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Digital Finance Expert: Dairy Value Chain Digitization
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Office and home based with some travel within Rwanda, RWANDA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Nov-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 60 working days per year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
The UN Capital Development Fund (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.
With over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support to the SDGs lies with the vision of promoting digital economies for the following reasons:
This is the reason why the promotion of “Inclusive digital economies where everyone can thrive” is an integral part, and the ultimate vision of UNCDF’s new strategy on Digital Finance.
Agriculture is a key pillar of Rwanda’s economic growth, contributing 33% to the country’s GDP and employing 80% of the population. The Dairy value chain continues to experience growth with a 15% increase in milk production between 2015 and 2018.? Yet, dairy small holder farmers, like their counterparts and other actors in the value chain, face multiple challenges arising from over reliance on cash payments.? Given the volume and frequency of cash payments made, digitization can generate a positive impact at various levels of the value chain. Dairy farmers benefit from more timely payments, cost savings in accessing funds, improved security, and formal financial records that can facilitate access to additional products such as savings, credit and insurance. Service providers benefit from increased efficiency, reduced cash handling costs, security and improved visibility of payment flows.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF is seeking a Digital Financial Service (DFS) Value Chain expert to collaborate with the Government of Rwanda, Value chain players, Financial and Technical service providers to jointly support increased access and usage of Digital Payments in the Dairy Value Chain. The main objective is to promote inclusive growth and improved livelihoods for smallholder dairy farmers especially women; by using data generated from dairy activity to address barriers to access and usage of digital financial services, improve the efficiency of payment flows and bridge access to market gaps. ?
Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant will work under direct supervision of the UNCDF Programme Specialist and/or his designate, and in close collaboration with the in-country team.
The consultant will have regular communication with the supervisor via email and Skype for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultant’s output quality and targets.
The consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during the course of his/her engagement with UNCDF.
Payment to the consultant will be made based on the actual number of days agreed with UNCDF and upon certification of satisfactory performance, and acceptance of the output by the UNCDF Programme Specialist and/or his designate.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for disbursement: (i) submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP); (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable by the UNCDF Programme Specialist and/or his designate; (iii) submission of a time-sheet and expenses with relevant supporting documentation; and (iv) an authorization of payment disbursement from a direct supervisor.
Number of working days:? up to 60 working days per year
Duty station: Office and home based with some travel within Rwanda, if needed.? The schedule of travel will be negotiated with the consultant according to the requirements of each task.
Travel: Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid as reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency.? Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant and the daily living allowance will be paid as per UN Rate.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant must provide evidence of the technical capacity to undertake this assignment. This includes the ability to deliver the results in the timeframe provided as well as an indication of prior experience (expertise in DFS, agriculture and knowledge of Rwandan context).
Interested individuals or companies must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications: (NOTE: the system does not allow multiple uploads of document. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
Failure to submit all the above-mentioned documents may result in the rejection of the application. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Step I: Screening
Step II: Shortlisting criteria by Desk Review - 80% (100 points):
Step III: Financial Evaluation – 20%:
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.? If the consultant is over 65 years old, UNCDF reserves the right to require full medical certification and clearance from the consultant’s physician prior to commencing the travel.
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.