Knowledge Transfer Manager - Global Alliance Africa (Open Innovation)

Purpose of the role

In 2019, Innovate UK KTN embarked on an exciting six-year Global Alliance Africa project aiming to strengthen a shared innovation ecosystem spanning South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and the UK. The project aligns with the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) objectives by forging strategic partnerships amongst innovation stakeholders to enable more effective knowledge transfer and collaboration for stronger local innovation and business environments, helping to achieve long-term ambitions in job creation, inclusive growth, and poverty reduction.

The Global Alliance Africa Knowledge Transfer Manager will be a key member of the high-performing Global Alliance Africa team accountable for the effective delivery of the Global Alliance Africa project objectives in the UK and across the three partner countries of Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. This role will primarily lead our Open Innovation intervention, focusing on strengthening the capacity and resilience of local innovation ecosystems through first working to better understand regional challenges, capabilities and potential for innovation, and then supporting action-orientated local innovation networks in areas of high potential.

The successful candidate will have strong experience and understanding of Open Innovation and applying cross-sector approaches to solving industry challenges. They will also be a keen networker, able to engage in dialogue with a diverse range of stakeholders from a wide range of sectors, facilitate technical discussions on industry challenges, and manage the Open Innovation challenge process from end-to-end.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Global Alliance Africa Knowledge Transfer Manager will be expected to:

  • Take ownership of the Global Alliance Africa Open Innovation intervention in collaboration with Country Teams.
  • Lead the timely and successful implementation of project activities to achieve demonstrable outcomes with a specific focus on running AgriFood and Circular Economy related Open Innovation challenges.
  • Support with the design and delivery of additional Global Alliance Africa interventions
  • Work effectively with the Global Alliance Africa Project Manager and project team to plan, manage and deliver its project against defined workplans, intervention mechanisms and targeted impacts.
  • Actively support the Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria country teams in respective country delivery plans.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with the UK and international stakeholders.
  • Contribute to timely delivery of Global Alliance Africa’s KPIs, reporting and CRM content.
  • Facilitate capturing, documentation, and sharing of best practices and lessons learned from intervention activities.
  • Uphold the value of Innovate UK KTN as the UK’s innovation network delivering national and Innovate UK KTN global innovation commitments.
  • Travel regularly to meet with key stakeholders and partners in the UK and overseas as required.


Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree qualified or equivalent in international development, innovation management, science or business, with public sector and/or industrial working experience.
  • Experience in planning, developing, and delivering Open Innovation projects and collaborating with sector experts to deliver outcomes.
  • In-depth understanding of the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa innovation landscape, with direct experience in innovation commercialisation, innovation policy and/or grassroots community engagement.
  • Experience in business development and identifying opportunities for future collaboration with business stakeholders.
  • Strong team working experience in a fast-paced, multi-stakeholder programme environment across different sectors and international cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrable experience in producing strategic and/or technical reports.
  • Experience and aptitude in building engagements and maintaining partnerships with business and public-sector stakeholder at all levels, with a good professional profile and network.
  • Experience working on international donor funded programmes.
  • Experience running innovation challenges desired.

Skills and Competencies

  • A highly motivated, self-starting and results oriented individual with a strong desire to deliver socioeconomic impacts through equitable partnerships, innovation collaboration and social inclusion.
  • An effective communicator comfortable to engage at all levels and in a range of cultural contexts.
  • Highly numerate and analytical, with an ability to engage across a range of technical disciplines and/or thematic sectors.
  • Disciplined, reliable and adaptable, with effective time management to deliver autonomously.
  • Ability to deliver effectively in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake regular domestic UK and international travel.
  • High level of IT literacy and project management methodologies.


  • This role has a salary between £42,000 and £48,000 pa.
  • 28 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata.
  • Enhanced Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Wider Wallet employee benefits high street discounts scheme.
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development as part of our Talent & Development Programme

This is a fixed term contract running until March 2025.

Please apply by submitting a tailored cover letter outlining your suitability with specifics relating to the requirements of the role, and your CV outlining your experience. The closing date for this role is Monday 31st January.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the U.K. without restrictions as sponsorship for visas is not provided.

Applications are to be received by the January 31, 2022