E T Consultant
|Term Duration:||1 year 0 months|
|Recruitment Type:||Local Recruitment|
|Location:||Lagos,Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal|
|Required Language(s):||English, French|
|Closing Date:||11/11/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
IFC a member of the World Bank Group is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record US$43.7 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
IFCsGender & Economic Inclusion Groupsupports staff and clients in implementing gender-smart solutions. It sets a strategic agenda, develops common targets, improves knowledge, develops practical gender approaches, measures results, and forges key partnerships that strengthen the private sectors contribution to sustainable development solutions. IFC is committed to closing gender gaps across company value chains increasing womens participation as entrepreneurs, leaders, employees, and community members.An area of focus is increasing access to startup financing for women-led and founded companies.
IFC is building on its decades of experience investing in women owned businesses through its partnerships with financial intermediaries to expand avenues for access to finance for women. IFC is committed to advancing gender-lens investing in partnership with like-minded payers in the financial services sector and expanding access to relevant technical support to women-led enterprises and is therefore launching She Wins Africa, a regional entrepreneurship program to accelerate access to finance for women-led startups.Building on learnings from other IFC led startups programs, She Wins Africa will also work with investors and other ecosystem players to scale up support and investments in women-led startups.
She Wins Africa takes a holistic approach towards supporting the growth of womens entrepreneurship in Africa. The project targets to reach at least 500 startups through investment readiness interventions and connections to investors; build capacity among accelerators, incubators, and other start ecosystem players; and raise awareness and train VC funders on why and how to do gender lens investing. The program has four standalone projects:
Project 1: Women-led Startups: Round 1 of She Wins Africa Pitches and Investment Readiness Training:This component will provide investment readiness training in preparation for pitch events for at least 100 women-led startups from across subSaharan Africa.
Project 2: The IFC Africa Startups Academy: This work will set up a bootcamp for 200 early-stage, pre-seed women-led startups that are not able to access acceleration services. The main aim is to build capacity and enable them to enter acceleration.
Project 3: She Wins Africa Sub-regional Scaleup: This is the scale up phase where the project will reach an additional 200 women-led startups through building the capacity of accelerators in the region. Learning from child project 1, CDF's Startup Catalyst program, as well as that of StartMaghreb and StartMashreq, this project will roll out the investment readiness and pitch competitions through selected partners across the region. This component will aim to scale up support for women entrepreneurs in selected countries especially where access to relevant support is not easily available for women-led businesses.
Project 4: Accelerating gender-lens investing momentum in Africa: This project will bring together a coalition of funds and VCs and other gender-lens investors to work together to accelerate access to finance for women and women-led startups in Africa.
The position is based in Dakar or Lagos. The consultant will work as part of IFCs Gender & Economic Inclusion Department.
SCOPE OF WORK
The Program Lead will play two key roles: 1) Overall program coordinator for the delivery of She Wins Africa and; 2) Program Lead for the Gender & Economic Inclusion-led work streams: The Program Lead will work closely with IFCs internal teams and external implementation partners, vendors and other stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the program.
Duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
1.Program Management and Coordination (30%)
Coordinate, facilitate, and support efficient operation of the overall She Wins Africa Program, working closely with key delivery units (GEI, CDF, FIG) and support units (communications, partnerships, results management, etc)
Coordinate and meetings across internal teams and monitor that child projects are implemented on time and within budget;
Support the team with on time reporting to management, corresponding with donors or partners, including monitoring, measuring and reporting on project results (outputs, outcomes, impact) according to the project monitoring and evaluation plan using IFC reporting systems (iDESK, ASOP), track performance indicators against targets, and produce semi-annual project supervision reports;
Monitor program-level stakeholder engagement plans, respond to stakeholder enquiries in a timely manner and represent IFC in key stakeholder engagement events;
Communication and branding, overall quality assurance.
2.GEI Project Delivery (40%)
Project design and implementation
Lead the project design of the three GEI-led work streams including leading scoping activities, integrating internal and external reviews and drafting implementation plans;
Work with M&E teams to ensure project targets are accurate, data correction tools are developed and aligned to anticipated project results, results are tracked as per IFCs reporting cycle and evidence are documented and filed as per IFCs guidelines;
Maintain project management systems closely monitoring key project milestones and risks and put in place mitigation measures as may be required;
Work across investment and advisory teams to ensure collaboration and coordination between client management teams;
Work with the Program Lead to develop fit-for-purpose TORs and lead the recruitment of project implementation partners;
Maintain an updated project plan and monitor project milestones including donor reporting and production of regular internal reporting documents;
Track project budgets, track utilization and ensure that projects are deliver on time and within budget;
Manage and ensure seamless execution of project events including budget stewardship and engagement with high level to profile the project.
Lead the development of project communication plans, key messages documents, talking points and collaterals such as fliers, posters, templates etc;
Develop a stakeholder engagement plan to raise the profile for the project across the region;
Identify key partners and alternative channels to amplify and raise the program profile in addition to existing interventions led by IFC;
Coordinate all project communication activities with IFC Regional and Global Communications teams and maintain communications calendar up to date for all activities related to the project;
Work with the communications team to measure and report on the impact of communications on the project brand.
4.Knowledge Management (~15%)
Develop specific reference, learning materials, case studies and training initiatives, toolkits etc. in response to internal and external demand;
Document results and lessons learned and support their dissemination;
Other knowledge management activities, as needed.
Play an active role as part of the regional gender team;
Perform other duties and take on other responsibilities upon the request of the team lead.
DELIVERABLES/SPECIFIC OUTPUTS EXPECTED FROM THE CONSULTANT
The consultant is expected to deliver:
GEI-led projects within the stipulated contract period;
Satisfactory program coordination and support across other work streams led by or co-implemented with other IFC teams.
Advanced graduate degree in business or finance, economics, or international development. Specific studies on international development project management, entrepreneurship would be an advantage
Experience working with gender and private sector is required; The candidate should have expertise in gender engagements with the private sector, preferably on technical assistance delivery, and womens entrepreneurship programs, including experience in working directly with the private sector clients;
Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience, preferably with at least 3 years in international development consulting, or advisory/technical assistance with clients. Overall experience of at least 5 years is a required;
Significant project management skills with proven track record of successfully managing a private sector project life cycle from end to end;
Knowledge and technical expertise in designing entrepreneurship capacity building programs with a specific focus on the needs for women-owned enterprises;
Ability to communicate and engage at senior levels;
Demonstrated experience in office software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint.).
Understanding on Africas entrepreneurship ecosystem with existing networks to enrich the program;
General knowledge of private sector development topics and a good understanding of World Bank Group activities is a plus;
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and proactively across internal and external partners in a multicultural;
Strong team player with a collaborative, results-oriented mindset;
Ability to manage multiple stakeholders across seniority levels with varying needs;
Strong networking skills;
Positive attitude and dedication to excellence and professionalism;
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and consistent with delivery;
Excellent communications skills including writing and public speaking skills.
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