Jobs at Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC). The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC) is a pioneering business incubator and accelerator with a unique focus on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy’. The Centre is an institute of Ashesi University, one of Africa’s leading liberal arts universities with a mission to raise ethical, entrepreneurial leaders with the courage to transform the continent.
GCIC’s work is at the nexus of private enterprise, climate change, economic development, and ecological prosperity. We support an exceptional set of transformational businesses and entrepreneurs who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana.
Since the commencement of business incubation activities in June 2017, GCIC has supported 101 enterprises in Ghana’s small and growing business sector who have climate innovation in five key economic sectors, namely: climate-smart agriculture, solar power, energy efficiency, domestic waste management, and water management and purification.
To date, these enterprises have performed admirably too, inter alia, scale their businesses, generating cumulative revenues of over US$2.1m, sequester 14,500MTs of CO2 emissions, raised early or growth stage financing of over US$2m, created 733 jobs, and have served over 400,000 Ghanaian households with their climate-smart goods and services.
Ghana’s economic growth is driven by SMEs, with SMEs accounting for more than 70% of businesses in Ghana.
Given this, developing and enhancing entrepreneurship professionalism among Ghana’s SMEs so that they can start, operate, and grow their businesses more successfully using international best practices (together with improving their knowledge base and building their understanding of the practicalities of private enterprise) is a prerequisite to ensure that SMEs, and especially SMEs with important climate innovation that responds to the climate emergency, have the capacity to commercially succeed and to go the long-haul with their business.
Through a competitive national search and selection process, the GCIC identifies and supports enterprises in its incubator and accelerator with a range of interventions and services, including business advisory services, technical services in the development, prototyping, and testing of their innovation, climate policy advocacy, and regulatory support services, market growth, and access support as well as financial grants.
Job Title: PORTFOLIO MANAGER – SHORT TERM CONSULTING ROLE (SIX MONTHS)
Reports to: Director Partnerships, Entrepreneurship, and Investments-GCIC
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.
- Strategy development & implementation coordination of advisory and technical support to entrepreneurs
- Working with the entrepreneurs, especially at the early stage of intervention, to develop the enterprise’s business model canvas and then agree on 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.
- Relaying and agreeing on 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
- Undertake site visits to entrepreneurs on a monthly or bi-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
- Encouraging the entrepreneurs to participate in GCIC’s value addition programs, such as Thought Leadership Series, Wellbeing, and where relevant, the Women Entrepreneurs program
- Supporting entrepreneurs to scale their enterprises effectively through GCIC interventions support, assisting them with the sequencing of implementation, and general mentorship
- Manage the monitoring and reporting of the progress of entrepreneurs and their ventures, contributing to processes to measure, learn from and improve impact.
Qualifications and Experience
- University degree in business, economics, or a related discipline. MBA preferred
- 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
- 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
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong presentation skills require and technology context, with knowledge of and familiarity with the key issues that confront typical start-ups.
- An experienced professional and a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset, passionate about entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development
- Knowledge or experience working with entrepreneurs
- Knowledge of current thinking and practices in the field of social entrepreneurship and sustainable development
- An individual that focuses on tangible results has a collaborative “can do” attitude and one that seeks continuous improvement in themselves and in others
- 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 development partners, whilst managing expectations of all parties and making sure to meet deadlines and other requirements.
- An individual that is available to travel frequently within Ghana to meet with, work with, and engage with GCIC entrepreneurs as required
HOW TO APPLY
Kindly send CV and Cover Letter to email@example.com. Emails should be titled “Portfolio Manager”.
DEADLINE: The deadline for applications is 18th February 2022.