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Digital Finance Research and Knowledge Consultant, Better Than Cash Alliance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||London, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Application Deadline :||01-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
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. 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 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 Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
Based in UNCDF, the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is a partnership of governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth by:
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 1.7 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 Team’s Core Values are the following:
BTCA is looking to hire a Consultant for Digital Finance Research and Knowledge Consultant – London and Home Office as agreed, United Kingdom.
For more information on BTCA, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Head of the Digital Payments Resource and Innovation Hub the incumbent will support the following duties:
Summary of key functions:
Strategy Development for Research and Knowledge:
Provide consultancy expert support for the development and implementation of the global and in-country research and knowledge strategy focused on supporting the Alliance members research needs and knowledge gaps to increase uptake and usage of digital payments in their respective economies.
Support the integration of Research and Knowledge into regional and in-country work: In collaboration with the Regional, Advocacy and Communications teams, integrate knowledge sharing into all aspects of the BTCA work streams.
Quality assurance of the Alliance research products:
Work with the Managing Director and Head of the Digital Payments Resource and Innovation Hub to ensure quality of all research products, including the integration of specific expertise into research products.
Estimated Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant shall be under the supervision and direction of the Head of the Digital Payments Resource and Innovation Hub
Duration of the Work
This is an assignment that will have an initial duration of twelve months/250 working days. However, the performance control/ monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payments will be made monthly upon confirmation of UNCDF that the individual has delivered on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner based on the completed deliverables stated in Section D above.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
The following documents are requested:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Step I: Shortlisting by Desk Review
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates whose offer have been evaluated and determined to be:
Step II: Written Test – 40%
The shortlisted candidates will be invited to written test which will account for 40% of the total score. The written test will assess both technical knowledge and written expression of the candidate.
Step III: Interview – 30%
Candidates who pass the written test will be invited to an interview, which will account for 30% of the evaluation.
Only candidates scoring over 70% of the total technical score will be considered eligible.
Step IV: Financial proposal: 30%:
The financial proposal represents 30% of the total final score, where the most affordable financial proposal earns the full 30 points and serves as reference for the assessment of the rest of the proposals.
Step V: Final Evaluation 100 per cent:
The final score of the candidates will be completed by adding up the scores of the written test, interview and the financial proposal.
The candidate with the highest combined score will be selected for this role.
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.