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Disability Sector Consultant, United Nations Capital Development Fund/Expanding Financial Access (EFA)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based within Yangon, Myanmar with some travel|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-19 (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 :||50 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||7 months|
UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
To support the government of Myanmar in the implementation process of the Financial Inclusion Roadmap, UNCDF in Myanmar developed the Expanding Financial Access (EFA) project that focuses on priority areas of the Financial Inclusion Roadmap. Started in 2015, EFA is the core project in Myanmar and works hand in hand at the country level with other regional and global UNCDF.
The EFA project intends, to increase the percentage of the adult population which are financially included from 30% in 2015 to 40 by 2020, and those which use more than one financial product from 6% to 15%. Moreover, EFA aims to have 830,000 low income direct beneficiaries and 3 million indirect ones by providing a full range of affordable, quality, effective and responsible financial services to
A core component of EFA is the Market Development Facility which seeks to address systemic market failures in a number of thematic areas through targeted funding solutions. It functions as a catalytic wholesale financial agent able to take-on risk and leverage outside sources of capital to boost funding to undercapitalized MFIs operating in Myanmar. Digital Financial Services (DFS) and Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) are also critical cross-cutting themes and form the basis for a number of UNCDF Myanmar interventions. EFA also works in partnership with the innovative regional Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) funding facility which aims to accelerate financial inclusion across the ASEAN region. Through the CleanStart project, UNCDF provides funding to institutions working in renewables and clean energy.
In Myanmar, women and girls face barriers in the enabling environment, in the supply of and in their demand for financial products and services, as well as in their socio-cultural contexts. As a result, women remain disproportionately excluded from the formal financial system in the country and further exacerbated for those living in conflict-affected areas. The gender gap in formal financial access is 12% (Findex, 2014) with women being more likely than men to use informal financial products and services. Together, these diverse spheres of constraint limit women and girls’ access, usage and agency over financial products and services in ways that constrain their opportunities for economic participation and empowerment. Yet while, women’s economic participation has the potential to contribute to Myanmar’s sustainable economic growth, currently women’s labour force participation rate is only 50.5%, falling well short of the male participation rate of 85.2% - despite women and adolescent girls constituting more than half of the country’s working age population (aged 15-64) (52.3%).
UNCDF believes that Financial inclusion is a key enabler of women’s economic empowerment. Acknowledging the pivotal role that financial inclusion plays in reaching the economic empowerment of women and girls, UNCDF is developing and implementing multi-sectorial activities to facilitate women and girls’ economic empowerment through improving their access, use and control over financial services, in cooperation with the Myanmar Government, UN Agencies, Financial Services Providers and international donors.
This component is primarily focusing on interventions functions on the Supply-side: to promote gender-sensitive financial products and services and supporting non-financial services; and the Demand-side: to enhance women and girls’ financial capabilities, voice and demand for finance. Yet in recognition of the important role of the broader context, supporting interventions will be implemented in the sphere of the Enabling Environment: to advance Gender (and age) sensitive enabling legal, policy and regulatory environment for financial inclusion.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of Assignment
Deliverables and Final Products Schedule
This consultancy is home-based in Yangon, Myanmar and physical presence at UNCDF Yangon Office may be required intermittently. The consultant is expected to travel to project sites during the contract period.
Required Skills and Experience
Step I: Screening:
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review:
As applicable, only the first top 3 ranked applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage.
Step III: Interview
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Both individual consultants and individuals 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. UNCDF 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.
Please include all documents into one file while submitting your application.
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.