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International Consultant for Innovation Hub Project Management Support project
|Location :||Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU|
|Application Deadline :||03-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||0d 2h 41m|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||120 working days within 180 days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP Guinea Bissau intends to capitalize on the society’s inherent entrepreneurial and creative spirit, with the high proportion of economically active women, youth, and the vibrant networks, to build and support start-ups and capacities that will have multiplier effects in the country, with a transboundary linkage to the sub/regional markets. The intervention proposed draws on the economic development approach for creating new value within an inclusive and sustainable market economy. Entrepreneurs and innovators are the dynamic and interactive agents within a broader market structure. Jointly, they constitute a nascent ecosystem of start-ups, small-scale producers, manufacturers, and service providers that have already identified new ideas or projects for value creation, aligned with social and sustainability principles. Unfortunately, these entrepreneurs often lack the requisite financial resources, technical knowledge, or human capacities to bring their ideas to fruition or to scale up their microenterprises. This ecosystem, therefore, requires an enabling structure and environment to better engage with the following fundamental domains: culture and creativity, policies and leadership, financing and capital investment, quality of human capital, market knowledge, and a wide range of institutional as well as infrastructural types of assistance. There are currently numerous initiatives and programmes led by local and international organizations and development partners to support private sector development and, in particular, entrepreneurship and innovation. However, these disparate initiatives are constrained by the limited interaction and collaboration among each other. Bringing together all these individual organizations, initiatives, standalone projects, and fragmented programmes of support into one interactive and interconnected space is expected to foster an environment conducive to collaboration and inspiration within a functional innovation ecosystem. By promoting the next generation of private sector leadership and agents of change, the ecosystem will act as a conduit for economic and social structural transformation for decades to come.
UNDP, as the thought leader, integrator, facilitator, and provider of technical support will strengthen private sector growth, partnership building and innovative/digital solutions through the creation of an Entrepreneurship Innovation Ecosystem and setting up a SDG Entrepreneurship Investment Fund to promote the spirit of creativity, ambition and drive. The innovation and ecosystem platform will be self-governed and self-sustained. The approach will be anchored in national response and embedded within relevant network linkages including a diverse range of actors to invest and self-sustain the ecosystem. The government, national universities, research centers and private sector associations are key stakeholders.
The project offers key tangible component of a broader Integrated National Financing Framework that seeks to develop an institutional structure that will enable a favourable environment for development finance across public, private, foreign, and domestic dimensions within a consolidated financing strategy to meet GNB 2030. To this end, a development finance assessment is foreseen with emphasis on leveraging private sector development and financing as a key to achieving strategic objectives, within which the start-up ecosystem and innovation communities will play a fundamental role.
The initiative will leverage the ideas, outreach activities, and networks of the Accelerator Lab in Guinea-Bissau and the Leadership Academy to support a system for strengthened social entrepreneurship. UNDP aims to position itself as one of the key building blocks of this development and will invite other UN agencies, development partners, private sector and other relevant stakeholders to accompany its establishment. In particular, the project will build on UNDP’s existing partnerships with local and international organizations/and corporations.
Objective of the assignment
The major objective of the assignment is to support management and implementation of the project through provision of technical expertise and services to ensure on-time delivery of four main components of the Innovation Hub:
Physical Space, including launch event
The physical space of the Innovation Hub will be the physical operating space for the Innovative Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum, and it will become the material core of the innovation cluster composed of established local innovators and startups. UNDP will work in collaboration with Impact hub to provide the design of space and a construction company to refurbish the physical space for the Innovation Hub, uniting the different members of the network through workshops and conferences contributing to the exchange of information, joint lessons, networking, connectivity and working and meeting spaces. The center will be suited to organize relatively large events, such as commercial fairs, training workshops and cultural events, making it an especially valuable asset for the creative industries and entrepreneurial sector. To ensure an exit strategy, the intervention will be anchored within a national structure and a number of practical measures will be guaranteed through planning and the long-term financial sustainability of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center: relevant stakeholders will be welcome to set up their head offices in the building. Upon the completion of the design and refurbishment of the physical space, UNDP will organize a launch event, where relevant stakeholders, youth and women, startups, commercial banks, and the government entities will be invited to celebrate the launch of the Innovation Hub Physical Space.,
An interactive online platform will be created to connect national and international members of the Innovation Hub ecosystem forum (Physical Space). This platform will have an important role in facilitating knowledge sharing and learning and will catalyze the expansion of the socioeconomic role currently played by the diaspora and foreign investors. A portal will be integrated into the digital platform that will assist entrepreneurs in procurement of intermediate goods and services needed for their businesses and reaching clients, marketing etc. The digital platform will contain a portal that will allow small and medium enterprises apply for loans through existing commercial banks. Together with the creation of this online platform, the Country Office will devise a communication strategy to popularize both the project and the platform. This will inform the relevant stakeholders of the criteria and objectives of the different interventions, catalyzing expressions of interests and requests for support from MSMEs. It will also contribute to increased and improved partnerships by facilitating connectivity to existing partners engage in the development of the private sector in Guinea-Bissau.
Innovation Hub project seeks to establish a guarantee fund with one or two of the existing commercial banks in Guinea-Bissau. The fund will serve as a de-risking element, thereby increasing access to finance to small and medium enterprises and startups. The Innovation Hub will guarantee 80% of loans provided. Entrepreneurs will be selected through the digital platform of the Innovation Hub. Members of the Innovation Hub will conduct the first screening of the entrepreneurs’ proposal and the pass the selected candidates to commercial banks for final decision.
Training the trainers on financial literacy
UNDP will provide a small group of the Innovation Hub leaders with trainings on good business practices, business planning and skills development to support increased financial literacy and access to credit for entrepreneurs, with focus on women and youth. The trained leaders of the Innovation Hub will then provide training to the small businesses and startup in a larger scale. The project aims to train more than 300 small businesses and startup owners in the first year of operation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Organize, manage, and operationalize the Innovation Hub’s Physical Space, including launch event
Launch of initial fund competition on Digital Space
Support the establishment of Grant Challenge Fund with local delivery partner
Training the trainers on financial literacy
Challenge Grant Fund
Duration of the assignment
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Professionalism: ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; to show commitment to the organization and its goals; to respect deadlines; to achieve results; to show flexibility and persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; to handle pressure; to demonstrate attention to detail and professionalism in interactions with external actors.
Communication: ability to speak and write clearly and effectively; to listen; to interpret messages and respond appropriately; to use precise language and ask for clarification when required; to transmit relevant information; to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and openness.
Teamwork: ability to work in collaboration with colleagues in view of reaching organizational goals; to solicit input and value colleagues’ ideas and expertise; to be willing to learn from others; to place team agenda before personal agenda including willingness to work in other than assigned areas where and when required to ensure achievement of Strategic and Economic Cluster’s objectives’; to share credit for team accomplishments and to accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Required Skills and Experience
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