Birasa has over ten years of experience of teaching at University of Rwanda and consulting services. He is specialized in Policy analysis, Macroeconomics& Microeconomics analysis, Gender studies, Agriculture & Agribusiness, Cost-benefit analysis, Strategic Plan, design of business plan, writing project proposals, Value chain analysis, impact assessment, and project evaluation. In the last three years; he has been with Rwanda Development Board as investment advisor in projects related to agriculture and agribusiness. This position enables him to work closely with private investors, policy makers and other investment enablers.
He also worked with BRAC-Africa as country coordinator and researcher in Rwanda for a research project entitled “Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women’s economic empowerment programmes and policies” for a period of three years.
Mixed methods were used in this research and girls, boys, men and women were interviewed during data collection.
The study was conducted in Rwanda, Nepal, India and Tanzania and it was financed by IDRC.He also worked with Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) for two years as facilitator and trainer in the areas of economic planning, cost-benefit analysis and climate resilient in Rwanda. This program was implemented by WACDEP in collaboration with Global Water Partnership (GWP) and these capacity development activities took place in more than 8 countries in Africa and targeted beneficiaries were the Directors of planning in selected public institutions. He also worked with Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) for five years for the promotion and implementation of IAR4D (Integrated Agricultural Research for Development) concept & activities in Africa. In this program he was involved in the market task force which was linking smallholder farmers to niche markets and processors. The targeted value chains were maize, beans, milk and Irish potatoes. The program also enhanced farming technologies and trained farmers on how to apply appropriate post-harvest technologies.
During the period of the project four Innovation platforms (forums for dialogues that bring together farmers, banks, private operators, research institutions and local government were established and institutionalized) were formed and institutionalized. Besides that the program helped female investor to set up potato processing plant in Gataraga sector which enabled her to secure contracts to supply washed and well packaged potatoes in super markets and hotels in Kigali. In the great lakes region; FARA program had its activities in Rwanda, DRC and Uganda plus other 8 African countries.