Innovation Programme Co-ordinator Frontier Technologies

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Last update: May 25, 2022 Last update: May 25, 2022


Deadline: Jun 12, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: UK UK
Sectors: Programme & Resource Management Programme & Resource Management
Job type: Permanent position
English English
Work experience: From 3 years
Date posted: May 16, 2022


                                                       Innovation Programme Co-ordinator Frontier Technologies

IMC grade: Consultant/Assistant Consultant level
Responsible to: Innovation Lead – Frontier Technologies

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Job location: Redhill, UK – Hybrid working

Innovation in development. Affecting change for the poorest in society.

The Role
We are looking for a dynamic and creative individual early in their career in international development to join the Frontier technologies programme.

The Frontier Technologies (FT) programme is one of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO’s) most pioneering, exciting, and widely recognised initiatives. FT enables FCDO to explore, understand, test, and scale cutting-edge technologies across its geographic and technical portfolio. The programme has earned several accolades, including recognition as the most innovative programme in the UK Civil Service in 2017.

There are four main components to the programme:

·        Frontier Technology Livestreaming (FTL) - Providing funding and coaching for FCDO pioneers to experiment with the application of frontier tech and generate learnings

·        Frontier Tech Futures - Exploring the future of frontier technologies, and their implications for FCDO priorities and work

·        Evidence and Thought Leadership - Creating and curating evidence, insights and thought leadership to inspire and equip FCDO to understand how frontier tech can be applied

·      Network - Fostering connections across FCDO staff, sharing opportunities and insights to deepen knowledge and learning about frontier technologies

Working closely with the Team Leader of FT, you will support IMC’s contribution to the programme by supporting across all components of the programme.

Main responsibilities/job content

Frontier Technology Livestreaming (FTL) – 30 %

  • Provide as-needed support to Innovation Programme Managers on FTL around contracting, invoicing, minute taking, and other programme management tasks
  • Assist pilot grantees overseas in delivering their pilots through coaching calls
  • Assist in the management of the next Call for applications for pilots
  • Support the management of tenders to identify tech providers and implementation partners
  • Meet the quality standards of the company and of the development partners, our Clients
  • Meet the high ethical standards of the company as directed by the IMC policies related, but not limited to: Business Ethics, Equal opportunities, Anti-Harassment & Bullying, Safeguarding, Anti-Slavery and Human trafficking and Data Protection
  • Meet the standards as directed by the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme

Frontier Technology Futures – 30 %

  • Co-ordinate virtual workshops with FCDO staff on topics such as the future of money/elections/cities/work
  • Carry out research into relevant topics as needed

Network – 10%

  • Support in the management of the database of frontier technology solution providers
  • Co-ordinate networking events for FCDO staff such as lunch and learns

Programme-wide management – 10 %

  • Support with uploading content onto the FT website and medium publication
  • Provide as-needed support to the creation of invoices and quarterly/annual reports

Business development – 20%

  • Assist with identifying partners and consultants to work on projects
  • Support the preparation of Expressions of Interest and bids including developing work plans, budgets and references

A typical day at work
A typical day might include working on the submission of an Expression of Interest in the morning followed by co-ordinating a horizon scanning workshop for FCDO staff in the afternoon on the future of money.

The programme and team take great pride in the culture and spirit of collaboration and innovation developed over the life of the programme. The team is also very highly motivated, committed to over-communication, and dedicated to keep delivering at (and improving upon) the high standard of its work. This role will give the right candidate an opportunity to take early responsibility and provides strong on-the-job learning opportunities from working with FCDO to innovators in the field.

FT itself is all about doing development differently by using a methodology developed specifically for the programme, employing innovative programme management methods, and continuously experimenting with new approaches and tools.

About us
IMC Worldwide recently joined the DT Global group to bring together two international development leaders under one roof.

IMC Worldwide; Built on more than 60 years of history in the international development space, IMC believes in building better futures together for all. IMC is committed to achieving stronger economic futures, improved places to live, and more resilient infrastructure. IMC also offers a range of services to support the wider development community through a focus on Digital and Data Governance and Transformation; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; and Framework Management.

DT Global; Built on over 50 years of experience through its legacy companies, DT Global has emerged as a leader in providing innovative, scalable, and responsive solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. From early-stage crisis and stabilization assistance to economic development, governance, and environmental work, DT Global provides a continuum of support to communities in five principal development areas: Economic Growth, Environment & Infrastructure, Human Development, Governance, and Stabilization & Transition.

The coming together of two great international development companies creates a highly synergetic global unit. DT Global have corporate offices in Adelaide, Madrid, Malaga, Washington DC, and now Redhill, Surrey (a short train ride from London), and long and short-term presence in 95 countries.

The Inclusive Growth team
The Frontier Technologies Programme sits within the Inclusive Growth team of IMC Worldwide.

The Inclusive Growth team strengthens opportunities for excluded groups and communities supporting them to access better economic opportunities and basic services, including stimulating sustainable job growth. Designing responses to the challenges of exclusion are complex and reflect a variety of socio-economic conditions. In response, IMC employs a multi-disciplinary approach, supporting the development of entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to address these challenges. 

The team has two main pillars – Entrepreneurial and SME Development, and Innovation.

In your role you will also be expected to support the development of the business stream through business development.
IMC Worldwide Ltd. (IMC) is an international development consultancy with over 60 years of experience in delivering complex and high impact projects globally to make a positive impact on the world’s most disadvantaged populations. As part of the DT Global family, we have a solid global presence with corporate offices in Washington DC, Madrid, Adelaide, and London, and long- and short-term presence in 95 countries.

How to apply
Please submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@imcworldwide.com explaining clearly why you are interested in this role and working for IMC, the skills and experiences you can bring to it, and how your experience meets the person specification. Your covering letter should also include your salary expectations.

The closing date for applications is 29 May, extended new deadline: 12th of June . Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis, so it is recommended you apply as soon as possible.

IMC is a signatory to the Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. The Scheme was launched in January 2019 to address the specific problem of known sexual abusers moving between organisations undetected.  The Scheme is a commitment to share information, during the recruitment process, about employees and other staff, who have been found guilty of misconduct.  To find out more about the Scheme please visit https://misconduct-disclosure-scheme.org/

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