• Research & Development - Transfer Lab Advisor for Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development Program (DSSD)

    Employer: GIZ Rwanda
    Posted: 26 December 2018
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    Research & Development - Transfer Lab Advisor for Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development Program (DSSD)

    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federally owned international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. GIZ has worked in Rwanda for over 30 years. The primary objectives between the Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany are poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Decentralization and Good Governance, Economic Development and Employment Promotion, Energy and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

    The project "Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development"(DSSD) will advise Rwandan institutions on the implementation of the Smart Rwanda Master Plan (2016-2020) and its priority projects.

    The project aims at promoting the development of digital solutions in collaboration with sector ministries, local and international private companies, research institutions and civil society. The development of those solutions will be supported and managed by the Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) as a project unit of DSSD.

    The CDT will be a hybrid model aimed at developing impact driven digital solutions, playing the role of test bed and launch pad for German and European Companies, developing the local eco-system capacities, and replicating and scaling-up digital solutions at regional and continental level. In parallel, the institutional and capacity development of MINICT (Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Innovation), RISA (Rwanda Information Society Authority) and other partners will be supported through intensive capacity building, organizational development, business process optimization, and expert advice.

    GIZ Rwanda is searching candidate for the position of R&D - Transfer Lab Advisor for the Digital Solutions for Sustainable Development Program (DSSD).

    The R&D – Transfer Lab Advisor is responsible for:

    • Managing the Emerging Tech Transfer Labs of the CDT, jointly with NIRDA
    • Planning and coordinating laboratory activities for innovation projects
    • Carrying out research on the transfer lab component of the CDT
    • Recording and triggering innovative ideas among Lab users,
    • Supervising all lab activities and assurance of compliance with standards.
    • Leading the maintenance and upgrade of the Lab equipment and systems.

    The R&D Transfer Lab advisor performs the following tasks:

    • Explores and support the local technology community to innovate for various applications around the following emerging technologies:
    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0
    • Artificial intelligence (AI),
    • Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR),
    • Blockchain
    • Assists with and supervise various research/ innovation projects
    • Implements new lab programs, tests, methods, instrumentation, and procedures
    • Develops and implement a continuous training program for lab users, lab policy, procedures and processes
    • Develops and maintain lab user guides, experimental protocols and work instructions
    • Organizes workshops, demonstrations, and promotional material that demonstrate the emerging technologies capabilities
    • Troubleshoots hardware/software issues and maintains lab equipment
    • Maintain inventory control of laboratory equipment and tools
    • Required qualifications, competencies and experience


    Master of Science or Bachelor of Science in communication systems Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Engineering, Signal Processing, Systems Engineering or other related to Emerging technologies research, with a focus on IoT, AI, AR&VR, block Chain etc.
    Professional experience

    • At least 3-5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position
    • Excellent knowledge of emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, AR&VR, Automation, Blockchain etc.
    • Use of innovative technologies to support the achievement of sustainable development goals
    • Hands-on prototyping experience with Hardware, electronics, and computer systems.
    • Other knowledge, additional competencies
    • Very good presentation and networking skills
    • Proactive in the development and implementation of ideas and proposals
    • Good knowledge of English and Kinyarwanda. French or German would be an asset

    How to apply:

    Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates, and references) until 6th January 2019 at 4:00 PM, by e-mail to recruitment-rw@giz.de

    The email attachment (max. size 2 MB) should be a PDF file. Please quote the job title in the subject

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for test and interview.

    GIZ Office Rwanda
    KN 41 St. / Nr.17, Kiyovu
    P.O. Box 59, Kigali,

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