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Communications Consultant, UNCDF MM4P
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kathmandu, NEPAL|
|Application Deadline :||21-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||24 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||24 Months|
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.
With support from Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“DFAT” formerly AusAid) and by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UNCDF launched Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) in March 2012, a global thematic initiative to address the opportunities and challenges of implementing branchless banking and mobile money in challenging markets in Africa and Asia. MM4P’s long-term mission is to help low income and rural households in LDCs increase their financial security through appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money through these “digital financial services” (DFS). To do so, its intermediate goal is to help build inclusive digital financial sectors such that a wide range of digital financial services are provided responsibly, and at reasonable cost, by sustainable institutions in a well-regulated environment. This combines a making markets work for the poor approach with UNCDF’s traditional operational model of directly supporting the most crucial level – retail service providers. UNCDF is currently implementing this in nine countries (Laos, Nepal, Malawi, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Benin, Zambia and Uganda). With its programme management unit in Brussels, Belgium, UNCDF has placed technical teams in each of the focus countries of the programme.
UNCDF has been active in Nepal in the digital finance space since 2014 with funds from UNCDF’s MM4P program laying the groundwork for a full-scale country interventions and programs including MM4P. In the past three years its work has been instrumental in creating a enabling environment for the range of digital finance providers to operate in Nepal. It has provided significant training and support to over a dozen of providers and is now focusing its work on two main projects linked to the largest remittance companies in the countries to help them develop and launch digital accounts.
The Communication Consultant is a key part of MM4P activities at the country level as the focus of the programme is to deliver learnings gathered from different interventions and also amplify the work of UNCDF on digital through various channels. The Communication consultant largely is responsible for the work in Nepal, but also supports few engagements across other countries (Laos and Myanmar).
Duties and Responsibilities
Workshop Management Support:
Social Media Management & Content Creation:
Newsletter Management & Content Curation and Creation:
Capturing Learnings and Presenting Portfolio:
Drive Community Engagement:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Leadership and Self-Management
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, duration of assignment, duty station and expected places of travel:
Provision of Monitoring, Progress Controls & Payments:
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The best proposal that will be awarded the contract shall be selected through the following method:
Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals as set out in the RFP. The weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
All applications must contain the following information:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening:
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria (listed under education and experience) will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review:
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate them.
As applicable, only the first top 4 ranked applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for an interview.
Step III: Interview:
A competency-based interview shall be conducted for the candidates. The maximum score for the interview is 80 points.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II (20 points) + Step III (80 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step IV: 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 best 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%.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visa´s for consultants. Consultants are responsible for securing their work documentation. In the case of national consultants, applicants that are not nationals of the duty station requested will have to prove their residence status.
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 not 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.
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
(Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNCDF and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments. An RLA is governed by the provisions of this policy.)
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.