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Circular Economy: Call for Expression of Interest

Rwandan-based companies invited to submit Expression of Interest for Private Sector Partnerships

You are a Rwanda-based company – or a company aspiring to expand to Rwanda – with an investment plan that will create jobs in the circular economy? Submit a project concept by 14.07.2022 to benefit from reaching a new market, new sourcing channels or better qualified staff. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed project proposal after this call for expression of interests.

In Rwanda, the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" – known under the brand Invest for Jobs – promotes job creation and economic growth by promoting investment and training small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). As one of several implementing organisations, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works together with European and African companies to create jobs, improve working conditions, and promote economic growth in Rwanda.

At this point, Invest for Jobs is looking to specifically support private companies that seek to be active in the area of circular economy. The circular economy aims at the continuous use of resources: through reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing, and recycling. This minimises inputs of resources, waste, pollution, and carbon emissions. Products, equipment, and infrastructure remain in use longer. Productivity of resources improves. Waste and energy become inputs for processes: either as a recycled resource for another industrial process or as regenerative resources for nature (e.g. compost). Business models of the circular economy can unlock potential for sustainable economic growth, which Invest for Jobs wants to support.

Private companies have three options to submit an Expression of Interest and collaborate with Invest Jobs for the circular economy:

Option 1: Apply with your own project idea – if your company is active in the field of circular economy or if an area of your business can be restructured to comply with the principles of circular economy, you can apply with your own project idea.

Option 2: Apply to implement one of the pre-defined project ideas and business plans presented in Annex 5.

Option 3: Apply for trainings in circular economy topics.

Each option, including the required application document is outlined in the full specifications of this call for Expression of Interest which can be found here. Please read and follow these guidelines closely, in order for your application to be eligible.

Questions in relation to this call for Expression of Interest can be asked via email to until 05 July 2022 at 5 pm CAT at the latest.

Additionally, interested applicants can ask questions as part of a webinar taking place on 06 July 2022 at 12:00 noon CAT. If you are interested in participating in this webinar, please request the meeting link via For all interested applicants who were not able to participate in the first webinar, there will be a second webinar on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 at 12.00 noon CAT. If you are interested in participating in this webinar, please request the meeting link via

Potential applicants will have until 14 July 2022 at 5 pm CAT, to submit their Expressions of Interest. Companies are invited to submit high quality proposals either as a consortium or individual entity.

Eligible project concepts shall be submitted to the GIZ Rwanda country office (17 KN 41 St, Kigali, Rwanda) via hardcopies or softcopies saved on flash disks or sent via email to not later than 14 July 2022 at 5 PM CAT.

Please note that this Expression of Interest is executed by GIZ and not to be confused with the Call for Proposals of the Facility Investing for Employment / KfW currently running.

Additional resources:

Full specifications – Call for Expression of Interest

Annex 1: Template for Concept Note and Summary Business Plan

Annex 2: Template for Concept – Training/Support Needs

Annex 3: EXCEL-based Financial Proposal (Budget) Template

Annex 4: GANTT Chart

Annex 5: Summary of pre-defined CE project ideas and business plans (only relevant for bidders following Option 2).



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