Great opportunity to join a new team that is leading the Mobile for Development revolution. The best of both worlds, a small start-up team with the support structure of a powerful association.
Mobile for Development Intelligence (MDI) is a new initiative of GSMA committed to spurring innovation and investment in mobile products and services that are designed with the underserved in mind. Why join the MDI team? Because we are in the centre of it all. As a trade association made up off over 1,000 member companies (Mobile Network Operators and Vendors) we are at the heart of the mobile industry. As a programme that is funded by Omidyar Network, the MasterCard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and DFID we are also a recognised thought leader among the international development and social investor community. As part of this team you will be on the forefront of the Mobile for Development (M4D) sector. Providing insights and analysis across all M4D areas: Mobile Money, mAgriculture, mHealth, mWomen, Green Power from Mobile, mEducation, Energy Access, and Mobile Entrepreneurship. You will travel all over the world to Asia, Africa, and the Americas and both learn and educate about the new ways mobile technology can be leveraged to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations. We are currently recruiting for 4 positions on this team: Impact Expert, Community Manager, Sector Specialist, and Analyst.
- Input and support into the MDI research agenda.
- Work across M4D programme teams, alongside Wireless Intelligence analyst team, and with the Government and Regulatory Affairs team to leverage their experience and understand their research priorities.
- Create reports, case studies, and analytical articles based on both quantitative and qualitative analysis within assigned M4D topic areas.
- Present to the wider GSMA, provide training through webinars, and speak at conferences and other public events about the MDI programme and specific research areas.
- Travel to visit MDI stakeholders to present as well as assess needs for future research agenda, site visits to M4D service provides to research case studies
- Manage research grants to external parties
- Strong communication & presentation skills
- Excellent relationship management skills at an executive level
- Cross industry experience: mobile, development, NGO, political
- A self starter; highly motivated to develop the programme and drive it through to completion
- Highly consultative with a demonstrable ability to translate customer problems/requirements into team led research and analysis projects
- Excellent report writing, presentation and publication skills
- Analytical and mathematical skills
- Financial tracking and analysis experience
- Proven ability to implement strategies for a highly complex programme, spanning international, political and technological work streams
- Experience of working in the mobile telecoms or development industry is desirable
- Experience of working on programmes based in developing markets is desirable
- Excellent and demonstrable analytical/data and modelling skills
- Demonstrated experience with knowledge management and diffusion of knowledge, new approaches, and tools
- Work experience in areas such as programmatic monitoring and evaluation (M&E), operations or applied research, and/or capacity building in M&E within a developing country context
- An existing network within the respective industries is a plus
- Experience in a strategic, consultancy or analytical role within the mobile industry
- Previous donor/development experience is preferred
- Broad telecoms background with an solid understanding of industry trends
As the remaining unconnected populations get access to mobile technology and the capabilities it provides, the lives of these populations will fundamentally shift. The simple increase in access to information at a faster pace, from new sources, will influence everything. Affordable mobile phones and the opportunities they usher in for the poor will be one of the most dramatic game-changing technologies the world has ever seen. Industry growth will happen with or without our intervention; the role of MDI will be to educate all those interested in harnessing the power of mobile for good.