Digital Economies and Training Advisor

Location : Lusaka, ZAMBIA
Application Deadline :03-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Short-Term)
Post Level :IPSA-12
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


UNCDF will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDC’s). UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF financing models work through three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local development finance, which capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.

UNCDF Loan Guarantee Facility

UNCDF in Zambia seeks to improve the enabling environment for financing of MSMEs and to contribute to the development of an inclusive digital economy. Among the objectives of this initiative is to support Financial Service Providers (FSPs), including their third party providers, improve their digital financing tools & models in order to better serve MSMEs, and to support MSMEs reinvent and adapt their businesses in the context of COVID 19.

Institutional Arrangement

The direct supervisor for this position is the IDE Regional Digital Hub Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Designing and Providing trainings to selected Financial Services Providers (FSPs) on the UNCDF Loan Guarantee Facility:

  • Designing the value proposition for the loan guarantee facility and the operational processes & procedures for the loan guarantee facility.
  • Designing training materials for the  raising awarness  to the UNCDF loan guarantee facility.

Assessing the capacity of the  Innovative Digital Finance Models proposed by the FSPs:

  • Comparing FSPs definitions of Digital FInance models.
  • Ealuating the Digital Finance`strategy of the FSPs.
  • Mapping the underlying challenges and training needs areas for the target FSPs.

Building the capacity of  FSPs on Innovative Digital Finance Models: Support one FSP in

  • Developing the training scope and materials on innovative digital finance models.
  • Developing a Digital finance product offering for MSMEs.
  • Developing and administering training to FSPs as per identified needs .
  • Developing a activity recomendations for other technincal areas relevant to digital finance (i.e.  infrastructure needs, human capital development, and partnerships  or collaboration).
  • Providing FSPs with product development recommendations to developing a digital finance product offering for MSMEs.

Providing technical assistance on approaches to adapt/reinvent their businesses in the context of COVID 19.

  • Identifying ways in which MSME businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the possible approaches/tools that can be employed to help these businesses reinvent and adapt.
  • Carrying out a market scoping to identify existing digital solutions that can be used by MSMEs to reinvent and improve their internal operations.
  • Recommending a range of digital solutions that can be used by MSMEs to adapt/reinvent and improve their operations
  • Designing the requirements  with developers/providers of the identified digital tools, with a view to making such digital tools available for use by MSMEs.
  • Delivering training & support to at least MSMEs on use of identified digital tools for adapting/reinventing and improving their operations
  • Training & supporting MSMEs in improving their internal management and governance systems.



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.





Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • A Masters degree in economics, finance, international development or related field is mandatory.
  • Candidates holding a completed Bachelors’ degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be considered.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least 10 years progressively responsible experience in banking, financial service sector, related experience related to digital finance and digital economies.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to identify high level strategic issues, opportunities and risks:
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in establishing productive relationships and networks to achieve outcomes; strong people management skills; demonstrated competence for incorporating gender perspectives;
  • Proven experience in leading change.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic direction;
  • Proven ability to negotiate persuasively and achieve objectives;
  • Capacity to anticipate and address difficult issues

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Previous experience working with or providing technical assistance services to financial institutions and small businesses.
  • Hands on experience on data analytics and developing of data and result measurements tools for organisations .
  • Knowledge of loan/credit guarantee programes and financial institution lending operations is desirable.
  • Experience working in the region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Full fluency in written and spoken English is required.

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