors, and challenges.

Knowledge and skills

  • Self-starter with high degree of flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively explain strategy and approach to external partners audiences.
  • Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, mentor staff, develop work plans, and manage budgets and project expenditures.
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (Government Ministries, development partners, private sector, NGOs and Academia);
  • Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively.
  • Experience in creative writing.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools.

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Project Manager will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Technology Driven entrepreneurship within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Manager-Startups Ecosystems Development in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates
  • A PPT presentation (20 minutes max) on an action plan and budget to operationalize SANIA in 2024.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Digital Communications Officer at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference

Recruitment

  • Position: Digital Communications Officer
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Background and Context

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency, and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

Visit https://smartafrica.org/who-we-are/ for more information about Smart Africa

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

Under the supervision of the Head of Brand and Communications, the Digital Communications Officer will contribute to the development of social media strategies and policies and taking the lead in their implementation; develops and implements social media campaigns, and toolkits. He/She will provide expert reporting, analytics, and advice to increase visibility, awareness, understanding and support for the Smart Africa mandate, vision, corporate objectives, programs and sub-programs. The overall objective is to continuously raise e-reputation of the organisation.

The Officer will be responsible for managing Smart Africa social media accounts and collaborates regularly with colleagues across the organization to ensure content aligns with strategic priorities.

The Officer will also responsible for social media research (practices and trends); analytics, overall reporting, monitoring, analyzing and reporting on comments and conversations on Smart Africa. Although social media is the primary focus, the Officer will be responsible for keeping the Smart Africa and other programs websites up to date and aligned with ongoing communications.

The responsibilities of the Digital Communications Officer will include the following:

  • Develop, support, and promote the Smart Africa Alliance and all its initiatives on all the organisations digital channels through message development, social media content creation, and social media outreach.
  • Develop and disseminate social media materials that increase Smart Africa’s visibility among stakeholders, partners, and its broader network.
  • Identify target audiences and create strategies to engage through effective communications.
  • Ensure digital marketing content always aligns with our brand’s identity and message and assist with any communications campaigns as needed.
  • Develop timely and accurate creative briefs to produce a wide range of graphics, videos, and layouts for Smart Africa activities, logos, websites, banners, flyers, social media posts, Certificates, emails communications (HTML), and related communications tools.
  • Project support activities including input into project planning and documentation; assistance with implementation resources, monitoring, and reporting on project progress and event communications management.
  • Other

Any other assignments or projects as assigned by the Supervisor.

  1. Key qualifications

Education:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Digital Marketing, or related field

Experience:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in digital communications strategy development and implementation
  • Experience working in customer relations preferred.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, such as SEO and email marketing
  • Good knowledge of African Tech organisations, environment, actors, and challenges
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively.
  • Excellent working knowledge of social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, Instragram and Twitter
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels.
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong communication skills

Languages:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English are essential for this role due to the job’s nature.
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Digital Communications Officer will report directly to the Head of Brand and Communications.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Digital Communications Officer” in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Only selected candidates, and with the right to work in Rwanda will be contacted for an interview.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Community of Practices and Content Development Expert at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment 

  • Position: Community of Practices and Content Development Expert 
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Background and context

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first, and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

The Alliance promotes digital transformation by building digital infrastructure, supporting entrepreneurship, fostering innovation, developing human capital, driving digitization, and advocating the development of policies and regulations that support the growth of the digital economy and digital technologies. Recognizing the need for strong capacity building efforts to achieve AU’s goals for digital transformation, the Alliance established the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA), adopted during the Smart Africa Alliance ninth Board Meeting Resolution 5, as a vehicle to implement its capacity building and skills development activities across member states, through the establishment of regional and national digital academies.

SADA ensures that policymakers, business leaders, and the wider African population develop the digital skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the digital economy and take advantage of new opportunities. SADA recognized the importance of strong policies and regulations and the need to equip policymakers and regulators to design and implement effective digital policies and regulations. Through collaborative efforts with the World Bank and GIZ, SADA has, in its phase 1, trained over 8000 beneficiaries, out of which over 5000 are Africa’s Policy and Decision makers.  SADA has also implemented National Digital Academies across 12 African countries.

Visit https://sada.smartafrica.org/ for more information about the Smart Africa Digital Academy

  1. Digital Transformation for Africa/ Western Africa Regional Digital Integration Program (DTfA/ WARDIP) SOP-1 

The DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 is a regional project with financing from the International Development Asociaton (IDA) covering two continental entities, AU and Smart Africa, one REC, ECOWAS and four countries, The Gambia, Guinea. Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania. The DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 aims to increase broadband access and usage in participating countries and to advance the integration of digital markets in Western Africa.

The project is designed around the three distinct but interconnected layers of the SDM framework. The three market layers are (i) a single connectivity market, removing barriers to regional telecom infrastructure and services deployment; (ii) a single data market, enabling the secure exchange and processing of data across borders; and (iii) a single online market, allowing the access and delivery of public and private services online and digital trade across borders.

At the continental level the project will support AU´s strategic vision of creating an SDM in Africa by 2030 through the development of appropriate policies and regulations for coordinated digital transformation in Africa. A key element will be a comprehensive training program open to policy and decision makers as well as regulators from all countries in Africa to be implemented by Smart Africa through its Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA). The training will ensure that participants are updated on digitalization and address the new policies and regulations underpinning single digital markets, with focus on agile regulation, data economy and green digital. This will also foster common knowledge, competencies, and peer-learning to design and implement digital policies and regulations.

The subcomponent of the WARDIP-SOP1 project to be implemented by Smart Africa aims at a rapid-scaling of the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) program at both regional and continental levels by leveraging on the existing SADA implementation, AReg4DT program, and developing a replicable implementation model that caters for the specific needs and the regional context. The overall aim is to establish a new generation of policymakers and regulators across Africa, who are individually knowledgeable on how to harness the potential of green and inclusive digital transformation through new approaches to policy and regulation, and who collectively contribute to the establishment of a Single Digital Market in Africa. With this aim, the scale-up will reach 30,000 unique policymakers and decision makers from all countries in Africa, with a core group of 5,000 being trained in person towards creating a safe, inclusive and sustainable single digital market for Africa, with a participation level of females at 40%. The use of self-paced learning and train-the-trainer approaches are both aimed at further enhancing the reach of the program to propagate new knowledge and new practices across the entire ecosystem including the private sector, academia and in some cases the general public.

In line with the vision of Smart Africa, the program aims to provide foundational knowledge and competencies for the current and future digital policy makers to design, draft and implement digital policies and regulations required to promote a vibrant (i.e, competitive), safe, inclusive and sustainable (i.e., affordable and green) digital transformation that will, in turn, foster the creation of a secured Single Digital Market in Africa with focus on Agile regulation, the data economy and green digital.

In this Phase, SADA builds communities of policy and decision makers in identified domains to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities. This will be supported by cautiously developed content on various digital transformation streams such as agile regulations, green digital and data economy. To achieve this target, SADA invites suitably qualified experts to indicate their interest in overseeing the development of Community of Practices and contents as part of the DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 implementation, as Community of Practices and Content Development Expert.  

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Community of Practice and Content Development Expert will foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and learning within a community of current and future policy and Decision-makers, who share a common interest and set of challenges in a specific Digital transformation domain. The Expert will also oversee the creation, design and development of appropriate courses using the required instructional designing methods to support identified needs from our policy and decision makers ecosystem. The responsibilities of a Community of Practice and Content Development expert include the following:

Community Building and Leadership:

  • Develop strategies to build a strong sense of community and belonging among its members, encouraging networking and relationship-building among community members.
  • Provide leadership to guide the community towards achieving its goals and objectives and facilitate meetings and discussions within the community to encourage active participation and collaboration.

Learning Development and Knowledge Management:

  • Identify learning needs within the community and coordinate relevant learning opportunities such as workshops, webinars, peer learning or training sessions.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices, insights, and knowledge among community members.
  • Help create and maintain a repository of knowledge resources, documents, and information.

 Content Development and Management

  • Develop a content strategy aligned with the goals and interests of the stakeholders and policy makers and decision makers.
  • Creation of valuable and relevant content that meets the needs of community members.
  • Plan and organize the creation and development of learning modules and curriculum to support the scale up phase of SADA
  • Oversee the entire content and curriculum development process, from initial planning to implementation, within the stipulated timelines, budgets and resources allocated effectively.
  • Work with the required consultancy firm to ensure quality and consistency of course contents by establishing and enforcing the required industry standards, review processes, and feedback mechanisms.

Collaboration and Evaluation

  • Maintain a clear communication with team members, stakeholders, and senior management on the progress, updates, and challenges relating to the operation of the community of practices and the development of the required courses and modules
  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success and impact of the community.
  • Analyze data and feedback to assess the effectiveness of content created in accordance with the community needs.
  • design, creation of SADA courses using Conduct needs assessment to understand the target audience, and establishe the learning objectives, goals and standards required to Identify learning needs within the community and coordinate relevant learning opportunities such as workshops, webinars, peer learning or training sessions.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices, insights, and knowledge among community members.

Others:

  • Supervise and provide support to the implementation team, including coaching and technical capacity building.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Computer Sciences, Information Technology, ICT Management and Business development, Community Management, Education Development, ICT Management, or related.
  • A minimum of Ten (10) years leading and coordinating high quality ICT digital transformation projects.
  • At least Four (4) years of experience in community management and content creation or curation.
  • Solid experience in project and team management, previous experience in organizational development.

Experience:

  • Ten (10) years’ experience in the management and implementation of digital development projects.
  • A good understanding of the basic building blocks and experience in digital transformation.
  • A good understanding of the community development needs and requirements.
  • Experience working with digital development donors and the private sector and drafting, editing, and proof-reading concept notes, strategies, and projects documents.
  • Team management experience and ability to work as a team player.
  • Sound working knowledge of the ICT Sector, with preference to content development and community management.
  • Experience in preparing technical specifications, request for proposals and terms of reference.
  • Experience in project supervision of consultants and contractors.
  • Experience in recruiting, managing, motivating, and monitoring staff members and consultants.
  • Training and/or relevant experience in project monitoring and evaluation.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced ability to conceptualize, plan and implement ideas and concepts clearly and concisely orally as well as in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing programs and projects proposals
  • Organization and Planning Skills
  • Leadership and Problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed Interpersonal Skills Creativity/Innovation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal English and French communication skills
  • Strong analytical and evaluating skills with the ability to generate reports
  • Self-starter, flexible and can work independently.
  • Team spirit, respect for diversity and confidentiality.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be three (3) years renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting 

The Community of Practice and content Development Expert will report to the Director – Digital Infrastructure, Skills and Empowerment.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Community of Practices and Content Development Expert in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Recruitment 

  • Position: Project Manager in charge of Startups Funding and Investment
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time 
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, insufficient investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development. 

  1. The Africas Blueprint for ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems

Tech Startups and innovation ecosystems development was identified in 2019 by the Smart Africa Alliance member States as the number one priority project to be implemented. To meet this priority, Smart Africa has activated the “ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems for Africa” flagship project championed by Tunisia.

In close cooperation with a range of key public and private sector stakeholders and partners, the Republic of Tunisia, supported by the Smart Africa Secretariat, developed the “Africa’s Blueprint for ICT start-ups and Innovation ecosystems” aiming to support African countries by giving concrete policy and strategic recommendations and creating the best ecosystems for the birth, growth and success for African tech-startups.

Based on the outputs of the blueprint and its recommendations, Smart Africa identified three (3) strategic areas of focus in its Technology-driven Entrepreneurship program :

  • Policy frameworks: support African countries with the development of policy and legal frameworks (Startup Acts) that are aiming to initiate and/or boost and accelerate the development of their startups and innovation ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem support: assist with the development of the broader ecosystem including the startup support organizations (innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators, startup studios for example).
  • Investment and funding: facilitate the access to sufficient, suitable, affordable investment and funding for the African startups (Bloc Smart Africa Fund as the first building bloc).
  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager in charge of Startups Funding and Investment who will be primarily responsible for the third area of focus in the tech-driven entrepreneurship program, which is investment and funding. The Project Manager (PM) will be tasked with managing various strategic projects, working closely with stakeholders and partners to facilitate and oversee the startup capital initiatives within the program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Building the concept and value proposition for the VC Accelerator initiative
  • Undertake identification of relevant selection criteria for the candidates to the Accelerator and its activities
  • Build the right pitch for the mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of the VC Accelerator initiative.
  • Support assessment and identification of a pipeline of Acceleration/investment ready Startups
  • Coordination of analysis and assessment study/reports to help mapping and evaluating the investment landscape in Africa. The objective is to identify relevant potential investment actors: VCs, Governments funds, angel investors networks, acceleration programs,
  • Involvement and facilitation of Smart Africa networks and stakeholders (support programs, mentors/experts, Governments, investors) through workshops and thematic meetups and stakeholders outreach activities (both physical and virtual)
  • Coordinate Smart Africa initiatives in favour of Startups capital mobilization.
  • Coordinate Smart Africa initiatives to support VCs and acceleration programs on the continent.
  • Design and document Smart Africa evolving strategy related to startups funding, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging.
  • Review and prepare analysis and research on the Startups Funding field, using regional and global resources including academia and industry.
  • Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Planning (also collaborate), executing and reviewing workshops, pre-and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.
  • Drawing project budgets. 

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • A Master’s degree in finance, business administration or any other related field

Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in investment, startups funding, etc.
  • Experience working with successful acceleration programs and/or VCs

Knowledge and skills

  • Good knowledge of African Tech Startups Ecosystem dynamics, actors and challenges specifically those related to funding and investment
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels;
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Strong communication skills

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential.
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Project Manager will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Technology Driven entrepreneurship within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Manager-Startups Funding and Investment in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates
  • A PPT presentation (20 minutes max) on an action plan and budget to operationalize the VC Accelerator in 2024.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Project Coordinator in Charge of SATA Partnerships at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment

  • Position: Project Coordinator in charge of SATA Partnerships
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, insufficient investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

  1. About the Smart Africa Trust Alliance (SATA)

The Smart Africa Trust Alliance (SATA) is a coordination and operations mechanism that fosters the use of digital identities and data to enhance trade and services across Africa.

SATA’s role is to coordinate the adoption and harmonization of digital policies and standards among African countries, focusing on interoperability of digital systems. It aims to address challenges such as fragmented legal frameworks and limited institutional capacity by providing practical solutions for policy implementation and boosting trust in digital transactions.

SATA’s potential use cases span various sectors, including telecom, health, finance, trade, and education, demonstrating its broad impact on digital transformation in Africa.

SATA emphasizes multi-stakeholder involvement and transparency, with an overarching goal to realize the African Single Digital Market with Trust.

Visit https://sata.smartafrica.org/ or more information about the Smart Africa Alliance (SATA)

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Project Coordinator (PC) in charge of SATA Partnerships will play a pivotal role in managing and expanding SATA’s network, including members, partners, and the wider community. Responsibilities include organizing and executing SATA events, maintaining, and enhancing partnerships, and contributing to membership satisfaction. The ideal candidate will possess experience in partnership and event management, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting, and a commitment to the mission of SATA and Smart Africa.

The other general duties of the PC will include:

  • Help SATA bring new allies and strengthen the commitment of existing partners.
  • Assist with the management of relevant working groups composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, non-Government organizations and other professional associations.
  • Support with mobilization of funds /resources.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with partners.
  • Planning and executing workshops, pre- and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • Relevant university degree in Applied Science, Business Administration, Applied Technology, or any other relevant fields.

Experience

  • A minimum of Five (5) years of experience in an African international context is essential.

Knowledge and skills

  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Work effectively in a diverse and multicultural team.
  • Contribute to building the initiative from the ground up.
  • Strong dedication to SATA’s mission and the broader objectives of Smart Africa.
  • Excellent communication abilities for effective partner interactions and event planning.
  • Skilled in engaging with various stakeholders, including government, private sector, and international organisations.

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential for this role due to the job’s nature.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The PC will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Digital Trade and Services within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Coordinator-SATA Partnerships in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Project Manager in Charge of Startups Ecosystems Development at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment

  • Position: Project Manager in charge of Startups Ecosystems Development
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th, 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time 
  1. Context and Background

Africa is reshaping its narrative from one of poverty to progress, showcasing impressive economic growth, technological innovation, and a young population. Nevertheless, digital transformation faces obstacles such as limited access, insufficient investments, and a digital divide, which also offer opportunities for growth through better accessibility, efficiency, and job creation.

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

  1. The Africas Blueprint for ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems

Tech Startups and innovation ecosystems development was identified in 2019 by the Smart Africa Alliance member States as the number one priority project to be implemented. To meet this priority, Smart Africa has activated the “ICT Start-ups and Innovation ecosystems for Africa” flagship project championed by Tunisia.

In close cooperation with a range of key public and private sector stakeholders and partners, the Republic of Tunisia, supported by the Smart Africa Secretariat, developed the “Africa’s Blueprint for ICT start-ups and Innovation ecosystems” aiming to support African countries by giving concrete policy and strategic recommendations and creating the best ecosystems for the birth, growth and success for African tech-startups.

Based on the outputs of the blueprint and its recommendations, Smart Africa identified three (3) strategic areas of focus in its Technology-driven Entrepreneurship program :

  • Policy frameworks: support African countries with the development of policy and legal frameworks (Startup Acts) that are aiming to initiate and/or boost and accelerate the development of their startups and innovation ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem support: assist with the development of the broader ecosystem including the startup support organizations (innovation hubs, incubators, accelerators, startup studios for example).
  • Investment and funding: facilitate the access to sufficient, suitable, affordable investment and funding for the African startups (Bloc Smart Africa Fund as the first building bloc).
  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Smart Africa Secretariat would like to recruit a Project Manager in charge of Startups Ecosystems Development who will be primarily responsible for the second area of focus in the tech-driven entrepreneurship program, which is ecosystem support.

More precisely, the PM will help develop the Smart Africa Network of Incubators and Accelerators – SANIA. SANIA facilitates and coordinates linkages in Africa between incubators and accelerators on one side and all startups support organizations and governments on the other side, with the aim of growing and scaling-up tech enabled startups across Africa. SANIA ultimately supports the growth of business partnerships between tech enabled African startups on the continent and facilitates investment and market linkages to regional and international markets.

The PM will provide required technical and administrative support to coordinate and implement activities under SANIA initiative across Smart Africa Member States while ensuring effective linkages to the Smart Africa core objectives and activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate building the concept and value proposition for SANIA.
  • Coordinate the development of the SANIA platform and its content.
  • Undertake identification and assessment of relevant candidates for the network and its activities.
  • Coordinate building and implementing capacity building programs for the beneficiaries.
  • Follow through mobilization of funds /resources from other development partners and institutions to complete the financing of SANIA.
  • Support the initiative’s global annual performance.
  • Design and document Smart Africa evolving strategy for Startups ecosystem development in Africa, including produce relevant slides, presentations, and key messaging.
  • Review and prepare analysis and research on the ecosystem, using regional and global resources including academia and industry.
  • Help Smart Africa bring new allies and strengthen the commitment of existing partners.
  • Establish close collaboration and working arrangements with an interdisciplinary team composed of experts from Governments, Private sector, non-government organisations and other professional associations, to ensure good coordination, collaboration, and timely conduct of SANIA.
  • Provide periodical reports on the progress of project activities and issues arising.
  • Participate in regional project meetings and workshops and other activities as required.
  • Steering processes and communication channels with policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Reviewing ICT start-ups ecosystem analysis and developing policies.
  • Planning (also collaborate), executing and reviewing workshops, pre-and post-event communication with participants and stakeholders.
  • Drawing project budgets. 

Other:

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education

  • A Master’s degree in Information Technology, technology sciences, entrepreneurship, business administration, marketing, and other relevant fields

Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in Entrepreneurship and startups ecosystems development both in concept and implementation levels.
  • Experience working in multistakeholder development environments on the African continent with international partners,
  • Experience in project coordination,
  • Experience in ICT policy and regulation,
  • Excellent knowledge of African Tech Startups Ecosystem dynamics, actors, and challenges.

Knowledge and skills

  • Self-starter with high degree of flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively explain strategy and approach to external partners audiences.
  • Strong management skills including ability to provide strategic guidance, technical oversight, build strong teams, mentor staff, develop work plans, and manage budgets and project expenditures.
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels (Government Ministries, development partners, private sector, NGOs and Academia);
  • Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation, reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication systems.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively.
  • Experience in creative writing.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools.

Languages

  • Fluency in both French and English is essential
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Project Manager will report directly to the Unit Manager in charge of Technology Driven entrepreneurship within the Directorate of Digital Transformation and Services.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Project Manager-Startups Ecosystems Development in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates
  • A PPT presentation (20 minutes max) on an action plan and budget to operationalize SANIA in 2024.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 p.m. Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Digital Communications Officer at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference

Recruitment

  • Position: Digital Communications Officer
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Background and Context

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency, and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

Visit https://smartafrica.org/who-we-are/ for more information about Smart Africa

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

Under the supervision of the Head of Brand and Communications, the Digital Communications Officer will contribute to the development of social media strategies and policies and taking the lead in their implementation; develops and implements social media campaigns, and toolkits. He/She will provide expert reporting, analytics, and advice to increase visibility, awareness, understanding and support for the Smart Africa mandate, vision, corporate objectives, programs and sub-programs. The overall objective is to continuously raise e-reputation of the organisation.

The Officer will be responsible for managing Smart Africa social media accounts and collaborates regularly with colleagues across the organization to ensure content aligns with strategic priorities.

The Officer will also responsible for social media research (practices and trends); analytics, overall reporting, monitoring, analyzing and reporting on comments and conversations on Smart Africa. Although social media is the primary focus, the Officer will be responsible for keeping the Smart Africa and other programs websites up to date and aligned with ongoing communications.

The responsibilities of the Digital Communications Officer will include the following:

  • Develop, support, and promote the Smart Africa Alliance and all its initiatives on all the organisations digital channels through message development, social media content creation, and social media outreach.
  • Develop and disseminate social media materials that increase Smart Africa’s visibility among stakeholders, partners, and its broader network.
  • Identify target audiences and create strategies to engage through effective communications.
  • Ensure digital marketing content always aligns with our brand’s identity and message and assist with any communications campaigns as needed.
  • Develop timely and accurate creative briefs to produce a wide range of graphics, videos, and layouts for Smart Africa activities, logos, websites, banners, flyers, social media posts, Certificates, emails communications (HTML), and related communications tools.
  • Project support activities including input into project planning and documentation; assistance with implementation resources, monitoring, and reporting on project progress and event communications management.
  • Other

Any other assignments or projects as assigned by the Supervisor.

  1. Key qualifications

Education:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Digital Marketing, or related field

Experience:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in digital communications strategy development and implementation
  • Experience working in customer relations preferred.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English
  • Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, such as SEO and email marketing
  • Good knowledge of African Tech organisations, environment, actors, and challenges
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and solve problems quickly and effectively.
  • Excellent working knowledge of social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, Instragram and Twitter
  • Strong competence in the use of standard software productivity tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite or others).
  • Good interpersonal skills with experience in networking with partners at all levels.
  • Creativity and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong communication skills

Languages:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English are essential for this role due to the job’s nature.
  • The good working knowledge of another language such as Portuguese or Arabic will be an advantage.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be one (1) year renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting

The Digital Communications Officer will report directly to the Head of Brand and Communications.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Digital Communications Officer” in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024, at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Only selected candidates, and with the right to work in Rwanda will be contacted for an interview.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!

Community of Practices and Content Development Expert at Smart Africa Secretariat: (Deadline 11 January 2024)

Terms of Reference 

Recruitment 

  • Position: Community of Practices and Content Development Expert 
  • Duration: Fixed Term, renewable
  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Deadline: January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time
  1. Background and context

Smart Africa is an alliance of 39 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs.

With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven (7) African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 39 member countries, representing over 1 billion people and over 50 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Smart Africa aims to put ICT at the Center of the National Socio-economic development agenda of member countries, improve access to ICT, especially Broadband, improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT. It promotes the introduction of advanced technologies in telecommunication while putting the Private Sector first, and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development.

The Alliance promotes digital transformation by building digital infrastructure, supporting entrepreneurship, fostering innovation, developing human capital, driving digitization, and advocating the development of policies and regulations that support the growth of the digital economy and digital technologies. Recognizing the need for strong capacity building efforts to achieve AU’s goals for digital transformation, the Alliance established the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA), adopted during the Smart Africa Alliance ninth Board Meeting Resolution 5, as a vehicle to implement its capacity building and skills development activities across member states, through the establishment of regional and national digital academies.

SADA ensures that policymakers, business leaders, and the wider African population develop the digital skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the digital economy and take advantage of new opportunities. SADA recognized the importance of strong policies and regulations and the need to equip policymakers and regulators to design and implement effective digital policies and regulations. Through collaborative efforts with the World Bank and GIZ, SADA has, in its phase 1, trained over 8000 beneficiaries, out of which over 5000 are Africa’s Policy and Decision makers.  SADA has also implemented National Digital Academies across 12 African countries.

Visit https://sada.smartafrica.org/ for more information about the Smart Africa Digital Academy

  1. Digital Transformation for Africa/ Western Africa Regional Digital Integration Program (DTfA/ WARDIP) SOP-1 

The DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 is a regional project with financing from the International Development Asociaton (IDA) covering two continental entities, AU and Smart Africa, one REC, ECOWAS and four countries, The Gambia, Guinea. Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania. The DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 aims to increase broadband access and usage in participating countries and to advance the integration of digital markets in Western Africa.

The project is designed around the three distinct but interconnected layers of the SDM framework. The three market layers are (i) a single connectivity market, removing barriers to regional telecom infrastructure and services deployment; (ii) a single data market, enabling the secure exchange and processing of data across borders; and (iii) a single online market, allowing the access and delivery of public and private services online and digital trade across borders.

At the continental level the project will support AU´s strategic vision of creating an SDM in Africa by 2030 through the development of appropriate policies and regulations for coordinated digital transformation in Africa. A key element will be a comprehensive training program open to policy and decision makers as well as regulators from all countries in Africa to be implemented by Smart Africa through its Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA). The training will ensure that participants are updated on digitalization and address the new policies and regulations underpinning single digital markets, with focus on agile regulation, data economy and green digital. This will also foster common knowledge, competencies, and peer-learning to design and implement digital policies and regulations.

The subcomponent of the WARDIP-SOP1 project to be implemented by Smart Africa aims at a rapid-scaling of the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) program at both regional and continental levels by leveraging on the existing SADA implementation, AReg4DT program, and developing a replicable implementation model that caters for the specific needs and the regional context. The overall aim is to establish a new generation of policymakers and regulators across Africa, who are individually knowledgeable on how to harness the potential of green and inclusive digital transformation through new approaches to policy and regulation, and who collectively contribute to the establishment of a Single Digital Market in Africa. With this aim, the scale-up will reach 30,000 unique policymakers and decision makers from all countries in Africa, with a core group of 5,000 being trained in person towards creating a safe, inclusive and sustainable single digital market for Africa, with a participation level of females at 40%. The use of self-paced learning and train-the-trainer approaches are both aimed at further enhancing the reach of the program to propagate new knowledge and new practices across the entire ecosystem including the private sector, academia and in some cases the general public.

In line with the vision of Smart Africa, the program aims to provide foundational knowledge and competencies for the current and future digital policy makers to design, draft and implement digital policies and regulations required to promote a vibrant (i.e, competitive), safe, inclusive and sustainable (i.e., affordable and green) digital transformation that will, in turn, foster the creation of a secured Single Digital Market in Africa with focus on Agile regulation, the data economy and green digital.

In this Phase, SADA builds communities of policy and decision makers in identified domains to foster collaboration, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities. This will be supported by cautiously developed content on various digital transformation streams such as agile regulations, green digital and data economy. To achieve this target, SADA invites suitably qualified experts to indicate their interest in overseeing the development of Community of Practices and contents as part of the DTfA/ WARDIP SOP-1 implementation, as Community of Practices and Content Development Expert.  

  1. Duties and Responsibilities   

The Community of Practice and Content Development Expert will foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, and learning within a community of current and future policy and Decision-makers, who share a common interest and set of challenges in a specific Digital transformation domain. The Expert will also oversee the creation, design and development of appropriate courses using the required instructional designing methods to support identified needs from our policy and decision makers ecosystem. The responsibilities of a Community of Practice and Content Development expert include the following:

Community Building and Leadership:

  • Develop strategies to build a strong sense of community and belonging among its members, encouraging networking and relationship-building among community members.
  • Provide leadership to guide the community towards achieving its goals and objectives and facilitate meetings and discussions within the community to encourage active participation and collaboration.

Learning Development and Knowledge Management:

  • Identify learning needs within the community and coordinate relevant learning opportunities such as workshops, webinars, peer learning or training sessions.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices, insights, and knowledge among community members.
  • Help create and maintain a repository of knowledge resources, documents, and information.

 Content Development and Management

  • Develop a content strategy aligned with the goals and interests of the stakeholders and policy makers and decision makers.
  • Creation of valuable and relevant content that meets the needs of community members.
  • Plan and organize the creation and development of learning modules and curriculum to support the scale up phase of SADA
  • Oversee the entire content and curriculum development process, from initial planning to implementation, within the stipulated timelines, budgets and resources allocated effectively.
  • Work with the required consultancy firm to ensure quality and consistency of course contents by establishing and enforcing the required industry standards, review processes, and feedback mechanisms.

Collaboration and Evaluation

  • Maintain a clear communication with team members, stakeholders, and senior management on the progress, updates, and challenges relating to the operation of the community of practices and the development of the required courses and modules
  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success and impact of the community.
  • Analyze data and feedback to assess the effectiveness of content created in accordance with the community needs.
  • design, creation of SADA courses using Conduct needs assessment to understand the target audience, and establishe the learning objectives, goals and standards required to Identify learning needs within the community and coordinate relevant learning opportunities such as workshops, webinars, peer learning or training sessions.
  • Facilitate the sharing of best practices, insights, and knowledge among community members.

Others:

  • Supervise and provide support to the implementation team, including coaching and technical capacity building.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
  1. Key qualifications

Education:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Computer Sciences, Information Technology, ICT Management and Business development, Community Management, Education Development, ICT Management, or related.
  • A minimum of Ten (10) years leading and coordinating high quality ICT digital transformation projects.
  • At least Four (4) years of experience in community management and content creation or curation.
  • Solid experience in project and team management, previous experience in organizational development.

Experience:

  • Ten (10) years’ experience in the management and implementation of digital development projects.
  • A good understanding of the basic building blocks and experience in digital transformation.
  • A good understanding of the community development needs and requirements.
  • Experience working with digital development donors and the private sector and drafting, editing, and proof-reading concept notes, strategies, and projects documents.
  • Team management experience and ability to work as a team player.
  • Sound working knowledge of the ICT Sector, with preference to content development and community management.
  • Experience in preparing technical specifications, request for proposals and terms of reference.
  • Experience in project supervision of consultants and contractors.
  • Experience in recruiting, managing, motivating, and monitoring staff members and consultants.
  • Training and/or relevant experience in project monitoring and evaluation.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Advanced ability to conceptualize, plan and implement ideas and concepts clearly and concisely orally as well as in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing programs and projects proposals
  • Organization and Planning Skills
  • Leadership and Problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed Interpersonal Skills Creativity/Innovation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal English and French communication skills
  • Strong analytical and evaluating skills with the ability to generate reports
  • Self-starter, flexible and can work independently.
  • Team spirit, respect for diversity and confidentiality.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The appointment will be three (3) years renewable subject to availability of fund and performance.

  1. Duty Station

The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda.

  1. Reporting 

The Community of Practice and content Development Expert will report to the Director – Digital Infrastructure, Skills and Empowerment.

  1. Application Instructions and Deadline

Candidates should send the following documents to this email address: hr@smartafrica.org, with mention of “Community of Practices and Content Development Expert in the subject line:

  • A detailed CV with 3 contacts of professional referees.
  • A one-page cover letter with a motivation statement in relation to the responsibilities and requirements for this position.
  • Copies of academic degree, professional certificates, and other relevant training certificates

The deadline for submitting applications is January 11th 2024 at 11:00 PM Kigali (GMT+2) time.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Any late application will be automatically rejected.

We look forward to receiving your applications!!!