Employment and self-employment are key to sustainable economic development. With the component of labour market interventions the Eco-Emploi Program promotes employment initiatives such as the National Employment Program, the further development of a Labour Market Information and Analysis System as well as Rwanda’s first public employment centre.
The Eco-Emploi cooperation system supported the Rwandan Government in the implementation of the National Employment Program (NEP). The program is steered by the Ministry of Labour and Public Service (MIFOTRA). The idea is to combine measures in the private sector development, skills development and labour market interventions. By that the aim to create 200.000 off-farm jobs per year should be supported. New approaches of the NEP are short-term TVET trainings and in-company training in sectors with high employment capacities.
From January 2015, The Eco-Emploi programme supported the National Employment Programme (NEP) in the gaps-analysis of the current Rwanda LMIS (Labour Market Information System) and the development of an action plan for the up-grading of the LMIS to a Labour Market Information and Analysis System (LMIAS) to in order respond to the Monitoring and Evaluation requirements of the NEP and Rwandan Labour Market Statistics beyond the NEP.
The National Statistics Office (NISR) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) with a support from the GIZ Eco-Emploi programme are currently designing a national labour force survey (LFS), a standardized way of measuring employment and unemployment according to international labour statistics recommendations. This survey is planned to be conducted on an annual basis from 2016 onwards.
In May 2013 the Kigali Employment Service Center was set up by the City of Kigali, MIFOTRA and PSF. The process of establishing KESC has been supported by GIZ and a development advisor is continuously supporting the KESC staff on the job. The centre is developing and implementing services for jobseekers and employers. It prepares jobseekers for the application process, supports private sector companies in staff recruitment, and links jobseekers with potential employers.
In April 2014 KESC, together with WDA and GIZ Eco-Emploi programme started to pilot a career coaching course at TVET institutions in Kigali. So far 21 teachers were trained by an international consultant and the KESC Employment Counselor. The teachers are introducing career guidance services at their TVET institutions to support their students in the school to work transition.
Once a year KESC with support of GIZ organises Jobfair in Kigali. Jobseekers and employers have the opportunity to meet face to face to network and exchange on job opportunities. A labour market clinic prepares the jobseekers for the fair. During the Jobnet jobseekers are trained on different labour market related skills.