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Technical Expert– Public Financial Management and Government Payments Digitization (BTCA)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||22-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||80 days|
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to inclusive finance and investment capital. It can provide seed capital both grants and loans as well as technical support that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
UNCDF works to enlarge peoples’ choices: it believes that poor people and communities should take decisions about their own development. UNCDF works in challenging environments – remote rural areas, countries emerging from conflict – and paves the way for others to follow. Its programmes are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, development partners and national governments, for significant impact on the SDGs. Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies and international organizations hosted at UNCDF that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.
Billions of dollars in cash payments and transfers are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare and relief, payments to suppliers, remittances, etc. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability and security, as well as inefficiency. Furthermore, the individuals who receive the cash payments are often part of the 2 billion excluded from the formal financial sector. This means they are excluded from access to a range of appropriate and affordable financial services to help them save safely, take advantage of economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to risk.
Shifting these payments from cash to digital has the potential to improve the lives of low-income people, particularly women, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often safer means of disbursing payments.
The Better Than Cash Alliance partners with governments, companies, and international organizations that are the key drivers behind the transition to make digital payments widely available by:
The Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Forum of Government Treasuries (Foro de Tesorerías Gubernamentales de América Latina - FOTEGAL) to develop a standard methodology to assess the cost savings of Treasury Single Accounts and the digitization of government payments that can ensure comparable data and indicators across Latin American countries. The methodology will be tested in three or four Latin American countries. For this purpose, the Better Than Cash Alliance is hiring a Technical Expert on public financial management and treasury performance measurement to work together on the development of a standard methodology and indicators and to carry out the implementation of this methodology in three or four countries, as agreed with the Better Than Cash Alliance. These selected countries will include Costa Rica, Dominican Republic as confirmed participants in the study and one or two additional countries pending confirmation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and direction of the Head of Research, Better Than Cash Alliance, key responsibilities are as follows:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Duration of the Work
 The IC modality is expected to be used only for short-term consultancy engagements. If the duration of the IC for the same TOR exceeds twelve (12) months, the duration must be justified and be subjected to the approval of the Director of the Regional Bureau, or a different contract modality must be considered. This policy applies regardless of the delegated procurement authority of the Head of the Business Unit.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payments will be based on an all-inclusive daily fee and paid upon the achievement of key milestones and deliverables as described in section D. The approval of disbursement will be based on a timesheet submitted by the expert and approved by BTCA’s Head of Research.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
The scoring of application will be based on a combined scoring method:
a) Qualifications and interview will be weighted 70% of the total score. The qualifications (CV) to carry out the assignment will be assigned a weight of 30% and the interview will account for 40% of the total score.
The Better Than Cash Alliance will conduct a review of a profile (technical evaluation) that matches applicants experience and expertise to the key tasks outlined in the consultancy. These are detailed under each of the following:
Only the top candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the review of profile will be considered for Technical Interviews. Technical interviews will explore the same key work areas, in greater depth, with the same weighting.
Technical proposal = Review of a profile through desk review (30%) + Technical Interview (40%) + Financial Proposal (30%)
b) The financial proposal will be weighted a max of 30%.
(NOTE: THE SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS THEREFORE APPLICANTS MUST MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ONE FILE)
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.