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Guarantee and Investment consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Lusaka, ZAMBIA|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months renewable for a second 12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||24 months|
Founded by a General Assembly resolution in 1966, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). 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.
UNCDF’s expertise is in three primary areas of work: (1) development and financing of inclusive digital economies through a market development approach, largely driven by digital finance and innovation; (2) local development finance through fiscal decentralization (including local climate adaptation finance), municipal finance and structured project finance, to drive market transformation in local economic development; and (3) investment finance, to drive market transformation in the “missing middle”, including investment sourcing, due diligence, de-risking, deployment of loans and guarantees, and crowding in of investment capital from domestic and international investors. Women’s economic empowerment is specifically articulated across all UNCDF work in terms of objectives, approaches, theory of change, targets, and indicators.
Across these three areas of work, UNCDF’s interventions seek to narrow the gap between real and perceived risks and create opportunities for public and private investors to support poor and vulnerable populations; MSMEs including financial service providers and Fintechs; and underserved local governments on a sustainable basis. The results of this work can help increase finance flows to localities and entrepreneurs who otherwise would not be able to access growth capital; connect women, young people, and smallholder farmers to opportunities and value chains through digital finance solutions; encourage regulators and policy makers to empower municipalities, build essential services and infrastructure, and access finance for local climate adaptation; and show domestic and international investors the value of supporting MSMEs in the “missing middle”.
UNCDF plays a distinct role in the UN Development System (UNDS). UNCDF’s unique capital mandate allows it to work at the cross-section of a development and finance institution, deploying its full range of tools – capital investments, technical assistance, market research, policy and advocacy work –with both private sector and sub-sovereign levels of government to spur transformative development solutions. Unique in the UNDS, UNCDF can provide technical assistance grants, loans, and guarantees directly to the private sector or any level of government. This allows UNCDF to customize a blend of technical assistance and diverse financial instruments to the needs of each situation, without having to meet strict “pricing models” that make this approach impractical for larger financial institutions. It also allows the organization to work on smaller ticket sizes, to experiment with different models, and to entertain a higher “fail rate” that helps all actors to learn and adjust (while our historical fail rate remains quite low). This flexibility makes UNCDF a natural partner for larger financial institutions. UNCDF’s role is to pilot innovative approaches that can be adopted and taken to scale by the private sector, larger development partners and national governments.
UNCDF and the Swedish Agency for Development Assistance (SIDA) are partnering in Zambia to improve the enabling environment for financing of MSMEs and to contribute to the development of an inclusive digital economy. UNCDF will serve as a technical assistance provider, as well as an agent of SIDA for the deployment and management of guarantee facilities to Financial Service Providers (FSPs). The latter entails structuring and underwriting the facilities, ensuring their utilization and monitoring them using SIDA guidelines. UNCDF will represent SIDA and do the footwork by being the interface between SIDA and the FSPs.
On the ground, UNCDF will therefore serve as SIDA’s “investment officer”. It will source and appraise the FSPs that will receive the de-risking guarantee facilities and will then monitor and report on their utilization. UNCDF will also source the pipeline of borrowers that will receive the on-lending from the selected FSPs. Additionally, the UNCDF country team will provide technical assistance to both the FSPs and the end borrowers.
At headquarters (HQ) level, UNCDF’s Investment Platform team (LDCIP) will support the country team in the structuring, underwriting, and management of the guarantee facilities on the back of UNCDF’s risk management and investment policies and guarantees monitoring systems.
The UNCDF-SIDA programme in Zambia will be staged in the following phases (1) Inception (2) Implementation and (3) Scale up
Within the scope of this project, UNCDF is seeking for a consultant with an investment management skillset, more specifically on the guarantee instrument, to work alongside its country teams and its Investment Platform team at HQ. During the inception stage, the consultant will contribute to defining the legal nature of the collaboration between UNCDF and SIDA on guarantees, which includes discussions with SIDA about the legal and financial terms under which UNCDF can use SIDA’s guarantee capacity. Following inception, at implementation and scale-up stage, the consultant will work on the operationalization at country level of such collaboration by identifying potential financial intermediaries and investees at country level.
The Guarantee and Investment consultant will be expected to:
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNCDF Zambia Country Lead. The duties and responsibilities of the Guarantee and Investment consultants will include:
1. Structuring of the SIDA-UNCDF collaboration:
2. Investment Operations:
3. Investment Analysis:
4. Business Advisory support:
Please refer to the table enclosed for an estimated breakdown of activities deliverables workdays and project calendar:
Required Skills and Experience
Contract Duration: 12 months, with the possibility of extension for one more additional year, based on continued project need, funding availability and satisfactory performance assessment.
Number of working days: Up to 200 person-days per year
Duty station: Lusaka, with potential travels inside the countries, or as may be requested by UNCDF
Travel: Travel costs associated with the assignment will be paid on reimbursable basis 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 consultants, shall be borne by the consultants and the daily living allowance will be paid in amounts not exceeding the UN established Rate. Please quote 2 economy class return tickets from your home base to Lusaka in your financial proposal.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNCDF Zambia Country Lead, who is based in Lusaka, Zambia. The consultant will have regular communication with the Investment Specialists of the LDCIP via email and skype, for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultants’ output quality and targets.
Facilities provided by UNCDF:
UNCDF wuill provide an office space. The consultant will be responsible for providing his/her own laptop during his/her engagement with UNCDF.
Payments will be made on periodical basis upon satisfactorily achieved deliverables under each assignment and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor / Head of LDCIP. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
The payment schedule will be as follows:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
Proposers who fail to submit the above-mentioned documents may be disqualified and not considered for further evaluation.
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
Both individual consultants and individuals 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. UNCDF 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.
Please include all documents into one file while submitting your application.
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting (20 points): UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates from 1 to 100% as per experience requirements in the Terms of Reference. As applicable, only applicants scoring 80% or more shall be considered for an interview.
Step III: Interview (80 points): An interview shall be conducted for shortlisted candidates.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation: Only candidates with scores above 70% of the technical evaluation (70 Points or above) will be considered.
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 best applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and Having received the highest combined weight (technical scores) 70% + financial 30%= 100%.
UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and Conditions are provided here:
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.