Innovation Fund Manager Job at GSM Association

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The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.


  • Support the Senior Manager to set up each round of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, together with relevant internal stakeholders
  • Successful operational delivery of each round of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund which includes:
    • Work in a team to review and assess grant applications for funding
    • Support shortlisted grant applicants, this will include conducting due diligence and an extensive review of their grant application (workplan and budget)
    • Manage a portfolio of grant projects from contracting to completion
    • Manage and coordinate regular meetings with grantees assigned to you. This will include coordination with an Independent Fund Manager.
    • Participate in and present at relevant GSMA or external events to disseminate resources and insights, as well as to continue to position the programme in these forums
  • Ensure that a close collaboration model with other teams is being always fostered, ensuring that the relevant information flows between teams and defined roles and responsibilities are adhered to. This applies to:
    • The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation programme, whose learnings and results of the Fund are essential to the programme’s theory of change
    • The GSMA Operations team
    • The GSMA compliance team and external Fund Manager
    • Where synergies are relevant, the broader Innovation Fund team

About You:

We welcome applications from individuals with the following:

  • A demonstrable and substantial experience in grant management in low and middle-income countries is an absolute must-have for this role
  • A demonstrable track record of managing complex projects, with multiple stakeholders’ engagements, and within predefined budget and timelines is a must have for this role
  • A demonstrable track record of collaborating with a diverse set of internal (operations, compliance, subject-matter experts…) or external stakeholders is a must-have for this role
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability of representing the Innovation Fund to external stakeholders (e.g. Fund Panel etc.…) is a must have for this role
  • An ability to think creatively of solutions to new challenges or a changing environment and adapt to them
  • Experience of/genuinely interested in both the commercial and social benefits that are presented by mobile access and use in low and middle-income countries
  • Experience or understanding on how mobile / digital can support the delivery of humanitarian assistance is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are highly desirable

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 31st August 2022.

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