Jean Claude UWITONZE is a passionate man in the area of coordination of project’s implementation and capacity development with extensive experience in financial services, entrepreneurship, proposal/grant writing, coaching and Dual Apprenticeship System. He has more than ten years working with various institutions (Local and International) with a mission to empower people and communities in different areas of capacity building and poverty alleviation. He is currently working as Programs Manager and capacity development expert in Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (RICEM).
His academic background is in business studies. He holds A2 in Business Information Technology and Management, bachelor’s degree in Accounting and MBA – Accounting and Finance. Concerning certificates awarded to him in the area of capacity development/training include training of coaches for Dual System, certified in trainer development skills for senior trainers – Institute for Capacity Development, certified professional trainer in Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII)- India, certified by DOT-Rwanda on various entrepreneurship approaches as covered in the Reach Up ! and Start Up ! Program. Concerning the certificates awarded to him in the area of project include certificate in proposal writing and resource mobilization, certificate in proposal writing and fundraising, certificate in managing donor funded projects and certificate in Monitoring & Evaluation project logical framework. In the area of Microfinance, he is an international certified expert from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management – Germany and he is also certified by School of African Microfinance – Kenya.
Before joining the current organization (RICEM), he worked in different organizations (local and international). He worked for a development organization named” Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC currently known as DSIK) for 5 years whereby he occupied 2 major positions namely (1) Responsible Finance and Performance Monitoring officer and (2) Capacity Development Expert.
He worked as a consultant in SUISSCONTACT whereby he facilitated product development to Micro-leasing project in Rwanda. He also worked on two projects namely (1) Financial Education to 135 SACCOs located in rural areas - World Bank and (2) Dual Apprenticeship System – SBFIC/DSIK. With USAID related assignments, he worked as a consultant on (1) HINGA WEZE project/USAID funded project through AMIR and (2) Palladium Rwanda Limited (USAID Rwanda Integrated Health Systems Activity-RIHSA). With GIZ project through RICEM partnership, He is currently working as a Project team leader on a one-year assignment “Consultancy services to support the implementation of the governance and management model for Integrated Crafts Production Centres (ICPCs)”
He worked in Vision Finance Company currently known as Vision Fund whereby he worked as a special project coordinator (KIVA and World Vision Micro). With those 2 projects, he was coordinating both projects related activities of helping high-poverty communities living in rural areas of Rwanda to create opportunity for themselves and their communities.