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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, job creation and poverty reduction. infoDev is a thought leader in technology-enabled small business incubation, assisting governments and technology-focused small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow jobs, improve capacity and skills, increase access to finance and markets, ensure the appropriate enabling policy and regulatory environment for business to flourish, and test out innovative solutions in developing country markets. We work 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. Our network of over 400 business incubators support more than 20,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in 100 developing countries and have helped create over 230,000 jobs worldwide.
Building on infoDev’s SME development and incubation success, the Climate Technology Program (CTP) was launched. The CTP is developing a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) that provide a country-driven approach to climate change which allows countries to achieve their green growth objectives. Each CIC will provide early-stage financing and other services to enable domestic industry and SMEs to pro-actively and profitably develop innovative climate technology (cleantech) solutions that meet local needs. This not only helps a country address climate change challenges but creates economic development, job creation and industrial competitiveness.
The Centers are designed via an extensive in-country stakeholder engagement where market barriers preventing innovation and entrepreneurship are identified. Programs are then designed to remove barriers by providing a range of services at the local level including financing, technical assistance, market information, policy advice and capacity building.
Based on infoDev’s experience developing business plans for CICs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Vietnam and India, each Center is projected to support over 70 innovative climate technology enterprises, generate over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, provide solutions for adapting to climate change and mitigate 1.5-2m tons of C02.
The first CIC was launched in Kenya in CY12, with a total budget of USD 15M over 5 years, sponsored by DANIDA and DFID. The launch of CICs in South Africa, Vietnam, Ethiopia, the Carribean, India and Morocco are planned over the next two years.
Scope of Work
infoDev is seeking a Short Term Consultant (STC) to lead field-based stakeholder engagement and technical support of the Climate Technology Program in Ghana. The Consultant will assist in the business plan development of a CIC in Ghana and will be responsible for overseeing the coordination of in-region activities including stakeholder outreach and engagement and providing and applying local technical knowledge of the climate technology sector to presentations, briefings and the final business plan. The Consultant will liaise closely with and be supported by the CTP’s HQ team in Washington D.C. including the CTP Coordinator and Task Manager.
The Ghana Consultant will be primarily responsible for the design, development and delivery of a CIC business plan in Ghana over a 6-8 month period. The Ghana Consultant will be initially contracted for a 3-4 month period to develop sections of the CIC business plan that will feed into an inception report presented at a World Bank Concept Review meeting.
The Ghana Consultant will:
Support the HQ Task Manager in the development the CIC business plan to:
- Leverage contacts throughout the region and networks within the sector including academia, entrepreneurs, financiers, industry, NGO’s and government to compile a list of relevant stakeholders in the climate technology sector;
- Lead a series of discussions with stakeholders via the organization of workshops, focus groups, one-on-one interviews and surveys to gather both qualitative and quantitative stakeholder feedback on the opportunities, challenges and needs of climate innovation;
- Use infoDev’s proprietary frameworks and feedback from stakeholders, conduct detailed analysis of the climate technology and innovation landscape including: availability of early-stage finance, identification of priority technologies, mapping of local business and market conditions and assessment of policy and regulatory environments;
- Evaluate gaps and needs of local innovators, entrepreneurs, and SMEs and translate these needs in the context of the above market research, into an appropriate business model for the CIC including the appropriate financial modeling of the Center to design the budget and ensure long-term cost-recovery;
- Aggregate the results of the work completed in each market and assist the CTP team in preparing a detailed business plan for donors including a work plan for implementation; (See example for Kenya here: /en/Publication.1006.html)
- Assist business development and fundraising using the business plan to secure local and international donor, public and private money to implement the CICs;
- Liaise with local World Bank staff and assisting Program Coordinator in the coordination of activities with local World Bank and IFC staff;
- Work with infoDev to allocate the budget and ensure that the program delivers the results within the expected timeframe and resource allocations.
The Ghana Consultant will also assist the CTP team in global activities including:
- Contributing input to reports, publications, presentations, analytical products, other business plans, and business development/marketing/outreach materials;
- Assist infoDev with other duties related to the CTP globally.
- Demonstrated understanding of the climate (clean) technology sectoral dynamics (i.e. renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, etc) and energy efficiency, watershed and land management, sustainable agriculture, and improved building and transportation design) to identify key players/stakeholders in the public, private, non-governmental, academic and donor communities. It would be highly advantageous for the candidate to have experience/knowledge in the climate technology sectors in Ghana specifically.
- Knowledge of the climate technology innovation support system throughout Ghana including availability of early-stage finance, R&D and/or university institutions, public policies, local market landscape and other ongoing local and international initiatives.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills that will result in stakeholder participation and buy-in through stakeholder introductions, interviews, workshops and telephone interactions.
- Experience with conducting and analyzing surveys.
- Experience with organizing workshops and focus groups.
- Evidence of strong project management skills that will lead to on-time delivery of expected outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
- Experience working in a multicultural team.
- Experience working on entrepreneurship and SME development in developing countries.
- Fluency in English is required.
- At least 5 years relevant professional work experience.
- Ghana based candidates strongly preferred.
Expected Scope and Duration of Assignment:
The consultant will be hired for up to 50 days during the period of March 2013 through June 2013.
Upon a satisfactory review of the consultant’s performance in June 2013, the consultant will be hired for up to 100 additional days during the period of July 2013 – June 2014.