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Researcher Zanzibar: Youth Upskilling Strategy
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||27-Feb-23 (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|
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 UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 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 two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments—through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance—can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to 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 number of different SDGs.
UNCDF manages initiatives to develop inclusive digital finance ecosystems which offer a wide range of financial services especially for low-income vulnerable communities. Specifically, UNCDF provides a mix of policy, technical and financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as invests in research and other public goods to benefit all market actors. By supporting the development of digital finance ecosystems in these countries, UNCDF aims to increase the financial security of low income and rural households through access to appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money.
Recently, UNCDF has 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 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 SDGs. UNCDF will apply a market development approach and continuously seek to address underlying market dysfunctions. For more information, please see: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4567/uncdf-launches-digital-economy-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has been operating in Tanzania for the past 40 years contributing to different financial inclusion initiatives, enhancing local government alternative sources of funds to finance local infrastructure, and expanding its scope to support inclusive economic digital transformation. Recently, UNCDF has been engaging with stakeholders on the Silicon Zanzibar initiative in line with UNCDF's strategy to ensure "No one is left behind in the digital era."
Silicon Zanzibar is a public-private initiative to attract tech companies and workers from across Africa and beyond to Zanzibar. This initiative is being led by the Zanzibar Ministry of Investment & Economic Development and the Ministry of Tourism alongside Wasoko, a leading African tech company and CPS, a real estate developer (Fumba Town). Silicon Zanzibar aims to transform Zanzibar into a leading hub for Pan-African tech companies.
Zanzibar has a unique opportunity to work with the tech companies, understand the type of skills required and upgrade its current training facilities and curricula to meet these demands. In return, the tech companies will be a source of employment for youth and a source of world-class training for IT-skilled youth that would allow them to be employable in Zanzibar and beyond. This type of program truly prepares youth for employment in the digital age which will result in a spillover positive economic effect on both the Island and the country accelerating Tanzania’s digital transformation.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF seeks to engage a researcher/consultant to draft and design a strategy for a future program to equip IT-skilled youth in Zanzibar to meet the talent demands of national and international technology firms. The program will aim to leverage off and strengthen existing training and skilling programs/resources in order to build pathways through which Zanzibari youth can attain employable digital skills that are industry driven and marketable.
Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant/firm will work with UNCDF’s Inclusive Digital Economies Team in Tanzania. The consultant will be managed by UNCDF Tanzania IDE’s Country Lead.
Outputs and deliverables will be reviewed and approved by Tanzania IDE Country Lead. All costs needed to achieve the deliverables set forth in this TOR are to be included in the financial proposals from the applicant/bidding entity (transport and travel, professional fees, software, hardware, communication, consumables, etc.)
To ensure that content delivered can be published on the UNCDF website, design and form of outputs and deliverables will be advised by the Communications Analyst.
Key Performance Indicators and Service Level
Duration of the Work
The expected duration of the assignment is 4 months. The activities are expected to be completed by July 30, 2023.
This is a home-based consultancy.
Facilities to be provided by UNCDF
Requirements of the Successful Consultant
Required Skills and Experience