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Rwanda Social Security Board
The Rwanda Social Security Board was established in 2011 after the merger of the Rwanda Social Security Fund that administered the Pension and Occupational Hazard schemes (1962), and the National Medical Insurance that administered workers Health insurance (2001). In 2015, the management of Community Based Health Insurance scheme covering almost all Rwandans was added to RSSB’s mandate. Maternity Leave benefits was established in 2016 and also managed under RSSB. In 2018, a Long Term Savings Scheme, was also established under RSSB.
RSSB plays an important role in financial and capital market development as well as being a source of direct funding for productive investment. It has shares in three banks and the Rwanda stock exchange, provides a large amount of cash and bank deposits and has been a large financier of real estate, GoR debt and strategic private sector investments. Between 2010 and 2017 assets of public insurers grew 2 times faster than the assets of private insurers.
Aside from being an impactful institutional investor RSSB’s objective is ‘to provide high quality social security services through collection of contributions, savings, efficient benefits provision and prudent investment of members’ funds.’
Considering all the schemes governed under RSSB, it clearly touches on the lives of almost every Rwanda and hence has to be vigilant in all its efforts.
Growing enormously in such a short period of time came with a number of challenges and although the RSSB team has been up to the task, its capacity remains limited.
RSSB is currently going through an IT modernization process which will see most of its processes automated. There is also an ongoing comprehensive reform agenda both legal and structural.
The purpose of this post is to support RSSB to position itself for the future and deliver on its ambitious goals.
The strategic adviser will support the RSSB Director General (DG) to develop and drive the design and implementation of RSSB’s ambitious reform agenda in the investment and social protection space.
The successful candidate will provide advice and practical assistance to the RSSB senior leadership team on how to strengthen the investment side of the business and the overall system of Social Security administration to become more efficient and effective. The adviser will be expected to support and shape RSSB’s strategy of how the organization can maximize its impact on inclusive financial sector development and effective funding of the real economy more broadly. The adviser will be expected to liaise with the private sector and work alongside senior government officials in Rwanda, international partners and DFID. The post holder will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for the delivery of short-term technical assistance to support the implementation of the overarching reform plan of the RSSB.
Roles and responsibilities / Deliverables
The Adviser will be based full time at RSSB, reporting to the Director General, with frequent contact with the Access to Finance Rwanda office. The role will be adaptable, depending on RSSB’s needs at the time, with priorities defined every six months with the DG. The likely division of time will be as follows:
The individual will need to work with the DG in engaging a range of external stakeholders in this work, particularly the Ministry of Finance which is RSSB’s line Ministry.
The Adviser will also work with the DG to ensure that growing donor support is coordinated behind RSSB’s priorities and that wider reform plans are delivered.
The post holder will need to engage sensitively and diplomatically with relevant senior officials, Ministers and the private sector to develop an understanding of their needs, articulate and shape their demand and to provide high-quality and relevant technical advice.
Knowledge,skills and experience required
This role is highly flexible and unstructured. We are looking for an individual who can work well with little structure, has excellent communication and influencing skills and has the ability to carve out a strategic role for themselves in supporting the DG.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications:
Although a specific Social Security qualification is not a pre-requisite for this post, an ability to work with colleagues in RSSB to implement and/or monitor outputs from individual short-term missions will be critical.
Duration of the contract
1.5 year role with opportunity for renewal, with RSSB and AFR reserving the right in exceptional circumstances to review, and potentially cancel, the role at the end of year one.
The successful candidate will be based at the Rwanda Social Security Board Office in Kigali, Rwanda (with possible travel to other regions of Rwanda).
All qualified applicants should submit their applications at email@example.com by 16th August 2019 at 5.00pm Central African Time (CAT).
The application should contain a CV with e-mail address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience, present position and names & addresses of three referees together with a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarizing why you consider yourself particularly well suited for the position. Do not attach any other documents at this point.
All applications will be selected on merit and only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews. For any questions regarding the application process please contact AFR at firstname.lastname@example.org during working hours only from 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Women candidates are encouraged to apply.