Who We Are

Funded by a grant from the Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands through the WorldBank, and managed by a consortium comprising Ashesi University, Ernst and Young, SNV Ghana and the United Nations University, the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is a pioneering business incubator with a unique focus of developing SME ventures and entrepreneurs in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy’. Our mission is to develop and support an exceptional set of transformational ventures and entrepreneurs who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana. We do this with a focus on five key economic sectors (energy efficiency & renewable energy; solar power; climate smart agriculture; waste management; water purification and management), providing business advisory services, business mentoring, capacity building services as well as financial grants to qualifying SMEs within our incubator.

The Climate Innovation Centre Approach

infoDev’s Climate Technology Program supported by The World Bank Group is establishing a global network of Climate Innovation Centres in seven countries around the world: the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Vietnam. The centres 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 Centres provide holistic support to entrepreneurs and new ventures that surpasses traditional incubation models. The centres offer seed financing, policy interventions, and network linkages, as well as technical and business training.

The foundation of our daily operations are based on:

         Curiosity: We persistently seek knowledge by understanding ourselves and our environment.

         Innovation: We cultivate the freedom and discipline to develop creative & inspiring solutions

         Leadership: We inspire a movement of a green earth through sacrifice and entrepreneurship

Our Model

The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre 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 provides a platform to create international business-to-business linkages, enhance knowledge sharing and facilitate trade.

The services provided by the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre Includes :

Business Acceleration

The GCIC provides business advisory and mentoring services to startups, and facilitates technical training and skills development for entrepreneurs. The centre also provides co-sharing spaces and offices.

Tech and Product
Development

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

Matchmaking

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

Market Development

The GCIC provides business advisory and mentoring services to startups, and facilitates technical training and skills development for entrepreneurs. The centre also provides co-sharing spaces and offices.

Financing

Our Proof of Concept grants will provide a total amount of $1.1million dollars in grants to a total of 50 qualifying entrepreneurs over the tenure of the project. All entrepreneurs being incubated by GCIC have an opportunity to pitch before a team of judges for a proof of concept grant.

Policy and Regulatory Support

A key part of the GCIC’s work is 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.

Jobs & Opportunities

PORTFOLIO MANAGER – SHORT TERM CONSULTING ROLE (SIX MONTHS)

 

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 customized set of GCIC services, Portfolio Managers organize and coordinate the intervention support to an enterprise to be supported by GCIC (Market Access, Access to Finance, Technology and Product Development), designing customized 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

 

Core 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

How to Apply:

Kindly send CV and Cover Letter to info@ghanacic.org. Emails should be titled “Portfolio Manager”.

 

Application Deadline:

26th of March,2018

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO PROVIDE AN INCUBATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

GHANA

GHANA CLIMATE INNOVATION CENTRE

Grant No.: TF-A1680

Assignment Title: PROVISION OF INCUBATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Reference No. GH-ASHESI-62125-CS-QCBS

The Ashesi University College has received financing from the Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands through The World Bank toward the cost of the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.

GCIC is seeking to secure the services of a qualified software developer (firm) to build an internet/web-based system to manage the activities related to the incubation of GCIC Clients. Developers will be responsible for all aspects of the development process including design, implementation, testing, and configuration. The design requirements will be provided to the developers using an agile development process.

The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar assignments, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc).  The shortlisting criteria are:

  • Experience working with agile software development processes.
  • 2 to 5 years of software development experience in web technologies and data management.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 and revised in July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. 

Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a subconsultancy to enhance their qualifications.

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost-based selection method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours i.e. 0900 to 1700 hours.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 11th June 2018.

Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, Ashesi University College, PMB CT3 Cantonments, Accra or by Email info@ghanacic.org. Emails should be titled INCUBATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM”