Applications will be accepted until Monday February 4, 2013 or until the position is filled. Please see below for instructions to apply.
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.
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 seven countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Vietnam, Morocco, and the Caribbean. 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.
Job Description / Scope of Work
infoDev is now seeking a highly qualified Research Analyst (the Consultant) to assist with various research, analysis and writing tasks. This role reports to the CTP Program Coordinator and Task Managers, and will be based at infoDev’s headquarters in Washington D.C.
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:
- Write, synthesize and summarize major sections of the CTP 5 year strategic plan, infoDev work program, and various CIC business/implementation plans.
- 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.
- Work with the Program Coordinator, Task Managers and consultants to prepare major frameworks, matrices and models that will be used within program documents (e.g. CTP 5-year plan and infoDev work program) and to fulfill donor requirements.
- Gather, analyze and interpret primary and secondary research from various data sources including desk reviews, focus groups, surveys, workshops and interviews.
- Support the Task Managers with 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.
- Manage and maintain the CTP database of contacts.
- 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 Managers.
In addition, the Consultant will have the opportunity to contribute to, coordinate and/or supervise upcoming special projects, such as:
- a study on the potential impact of crowdfunding for developing countries.
- the rollout of CTP Global Activities.
- a Green Growth stream for infoDev’s 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship that will take place in East London, South Africa in May 2013.
The Consultant will be hired for up to 100 days in the fiscal year ending June 2013. There is a potential for additional work in the following fiscal year based on program need and the Consultant’s performance.
The successful candidate will possess the following:
- MBA or masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. business, economics, technology management, energy policy) plus 3-5 years of related World Bank Group or external experience;
- Experience working on entrepreneurship and SME development issues in developing countries, including some knowledge of business incubation cycles;
- Knowledge of environment, energy, climate change and/or green growth sectors, policies, institutions and markets (desirable).
- Knowledge of appropriate SME support mechanisms, including access to finance, public policies, and linkages and eco-systems to grow sustainable enterprises;
- Strong track record of research, analysis, report writing and the ability to produce concrete and actionable recommendations;
- Experience with survey design, data collection and data manipulation (desirable).
- Experience with modern monitoring and evaluation practices and systems (desirable).
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills that will result in successful interaction with internal and external stakeholders;
- 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.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until Monday February 4, 2013 or until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials to Michael Ehst (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michelle Pabalan (email@example.com) with the subject line “Application: CTP Research Analyst”.
- Brief statement of motivation / cover letter (in the body of the email)
- CV (as PDF or Word attachment)
Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.