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Digital Economy Expert - MM4P UNCDF
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Beijing, CHINA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Sep-18 (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 :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||24 months based on performance|
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 finance 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.
Based on the experience of reaching last mile and digital as a key driver, UNCDF under financial inclusion practice has consolidated its strategy to support last mile solutions. Under the new strategy digital is a key accelerator. While a large part of UNCDF work till date has been focused on LDCs, lately with the growing divide in some of the MIC markets and also new opportunities that are offered by some of these MIC countries in terms of new knowledge and how digital can be deployed for benefit of all. UNCDF FIPA is expanding its work in some of these new markets, with a focus on digital finance and innovations to both help digital finance reach its potential for the last-mile, but also to better use digital and digital finance and other services to achieve the SDGs, anchored through a new initiative that will grow into a multi-country effort. One aspect of this expansion is also to learn new things that are happening in these markets and then create ways of bringing that knowledge and experience to the rest of the world specially LDCs.
With this in focus UNCDF is looking to expand its work in China with two specific objectives:
1. Anchor China as a center of excellence through a learning hub, the learnings from which could be taken to rest of the world and new learnings can be shared from other parts of world with Chinese
2. Drive innovation both domestically and for the world focused on last mile through an in-country innovation hub, by working with Chinese stakeholders across the digital and digital finance eco-system
3. Help develop partnerships where the Chinese companies can become enablers for the start-up eco-system within China and elsewhere. Also supporting cross-country partnerships to scale in new markets.
As part of this engagement, UNCDF intends to engage a full-time expert to support the engagement in China.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UNCDF´s Regional Technical Specialist for Digital Finance and Innovation – Asia the consultant will support the following activities and deliverables tied to the project.
The Digital expert would be the key person on the ground to structure the UNCDF engagement in China, that includes developing relationship and partnerships that would lead to the following key outcomes:
1. Assist with landscape assessment that would lead to developing learnings from the market and also develop south-south engagement platform
2. Drive creation of partnerships and establishment of relationships that would allow for UNCDF to roll-out the innovation hub
3. Support with the in-country engagements for implementing the programme with right Chinese counterparts
To reach the above objectives the consultant would undertake the following activities and the deliverables. The below activities have been outlined based on the some of the broader outcomes that have been outlined above and are representative and can be more than that.
Deliverables – Year 1
The above described responsibilities and deliverables are expected to be achieved for the first year of engagement of the consultant.
Subject to satisfactory performance and budget availability, the consultant may be extended for another year. During the said period, the deliverables could be generally summarized as follows:
Activities for Year 2
A detailed set of deliverables shall be determined at later time, as the second year approaches.
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
For unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. UNCDF would cover the cost of stay for the selected person.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visas 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.
Please note that consultants residing in the duty station will not be compensated for living expenses.
The consultant should be open to re-allocation as he/she could be later moved to Shanghai for implementation of ongoing engagements.
Progress Controls & Payments:
Payment will be made against satisfactorily completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be disbursed only upon written confirmation of acceptance of the outputs which and authorization for payment by the Regional Technical Specialist – Asia.
Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
Payment schedule is as follows (Year 1):
If the consultant is extended for the second year, the payment terms for the second year shall be determined and agreed between UNCDF and the consultants. However, all units prices on the financial proposal agreed on the first year shall remain the same for the second year.
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 documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Technical Evaluation:
Shortlisting (20 points): UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates as per experience requirements in the Terms of Reference. As applicable, only the first top 3 ranked applicants shall be considered for an interview.
20- Functional competencies for assignment;
Interview (80 points): An interview shall be conducted for the top 3 shortlisted candidates.
Step III: Financial Evaluation: Only candidates with scores above 70% of the technical evaluation (70 Points or above) will be considered.
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 applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and Having received the highest combined weight (technical scores) 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). Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.