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UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa Research Consultant
|Location :||home based|
|Application Deadline :||24-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Start date – end date: October 27, 2021 (start date), January 13 (end date)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days|
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.
Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and has benefitted from two decades of impressive economic growth. As the continent with the largest youth population in the world with 60% of population under age 25, Africa has significant potential for digital transformation and entrepreneurial activity, which could also help the continent in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, Africa’s bulging youth population is also a responsibility which, if not responded to adequately, will present an additional challenge for a continent already struggling with widespread youth unemployment.
Digital transformation presents an opportunity to achieve sustainable development by providing faster, better and previously unavailable methods for solving problems. These opportunities can also support entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa and help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to harness the opportunities and respond to the challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). For example, Africa has the highest mobile money accounts in the world with more than 300 million accounts and more than 500 companies providing fintech services. These options in Africa’s digital ecosystem, such as mobile banking and financial services solutions, support innovative business models as well. Specifically, digital entrepreneurship provides opportunities and a new model for the continent to use the potential of the youth and diminish youth unemployment and underemployment. Besides, digital entrepreneurs are seen as the catalyzers to bring digital revolution with groundbreaking technological products.
In this direction, Africa’s progress over recent years has manifested itself in the emergence of notable digital and e-commerce entrepreneurs and significant improvements across a number of socioeconomic indicators. The increasing number of digital platforms and opportunities in digital entrepreneurship provide new livelihoods opportunities for the youth in Africa. Gig-matching platforms created new employment opportunities for youth in various sectors such as ICT, and online free lancing (eLancing). ELancing platforms, for example, generated a 77% growth in 2020. ?? Although Africa has the highest entrepreneurship rate in the world with 22%, African businesses are not fully successful in scaling up and innovating in the digital era. Only 17% of new businesses are expected to create six jobs, which is the lowest rate at global level. Moreover, COVID-19 affected SMEs that operate in different sectors. In Africa, two out of three businesses affected from the pandemic with 75% faced reduced sales. On the other hand, the effects of COVID-19 strengthen the role of digitalization and boost certain sectors, such as health or banking and financial services sector. Each sector differs in terms of their potential contribution to growth and sustainable development. Therefore, a sectoral approach is necessary to understand the ecosystem in Africa, identify the potential of different sectors and to conclude recommendations for private and public sector actors.
Overall objective of the consultancy is to conduct research with a structured methodology (i) to identify the most promising sectors for digital entrepreneurship in Africa to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), (ii) to map the important actors in the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, (iii) identify the effects of COVID-19 on digital entrepreneurship and how it changed the sectoral directions for digital entrepreneurship. Specific focus should be on vulnerable demographic groups such as youth, women, migrants and the disabled. The Consultant will review existing materials on previous public-private sector interventions in advancing digital entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills development. In addition, the effects of COVID-19 on promising sectors, skills development and overall, on digital entrepreneurship should be considered.
This position is home-based. The Consultant will report to the IICPSD Technical Specialist based in Istanbul. The activities will be carried out in collaboration with IICPSD Digital Transformation and Skills team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Technical Specialist, the consultant is responsible for the following tasks:
Expected outputs and deliverables
Under the supervision of the IICPSD Technical Specialist, the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:
Deliverables are indicated in detail below:
Basic characteristics of the report:
4. Consultant reporting requirements
 Front matter is the information about the publication which precedes the main text. It may include title pages, writers name, logo, copyright details, testimonial, disclaimer, acknowledgement, contents page, foreword, preface, and introduction. Back matter is the information about the publication which includes notes, references, and appendices.
Required Skills and Experience
7. Evaluation of applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates who will get min. 70% of points in desk review (criteria A-F) will be invited for interviews. Only candidates who get min. 70% of points in technical evaluation (includes desk review and interview, criteria A-I) will be scored in financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation (includes desk review and interview) – max. 70 points:
Please ensure that your experience related to criteria A-F and above-mentioned competencies is very well documented in your P11 and cover letter.
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation (max points 30).
8. Application procedures
The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.
Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Further information to get a better understanding of the hiring unit and the work can be found from this link.