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Mexico’s Public-Private Working Group on Merchant’s Adoption of Digital Payments Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||19-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||1d 16h 3m|
|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 with Expertise in . For more information on BTCA, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
This project is part of the In-country advisory services offered to the Government and Corporate Sector in Mexico. The Government of Mexico announced in January a series of initiatives aimed to reduce the use of cash and a renewed focus on digital payment platforms especially for small merchants’ digitization. Beyond the payment technology and infrastructure necessary for digital payments, many private and public sector stakeholders in Mexico highlighted the importance to look at measures on how to increase the adoption and use of digital payments by small merchants. Increasing adoption of digital payments for small merchants entails to co-create a robust value proposition for small merchants and implementing the right incentives to overcome barriers preventing small merchants from adopting and using digital payments across digital channels. Furthermore, the transition towards digitization requires the different stakeholders (financial service and technology providers, Governments, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, and other organizations as merchants' associations, for example) to build together a more robust e inclusive digital ecosystem.
Led and hosted by the SHCP (Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico), the Better Than Cash Alliance is working with the Government of Mexico to support a public-private working group focused on increasing adoption of digital payments among small retailers in Mexico. This working group will be facilitated by a Consultant funded by the Alliance, who will work closely with the SHCP in defining strategic goals, agenda, participants and expected outcomes out of each meeting.
Working Group goals
The primary objective of the working group would be to define a set of incentives needed at the ecosystem level to support the small retailers to accept and use digital payments. It is expected that the main discussion’s outcome would be a set of measures to incentivize adoption of digital payments to be implemented in a pilot in Q12020.
Building on existing collaboration, this working group will feed into the CONAIF’s current scheme of working groups and will have fluid communication with the Business Model Working Group.
It is expected that the Adoption Working group will have frequent meetings from August to December 2019 and will lean on the lessons extracted from BTCA's research work on FMCG in Mexico. Participants will meet at least 3 times in the above-mentioned period.
Among the potential participants could be: SHCP, Banxico, ASM (Association of Banks), CNBV, FMCG companies, large retailers, SAT (Tax and formalization), Fintech Association, BANSEFI, payments facilitators, small merchants’ Association. New participants could be incorporated once the working group if necessary.
This working group will be facilitated by a consultant funded by the Alliance and the main outcomes will be: a) presentation of successful international and national experience b) the definition of incentives to increase adoption of digital payments by small merchants, b) the design of a pilot to test the incentives to be implemented in 2020 (Q1).
Duties and Responsibilities
Based in Mexico, the Consultant will be working closely with the Better Than Cash Alliance LAC Lead and the Private Sector Lead to support the Government of Mexico, through the Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico (SHCP), to enhance the adoption and use of digital payments by small merchants.
Scope of Work
Based in Mexico City, and under the supervision and direction of the Alliance Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Lead, the individual consultant will work closely with the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico-SHCP) holding the following key responsibilities:
A. With regards to the working group, the consultant will: (75% of consultant’s time)
B. Support SHCP and built its internal capacity: (25% of consultant’s time)
D. Document the learnings on Working group consensus and dissemination: At the end of the project, the overall experiences and lessons learnt should be documented in a final public learning paper, that will be written in close consultation with SHCP and the Alliance.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Deliverables shall include:
The key results expected:
Ensure participants agree on a set of incentives to be implemented in a pilot in 2020
Any delay in the completion of the outputs, if not attributed to the performance of the consultant, shall be addressed through a no-cost time extension.
Under the supervision and direction of the BTCA LAC Regional Lead, the Consultant, based in Mexico will be working closely with the Better Than Cash Alliance LAC Lead and the Private Sector Lead to support the Government of Mexico, through the Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico (SHCP), to enhance the adoption and use of digital payments by small merchants.
Duration of the Work
This is an assignment that will have an initial duration of 180 working days. However, the performance control/ monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
Required Skills and Experience
Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payments will be made based on the percentage of contract price corresponding to the deliverables stated in Section D above, and upon confirmation of UNCDF that the individual has delivered on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
The following documents are requested:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Consultants will be evaluated based on UNDP’s cumulative analysis method. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract shall be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
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 Key work areas noted above:
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%).
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.