Applications including resume and cover letter should be submitted, electronically through The World Bank Group eConsultant2 website(https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html). The selection number is 1064296 and can be found by clicking on the "BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES" tab.
infoDev 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, competiveness, 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 encompasses almost 400 business incubators and more than 25,000 small and medium enterprises, and has helped create over 260,000 jobs across 100 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.
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 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 tones of C02.
The first CIC will be launched in Kenya in CY11, with a total budget of USD 15M over 5 years, sponsored by DANIDA and DFID. CICs in the South Africa, Ethiopia the Caribbean, Morocco and Vietnam are currently being developed. infoDev’s vision is to build a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) that will create over 2,400 enterprises, generate 240,000 direct and indirect jobs, install 3000 MW of off-grid energy capacity, provide energy access to over 28 million people, deliver clean water to over 10 million households, and mitigate 65 million tons of CO2.
In addition to country level activities, the CICs will also participate and benefit from infoDev’s global Climate Technology Program. The CTP focuses on a number of global activities to coordinate national CICs, drive learning for developing country innovation in climate technologies, and collaborate with related initiatives. These programs include: (i) CIC Design & Oversight, (ii) Global Financing, (iii) Evidence-based Learning, (iv) Connecting Markets, and (v) Measuring Results. These five global programs will serve the needs of climate innovators in developing countries by helping them access the latest technologies, information, financing and expertise to participate in growing international climate sector opportunities.
While the global CTP activities will be operated by the infoDev’s Washington DC-based expert team, country CIC’s will be implemented through the local World Bank offices. This will ensure that World Bank and IFC knowledge, systems and funding can be leveraged at the country level.
Scope of Work
infoDev is seeking a Short Term Consultant (STC) to assist with various research, analysis and writing tasks to support the CTP Program Coordinator and Program Officer. The Consultant will be primarily responsible for researching, writing, synthesizing and summarizing major sections of the CTP’s 5 year business plan and various CIC business plans including Vietnam and the Caribbean. The Consultant will also oversee the design and contracting of upcoming CTP analytical work and a monitoring and evaluation framework. These tasks will include working closely with CTP core staff, in-country consultants and also broader infoDev staff where necessary to complete deliverables within relevant deadlines. The Consultant will report to the CTP’s HQ team in Washington D.C. including the Coordinator and Program Officer.
The position will involve:
- Conducting detailed research on the global landscape of climate technology innovation including current challenges, trends, policies and relevant organizations involved in supporting climate innovation related programs.
- Indentifying relevant data on the importance of innovation and green growth in developing countries including the private sector development, wealth creation and job generation potential of funding and supporting technology innovation.
- Using research collected, synthesize existing CTP, infoDev and World Bank materials to write, collate and format major sections of the CTP 5 year business plan in coordination with the broader CTP team.
- Conduct final formatting, proof-reading and editing of the 5 year business plan to ensure consistency and high-quality delivery of the document.
- Supporting the Program Officer with document management to ensure that portions of the business plan are delivered within specific time-frames.
- Designing and developing the Terms of Reference for a pioneering CTP global analytical study on climate innovation policy and lead the selection, contracting and management process of external consultants to execute this work.
- Designing and developing the Terms of Reference, including the contracting process for a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the CICs and CTP program, closely coordinating with broader infoDev M&E activities.
- Coordinating with the Program Officer and in-country consultants to provide inputs into major sections of CIC country-level business plans including Vietnam, the Caribbean and other countries as needed.
- Researching necessary macro-economic contexts, technology sectors, markets, policies and relevant institutions within each country.
- Collecting, analyzing, and editing primary and secondary research from various in-country activities including focus groups, surveys, workshops and interviews.
- Working with the CTP Program Analyst to allocate the budget and ensure that the above deliverables are completed within the expected timeframe and resource allocations.
- Contributing input to other reports, publications, presentations, analytical products, business plans, business development, marketing and outreach materials as needed.
- Assist the Program Coordinator and Program Officer with other duties related to the CTP globally.
- Knowledge of environment, energy, climate change and/or green growth sectors, policies, institutions and markets.
- Understanding of entrepreneurship and SME development in developing countries is highly preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills that will result in successful interaction with internal and external stakeholders.
- Experience with research, analysis, business plan writing and the ability to produce high-quality, fully-formatted reports.
- 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.
- Fluency in English is required.
- At least 5 years relevant professional work experience.
Expected Scope and Duration of Assignment:
The consultant will be hired for up to 50 days during the period of March 2012 through June 2012.
Applications close Sunday March 25, 2012