National Individual to “Develop Tailoring, Fashion Design and Garment Manufacturing Curricula for RP - Consultancy in Kigali

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APEFE Office, KN1, St Paul, Plot 2360, Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda, Office Compound, 3rd Flow

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Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad

Tender N°L-RW102- 11/2020

Terms of Reference (TORs)

National Individual Consultancy to “Develop Tailoring, Fashion Design and Garment Manufacturing Curricula for Rwanda Polytechnic”


For the “Workplace Learning Support Programme”

September 2020

1. Background and rationale of the Assignment

1.1    General background  

The Association pour la Promotion de l’Education et de la Formation à l’Etranger (APEFE) is a Belgian more than 40 years old non-profit organization working for skills development in the southern countries. Close to the international relations of the Federation of Wallonie-Bruxelles and Wallonia, APEFE is also strengthening collaboration between institutional stakeholders of the Belgian cooperation. APEFE supplies national sectorial policies’ implementation programmes with technical assistance, methodological support and material resources, to help achieving the sustainable development goals.

APEFE has been active in Rwanda since 34 years. 

In September 2015, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) approved the Workplace Learning policy (WPL) to improve the employability skills of youth and to facilitate their access to the labour market through integrating employees in skills development.

To support the implementation of this policy, APEFE, in partnership with MIFOTRA and PSF (Private Sector Federation) has started the Workplace Learning Support Programme –IGIRA KU MURIMO to pilot the dual or apprenticeship training system from 2017 to 2021.

1.2   The Workplace Learning Support Programme

The 2017-2021 programme of APEFE in Rwanda aims at the development of apprenticeship training, ensuring quality and inclusive vocational training. While supporting the implementation of the Workplace Learning Policy, APEFE wishes to empower young Rwandan women and men access decent jobs and thus fight against poverty. 

To this end, through the Workplace Learning Support Programme, APEFE works to build the capacities of the main actors of this policy:

The Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA), responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the Workplace Learning Policy;

The Private Sector Federation (PSF), umbrella organization that brings together chambers and professional associations. PSF is co-lead with MIFOTRA for the coordination of the implementation of the Workplace Learning Policy PSF supports companies to invest in youth training in collaboration with vocational training centres.

In this 2017-2021 phase, APEFE, MIFOTRA and PSF, in collaboration with other key partners, are jointly implementing this support programme which aims at 3 results:

Different stakeholders collaborate and co-ordinate inclusive and equitable quality apprenticeship training.

TVET institutions train young women and men to be competitive on the labour market.

Companies are able to provide workplace learning opportunities.

1.3 The Made in Rwanda policy and Strategy to transform the textile, apparel and leather sectors 

Strategy to transform the textile, apparel and leather sectors 

The Strategy to transform the textile, apparel and leather sectors of April 2016 emphasized the need to create a Rwanda Institute of Design and Clothing:

The creation of Rwanda Institute of Design and Clothing (RIDC) within an IPRC dedicated for the skills development within the Textile, Apparel and Leather sectors.

It has been found evident that a learning institute is vitally needed in order to build a critical mass of skilled labour force within the Textile, Apparel and Leather sectors that will support production of quality and competitive products for the garment industry in Rwanda. This concept could be realised by integrating its principles into an existing Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) like Kicukiro through the creation of a department dedicated to the Textile and Clothing (Apparel and Leather sectors) industry. The department will be mandated with the task of providing highly qualified experts and designers with sufficient knowledge and skills required at international level. 

This specialised department can offer both short and long term training programs that are demand-driven and market oriented through public - private partnership framework model and effort will also be placed on developing production managers. In addition, this department will supplement and collaborate with the existing Technical Secondary Schools and Vocational Training Centers in the field. The setting up of such a department will necessitate investment in facilities expansion, development of Curriculum and training modules addressing private sector needs, procurement of Training equipment and recruitment of International and local trainers as well as trainees.

Made in Rwanda Policy

The new Made in Rwanda Policy of December, 2017 cites that “The Rwandan Centre for Design and Clothing is being established in a Polytechnic college, providing much needed skills and expertise in the priority garment and fashion sector.” While IPRC Kigali conducted a one-year training in garment manufacturing, there is a need to establish a state of art institution/department that can offer trainings in a perfection manner and including all the required skills not limited to tailoring and garment manufacturing but embracing all the required skills for fashionists, stylists and of the kinds who can create outstanding products that can compete on the national, regional and international markets. Such experience and available premises at IPRC Kigali will be built on to initiate the required training programme. The existing training range from short few months to three months training and only focus on the tailoring and embroidery. The sector skills gaps identification was conducted through a skills gap survey in Fashion by APEFE in March, 2019.

It is in this context, and due to the lack of expertise in the Fashion Sector in Rwanda, that 2 local national individual consultants are solicited to collaborate with an international consultancy firm to work in collaboration with curriculum facilitators of Rwanda Polytechnic and APEFE to support Rwanda Polytechnic to review the levels 3 to 5 curricula and develop the levels 1, 2, 6 and 7 curricula for Tailoring, Fashion Design and Garment Manufacturing. 

Since 21st March 2020, strict measures were taken by the Ministers Cabinet, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the international consultants will work home-based and communicate frequently with the national consultants, the Rwanda Polytechnic and APEFE team through video-conferencing. 

Objectives of the assignment

The objective of this assignment is to support the review of the level 3, 4 and 5 qualifications (curricula) and design the qualifications (curricula) at RTQF level 1, 2, 6 and 7 for Rwanda Polytechnic, and establish the career pathways (vertical mobility) from and into levels. 

Scope of work

The consultants, in collaboration with an international consultancy firm, will analyse the sector, identify the occupations and produce an occupational analysis report. A vertical mobility chart for the whole fashion sector will be produced and the competence standards for each occupation will be designed. After this first step, the existing curricula of Tailoring and Fashion (level 1, 3, 4 and 5) will be reviewed and the curricula for level 2 and professional and advanced levels (levels 6 and 7) will be developed.  


The consultants are responsible for the following: 

Collaborate with the international consultants, Rwanda Polytechnic curriculum facilitators and APEFE team;

Consult all relevant stakeholders and documents to prepare a situational analysis of the tailoring, fashion and garment manufacturing sector in Rwanda and the occupational analysis;

Ensure the acquired inputs are included in the qualification documents and reports; 

Present the occupational analyses and the qualifications to the private sector representatives, Rwanda Polytechnic and the regulatory body (Workforce Development Authority) during the validation workshops, as well as gather all recommendations during these workshops;

Integrate the recommendations by the regulatory body (Workforce Development Authority) in the qualifications after the validation workshop;

Contribute to the drafting of the final report of the common mission with the international consultancy firm. 

Stakeholders to be consulted (non-exhaustive list): 

Rwanda Polytechnic

IPRC Kigali

TVET Schools offering training in Tailoring

The Private Sector Federation, the Chamber of Arts and Craft, the Association of Professional Tailors

Companies (large, small and medium) from the tailoring, fashion and garment manufacturing sector

Methodology and deliverables

5.1 Methodology

The consultants are expected to:

Understand the Made in Rwanda Policy and related strategies;

Understand the current status and trends of the fashion and garment manufacturing sector in Rwanda;

Understand the status and trends of the international fashion and garment manufacturing sector;

Understand the Rwanda Education Qualifications Framework and in particular the TVET Qualifications Framework; 

Analyse the existing levels 1, 3, 4 and 5 curricula of tailoring;

Develop a vertical mobility chart (carrier pathways) based on a sector analysis (with priority occupations) and in accordance with the Rwanda TVET Qualifications Framework (RTQF) and occupations in the fashion and garment manufacturing sector;

Develop the occupational analysis (including DACUM chart) for all occupations;

Identify the required technical competences for all occupations to meet the industry standards and according to the TVET qualifications framework level 1 up to level 7.

Contribute to the development of the competence standards for the all occupations;

Contribute to the review/development of the qualifications for levels 1 to 7 (technical training modules and assessment guidelines);

Analyse the existing general modules for levels 1 to 7 and provide recommendations in terms of content to ensure matching with the needs in the fashion and garment manufacturing sector and ensure readiness for employment or self-employment;

Contribute to the development of a list of equipment and tools required for all levels;

Propose the job profiles for the trainers for levels 6 and 7.

Development and validation workshops will be conducted by the local consultant with the possibility of the international consultant to provide input online.   APEFE will arrange for logistics and expenses related to the validation workshops.


The individual consultants will be responsible and answerable to the client for the following deliverables:

An inception report including a harmonised work plan with the international consultants and based on the discussions held with Rwanda Polytechnic curriculum development facilitators and APEFE team; 

A vertical mobility chart (carrier pathways) based on a sector analysis and in accordance to the TVET qualifications framework 

An occupational analysis report including DACUM charts for each occupation in the Fashion and Garment Manufacturing Sector;

Competence standards for all competences identified for the levels 1 to 7 of the RTQF;

Seven (7) Qualifications: TVET certificates I, II, III, IV & V, TVET diploma and TVET advanced diploma (i.e. for RTQF level 1-7);

Job profiles for the trainers for TVET diploma and TVET advanced diploma (levels 6 and 7);

A final mission report including recommendations for the implementation of the curricula.

Deliverables documents shall be in English and will be handed in soft copies (both MS Word and PDF). Related presentations will be submitted in Power point format.

Deliverables will be prepared by the international consultancy firm in collaboration with 2 local consultants. The consultancy firm will be responsible for the submission of the final deliverable to APEFE. 

All the deliverables are subject to written validation. Deliverables will be approved by the client through a written communication. In case of required changes the consultant will proceed to corrections and improvement of any deliverable not in conformity.

Failure to produce a deliverable within the deadline agreed in the Inception Report, or any significant deviations from agreed responsibilities or tasks of the consultant will be considered as performance failure.   Any difficulties encountered that could jeopardize the execution of the contract in terms of timeframe and quality, it is the responsibility of the consultant to inform on time the client.  

In case clarifications are needed, the consultant is expected to ensure tight and regular dialogue with the client.

Period and Duration of the Contract

The consultancy period is anticipated to start from 8th October to 15th December 2020 with a maximum of 25 working days for each local consultant.

8. Dates of submission for deliverables 

30th October 2020: Vertical Mobility Chart, DACUM Charts and Competence Standards for the priority occupations.

27th November 2020: Validated Qualifications of TVET certificates III, IV, V, TVET Diploma and TVET advanced diploma and respective training organization guides. 

15th December 2020: Final documents and recommendations report.

These deliverables are a common production of the 2 local consultants and the international consultancy firm and will be submitted by the international consultancy firm, which is considered as the lead in this task. 

Payment Schedule

The following payment schedule will be used and in accordance to the approval of some deliverables:

40% when Vertical Mobility Chart, DACUM Charts and Competence Standards are approved by the technical team (Rwanda Polytechnic and APEFE)

50 % upon submission of the qualifications, tools and equipment lists for the developed curricula and the final mission report, after approval by the technical team (Rwanda Polytechnic and APEFE) 

10% upon submission of corrections according to the recommendations by the regulatory body (Workforce Development Authority)

Profile of the local individual consultant

The following profile and requirements will be used to select the 2 local consultants:

At least a Bachelor’s degree and/or a continuous professional development certificate in the fashion sector;

A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the Fashion and Garment Manufacturing industry;

A minimum of 3 years of experience in designing training materials and academic programs;

Perfect command of English and Kinyarwanda languages in writing and orally.

Evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be used to select the consultants: 

Expert profile 

Quality of the technical proposal (clear understanding and interpretation of the context, terms of reference and methodology, description of the proposed methodology, taking into consideration the competency-based methodology, workplan)

Financial offer 

Clarity of the proposal 

Composition of the offer

The interested individual consultants should submit the following documents:

Motivation letter;

At least two (2) references of work or task executed in the Fashion and Garment Manufacturing Industry;


Technical proposal including the proposed methodology and work plan for implementation of the mission;

Financial offer, all in and all taxes inclusive.

Submission of offers

The offers (financial and technical) must be submitted to APEFE office at, not later than 2nd October 2020 at 5 PM, addressed to Mrs. Marie Pierre NGOMA, the Program Administrator, Tel: 0782723969.

Any request for additional technical information should be addressed to


Marie-Pierre NGOMA              

Programme Administrator APEFE


Programme Director MIFOTRA         


Delegate to Co-management PSF


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