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Note: The candidate selected will be on a one year extended term consultant contract at level 1 (ETC1) extendable by one more year based on business needs. The position will be based out of a World Bank office in Europe (Brussels, Paris or Istanbul) so as to facilitate timely communication with clients and partners.
infoDev (www.infodev.org) is a Global Partnership Program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency (FPDVP) of the World Bank Group. Its strategic goal is to promote the growth of technology enterprises to enhance sustainable inclusive growth, competitiveness, and jobs. infoDev focuses on the following key areas to achieve its goal: (i) assisting in taking technologies to market; (ii) assisting in creating and growing sustainable enterprises that are technology enabled; (iii) promoting an enabling environment for innovation and adoption of appropriate technologies to promote enterprise growth as well as ensure effective competition so that the market functions to widen access to technology at affordable prices; (iv) disseminating research and best practices to enhance growth and sustainability of enterprises in the technology and technology-enabled space; (v) building capacity to enhance the sustainability of enterprises; and (vi) providing technical assistance to incubators to ensure Access to Finance (A2F) and Access to Markets (A2M).
infoDev is a thought leader in technology-enabled small business incubation. infoDev’s global incubation network reaches to 300 plus business incubators, and more than 20,000 small and medium enterprises and has helped create over 220,000 jobs across 87 developing countries. Within the World Bank Group, infoDev has also been recognized as being cutting-edge in its use of web-based resources to develop, publish, and disseminate its work and facilitate debate and interaction among and between client countries and donors.
infoDev is implementing an ambitious work program, which includes:
• The “Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program” (CSBKE) - a public/private partnership between the Government of Finland. infoDev, and Nokia – which will launch a range of activities including establishing regional mobile applications laboratories, using social networking platforms to link mobile entrepreneurs, launching a program to help technology-enabled small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gain overseas market access, facilitating access to appropriate financing instruments for technology entrepreneurs, and developing agribusiness innovation centers. The program will address a mix of global activities with country and regional activities in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA).
• The “Climate Technology Program” (CTP), which aims to establish a global network of 30 Climate Innovation Centers that develop technology innovation capacity and enable accelerated commercialization and transfer of technologies for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change in developing countries.
• A seven year “Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)”, which is designed to create and grow competitive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the region by: (i) using business incubation to provide a suite of services for start-up entrepreneurs comprising advisory services, mentorship, and access to office space and equipment; (ii) upgrading skills and capabilities of incubator managers and policymakers supporting MSME development; and (iii) providing seed funding to promising MSMEs to help them successfully scale their operations.
• The agribusiness innovative entrepreneurship work was started under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program. Deliverables under this Program include:
• A global good practice assessment of agribusiness incubation initiatives in eight countries, documenting their impacts, sustainability, and lessons;
• A training module on agribusiness incubation, complementing infoDev’s general business incubation management curriculum;
• Design of agribusiness innovation centers (AICs) for four African markets, including Tanzania, Senegal, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, and related capacity building programs supporting the advancement of agribusiness innovation in Africa and Central Asia.
During the course of 2012 - 2013, infoDev intends to conclude the business model development for AICs in Africa, secure implementation financing for the same and in parallel roll out the agribusiness innovation capacity building program in Africa and Central Asia. The team working on these deliverables includes the Task Team Leader (based in the US), the Sr. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialist (based in South Africa), the Sr. Agribusiness Marketing Specialist (based in the US) and local consultants based in each of the implementation countries. The team also regularly consults with the Agricultural and Rural Development Department of the World Bank Group, the respective World Bank country offices, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNDP (Bratislava) and a range of other institutions working in this domain.
Duties and accountabilities
infoDev is seeking to hire an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) to assist the TTL of CSBKE with the innovation and entrepreneurship project implementation in Africa and Central Asia, with a particular emphasis on the preparation and execution of Agribusiness Innovation Centers. The ETC will also assist with business development in relation to European donors. On a day-to-day basis, the ETC will be reporting to the TTL of CSBKE. Specifically, the ETC will be tasked to:
• Assist the TTL with day-to-day coordination and overall project management, including planning and monitoring of consultant and client deliverables so as to ensure timely and quality delivery of the work program, and responding to consultant and client queries related to World Bank requirements and processes;
• Plan and coordinate the execution of the agribusiness innovation capacity development program in cooperation with the local consultants, and in close cooperation with the relevant World Bank country offices and other partners. This includes development and execution of a monitoring and evaluation framework so as to measure the results of the capacity development program;
• Pro-actively identify business development opportunities for the agribusiness innovation program; assist with preparing related concept notes, proposals and presentations; and conduct preliminary outreach to relevant donors;
• Assist the TTL with research, diagnostic work, analysis and studies associated with completion of agribusiness innovation center business models and fundraising proposals;
• In collaboration with the Sr. Communications Officer, facilitate the preparation and dissemination of press releases, highlights and knowledge products generated from the agribusiness innovation work. This includes pro-actively alerting the communications team to good PR opportunities;
• Help organize, prepare and follow up on all missions, workshops, and events under the agribusiness innovation program. This includes preparation of “back to office reports” and workshop summaries.
• Coordinate all procurement related transactions and clearances pertaining to the execution of the agribusiness innovation program.
• Other tasks that may be required by the team.
• Masters Degree in business, economics, or a related discipline;
• A minimum of three years work experience;
• Excellent project management skills;
• Experience working in international, virtual teams;
• Demonstrated knowledge of agribusiness entrepreneurship in a developing country setting;
• Excellent writing skills and command of English and French;
• Experience with World Bank procurement, financial management, and hiring processes;
• Positive, energetic, and ambitious work attitude;
• Highly systematic with keen attention to detail;
• Capacity to manage multiple complex tasks in parallel;
• Problem-solving orientation;
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, and partners at junior and senior levels; and
• Excellent command of Powerpoint, Word, and Excel.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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