Short term consultant- Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project April 2014

Short term consultant- Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project

Application Deadline: April 14, 2014

Where:

This position is based in Jamaica

Details:

Seeking an experienced consultant on a short-term consultancy basis based in Jamaica to support the implementation of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project under infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC).

The World Bank is seeking an experienced consultant on a short-term consultancy basis based in Jamaica to support the implementation of the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project under infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC). Please submit your application no later than 11.59PM EST on April 14, 2014 via the World Bank's eConsult2 system (https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/‎), selection #1139831.

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Background

The World Bank Group is supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In the past, relevant initiatives have included Digital Jam 2.0 and 3.0, pitchIT Caribbean, as well as the CARCIP program.

infoDev, a Global Partnership Program in the Financial and Private Sector Development Network of the World Bank Group, has the strategic goal of promoting the growth of technology enterprises. Currently, it is implementing the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC – http://www.infodev.org/EPIC), a 7-year, CAD 20 million program funded by the Government of Canada which covers 14 CARICOM countries. EPIC is designed to create and grow competitive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the region. Within the program, there are three activity pillars (mobile innovation, climate technology, and women’s entrepreneurship) which are complemented by an access to finance component and capacity building for incubation professionals involved in the program.

Followed by extensive stakeholder consultation and market testing the Mobile Innovation Program of infoDev (www.infodev/mobile) is establishing the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP), a two-tiered partnership approach to support growth-oriented mobile apps businesses in the region. The CMIP aims (1) to strengthen the Caribbean mobile innovation ecosystem and (2) to enable sustainable and competitive mobile enterprises to grow through a number of regional and local activities that will target early stage innovators and guide them to market and investment readiness. The desired outcome is the creation of a regional pool of high-growth potential mobile startups with the capacity to release their apps to the market and raise additional capital to grow. The World Bank, through infoDev, directly partners with a Caribbean based consortium as the Regional Coordinator, which will implement and coordinate the regional activities of the project. In order to provide services on the ground, the Regional Coordinator will also select partners on six islands, which will act as hubs for the local technology communities (mHubs).

Scope of Work:

infoDev is seeking a Short Term Consultant (STC) based in Jamaica to support the CMIP Task Team Leader (TTL) to oversee business development and implementation of the CMIP, including the project establishment by the Regional Coordinator, and contribute to reporting, monitoring & evaluation (M&E) and communications related to the project. The Consultant will be primarily responsible for providing supervision and project management support for the regional coordinator to design and deliver services in align with the grant agreement and the business plan. S/he is also expected to advise and contribute to CMIP business plan updates, prepare internal reports, communications briefings and get involved in other CMIP related initiatives. The Consultant will be working closely with EPIC core staff, but also with in-country consultants to ensure CMIP services are delivered within deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • By closely coordinating with the TTL, supervise and advise the Regional Coordinator to prepare and deliver CMIP services in accordance with the grant agreement and CMIP business plans
  • Substantially contribute to planning and execution of CMIP initiatives in collaboration with other EPIC components, including the Mobile Startup Training Course and the Mobile Camp targeted for Digital Jam 3.0, pitchIT Caribbean and VentureOut Challenge finalist teams, skills upgrading and peer-to-peer learning events for Regional Coordinator and country partners, access to finance activities, etc.
  • Substantially contribute to drafting, revising and reviewing documentation including progress reports, implementation plans, project briefings for communications purposes, etc.
  • Lead collection and analysis of M&E data, aggregation, and preparation of results materials for program reports, and possible knowledge products, and knowledge exchange activities
  • Ensure sufficient work flows between key project stakeholders (EPIC teams, internal World Bank units, consultant firms)
  • Identify and pursue emerging opportunities for new Mobile Innovation projects and initiatives in the Caribbean and liaise with local stakeholder communities, to ensure that the CMIP remains demand-driven and responsive to client needs
  • Facilitate knowledge producing and knowledge sharing between key project stakeholders in order to ensure smooth communication between groups
  • Work with infoDev's Communications team to ensure that appropriate communications, marketing and publicity is achieved for the CMIP in the Caribbean whenever appropriate. This will include preparation of project briefs, presentations, promoting CMIP events to key stakeholders, etc.  
  • Contribute to a planned annual updates to the ecosystem map and ICT innovation discussion
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Program Manager and TTL

Selection criteria:

  • Master’s Degree in a related discipline and at least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Established network of contacts and strong knowledge of the key players/stakeholders and mobile innovation landscape in the Caribbean
  • Knowledge of the mobile technology industry, including cycles for taking mobile apps from concept to commercialization
  • Knowledge of appropriate startup support mechanisms, including startup acceleration, access to finance, public policies, and linkages and ecosystems to grow sustainable and growth-oriented enterprises
  • Strong project management skills that will lead to on-time delivery of expected outcome
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Prior exposure to project impact evaluation, including data collection and analysis
  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to speak articulately and persuasively, and to write concisely
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Willingness to travel
  • Must be based in Jamaica and able to work out of the World Bank's Kingston office when necessary.

Expected Scope and Duration of Assignment:

It is expected that this will be a 190 day assignment for the duration of fourteen months starting immediately.

Apply now at https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/‎  (selection #1139831)


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