Green Park

Future Cities and Prosperity Specialist, Technology and Smart Cities Team

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Recruiter
Green Park
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
11 Jan 2019
Closes
25 Jan 2019
Ref
VT202
Position/Level
Professional / Specialist
Sector
Government
Contract Type
Contract / Interim
Language
English

Future Cities and Prosperity Specialist, Technology and Smart Cities Team

Background:

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. We also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK. The Technology and Smart Cities team are responsible for the mapping of the UK technology ecosystem and the promotion of UK based technology companies overseas and the promotion of the UK as a destination for those companies looking to establish a presence in the UK market. Along side the promotion of UK capabilities in 10 areas of the world the team work with the British Embassies and Consulates to identify opportunities and proactively match UK companies with those opportunities. Opportunities in Smart Cities account for a significant proportion of the work.

DIT is also working with other departments such as DFID, HMT and FCO, to help realise secondary commercial benefits for the UK through the cross-government Prosperity Fund (PF), which was established under the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty. As such, it represents a key component of the prosperity pillar of the UK Aid Strategy. But the Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in ODA-eligible middle income countries, which are home to nearly 70% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies (“secondary benefits”). As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important.

Around 25 multi-year programmes have so far been endorsed by the Ministerial Board. These cover trade, anti-corruption, infrastructure, business environment, health, future cities, education, financial services, energy and outward investment. For more information, see the Prosperity Fund Annual Report 2016/17

Role Description:

The primary focus of this role will be on realisation of commercial opportunities (secondary benefits) emerging from the Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund Programme which focuses on ten key countries including Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. The Programme is led by the FCO in London with support from DIT, DfID and overseas posts in each Country. The programme will carry out targeted interventions in order to help 19 Cities develop sustainably and to help ensure future prosperity is accessible to the poorest living in these Cities. The interventions are across three pillars: Transportation, Urban Planning and Resilience. Two cross-cutting themes are data and access to finance.

The primary focus of this role is to become the programme’s lead DIT contact and to support the programme in realising the secondary benefits and ensure these are visible to UK technology companies with solutions that fit within the “Future Cities” sector including smart cities. A background in the Future Cities/Smart Cities is desirable although a wealth of knowledge exists within the DIT Technology and Smart Cities team that can be exploited. You will also have access to other secondary benefits advisors who may be based out in the target countries or complimentary global Prosperity Fund programmes (e.g. Infrastructure Programme).

As the job will require a significant amount of coordination with overseas posts and OGD’s, plus some desk research, attending DIT’s office on a daily basis will not be required, however attendance once a week will be expected. Travel through the UK and overseas may also be necessary.

This will be on a one year contract with the potential for a one year extension, depending on performance.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will:

  • Support the vital work of identifying and mapping the UK capabilities in Smart Cities Technologies within DIT, and particularly those whose technologies fit the likely interventions being implemented in the primary programme.
  • Support the Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund team (located in the FCO) in identifying early stage commercial opportunities arising from their work delivering the Global Future Cities Programme by:
    • Reviewing the Secondary Benefits Plan that is being developed
    • Planning and prioritising a schedule of work from the plan over the next financial year 
  • Plan and implement outward missions of UK companies and facilitate inward missions, in collaboration with Global Future Cities Programme overseas Posts.
  • Create a secondary commercial benefits success story and develop a framework that could be adopted by those working in future, similar roles.
  • Create and sustain a long-term link between Prosperity Fund and DIT work, with the former a pipeline development tool for the latter.
  • Longer term, commercial opportunities should arise in the cities and so work should keep in mind how these become visible to relevant UK suppliers and plan what support might be required for them to bid.
  • Develop a nationwide implementation plan to prep UK Future/ Smart Cities suppliers on what and how to access the prosperity fund and build a pipeline to monitor export opportunities.

Skills and Experience:

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Ideally is familiar with the Future/Smart Cites sector and UK strengths therein (the successful candidate can draw on the DIT team’s collective knowledge, but have a broad understanding)
  • Is able to plan strategically and prioritise
  • Is an excellent team player and has a proactive approach
  • Willingness to act reactively to opportunities when they arise
  • Good communications skills to articulate UK Future/Smart Cities sector offers and showcase to buyers
  • Has experience of working internationally and with Government and associated organisations
  • Good project management skills
  • Is willing to undertake international travel

London

Whitehall

Competitive Rate

Full time, 1 year contract 

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