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INTEROPERABLE PAYMENT PLATFORM RULES – TECHNICAL WRITER CONSULTANT
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||05-Oct-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 :||4 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||4 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.
1) GENERAL BACKGROUND
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
Recently, UNCDF formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ 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. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. For further detail on UNCDF strategy, refer to; https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
UNCDF in Myanmar
UNCDF has been operating in Myanmar since 2012 with a capital mandate to expand savings-led financial inclusion and use localized investments to drive poverty reduction and sustainable development. The country program seeks to improve financial service access and usage to achieve equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP), which includes the use of innovate solutions to bring formal services for people at the bottom of the pyramid.
UNCDF Myanmar, by way of the Myanmar Microfinance Digitization Project (MMD), proposes to accelerate inclusive digital finance, particularly for women, by focusing on three use cases: (i) MFI loan re-payments, (ii) MFI loan disbursements, and (ii) electronic cash transfers (bulk transfers).
Building on the existing Mojaloop lab work with the microfinance industry on digital microfinance loan repayments, UNCDF has moved the interoperability lab from “testing” to “production go-live” with a focus on the payments that matter most for vulnerable populations. The project has synthesized in a payment scheme, called WynePay.
WynePay is a participant-managed and participant-owned payment scheme, using the open source Mojaloop settlement and connector platforms. About 30 financial institutions (primarily MFIs and Wallets) have joined the Scheme. UNCDF has been working with the Scheme participants in getting the technology and business partnerships ready while the regulatory approval is received. A Myanmar-based technology company, Thitsaworks, operates the Scheme under the guidance of WynePay Scheme Council, which is represented by eight of the 30 leading financial institutions in Myanmar.
One of the requirements to going live is develop rules covering the WynePay Scheme and its products, namely the use cases. The Rules are divided into two categories: Scheme Rules and Business Rules for Use Cases.
The general Scheme-level rules have already been agreed by the Participant and a draft version is available. Likewise, several operational and business decisions for use cases have also been discussed and agreed with the participants and the operator.
UNCDF is looking for an expert to collate, organize, and finalize the Rules book. The work would include working with the scheme operator in finalizing the operational and business decisions for the use cases.
Duties and Responsibilities
2) OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The objective is two-fold, namely:
Under the supervision of the UNCDF Myanmar Country Technical Lead, the consultant will deliver the completed WynePay GRs and specific BRs for use cases noted above (A to E).
3) SCOPE OF WORK
4) Expected Outputs and Deliverables.
5) Institutional Arrangement
6) DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT
Contract period: 15 October 2022 to 15 February 2023 (4 months)
7) DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL
Duty station: Home based (no travel)
Places of Travel: No travel required.
8) PROVISION OF MONITORING AND PROGRESS CONTROLS
The Consultant will closely work with the MMD project team and follow the overall guidance of the UNCDF Myanmar Country Technical Lead. The UNCDF Myanmar Country Technical Lead will approve the consultant’s payment based on the deliverables listed in these TORs.
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
9) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
11) 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 5 October 2022:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by desk review
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates from 1 to 100 points as per criteria below. Only applicants scoring 70 points or above shall be considered for financial evaluation.
Step III: Financial Evaluation
Only candidates with scores above 70 points of the technical evaluation will be considered. The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks):
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula: p = y (µ/z), where:
The contact shall be awarded to the best applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Both individual consultants and individual employed of a company or institution are welcome to apply.
Any individual employed of 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.