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Digital Agriculture Specialist
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with travel to Bangladesh|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jul-22 (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 :||6 Months|
|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.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, 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’s financing models work through three channels: inclusive digital economies, connecting individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyse participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; local development finance, that capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and investment finance, that provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal-SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a broad diversity of SDGs. UNCDF strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ is based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UNCDF Digital Country Lead and Regional Digital Hub Manager, the Digital Agriculture Specialist will:
4. Review of implementation progress and knowledge management
SCOPE OF WORK
3. Implement specific technical assistance related to digital agriculture interventions and possible delivery of specific funding
(grants, loans and guarantees) by UNCDF.
4. Review of implementation progress and knowledge management
Expected Outputs and Deliverables.
Payments shall be made only upon satisfactory completion and UNCDF’s written acceptance of each deliverable duly approved by the Regional Manager for IDE Asia:
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT
Contract Duration: 6 months
Contract period: July 2022 till Dec 2022
DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL
Duty station: Home based with travel to Bangladesh
Travel: Possible travels to Bangladesh (Dhaka and other markets) in order to facilitate partnerships and provide technical assistance to Agri tech projects identified. Any travel will be paid separately by UNCDF following the UNCDF Travel policies and should not be included as part of the financial proposal of the applicant. As a matter of policy, travels of consultants in UNCDF are based on economy class and any cost above such standard shall be borne by the consultant.
PROVISION OF MONITORING AND PROGRESS CONTROLS
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNCDF Regional Manager in Asia.
The consultant will have daily communication during the contract period with UNCDF via email and Skype, for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultants’ output quality and targets.
The Consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during his/her engagement with UNCDF.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for payments to an Individual Contractor(s):
Required Skills and Experience
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
APPLICATION PROCESS AND EVALUATION
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications. (NOTE: The system does not allow multiple uploads of document. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file.)
All applications must contain the following information and should be submitted by 12 July 2022:
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Desk review (70 points).
A desk review will be conducted to produce a shortlist of applicants according to the criteria below. Only applicants who obtain 70% of the points shall be considered for financial evaluation.
Desk review scoring:
Step III: Financial Evaluation (30 points).
Only applicants who obtain a minimum of 70% at the desk review will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly).
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.