–CICSA In-Country Consultant

If interested, please email your cover letter and CV with complete contact information to Richard Amato.

The University of Texas at Austin – IC2 Institute – Global Commercialization Group

World Bank Vietnam Climate Innovation Center South Africa (CICSA) Support

 

Terms of Reference

Position: CICSA In-Country Consultant

Working Duration: Start asap (for ~2 months)

Time Commitment: Part-time (~10 days/month)

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Background

The Global Commercialization Group (GCG) at the IC2 Institute (IC2) at The University of Texas at Austin is working with the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) to support the development of several Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) within their CIC Network. The CIC Network consists of seven CICs established around the world to support growth oriented, clean tech entrepreneurs through a suite of services and grants. The Climate Innovation Center South Africa (CICSA) is one of those CICs being supported.

The CICSA is a component of The Innovation Hub, which was founded in 2001 by the Gauteng Provincial Government as a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) to create initiatives that support innovation and development. CICSA was established in 2013 in partnership with the World Bank’s InfoDev unit to support climate related technologies. The CICSA supports entrepreneurs that develop innovative technologies and business models in a range of climate technology-related areas: renewable energy, sanitation, zero waste and water security. The support will be achieved through the offerings of a suite of services, including training, technical and business advisory, access to finance and policy advocacy.

Scope & Responsibilities

IC2 is looking for a business incubation specialist to be located in Pretoria, South Africa, to support our efforts in the program as we work with the World Bank and the CICSA to implement incubation strategy and build capacity within the team. The specialist will report to Richard Amato, Program Manager, and work closely with him to accomplish the following major tasks in support of the CICSA:

  • Build in-house capacity of CICSA and help implement the agreed-upon CICSA Action Plan, with additional focus on supporting CICSA client companies as needed
  • Provide technical expertise to CICSA staff, which may include best incubation modalities, best management practices, and sector-specific expertise
  • Facilitate the development of the incubator model, including implementation of key processes
  • Actively support the CICSA team with the launch of the second cohort of incubation companies including:
    • Market research into and recruitment of prospective companies
    • Development of key evaluation materials including: application templates, guidelines for judges, scoring criteria, etc.
    • Outline of the cohort training and process
  • Serve as trainer and facilitator as necessary in selected activities in direct communication with entrepreneurs
  • Support development of networks, both local and global, and the clean-tech ecosystem within South Africa
  • Advise on structure and content of website as well as marketing and promotion to build brand awareness of the CICSA
  • Support recruitment and hiring of international staff
  • Develop a report on the outcomes and lessons learned from these activities, suggesting recommendations on areas of improvement, as well as on whether similar activities could be replicated in other countries in the region
  • Regular update calls with Program Manager and World Bank staff regarding progress of CICSA
  • Any other tasks as identified

Requirements

  • Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent experience in relevant discipline plus a minimum of eight years work experience
  • Knowledge of appropriate SME support mechanisms, including incubators/accelerators, access to finance, public policies, and linkages and eco-systems for sustainable enterprises
  • Hands-on experience with leading, managing or supporting business incubators or accelerators and executing a range of entrepreneurial support programs
  • Knowledge of the entrepreneurial cycle, including taking technologies from concept to commercialization, with a preference for experience in the clean/climate technology sector
  • Experience working on entrepreneurship and SME development issues in developing countries, including some knowledge of business incubation cycles
  • Experience, preferably in the private sector, of developing, commercializing, and deploying innovative businesses and technologies, preferably climate-related, in developing countries
  • Experience and understanding of incubation/innovation and innovation systems in South Africa preferred, including South Africa’s technology market and technology transfers
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work under tight deadlines and on urgent tasks in complex, multi-cultural teams