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Economist Interns

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 the promotion of sustainable development. To achieve these objectives, GIZ Rwanda is active in the sectors of Governance, Climate & Energy, Sustainable Growth, and Digitalisation.

The Macroeconomic Investment Policies (MIP) Project is a joint Rwandan-German Development Cooperation project implemented by GIZ, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project aims at strengthening individual and institutional capacities for economic analyses and evidence-based policymaking in three areas: macroeconomic and fiscal projections and policy analysis; public investment planning and appraisal; and national economic research and public dialogue on economic policies in Rwanda.

Since 2016, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN)—in collaboration with the GIZ implemented Macroeconomically and Investment Policies (MIP)Project hiring interns via the Young Economist Program (YEP) to recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree specialized in economics. The internship allows young graduates to bring new perspectives and research skills to the practical environment of economic policy and planning, gain work experience, and enhance their applied research skills.

MIP Project seeking highly qualified and motivated recent graduates in economics interested in working as an intern for six months in a department of MINECOFIN (Office of the Chief Economist, National Development and Planning Research Department, and National Budget Department).

Location: Kigali

Fixed Term: Six Months

Number: 20 (twenty)


Young Economist Program (YEP)

The YEP six-month internship consists of a combination of work assignments with on-the-job training and intensive training, all with systematic assessment. The work assignments in one of the three departments cover areas such as macroeconomic projections & monitoring, tax policy, external financing and debt, investment planning, and budget preparation and execution, and each intern will be mentored by regular staff working in that area. Through a series of seminars, interns will be familiarized with various aspects of government economic data analysis and policy preparation in a range of agencies (MINECOFIN, NBR, NISR, other ministries).

The intensive training is spread over the six months and consists of online training courses and tutorials in quantitative modeling and other methods; courses in advanced EXCEL, EVIEWS, and STATA; structured courses (in part online) in applied macroeconomic and macro-econometric modeling and Cost-Benefit Analysis/project appraisal, provided by inter/national professors; and training in soft skills.



Qualifications of applying interns
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or statistics with an economics minor
  • Proven knowledge of statistical and other quantitative methods and computer software
  • Thorough understanding of public economic policymaking
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda; French is an additional asset
  • Willingness and capacity to work very hard, under the pressure of deadlines, and do substantial self-study



Duration and certification
  • The internship will start on 15 November 2021 and run through 15 May 2022
  • All courses and work performance will be assessed, including through course tests, participation, and rating of on-the-job deliverables
  • Successful participants are awarded the “MINECOFIN YEP Diploma”

Interested candidates should submit their application (motivation letter, updated CV, certificates, and references) until 24th September 2021, by e-mail to

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

GIZ is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified candidates. This includes the provision of reasonable accommodation, if needed, in order to participate in the job application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please let us know, if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to consider when considering your application. Women and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a test and an interview.


GIZ Office Rwanda

KN 41 St. / Nr.17, Kiyovu

P.O. Box 59, Kigali,


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