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Financial Services Consultant - Agriculture
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based or Dar es Salaam Office, TANZANIA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||approx. 90 days per year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 2 years|
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 49 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.
UNCDF also has expertise in forming partnerships to spur innovation and convening stakeholders to coordinate activities, exchange insights, and scale impact. UNCDF has built expertise in Inclusive Finance programs, reaching unbanked populations, particularly women, as well as building financial capabilities through innovative delivery channels.
UNCDF is developing several financial inclusion interventions in Tanzania as part of the UN Kigoma Joint Programme: 1) Targeting smallholder farmers involved in the maize and cassava value chains, UNCDF will partner with a financial service provider to develop a post-harvest loss financial product, 2) Ensuring that women are prioritized and there is an increase in uptake and usage by women of digital financial services through enhanced service delivery and capability training, 3) Piloting a programme to accelerate refugee’s access to finance through savings groups in Nyarugusu Camp, with long-term goals of expanding to additional camps in Tanzania as well as the wider community in Kigoma District.
Improving financial inclusion for women is key for their economic empowerment. After conducting a country assessment in Tanzania to understand the country-specific constraints that women and young girls face, UNCDF has developed a global gender strategy to improve the financial inclusion gender gap and drive women’s economic empowerment by addressing issues related to access, usage, and agency. UNCDF will combine financial and digital literacy with technical support to financial service providers and partner institutions in Tanzania under its gender-focused strategy.
3) Access to Finance & Digital Literacy for Refugees in Nyarugusu Camp: UNCDF is piloting a program that will expand access to finance through savings groups, which will also serve as an entry point for digital and financial literacy. Over the long-term, UNCDF will expand the program activities to the host community; engage in policy advocacy to create a more enabling environment for refugees’ financial inclusion; and work to accelerate refugees’ linkage to the formal financial sector.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF Tanzania seeks the services of a consultant with demonstrated expertise in the design and roll-out of financial services and products to act as a technical resource and to support the implementation of UNCDF Tanzania’s programming activities for a duration of two years, from April 2018 – March 2020:
Technical Support to Refugee Pilot
Programming Support for Country Office
Activities are expected to start in April 2018 and they will be finalised by March 2020. The consultants will be required to travel frequently to Kigoma District, Nyarugusu Camp and other areas of Tanzania.
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on technical part will be considered for the financial evaluation.
Key criteria for selecting the consultant:
Criteria and scores for Technical Evaluation, max 70 points
The top 3 high scored candidates will be invited for the interview.
The following formula will be used to evaluate Financial Proposal:
The contract shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as Responsive/compliant/acceptable and having received the highest combined weight (technical proposal & Interview) 70% + financial 30%= 100%.
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
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). Please note that in such case the company institution will be asked to issue an RLA http://www.undp.org/content/dam/vietnam/docs/Legalframework/Reimbursable%20Loan%20Agreement.doc.
Interested candidate should submit the following information as part of the application package:
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling 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
UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and Conditions are provided here:
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.