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Improving the innovative ecosystem and boost start-up creation in Albania

PositionInternational Team Leader
Origin of fundingDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany

The project is part of the GIZ "Sustainable Economic and Regional Development, Employment Promotion and Vocational Education and Training" (ProSEED) Programme. The overall objective is (self-)employment promotion with focus on young people.

The component is designed in three work packages in order to achieve the output: the start-up ecosystem (for innovative start-ups) is strengthened.

  1. National innovation ecosystem: Basic set-up by further professionalising existing networks, eventually adding others or expanding the present ones;
  2. Integration into the regional innovation ecosystem: Integration of innovative ITC companies and networks into the regional innovation ecosystem by paying special attention to the Albanian Diaspora in Europe and their respective know-how and expertise;
  3. European Connect: Facilitation of access to international networks of innovation support organisations and start-up support institutions.


Task of the Team Leader

  • Ensuring the coherence and complementarity of the services with other services delivered by the programme at local and national level
  • Strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacity development measures for local partners in the following areas: national innovation ecosystem development under consideration of the triple-helix approach, integration at the regional level, building linkages to and networks with European innovation ecosystems (focus on Germany and Sweden)
  • Consideration of cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender equality)
  • Project Management
  • Ensuring results monitoring is conducted
  • Regular reporting in accordance with deadlines
  • Support updating/adapting the project strategy, evaluations and preparing a follow-on phase

Duration and Location

Overall duration 28 months (01.05.2019 - 31.08.2021) full-time employment with app. 16 months (app. 2-3 weeks per month) in Albania and frequent travel within Europe.

Qualifications of the Team Leader

  • Education/training: University qualification (German 'Diplom' or international Master) in Innovation Management, Business, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations or equivalent
  • Language: Fluent in English. Good business language skills in German
  • General professional experience: 10 years of professional experience in network building, strategy consulting, innovation management
  • Specific professional experience: 3 years in an innovation ecosystem, facilitation and moderation of diverse groups, development of digital solutions, fostering innovation and ideation, implementation of networking activities, building open spaces/ dialogues using the triple-helix model
  • Leadership/management experience: 3 years of management/leadership, experience as project team leader or manager in a company
  • Regional experience: 5 years of work experience in European member states, of which 3 years in projects in Germany
  • Development Cooperation experience: 1 year work experience in DC projects

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