R4D Program Officer for Scaling Innovation

Website https://twitter.com/Results4Dev Results for Development (R4D)

Website https://twitter.com/Results4Dev Results for Development (R4D)

State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 15/09/2021
Qualification: Masters Degree
Work Experience: 4 Years
Career Level: Mid Career
Industry: NGO

Program Officer

Results for Development (R4D) seeks a Program Officer with excellent program management skills,

and a strong understanding of the innovation scaling process and innovation/entrepreneurship ecosystems.

This Program Officer position is based in West Africa within the R4D’s Ghana Office, and reports to the Senior

Program Officer leading on Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening.io at an exciting stage of their development / implementation,

we are very keen to find a Program Officer who is preferably able to start immediately upon hire and as a result we will be

interviewing candidates on a rolling basis as we receive strong applications.

Program Officer Responsibilities

As a Program Officer, you will provide technical leadership for and program management of new and ongoing


As part of this work, you will manage existing stakeholder relationships and cultivate new partnerships at both the

country and global levels that aim to communicate our impact and expand it in a creative way.

We are seeking an entrepreneurial, strategic, and highly organized individual to help us take this work forward.

Previous experience managing projects and programs and building relationships with innovation and / or public

sector actors is required for this role. Knowledge and experience working with innovation (including supporting

innovations to scale) is also essential for this role.

Collaboration Manager for the Collaboration Grants program

Develop and manage budgets and program plans

Develop and refine ToRs with a portfolio of collaborators, understanding their TA needs and supporting them to

progress their projects

Ongoing engagement with collaborators – e.g. checking on progress, project

management support, making connections to experts

Reviewing collaboration deliverables

Identifying peer connections / communities

Implementation of learning approach across each collaboration grant (including data collection)

Program Officer Reporting Tasks

Engagement with funder team and other program stakeholders

Program and project management for other Innovation Practice initiatives as required


Coordination of a Working Group on Emerging Technologies in International Development:

Coordinate regular working group meetings

Plan, organise and facilitate workshops relevant to the work plan

Co-create and write high quality outputs on behalf of the working group including; use cases, reports, concept notes,

summary records and other outputs

Run consultation(s) with a range of stakeholders, including facilitating interviews, coding interviews and conducting

an analysis of the results to inform future work

Plan and facilitate participation in external conferences and other events

Build relationships with innovation ecosystem actors and facilitate opportunities for partnerships and learning

Identify and build relationships with different innovation ecosystem actors and supporters within the local, regional

and international innovation ecosystem (including actors from local and national government, private sector,

accelerators / incubators, chambers of commerce, academic institutions and donors / international organizations).

Support ecosystem-strengthening initiatives and partnerships emerging from our Scaling Innovation portfolio,

including conducting research / interviews with key actors to understand their role in the ecosystem, barriers to

scaling-up innovations and potential collaboration opportunities.

Coordinate partnerships and collaborative work with diverse groups of actors, which may include facilitating

meetings/workshops among actors to analyze and assess gaps in the ecosystem, identifying needs and priorities

among partners in order to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and facilitate innovation scaling.

Facilitate and support opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking between different actors involved in the

scaling process or ecosystem strengthening.

Program Officer Qualifications


To be successful in this role, the candidate will have:

BA/BS with 6+ years of experience or master’s degree with 4+ years of experience

BA (or MA) in global development, public health/administration, business/management, or relevant field.

Experience in global development, beneficial with experience working cross-sector (public, private or non-profit).

Knowledge of the innovation and scaling process and innovation ecosystems.

Demonstrated experience working with innovators/entrepreneurs and/or other innovation ecosystem actors.

Familiarity with emerging technologies  trends and issues.

Experience in program/project management, specifically:

managing competing priorities and working in a highly adaptable way.

working with complexity and handling ambiguity.

working with partners across the globe.

Impeccable writing, communication and presentation (e.g. in-person/virtual presentations, meeting facilitation,

email, etc.)

Highly collaborative, adaptable and approachable team member who is enthusiastic about doing what it takes to

support the team, mentoring junior staff and working closely with others at R4D.

Very strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, especially with distributed team members and partners

across various time zones and cultures.

Program Officer Desirable

The ideal candidate for this role will have:

Strong innovation networks (either country or regional).

Sectoral experience in R4D’s priority areas of health, education or nutrition preferred.

Experience with a range ofproject management methodologies (including both agile and waterfall approaches).

Experience delivering innovation / cutting edge products and services  including adopting user centered design and

adaptive learning approaches and methodologies.

Experience or understanding of systems change / change management.

Results for Development is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering

and nurturing an energetic, collaborative and diverse workforce.

R4D provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.


About R4D and the Offer


We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission.

Diversity of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds is vital to who we are and what we do.

We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them.

Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect.

Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously

building a better R4D.

About The R4D Scaling Innovation Practice

We believe innovation is a catalyst for creating more impactful and equitable health, education and nutrition systems.

In partnership with change agents innovators as well as country-level ecosystem and global innovation actors

we facilitate the scale-up of innovations and the strengthening of innovation ecosystems.

To support these two focus areas, we play three key roles:

As a knowledge builder we co-create innovation knowledge products, tools, and frameworks promoting equitable

and inclusive innovation practice.

As a connector, we help different actors come together for country-led collaboration and capacity development.

As a supporter, we provide direct innovation support in response to demand from innovators and country-level

ecosystem actors. In delivering this work, we are always bringing in innovative tools, approaches and ways of


These Include

R4D’s Scaling Innovation practice provides leadership through our unique position managing a number of highly

respected global innovation initiatives.

The International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) – a unique collaboration platform that brings together

the senior leadership from the innovation teams, labs and departments of some of the world’s leading development


The Frontier Technologies Hub – leading a consortium of partners that works with the UK Foreign Commonwealth

and Development Office (FCDO) to explore the use of frontier technology by working with partners all over the world

to test and scale tech with the potential for positive social impact.

The Africa Technology and Innovation Partnership (ATIP), a program of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and

Development Office (FCDO), which seeks to strengthen the foundational elements of innovation ecosystems in order

to stimulate inclusive economic growth and the scaling of technology enabled businesses to solve development


Some Of The Initiatives That The New Program Officer Will Help To Manage And Evolve Into One Of Our Flagship

Offerings As The R4D Scaling Innovation Practice Are

Contribute to IDIA’s Ecosystem Strengthening Working Group to better understand how development agencies

might accelerate local ecosystem strengthening priorities in partnership with actors in Ghana to strengthen the

country’s innovation ecosystem.

Contribute to a new philanthropic partnership to catalyze promising collaborations that can further advance the

global SDG agenda.

The program will offer rapidly deployable and flexible grant funding, technical support and light-touch

network/community building to global collaborators with shared objectives.

Phase 1 will aim to test and evolve an innovative collaboration grant infrastructure that in future phases could be

utilized and/or replicated by other funders to support more collaborations and build communities of collaborators

that engage in the longer-term.


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