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Financial Inclusion & Project Management Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Banjul, GAMBIA|
|Application Deadline :||30-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 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. Its programmes are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, development partners and national governments, for significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): UNCDF's primary contributions are to SDG 1, with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access, and SDG 17, with a focus on unlocking public and private finance for the poor at the local level. Since 2010 UNCDF has been actively working to increase youth financial inclusion: to date, we have supported 10 financial services providers (FSPs) to reach 822,000 young people, collect US$20 million in savings and provide loans to 210,000 young entrepreneurs.
UNCDF is bringing its expertise in promoting a green and climate resilient local communities and economies and youth access to finance, including through digital, in support of job creation, under the “Jobs, skills and finance (JSF) for women and youth in The Gambia” programme funded by the 11th European Development Fund. This programme will contribute to stabilizing the economic, social and security situation of the country during the democratic transition by facilitating social inclusion and employment of the youth and women, with a specific emphasis on promoting gender equality and addressing climate change.
The approach builds on lessons learned from UNCDF experience in job creation and promoting a green and climate resilient economy and youth access to finance: in particular, within its mandate of financial inclusion and innovation, UNCDF JSF is providing technical assistance to financial providers to develop financial and non-financial innovative services adapted to youth and women in The Gambia. To this end, UNCDF uses a four-steps approach to deliver its results:
Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF is looking for a Financial Inclusion and Project Management Consultant to provide technical assistance to the JSF team in The Gambia and support partners and UNCDF JSF investees for phase 1 (kick off and pilot phase) in the field of financial inclusion and innovation. The support required includes set up project activities, follow ups, monitoring and evaluation of pilot phase and make sure UNCDF JSF partners deliver results according to the terms and conditions agreed with UNCDF team. There is a possibility to extend the contract to cover phase 2 and 3 upon delivery of high-quality results and validation of UNCDF. More specifically, the consultant is required to focus on the following UNCDF JSF financial innovation projects for phases 1 and 2:
Duration of the Work
The estimated duration of the work is a maximum of 200 days spread over 12 months.
The target for starting the work would be 1 November 2019.
The work is deliverable based and the lead time for approval of outputs is 2 business days.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payment will be made on periodical basis in accordance with number of days worked and upon satisfactorily achieved deliverables. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor.
Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
Please see detailed breakdown below.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
All applications must contain the following information:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria (listed under education and experience) will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Technical Evaluation
Step III: Financial Evaluation:
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.