Position Located in Washington, D.C.
CAMRIS International, Inc. is an international development and research firm that provides innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, economical program and research management services.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title: Senior Advisor for Portfolio and Innovator Support
USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab is seeking a Sr. Advisor Portfolio and Innovator Support to design and implement a range of innovator and entrepreneurial support and acceleration activities intended to promote the readiness to grow and widen the adoption of innovations within the Lab’s portfolio. The U.S. Global Development Lab (Lab), an independent office reporting to the USAID Administrator, aims to transform USAID into a global leader in development by pioneering and scaling evidence-driven products and approaches that utilize science, technology, innovation and partnership to address development challenges. The goals of the Lab are to: 1. Source Break-through Innovations that can impact millions of lives; and, 2. Modernize the development industry. The Center for Development Innovation in the Lab has supported the review of over 15,000 innovative ideas and funded more than 300 innovators through programs like Development Innovation Ventures and Grand Challenges for Development. We are now turning our attention to growing and supporting the most promising of these approaches to increase uptake across the developing world.
The Advisor is an integral part of the Applied Innovation & Acceleration team, working with the Team Lead and various innovation programs in Lab. The work of this position is essential to ensure the appropriate investment and growth of the innovators and entrepreneurs funded by the U.S. Global Development Lab and its programs. The Advisor will serve as the lead on particular Lab programs and will be responsible for implementing and contributing to the design and execution of the Lab acceleration and adoption strategies. The individual must be able to handle several tasks simultaneously, work quickly to meet competing deadlines, develop a solid understanding of relevant Agency policy and guidelines, incorporate practices and procedures and develop a thorough understanding of the innovation program goals and initiatives. She/he will facilitate the development and implementation of support, mentoring and advisory services to directly to key lab innovators, and maintaining the tracking and reporting of the performance of funded innovators. She/he will also position ventures for eventual investment, assist in raising funding from impact investors, and be a thought leader in structuring financing of social enterprises. Enterprises may be in the areas of financial services, education, health, agriculture, employment, clean energy, water/sanitation, or other needs in developing countries.
The Applied Innovation & Acceleration Team supports the design, coordination, implementation of our interventions and leverages learning. This team leads the incubation and development of enterprises and innovators that fulfill both our social mission and achieve business profitability.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Act as a Sr. Advisor, business mentor and over-all champion for Innovators in the Lab:
Provide direct acceleration support and innovative financing technical assistance to Lab-funded innovators
o Which innovators have been getting support, and the relationship of that support to their success
o What innovators have received what support vs their potential
o Where partners/external stakeholders are currently performing, and what support they need
Engage in partnership building and thought leadership on issues of acceleration and innovative finance
Strategy and Vision
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit the Lab as well as themselves. Share knowledge and learn about innovative financing through a central resource for technical assistance, data, and tools.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Advisor will be expected to be familiar with executing programs and having experience including: