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|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||06-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||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.
Recently, UNCDF has formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ based on 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 of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please refer to the link for further information: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
UNCDF in Malaysia: Markets are not seeing large scale digital innovations that put the low to moderate-income customer at the centre and serve them in a meaningful way. UNCDF aims to support financial service providers and entrepreneurs to embrace a culture of ‘testing and learning’ and challenge them to find innovations that improve the financial health of low-income people. How do we do it? Firstly, through accelerators designed to help start-ups to design products that improve the financial health of LMI people by teaching key skills, creating partnerships, and providing the funding they need to grow. Secondly, through market incumbent accelerators which encourage established players to adapt or develop products to reach LMI customers. Finally, UNCDF contributes to developing an ecosystem that serves LMI customers better by looking how policy can help or hinder innovation, engaging government and policymakers, and by engaging in activities and research which increase understanding of LMI people’s needs and behaviours.
UNCDF requires the advisory services of a Data Consultant to:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Research and Results Measurement Analyst (RRM Analyst) and Technical Specialist, the Data Consultant will:
1. Set up UNCDF’s data collection system for partner interventions in country:
2. Conduct research on thematic topics relevant to UNCDF’s country learning agenda:
The table below shows the detailed activities and deliverables and indicative timeline and estimated effort:
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, duration of assignment, duty station and expected places of travel:
Progress Controls & Payments:
Payment will be made against satisfactorily completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be disbursed only upon written confirmation of acceptance of the outputs which and authorization for payment by the Research and Results Measurement Analyst (RRM Analyst). Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
The payment schedule will be as follows:
Interested individuals 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:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visas for consultants. Consultants are responsible for securing their work documentation. In the case of national consultants, applicants that are not nationals of the duty station requested will have to prove their residence status.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Preliminary Evaluation - Step I: Screening;
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria (listed under education and experience) will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Desk Review – 20 points
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate the candidates. Only candidates that obtained 80% of the points at this stage shall be invited for the next step.
Step III: Written test – 30 points
A written test will be administered to the top 4 shortlisted candidates. The test will be scored with pass/fail, the minimum score to pass being 70%.
Step IV: Interview – 50 points
A competency-based interview shall be conducted for all the candidates who passed the written test.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II (20 points) + III (30 points) + IV (50 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step V: Financial Evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest combined weight technical (desk review, written test and interview) 70% + financial 30% = 100%.
Both individual consultants and individual 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.
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.