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Purpose of consultancy

The 2022 Rwanda Population and Housing Census (RPHC) is the 5th to be conducted in the country after four censuses in 1978, 1991, 2002 and 2012. The censuses enabled Rwanda to generate data on demographic characteristics of the population; geographical distribution; structure by age and sex; density, characteristics of housing and households, non-monetary poverty, socio-economic characteristics of special groups of the population (children, women, persons with disabilities, youth, elderly people), mortality, fertility and migration/spatial mobility, among others. 

The Government of Rwanda through the National Institute of Statistics (NISR) plans to conduct the census enumeration in August 2022, this will be instrumental for updating data on core demographic, social and economic indicators for formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national and international development plans and programmes that the country has committed on.

The UN recommends use of modern technologies in various census operations in the 2020 round of population and housing censuses. It is in this context that the NSIR is using modern technologies in the 2022 RPHC’ operations including the data collection.  

In that context, NISR plans to enhance its capacity and bring in experience from other countries that have already embarked in the use of modern technologies in census data collection but also highly experienced in the area of census undertaking.

There is need for technical support and advice on census analysis so that the NISR successfully prepares and conducts the 2022 census with the use of technologies in all census’ operations and leverage the use of technologies in census operations and provide timely data for the decision making. It is against this background that a pool of  International Census Thematic analysis experts are required to lead preparation and guide the development of the thematic analyses of the 2022 RPHC.


As part of the implementation of the 5th Rwanda Population and Housing Census, NISR plans a data collection phase in August 2022. The main purpose of this nationwide exercise is to collect and collate comprehensive, reliable and timely data on the characteristics and dynamics of the Rwandan population that will be used by national authorities and development partners for policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation purposes. After the enumeration phase of the inhabitants of Rwanda in all private and institutional households, NISR will need to finish the processing in order to produce census data tables for analysis of the following themes:

  1. Census Data Quality Evaluation;   
  2. Population Size, Structure and Spatial Distribution
  3. Marital Status and Nuptiality;  
  4. Nuptiality and Fertility;                                                                                                                
  5. Mortality, including maternal mortality
  6. Socio- Cultural Characteristics of the Population;
  7. Migration, Spatial Mobility and Urbanization;
  8. Characteristics of Households and Housing;
  9. Labour Force Participation
  10. Measurement and Mapping of Non – Monetary Poverty;
  11. Educational Characteristics of the Population;
  12. Gender Status;
  13. Social- Economic Status of Persons with Disabilities;
  14. Social- Economic Status of Children;
  15. Social- Economic Status of Youth;
  16. Social- Economic Status of Aged People;
  17. Population Projections;
  18. Agriculture.
  19. Population Atlas

The thematic analysis reports will be prepared by national analysts with the support of International experts

Objective of the Assignment

The objective of the assignment is to analyze the 5th PHC-2022 data and translate them into usable information by stakeholders in planning, monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies, plans and programs in their area of activity in particular, and in socio – economic development of Rwanda in general.

Specifically, it will be:

  • To prepare all the necessary elements for the analysis of census data relating to mentioned themes i.e. the context, indicators, tabulation plans, thematic maps, graphics, tables and written interpretation relating to the chosen thematic analysis;
  • To supervise the work done by national census data analysts and IT team in charge of tables production, maps and census database;
  • To organize workshop on intermediate reports of the thematic analysis in order to improve the understanding and integration of the population variables in development planning;
  • To strengthen the capacity of national experts in analysis and data processing of census data. 
  • It is planned that NISR will publish preliminary results with detailed tables from different thematic areas by December, 2022 with draft thematic reports.

Tasks of the assignment

During census analysis activities, International expert will perform the following tasks:

  1. Building capacity of national experts, including analytical, report writing, GIS and data processing experts, and advice on a number of assigned themes related to his /her area of expertise.
  2. Organize and deliver training on thematic area to the analysts and other team members.
  3. Define a calendar of individual meeting with the analysts.
  4. Organize individual meetings with each of the analysts to assess their progress (discuss the content and structure of the reports especially the specific points regarding the analysis, identify the challenges they faced, discuss with them their request of additional tables, if any, etc.).
  5. Provide the IT Team of NISR with the algorithms to compute all the indicators needed for the thematic reports writing.
  6. Serve as interface between the analysts and the IT Team (assist in formulating the request for additional tables, conversion of tables into maps and graphics, first evaluation of the data, for instance the % of missing values, etc.).
  7. Prepare and conduct collective meetings with all analysts.
  8. Organize an internal pre-validation workshop of the reports 
  9. Supervise the integration of comments from the internal validation workshop into the draft report s       
  10. Organize the final validation workshop (prepare the agenda and the tools for the evaluation of thematic reports, facilitate the plenary and workgroup sessions).
  11. Supervise the finalization of the reports based on workshop recommendations by the analysts.

Duration and working schedule

The International Thematic Analysis experts will work on short missions upon NISR’s request to support the census’ implementation from the beginning of August to March, 2023. The consultancy for each thematic report will be done in 45 working days. The Lead consultant will work for 75 working days.

  • Consultancy services are required in the following phases:
  • Review Questionnaire, Edit specs, tabulation plan and evaluation of the syntaxes and thematic analyses of the 2022 PHC
  • Support the Main Census production of tables, analysis and preparations of the census preliminary results to be published by December, 2022,
  • Support the Main Census thematic analysis and report writing of the assigned thematic topic
  • For the entire period, the international expert will work mainly in country or remotely upon NISR’s request. The working schedule would be amended upon agreement between NISR, and the consultant depending on the expressed needs of the NISR.

Thematic areas

The analytical reports will be prepared and done between September, 2022 and March 2023.

The set of reports to be prepared are:

Lead Thematic Analysis Consultant: To lead the process, quality assurance and author of one demographic report.

Individual International Consultants to be responsible for each of the listed thematic reports.

  1. Population Size, Structure and Spatial Distribution 
  2. Fertility and Nuptiality
  3. Mortality
  4. Population projections (National, sub-national)
  5. Migration, spatial mobility and Urbanization
  6. Education
  7. Labour force Participation
  8. Social- Economic Status of Persons with Disabilities;
  9. Social- Economic Status of Children;
  10. Social- Economic Status of Youth;
  11. Social- Economic Status of Elderly People;
  12. Census Data Quality Evaluation/PES;   
  13. Characteristics of Households and Housing;
  14. Measurement and Mapping of Non – Monetary Poverty;

Place where services are to be delivered

At NISR Premises and some components remotely

How work will be delivered

Both Electronic and Hard Copy where necessary

Monitoring and progress: 

- The International expert will be reporting on the accomplished tasks to the NISR’s Director General, and the Representative of UNFPA.

- The reports will be reviewed by the Director of Census and the NISR’s Deputy Director General before submission to the NISR’s Director General.

- The reports of the consultant shall be submitted in the course of the assignment and will constitute the basis for the payment.

Supervisory arrangements

The Consultant will be supervised by the National Institute of Statistics’ Director General.


Under the supervision of Director General of NISR, International experts in collaboration with the census unit will provides the following: 

  • Inception Report on how International experts intend to coordinate and operationalize the census analysis;
  • Deployment of census national analysts and NISR data processing team;
  • The thematic charts, tables, maps and census databases;
  • The computed relevant indicators to each theme;
  • The Progress reports on census analysis
  • The Draft thematic reports;
  • The Final thematic reports;
  • The Census products (final report, census in brief, power point presentation highlighting key findings, and implications and recommendations)
  • Training resources and report on capacity building efforts implemented

The thematic reports should be of high quality in terms of presentation, analysis, relevance and utility and have the following attributes:

      - Concision: Covers the required material in a relevant and wieldy manner

      - Readability: Uses simple, professional, clear and jargon-free language

      - Analytical: describes and interprets results of the data clearly and discusses policy implications of the specific themes

Requirements for the Experts

The analysis experts are expected to observe the following:

  1. Provide a comprehensive but compact literature review highlighting state of research and knowledge (including available/emerging methodologies), and policy considerations in the thematic areas. Give due consideration to past and current government policy frameworks and global development goals.
  2. Develop/adopt a population and development theoretical/analytical framework to ensure that the research is policy relevant, especially in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  3. Identify and outline key indicators in their respective thematic areas.
  4. Describe clearly the methods and procedures used. These methods must be accepted internationally accepted or recommended.
  5. Highlight aspects of the thematic report relevant to achieve the government policy framework
  6. Provide adequate citations of all resources and published materials used in the thematic report, according to internationally accepted conventions. Consultants are encouraged to use peer-reviewed material and published policy documents

 Qualification and experience

The thematic analysis expert must have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Have at least Master’s degree in statistics, demography, data science and other related field, a PHD will be an advantage; 
  • Extensive knowledge in survey or census design and analysis;
  • Sound knowledge of Statistical and demographic analysis software such as CSPRO, IMPS, SPSS, STATA, Spectrum, DAPPS, MortPak, Spectrum, DAPPs, Python, R-Studio, Advanced Excel, …
  • Sound knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages such as Excel, Access, REDATAM.
  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant work experience in large scale statistical data analysis activities; experience in census data analysis in sub-African countries would be an advantage.
  • Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds. 
  • Experience in developing the capacity of public and private institutions;
  • Experience in senior positions at international level whether at home or other countries.
  • Specifically, the Census Thematic Analysis Expert should have expertise in the analysis of census data on the following areas: population projections; basic demographic topics (fertility, mortality, nuptiality, migration, maternal mortality, urbanization; etc.); and estimation of the non-monetary poverty mapping with census data, more specifically the supervisors should possess the following   profile:
  • Experience in Census data analysis /data processing: at least participation in one Population and Housing Census (PHC) analysis/data processing of PHC data in sub –Saharan African Countries will be advantage;

Required Competencies Core Competencies:

  • Commitment to NISR’s values and guiding principles;
  • Developing people/fostering innovation and empowerment/performance management;
  • Team work/communication/self-management;
  • Strategic thinking/results oriented and commitment to excellence/decision making;
  • Ability to work well within diverse teams;
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English in both written and oral.
  • Knowledge sharing.

Functional Competencies: 

  • Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise;
  • Leveraging the resources of national government and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise;

Personal qualities such as leadership, initiative, adaptability and sound judgment.

How to apply 

Interested candidates will send a one pager motivation letter, a filled UN P11 form and relevant certifications through our official email: 

We would appreciate receiving this package on or before 11 September 2022 at 17h00 Kigali Time.