Job Post of Head - Ecosystem Development at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

ORG- Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Closing Date- 23rd September, 2019

About the Organization
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), commonly called the Foreign Office or British Foreign Office, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. They are responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide and were created by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.

Head - Ecosystem Development

Job Description
As Head of Eco-system Development in either Bangalore or Pune, you will put these plans into action by drawing on your deep knowledge of the sector and local eco-system (AI/Data in Karnataka OR Future Mobility/ Maharashtra). You will maintain an informed picture of the barriers to sector growth and the weaknesses in the eco-system through your excellent network of relevant businesses leaders, investors, tech incubators, academics and thought leaders, government representatives and regulators, and use your creativity and interpersonal skills to build problem-solving partnerships and initiatives.   You will also use your first-class communications skills to represent the British government and the Tech Partnership initiative, promoting the UK-Indian tech collaboration as a match made in heaven.

Roles and Responsibilities
The programme is in ‘start up’ phase and as such there is a high degree of responsibility and opportunity to shape one of the new Tech Clusters projects in India.

Tech Cluster Management:

  1. Ensuring successful delivery of the Tech Cluster project and development of the cluster; informed understanding of the barriers to cluster growth, and comparisons to relevant clusters in in other part of India and abroad, will be the key to making expert and evidence-based proposals for interventions.
  2. Overseeing the Innovation Challenge Fund, such as managing the Expert Panel who set the problem statements and sift the bids, overseeing the peer review and due diligence processes, remaining alert to any issues which may delay the research team’s delivery, championing research excellence throughout the project;
  3. Designing and implementing further activities which encourage more scale-ups and start-ups to form international partnerships, including with the UK, either in terms of selling their products and services, attracting foreign investment, or collaborating on R&D. This might include setting up international workshops, delegations to conferences, pitch sessions, market access seminars, hackathon or rocket-ship type competitions,
  4. Leading horizon-scanning activities which help the team maintain a understanding of the latest trends and opportunities appearing throughout the wider tech ecosystem;
  5. Acting as ad-hoc specialist consultant, providing day to day advice on the sector and eco-system to British government teams working on connected initiatives.
  6. Working collaboratively with other teams across the Tech Partnership and wider UK-India Tech Network to ensure that country-level strategies are implemented effectively, and that the Tech Clusters programme aligns with wider HMG objectives;
  7. Ensuring the Tech Clusters programme is in line with the Prosperity Fund’s strategic objectives and ODA guidelines, including actively supporting the Prosperity Fund’s ambitions on women’s economic opportunities, inclusive growth and poverty-reduction;
  8. Management of the Tech Cluster staff: 1x C4 Ecosystem Manager, who will directly support the jobholder in developing projects tailored to the local ecosystem and facilitating participation of the tech sector, and 1x C4 Programme Manager, who will coordinate financial and project management, analysis and impact measurement for the Tech Cluster.

Stakeholder Management:

  1. Building strong relationships with stakeholders across the tech ecosystem.   This will be in service of the clusters, but also so others working on the Tech Partnership can access the knowledge, skills and resources of researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, mentors, universities, corporations, service providers and industry promoters to deliver their part of the initiative;
  2. Working with British High Commission colleagues to engage and influence stakeholders, including government and regulations, (Government of Maharashtra for the Future Mobility Cluster and Government of Karnataka for the AI/Data Cluster) in support of the development of the local cluster, helping to mitigate issues emerging for start-ups and SMEs.
  3. Designing, implementing and leading the Tech Cluster landing pads in order to provide real opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups to learn from established companies and industry experts, including how to navigate local regulations and business culture, negotiate access to investment, access third-party services, and refine their marketing approach.


  1. Collaborating with communications and marketing colleagues and teams in the wider UK-India Tech Network to organize a coherent message about the Tech Partnership and UK tech around your events.
  2. Alongside the Tech Cluster Programme Manager, delivering proactive and timely communication of results to internal customers and external stakeholders.
  3. Drafting impact stories and other communications products matched to audience: diplomatic telegrams, letters to senior stakeholders, press releases, social media stories, which showcase the program’s success.

Wider Team contribution:

  1. As with all officers in our nine high commission offices across India, the job holder will be expected to contribute to cross-cutting projects and events, for example visits by British Ministers and other VIPs. As a senior member of staff, the job holder will also take a role in setting corporate strategy, ensuring compliance with office administration and security practices, mentoring and training of more junior staff, and in general acting as a role model for UK civil service values: honesty, integrity, impartiality, and objectivity.
  2. The Head of Ecosystem Development will be required to travel regularly between Pune and Mumbai. Both Heads will need to travel occasionally to Delhi and potentially the UK.


  1. Post-graduate degree in relevant subject;
  2. Minimum two years of experience of working in the relevant tech sectors in the cluster area (Future mobility/Maharashtra OR AI and Data/Karnataka); and a further eight years of working in future tech, high tech, either in a business, academia or research, and/or business growth initiatives.
  3. Experience of working with third party delivery partners;
  4. Experience of cross-sector stakeholder management
  5. Experience of event management and delegation planning
  6. Ability to work autonomously and proactively.
  1. Experience of working in the international development field.
  2. Experience of managing research grants.
  3. Communications including social media.

Required Competencies

  1. Seeing the Big Picture,
  2. Making Effective Decisions,
  3. Leading and Communicating,
  4. Achieving Commercial Outcomes

INR 201,201 per month together with a 12% Provident Fund and 6% Special Allowance

How to apply
Please note applications without (a), (b) and (c) will not be considered.
  1. Complete the Online Application Form
  2. Attach a detailed CV
  3. Complete the motivation segment in the Online Application Form and the competency questions.
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