Short Term Consultant: Cleantech Innovation Associate

Short Term Consultant: Cleantech Innovation Associate

Application Deadline: December 31, 2013

Where:

infoDev Headquarters in Washington, DC

Details:

Seeking a Cleantech Innovation Associate STC to support the Climate Technology Program's operational activities. Apply by December 31.

Background

infoDev (www.infodev.org) is a global partnership program within the World Bank Group which works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth and job creation. infoDev is a thought leader in venture acceleration and incubation, assisting governments and growth-oriented small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve capacity and skills, increase access to finance and ensure appropriate enabling policy to enhance the innovation ecosystem. infoDev works in partnership with other development programs, with World Bank/IFC colleagues, and with stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors in the developing world.

infoDev’s incubation network includes specialized new venture enablers, such as mobile labs and hubs, climate innovation centers and agribusiness innovation centers. This network is a vibrant global community that is a rich source of data and knowledge on the realities of entrepreneurship in over 93 countries. It is an important conduit for enterprises to internationalize their businesses, for the exchange of knowledge, for peer-learning opportunities, and for convening—and building trust and collaboration among—all innovation ecosystem stakeholders.

infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) empowers developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop and deploy climate smart (clean tech) technologies and business models. The CTP is creating a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) that provide a country-driven approach to climate change and allow countries to achieve their green growth objectives. It targets the early stages of innovation, including the key role of entrepreneurs and growth-oriented startups. CICs are currently being developed in eight countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Vietnam, Morocco, the Caribbean and Ghana.

Each CIC provides domestic enterprises with a holistic range of services:

  • Firms can receive financing through proof-of-concept grants (up to USD 50K) and seed investments (USD 50K-1M), as well as investment facilitation at more advanced stages.
  • The CICs offer business advisory and training through mentorship, networking, seminars, and other services that build professional expertise.
  • To improve the competitiveness of local firms, the CICs provide local technology information, market intelligence and access to business/technical facilities.
  • By aggregating firm and industry insights, the CICs conduct policy advocacy through hosting dialogues with government, researching trends and documenting best practices for SME and climate technology regulation.

The CTP program is growing as it rolls out its Global Activities and ensures the successful establishment of the global network of CICs. Global Activities ensure CICs are connected globally to each other and the international community in the following ways:

  • CIC Design and Implementation: CIC LAUNCH will lead scoping, design, resource mobilization and implementation activities to meet client country demand for CICs.
  • Global Financing: The IGNITE Fund will mobilize and syndicate global funding for high-impact climate technologies and offer deal-flow to public and private investors eager to support promising climate ventures in developing countries.
  • Evidence-based Analysis: Climate TRACK will actively package lessons from individual CICs and provide cutting edge analytical products and policy toolkits on supporting private sector innovators in developing countries.
  • Connecting Markets: Market CONNECT will provide software, web-enabled services and networking technology to build interconnectivity between CICs and link promising companies with global partners and expertise.
  • Measurement Tools: Impact Xchange will provide each CIC with a web-based Impact Monitoring System (IMS) to track results and impacts in real-time.

One of the next Climate Innovation Centers to launch is the Vietnam CIC. The VCIC will support researchers, entrepreneurs, and private sector companies to participate in the rapidly expanding clean-tech sector in Vietnam and East Asia. It will provide financing and other services to develop innovative technologies and business models that address local climate and clean energy challenges. The VCIC is currently under implementation and is scheduled to launch in 2014.  

In the lead up to the launch, the CTP will launch a Proof of Concept (POC) competition in Vietnam as an activity run in parallel to the Center’s implementation to help build a pipeline of companies that can become future VCIC clients. The competition will be initiated in early 2014 and applications will be ranked on the following judging criteria; 1: Innovation 2: Market viability and 3: Impact on the Environment and Society.

The top 30 applicants of the Proof of Concept competition will be eligible for training and business advisory support to help define and develop their marketing, business and financial plans.  The top 30 will be presented to the VCIC when operational which will make the final determination to provide POC support of up to $50,000 to select companies and/or provide other follow-on incubation and advisory support.

Job Description / Scope of Work

The Consultant will primarily support the CTP’s operational activities, a role which is envisioned to grow as the CTP continues to scale at both the national and global levels.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the design, management and delivery of a Proof-of-Concept competition for clean technology start-ups in Vietnam that will act as a deal flow feeder for the Vietnam CIC.
  • Lead the oversight of an ongoing research study on access to early-stage finance in East Asia, including the design of the Vietnam CIC’s seed capital facility.
  • Act as focal point in preparation of project timelines, Terms of References, Requests for Proposals, Project Concept Notes and other relevant documentation for the implementation of the India CIC.
  • Write, synthesize and summarize major sections of the CTP strategic documents including implementation plans for the CTP global program and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities.
  • Research macro-economic contexts, technology sectors, markets, policies and relevant institutions of countries hosting or proposing to host a CIC.
  • Contribute research and writing and supervise survey design and data collection for a report on the impact of new ventures in clean technology industries.
  • Lead project/document management and compliance with infoDev/World Bank protocols to ensure that deliverables are completed within specific time-frames.
  • Draft tactical communications pieces (operations updates, blog posts, presentation/talking points, CTP newsletter, etc).
  • Format, proof-read and edit documents to ensure consistency and high standards of quality.
  • Liaise with infoDev colleagues, as well as consultants and stakeholders (internal and external to the World Bank Group).
  • Perform other tasks as required by the Program Coordinator and Task Team Leaders.

The Consultant will be hired for up to 150 days in the fiscal year ending June 2014. There is a strong potential for the consultant grow into a more permanent position in the following fiscal year based on consultant’s performance and program need.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • MBA or masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. business, economics, technology management, energy policy) plus 3-10 years of related experience (the team may recruit candidates at multiple levels of experience).
  • Experience working on technology and entrepreneurship development issues in developing countries, including knowledge of innovation and incubation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills that will result in high-quality written work and successful interaction with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of environment, energy, climate change and/or green growth sectors, policies, institutions and markets (desirable).
  • Knowledge of appropriate new venture support mechanisms, including access to finance, networks, skills, enabling policy and broader eco-system development.
  • Strong track record of research, analysis, report writing and the ability to produce concrete and actionable recommendations;
  • Experience with modern monitoring and evaluation practices and systems (desirable).
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, manage multiple priorities, and work independently;
  • Resourcefulness, efficiency and attention to detail in all areas of work;
  • Experience working in a multicultural team;
  • Fluency in English;

Interested candidates should apply through Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/10734483


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