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Intern, SHIFT SAARC Programme (UNCDF)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3-6 months (6 months preferable)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||This is an open call for applications, indicate your availability from September 2018 to August 2019|
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.
United Nations Capital Development Fund and inclusive Finance:
UNCDF is the UN’s capital development agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). UNCDF uses its capital mandate to help LDCs pursue inclusive growth. UNCDF’s last mile financing models help eradicate poverty, mobilizing public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, which benefit poor people, small businesses, and under-served regions. These models focus on those areas where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded. UNCDF does this in two ways. First, by showing how localized public finance - through fiscal decentralization, innovations in municipal finance, and structured project finance - can drive public/private funding for essential infrastructure and services which underpins local economic expansion. Second, UNCDF supports savings-led financial inclusion which expands the opportunities for poor individuals and households and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to better manage their financial lives, plan for the future, and climb out of poverty.
Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) Programme in SAARC countries:
UNCDF’s SHIFT SAARC programme is a regional market-facilitation initiative that seeks to stimulate investment, business innovations, and regulatory reform to expand the economic participation of and opportunities for low-income people, especially women, and small and growing businesses to be active agents in the formal economy across the SAARC region. At the regional level, the SHIFT SAARC programme framework is deploying its efforts on specifically removing market constraints limiting women’s equal access to economic opportunities and participation in the markets. SHIFT SAARC aims to reach at least one million low income people by 2021, 65% of whom are women, and 30,000 small and growing businesses be given access and use to financial services to secure opportunities for employment, enterprise development, and increased sustainable consumption.
Bangladesh is the first country of implementation under SHIFT SAARC Programme with focus on accelerating uptake and usage of digital financial services (DFS) responding to the needs of expanding financial inclusion through digital pathways. The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has prioritized Financial Inclusion through Digital Financial Services (DFS) as one of the key strategies towards achieving middle income country status by 2021, as described in the Seventh Five Year Plan 2016-2020. Expanding financial inclusion through digital pathways is also crucial for the country in achieving the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Built upon these macro level national plans, SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh’s approach is based on the principle that access to digital accounts can significantly improve financial inclusion and therefore provide needed solutions to low income people, women and Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of Bangladesh to weather financial shocks and avail income generating opportunities.
SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh focuses on narrowing the gender gap in financial access and usage through support for more enabling policy and regulations in DFS. The intervention is expected to lead to the presence of a critical number of providers that are willing to significantly invest in expanding digital finance infrastructure, offering greater value to women in particular through a wider range of financial services. The intervention also seeks to support people and businesses to take up DFS offering because of greater consumer protection.
In addition, UNCDF initiative supports downstream market development, as a complement to the policy and regulatory work, focusing on providing integrated business solutions to small retail merchant leveraging digital pathways. This will contribute to widening retail payment systems in the country and increase flow of credit to MSMEs.
In implementing SHIFT SAARC programme, UNCDF is utilizing its proven programmatic blueprint based on four streams of work adapted for the Bangladesh context to achieve the following objectives:
The data collection and research component focuses on undertaking research activities to further inform DFS practice and policy, as well as to bring Bangladesh’s DFS knowledge and experiences to the global arena. The aim is to support the Government of Bangladesh’s (GOB) agenda about improving knowledge and information on DFS by providing evidence base for the private sector (suppliers) and others in supporting their efforts to innovate and find solutions for DFS. SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh closely works with selected national research/policy organizations to further advance their capacities in research around DFS.
The capacity enhancement component builds on UNCDF’s significant experience on strengthening DFS capacities and training activities. The focus is especially on activities that contribute directly to accelerating DFS in Bangladesh. The aim is to support building competences required in the context of guiding DFS acceleration efforts in the country. SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh closely works with national stakeholders to further advance their capacities in DFS.
SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh is facilitating consultative stakeholder dialogues with the Bangladesh Bank on aspects of policy and regulatory needs necessary to enable greater acceleration of DFS. SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh has reviewed the current regulatory and policy framework, produced analysis and suggested recommendations to inform the DFS policy and strategy formulation.
The communication campaign will first target wider communities of policy makers and opinion shapers, thereafter it will gradually involve meso level organizations, small business and women associations.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Intern will assist the SHIFT SAARC in Bangladesh team in undertaking work supporting the implementation of one of the following streams of work listed below:
Applicants are requested to state which of these areas are of interest in the applicant’s cover letter.
Data analysis and advocacy through data:
Capacity building training and policy advocacy consultative workshops:
Communications and visibility:
Micro-merchant focused Business Innovations Pilot projects and new partnership exploration:
Required Skills and Experience
Duration of Assignment:
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