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Consultant - Fund Analyst
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Lusaka, ZAMBIA|
|Application Deadline :||12-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||9 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||9 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.
In 2019 UNCDF formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’. The strategy is based on 10+ years 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 inclusive digital economies. UNCDF aims to empower people through improved access and use of services that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
In partnership with BongoHive, UNCDF in Zambia, is implementing a FINTECH4U programme with a focus on unlocking and demonstrating the potential of DFS to improve the lives of the unbanked, focusing on Fintech’s and the SME’s. UNCDF will support Bongo Hive to create a financing facility to match existing and potential domestic and international sources of financing (including but not limited to debt, grants, blended finance and guarantees) to the needs of the FinTech’s/SME’s.
The FINTECH4U programme is aimed at supporting 10 FinTech/SME’s to navigate the regulatory, licencing and compliance requirements with relevant regulators such as, Bank of Zambia (BOZ), Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in Lusaka, Zambia.
The programme intends to develop an innovation play book through an iterative process with the various stakeholders covering regulation, financing, product development and partnership that can simplify start -up /FinTech journeys from start to scale.
UNCDF seeks a consultant to conduct its, to conduct an analysis and outline of Bongo Hive’s existing financial facilities financial partners (existing or potential), and produce a scoping report of potential financial partners, both regionally and internationally. The analysis will contribute to the development of a Roadmap and various playbooks designed to support FinTechs’ journeys in Zambia.
Duties and Responsibilities
To achieve the set-out objectives, the UNCDF seeks the services of an Individual Consultant.
Scope of Work
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant will report to the Project Manager - UNCDF, who will approve the deliverables. The Consultant will provide weekly progress updates to the Project Manager – UNCDF and submit monthly progress reports. The monthly progress reports will be presented in the project management meetings, attended by the Regional Technical Expert, BongoHive Directors, and project managers from UNCDF and BongoHive.
The consultant is expected to liaise with the Digital Country Lead at the UNCDF, and Executive Director at BongoHive.
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
The expected time to complete the assignment is 9 months and the expected date of full completion is February 2021. The estimated lead time for review of outputs is 10 days.
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Standard travel costs and living expenses:
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 and authorization for payment by the UNCDF Country lead.
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
All applications must contain the following information:
Step I: Desk review
Education 20 points
Mandatory experience 70 points
Preferable exprience 10 points
Total 100 points
Step II: Financial Evaluation: Only candidates with scores above 70 Points 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 contract 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 scores) 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.