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Digital Agri-finance Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Wewak, East Sepik, with travel to Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 220 working days per year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months with the possibility of extension for another two (2) years|
Introduction – UNCDF
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDC). UNCDF uses its capital mandate to support LDCs pursue inclusive growth. UNCDF promotes financial inclusion, also through digital financial services (DFS), as a key enabler of poverty reduction and inclusive growth; and it demonstrates how localizing finance outside the capital cities can accelerate growth in local economies, promote sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure development, and empower local communities. Using capital grants, loans and credit enhancements, UNCDF tests financial models in inclusive finance and local development finance; ‘de-risks’ the local investment space; and provides proofs of concept, paving the way for larger investors.
UNCDF’s objective is to develop inclusive financial systems in which a range of financial products are available to all segments of society, at a reasonable cost, and on a sustainable basis. UNCDF supports a wide range of providers (e.g. microfinance institutions, banks, cooperatives, money transfer companies) and a variety of financial products and services (e.g. savings, credit, insurance, pension, payments, and remittances).
Introduction: Digital Finance in UNCDF
UNCDF manages several initiatives in LDCs in Asia, Pacific and Africa, to develop an inclusive digital finance eco-system that offers a wide range of financial services specially for low income vulnerable communities. Specifically, UNCDF provides a mix of policy, technical and financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as invests in research and other public goods that benefit all market actors.
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. UNCDF will apply a market development approach and continuously seek to address underlying market dysfunctions.
Introduction: UNCDFs digital interventions in Papua New Guinea and STREIT project
UNCDF launched its Digital Finance interventions in Papua New Guinea in 2009 through its Pacific Financial inclusion Program (PFIP) and focused on creating an inclusive environment for inception and scale up of digital financial services. UNCDF has been supporting the digital financial service providers, banks and other stakeholders in the country to develop the eco-system.
UNCDF is part of the EU funded joint UN Support to Rural Enterprise Investment and Trade (STREIT) project in Papua New Guinea and is responsible for the access to finance component under the project. The STREIT project aims to support – vanilla, cocoa and fisheries value chains through a range of inter-related inputs. As part of its inputs to the project UNCDF will continue to engage with private sector, regulators and the government to scale up DFS eco-system in the project areas focused on supporting agri-value chains.
Duties and Responsibilities
To lead its technical inputs for STREIT project, UNCDF plans to hire a Digital Finance and Agri-finance Specialist, who will be part of the UNCDF country office team. S/he will be responsible to work closely with UNCDF partners at provincial and national level to achieve the project results by providing regular technical assistance and facilitating partnerships within the eco-system linked to - policy and regulations, financial innovation and consumer empowerment.
Scope of Work
Expected outputs and Deliverables
Duration of the Work and Duty Station
Maximum number of working days: The consultancy will be for a period of up to 220 days spread over a period of one year and it is expected that at least 90% of the time will be spend onsite in Papua New Guinea. 10% of the working days can be home station based.
Duty Station: The consultant will be based and operate from in the UN Joint office based in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
Travel: Approx. 20% of travel is expected to project locations and Port Moresby. All this travel will be requested by UNCDF management on a need basis and will be compensated on a reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations that state 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 in amounts not exceeding the UN established rate.
UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visas for consultants. Consultants are responsible for securing their work documentation with limited support from UNCDF.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Control
In addition to the general deliverables mentioned in the table above, specific deliverables will be requested by UNCDF, and their receipt and validation will condition the payments. These deliverables include:
Payment will be made on a 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, UNCDF Country Lead, PNG and on receipt of:
UNCDF will provide feedback on the work of the consultant to ensure the quality of deliverables as per the expectations of UNCDF and that the work is aligned with the broader project objective.
Payments are subject to UNCDF’s approval of the Project Progress Reports and the submission of the finalized documents, after incorporating the relevant feedback.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for disbursement:
Required Skills and Experience
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
APPLICATION PROCESS AND EVALUATION
Interested individual consultants should submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNCDF under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNCDF.
Failure to submit all the below mentioned documents may result in rejection of the application.
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals. The overall combined score will be 100%, where weight distribution shall be 70% technical (30% desk review + 40% interview) and 30% financial.
The Technical Evaluation will entail three key steps, as follows:
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: Shortlisting by Desk Review (Maximum 100 points x 30%)
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate the candidates. Only candidates that obtained 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for the next step.
Education (10 points):
Experience (90 points):
Step III: Technical Interviews (Maximum 100 points x 40%)
A competency-based interview shall be conducted for a maximum of top five candidates shortlisted by Desk Review.
A competency-based Interview shall be conducted with the candidates shortlisted by Desk Review. Candidates will be tested on the same key work areas, in greater depth, with the same weighting, namely:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II: Desk Review and Step III: Technical Interview will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30.
Step V: Award Criteria
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose profile has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
b) Having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%).
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.
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./ rb
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.