Who We Are

Funded through a grant from the World Bank Group and partners, the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is a green project incubation hub where entrepreneurs and startup ventures can access support to develop their innovative ideas into strong and viable businesses. 

Sub-Sector Focus Areas

Energy Efficiency

Ghana’s power sector continues to face difficulties in closing its supply shortfall; energy efficiency solutions provide an immediate step to fixing this problem, and could save the country millions annually.

Main applications:
Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Transmission & Distribution, Clean cook stoves and fuels

Water Management & Purification

With a population of 27 million, about 3 million of Ghana’s population do not have access to safe drinking water and most water sources are fast depleting. Water management and purification solutions that increase access to potable water could drop mortality rates by as much as 75%.

Main applications:
Waste Water Treatment, Potable Water, Water use efficiency, Waste water recycling, Desalination, Rain water harvesting, Efficient irrigation

Climate Smart Agriculture

Despite the abundance of resources for agric production, Ghana remains a net importer of food with dated production methods and inefficient value chains. Climate adaptation solutions to agriculture will improve production and increase the resiliency of especially small farmers to climate change.

Main applications:
New resilient crops/seeds, Water/energy efficient agri-machinery/equipment, Water/energy efficient irrigation systems, Climate friendly/energy efficient food processing, Bio pesticides & fertilizers, Agricultural waste management

Domestic Waste Management

Increasing population with its resultant increased waste production in Ghana has outpaced the country’s capacity for effective waste management. Innovative solutions to domestic waste management can bridge this capacity gap and lead to cleaner environments and healthier citizens.

Main applications:

Recycling, e-waste management, Biogas Generation, Biomass Power

Solar Energy

Solar as a resource is abundant throughout Ghana. With up to 3000hrs of sunshine per annum, solar solutions could effectively supplement on-grid solutions and offer new opportunities to off-grid populations.

Main applications: Offgrid/Distributed solar PV, Solar PV MW, Concentrated Solar PV MW, Solar Thermal MW, Solar Thin Film, Solar IT

How to fight climate change and create jobs

Our Model

The Ghana Climate Innovation Center provides business advise and training, market development services, access to product testing facilities and collaborative engagement on climate policy. In this way, the GCIC acts as a national focal point, coordinating efforts in promoting the growth of locally relevant climate sectors. The global network of CICs also provide a platform to create international business-to-business linkages, enhance knowledge sharing and facilitate trade.

1. Business Acceleration

The GCIC will provide business advisory and mentoring services to startups, and facilitate technical training and skills development for entrepreneurs. The center will also provide co-sharing spaces and offices.

2. Tech and Product Development

The center will provide access to technical facilities and services to design, prototype, text and demonstrate products. We will also provide commercialisation support for universities and research institutes working in the climate tech space.

3. Matchmaking

The GCIC will tap into the global network of climate innovation centers, to promote knowledge sharing, business collaboration, and stakeholder engagement which could help provide growth opportunities for Ghana’s green economy.

4. Market Development

We will support startups with research and analytics on markets, sector trends and analytics to help them identify opportunities to scale their impact and improve the lives of more Ghanaians.

5. Financing

Our proof-of-concept grants, and direct seed capital will provide up to $1million in funding for businesses, and the center will also facilitate access to commercial investments for its entrepreneurs and startups.

6. Policy and Regulatory Support

A key part of the GCIC’s work will be advocacy with government stakeholders on climate change policy issues, as well as building dialogue between the public and private sectors of Ghana’s green economy.

The Climate Innovation Centre Approach

The World Bank Group’s Climate Technology Program is establishing a global network of Climate Innovation Centers in seven countries around the world: the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Vietnam. The centers are locally-owned institutions that provide clean technology ventures with the knowledge, capital, and access to markets required to launch and scale their businesses. Climate Innovation Centers provide holistic support to entrepreneurs and new ventures that surpasses traditional incubation models. The centers offer seed financing, policy interventions, and network linkages, as well as technical and business training.

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Innovation Centres Worldwide

6.4

Trillion Dollars Expected in Investments Over Next Decade

Our People

Job Openings

Job Description

Background:

The objective of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is to establish local institutional capacity to support Ghanaian entrepreneurs and new ventures involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through its programs, activities and financing, the GCIC and its network of partners and stakeholders will provide a country-driven approach to solving climate, energy and resource challenges and support economic development through job creation.

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is to coordinate the Policy and Regulatory framework of the Programme.

The main objective of the Policy and Regulatory Programme is to improve the overall enabling environment for climate technology industries in Ghana.

To achieve this, UNU-INRA has developed the following main activities to address the Policy and Regulatory aspect of the program:

  • Policy Advocacy Service: Undertake policy advocacy on behalf of entrepreneurs to facilitate the creation of policies where they are needed when none exist, to engage relevant stakeholders in the reform of harmful or ineffective policies and to ensure good policies are implemented and enforced;
  • Policy Dialogues, Roundtables and Events Service: Coordinate, organize and participate in key events that convene policy makers and other interested stakeholders in policy discussions related to entrepreneurship in the clean technology sector in Ghana;
  • Policy Assessment Service: Review policy implementation and effectiveness aimed at providing evidence-based information that can encourage policy adjustments to enhance the development of clean technology sector in Ghana;
  • Policy Research Service: Identify and evaluate policies and practices that can enhance the development of clean technology sector in Ghana and;
  • Policy Dissemination Service: Develop and disseminate thought leadership on policies and regulations to drive climate technology market in Ghana.

 

Main Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre, the selected fellow will be an advocate of policies that enhance climate technology sector and SMEs. He/she will also be responsible for the design of the policy and advocacy strategy of the Centre. More specifically, he/she will:

  • Design and implement programmes (workshops, stakeholder briefings, press releases etc) that advocate favourable policies to enhance climate technology business in Ghana;
  • Manages the Policy and Regulatory Support Desk and Program in general;
  • Liaise with government regulatory agencies to facilitate approvals for technology products registration applications;
  • Represent the GCIC in all stakeholder forums and workshops;
  • Support awareness creation activities by the Centre targeting government, civil society, business community and the general public.

Description of Deliverables:

The scope of this fellowship position will include but not necessary be limited to the following:

Services Activities
Policy Advocacy
  1. Consultation and policy analysis: Consult with government and other relevant stakeholders, identify policy issues, identify key actors and institutions, analyze the policy environment, summarize policy findings, and identify options for policy change;
  2. Advocacy strategy: Select a policy issue, select target audiences, set policy goals, identify allies and opponents, select roles, identify key messages, and define advocacy activities;
  3. Engagement with government: Work closely with the government and interested parties to develop policies that support the development and adoption of clean technologies in Ghana;
  4. Gender issues: Work closely with the government and interested parties to mainstream gender-sensitivity into climate technology related policies and address gender challenges to technology including providing technical training for women and coordinating presentations at schools and universities on women’s success and opportunities as well as providing early training for girls in science and technology and;
  5. Public-Private Partnership: Facilitate public-private partnerships for the development, diffusion, deployment, and transfer of existing, emerging and longer term cost-effective, cleaner and more efficient climate technologies in Ghana.
Policy Dialogues, Roundtables and Events  

  1. Generate evidence on policy and regulatory issues by mapping the broad clean technology policy landscape and carry out surveys to gather stakeholder opinions, perceptions and knowledge;
  2. Organize and coordinate 1 to 3 policy roundtables per year to allow issues experts and thought leaders in the government and in climate and clean technology sector to discuss trends, frame issues, and identify information gaps, critical uncertainties, and policy challenges in a particular clean technology policy context and issues that concern a wider public;
  3. Organize and coordinate 1 to 3 policy events such as conferences per year to bring together various stakeholders to participate in a structured but engaging dialogue to gather evidence and secure consent on clean and climate technology process in Ghana and;
  4. Participate in key events that convene policy makers and other interested stakeholders in policy discussions related to entrepreneurship in the clean technology in Ghana.
Policy Assessment  

  1. Assess clean technology policy processes in Ghana using a variety of methods such as process evaluation, benchmarking, peer reviews and case studies;
  2. Inform policy environment that pertain in Ghana using a variety of methods such as the analysis of secondary data (Government, NGO, Research Institutions, Universities, etc.), national-level macro and sectorial reports;
  3. Analyze the link between sectorial policies and their effects on development of the clean technology sector in Ghana using a variety of methods such as substantive theory and research, expert panels and categorizations of sectors according to their possible impacts on clean technology development;
  4. Identify the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of new clean technology policies and initiatives through a variety of methods, such as theories of change, logic models, econometric and simulation models and scenario development;
  5. Identify the potential costs and financial returns of new clean technology policies and initiatives through a variety of methods, such as cost benefit analysis, monetization of social impacts and monetization of environmental impacts;
  6. Identify the potential risks and tradeoffs of new clean technology policies and initiatives though a variety of methods such as risk assessment and multi-criteria analysis;
  7. Identify economic, social and environmental impacts of existing clean technology policies and initiatives using a variety of methods including indicator systems, social surveys, business and environmental surveys, analyzes of secondary source data and econometric analysis;
  8. Assess processes that increase or decrease the impacts of existing clean tech policies and initiatives using a variety of methods including case studies, comparative studies and peer reviews;
  9. Identify coherent, incoherent, conflicting and reinforcing effects of existing clean technology policies and initiatives through using a variety of methods including case studies and research at multi-sectorial levels.
Policy Research  

  1. Undertake needs assessment on clean technology policies and practices to determine clients’ priorities;
  2. Develop a bank of research proposals on clean technology policy issues that are of greater interest to clients;
  3. Gather and record primary and secondary information on clean technology policy issues through desktop and field research to determine trends and best international practices and;
  4. Assess national and cross-sectorial policies to identify opportunities to promote clean technologies in Ghana using a variety of approaches such as wide-economic impact assessment methods.
Policy Dissemination  

  1. Develop and maintain a CIC’s website to inform, raise awareness, engage and promote clean technology policies and regulations;
  2. Publish a periodic newsletter to inform stakeholders on new updates in climate technology market in Ghana;
  3. Produce flyers/brochures in printed forms that will be handed out at conferences or any public events to raise awareness on key climate technology policies and regulations;
  4. Write regular press releases to announce important achievements on climate technology policies and regulations in Ghana, ensuring that they reach the most influential media outlets;
  5. Write reports, policy briefs and other documents on specific topics relating to climate technology policies and regulations in Ghana and publish them on the CIC’s website to inform a wide audience;
  6. Develop posters on relevant or critical climate technology policy and regulation issues in Ghana, and give them to delegates who attend a poster session at a conference and;
  7. Prepare presentations on specific climate technology policies and regulations in Ghana and present them at various conferences at national or international level.

 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Masters or PhD. Degree in Environmental Science or Policy Analysis, Natural Resource, Environmental Economics, International Environmental Law, or a related discipline;
  • At least six years of relevant work experience in policy analysis related to natural resource management and conservation, preferably in an international environment;
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories and tools for the analysis of legal and policy issues related to natural resources management, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection;
  • Good writing, presentation and communication skills; and demonstrated experience in organising training workshops, conferences, and fundraising activities, as well as forging partnerships with international agencies, national institutions and NGOs; and
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills, with fluency in both oral and written English. Good working knowledge of French language would be an advantage.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) is required.
  • Good interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Contract Terms:

Remuneration

Competitive remuneration that is commensurate with experience and qualification.

Duration of contract

Initial contract for one year renewable up to a total of four years based upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Application Procedure:

 Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by email (to recruit-inra@unu.edu), mail or currier to UNU-INRA. PMB, KIA Accra. 2nd Floor, International House. University of Ghana Campus, Legon. Accra.

Application must include the following:

  • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
  • a curriculum vitae with a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from United Nations University website at http://unu.edu/about/hr. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;
  • full contact information of three (3) referees; and
  • an indication of the reference of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/INRA/PF-GCIC/01).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Application Deadline: 30th July, 2017

Job Description

Job Purpose: Portfolio Managers are responsible for designing, managing and monitoring the execution of a mutually agreed bespoke set of business advisory services and solutions for entrepreneurs in the GCIC Incubator. Paying due attention to the customised set of GCIC services, Portfolio Managers organise and coordinate the intervention support to an enterprise to be supported by GCIC (Market Access, Access to Finance, Technology and Product Development), designing customised enterprise growth solutions for entrepreneurs

Person Specification:

  1. An experienced professional and a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset, passionate about entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  2. Knowledge or experience working with entrepreneurs
  3. Knowledge on current thinking and practices in the field of social entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  4. An individual that focuses on tangible results, has a collaborative “can do” attitude and one that seeks continuous improvement in themselves and in others
  5. A professional that is comfortable with working in a fast-paced environment, used to the pressure of high-profile projects, and can effectively work with colleagues, entrepreneurs and the development partners, whilst managing expectations of all parties and making sure to meet deadlines and other requirements.
  6. An individual that is available to travel frequently within Ghana to meet with, work with and engage with GCIC entrepreneurs as required

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Strategy development & implementation coordination of advisory and technical support to entrepreneurs
  2. Working with the entrepreneurs, especially at the early stage of intervention, to develop the enterprise’s business model canvas and then agree the enterprise’s short to medium term business goals and objectives; as well as the infrastructure, client, human capital and financial needs to achieve the business’s short and medium-term aspirations.
  3. Relaying and agreeing the enterprises needs to GCIC workstream leader; monitoring the support interventions of GCIC workstream leaders to entrepreneurs to ensure that it is consistent, of the needed quality and that it is timely and in line with agreed priorities and timelines
  4. Undertake site visits to entrepreneurs on a monthly or bio-monthly basis as may be needed, ensuring that entrepreneurs are (i) happy with the GCIC support, (ii) are implementing recommendations of intervention support areas, and (iii) ensuring that the enterprise is operating efficiently and effectively according to international best practice
  5. Encouraging the entrepreneurs to participate in GCIC’s value addition programs, such as Thought Leadership Series, Wellbeing, and where relevant, the Women Entrepreneurs program
  6. Supporting entrepreneurs to scale their enterprises effectively through GCIC interventions support, assisting them with sequencing of implementation, and general mentorship
  7. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the progress of entrepreneurs and their ventures, contributing to processes to measure, learn from and improve impact.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  1. University degree in business, economics or a related discipline. MBA preferred
  2. Deep knowledge of and experience with working with start-ups, entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Knowledge of and experience in working in the sustainability and climate change sector is highly desirable
  3. 10 years of progressively responsible leadership positions, with relevant accomplishments in the business sector/entrepreneurial ecosystem, the consulting sector, and or donor funded/international development sector
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong presentation skills required

Application Process

Qualified and interested applicants should please email their CVs to: info@ghanacic.org. Deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd July 2017

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