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Project Management Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Brussels, BELGIUM|
|Application Deadline :||25-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 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.
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P): MM4P addresses the opportunities and challenges of implementing DFS in LDCs in Africa and Asia with the objective to build an inclusive digital financial ecosystem that offers a wide range of DFS provided responsibly, and at reasonable cost, by sustainable institutions in a well-regulated environment. Specifically, MM4P provides a mix of policy, technical financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as investing in research and other public goods that benefit all market actors. By supporting the development of DFS in these countries, MM4P works 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. MM4P is currently active in eight countries (Benin, Laos, Nepal, Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia). In each of these countries MM4P implements projects that aim to push the needle on financial inclusion through digital financial services. For more information on the UNCDF MM4P program, see http://mm4p.uncdf.org/
Digital@UNCDF: UNCDF is now formally expanding its work to focus on digital finance and innovations to both help digital finance reach its potential for the poor, but also to better use digital finance and other services to achieve the SDGs. This will we anchored in a new initiative (referred to at present as digital@UNCDF) that will grow into a multi-country effort. In each country, UNCDF will continue its work to increasing usage of digital finance but will do so with a focus on assisting countries, companies, communities and customers to achieve the SDG outcomes. This will require bringing together companies to design, develop, test and refine digital solutions with support from experts and ready to use tools. Those digital companies will be connected to enabling stakeholders, such as regulators, universities, think-tanks, providers, companies, other labs, and industry associations. Together UNCDF intends to harness technology can eliminate customers’ pain points in today’s user experience, as well as work on use cases that will help vulnerable people (farmers, women, refugees, migrants, youth) move from distrust, disenfranchisement, and exclusion to become confident and empowered.
The proposed approach focuses on supporting innovative solutions by:
Initial work on this approach has been done in Uganda and Nepal. The first dedicated digital@UNCDF country platform will be Malaysia, the development of which started early in 2018. This is a new project which inherits an existing project investment pipeline and guidelines of the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) project amongst others.
As part of this engagement, UNCDF would like to hire a Project Management Consultant to take stock of existing resources and support the transition to a new approach to supporting innovative solutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UNCDF´s Programme Analyst the Project Management Consultant will support the following activities and deliverables tied to the project.
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.
Analysing and updating UNCDF´s Digital Finance projects portfolio (2018-2019):
Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments in Digital Finance:
Supporting the 2019 planning exercise of the digital@uncdf project:
Required Skills and Experience
A Master’s degree in Project Management, technology, economics, public/business administration, social sciences, or related discipline or the equivalent experience.
Fluency in English, Proficiency in French preferred but not required.
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
Consulting fees, standard travel costs and living expenses:
This is a local position UNCDF will only accept standard fees based on the local market rates (Belgium)and the experience of the consultant. UNCDF will not provide relocation expenses.
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.
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.
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 Programme Analyst,
Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
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 test. Applicants from the shortlist will be requested to take a written test.
Step III: Technical Evaluation:
Shortlisting (20 points): UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates having passed the test 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;
An interview shall be conducted for the top 3 shortlisted candidates.
Step IV: 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.