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Climate Technology Program: Consultant, Gauteng Province, South Africa

EXTENSION: Applications close Sunday May 19, 2011

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Applications should be submitted, in English, electronically through World Bank Group eConsultant2 (https://wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html).  The selection number is 1032427. PLEASE CLICK ON "BIDDING OPPORTUNITIES" - DO NOT LOGIN.

Background

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, competitiveness, 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 300 plus business incubators and more than 20,000 small and medium enterprises, and has helped create over 220,000 jobs across 87 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 17M over 5 years, sponsored by DANIDA and DFID. The development of CICs in the South Africa, Rwanda, the Caribbean, North Africa, and East Asia is planned in the next fiscal year.

The program complements the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism by forming part of a potential 'Climate Technology Center and Network' while also acting as a tangible ongoing program that can inform future COP decisions.  At the same time, neither development and launching of the CICs on a national basis nor the global network linking the CICs is contingent upon negotiations or progress of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism.  Existing enthusiasm from all stakeholders for the CICs will drive their development in the short- and medium-term.

infoDev’s vision is to build a global network of 30 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.

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 South Africa.  The Consultant will assist in the business plan development of a CIC in Gauteng Province and will be responsible for overseeing the coordination of in-country 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 Gauteng Consultant will be primarily responsible for the design, development and delivery of a CIC business plan in Gauteng over a 6-8 month period. The Consultant will:

Support the HQ Task Manager in the development the CIC business plan to;

  • Leverage in-country contacts 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 country’s 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.  
  • Assist business development and fund raising 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 Gauteng 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 in Africa and Globally.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the climate technology sectoral dynamics 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 Gauteng specifically.
  • Knowledge of the climate technology innovation support system in Gauteng 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. 
  • South Africa based candidates strongly prefered.

Expected Scope and Duration of Assignment:

  • The consultant will be hired for up to 85 days during the period of April 2011 through December 2011.
  • [NB.  This contract, when finalized will be split into two separate contracts to cover the Banks Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) up to June 30, 2011, and Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) running from July 1, 2011.]

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