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Digitization of Humanitarian Payments, Better Than Cash Alliance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home base|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||220 days in a period of 12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||possibility of extension for another year based on performance and continued need for the services|
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.
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to inclusive finance 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 can provide seed capital both grants and loans as well as technical support that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
UNCDF works to enlarge peoples’ choices: it believes that poor people and communities should take decisions about their own development. UNCDF works in challenging environments – remote rural areas, countries emerging from conflict – and paves the way for others to follow. Its programmes are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, development partners and national governments, for significant impact on the Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: savings-led financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. UNCDF financing models are applied in thematic areas where addressing barriers to finance at the local level can have a transformational effect for poor and excluded people and communities.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access. At the same time, UNCDF deploys its capital finance mandate in line with SDG 17 on the means of implementation, to unlock public and private finance for the poor at the local level. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs and currently to 28 of 169 targets.
UNCDF hosts the Secretariat of the Better Than Cash Alliance.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of 75 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty, drive inclusive growth and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Billions of dollars in cash payments and transfers are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare and relief, payments to suppliers, remittances, etc. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability and security, as well as inefficiency. Furthermore, the individuals who receive the cash payments are often part of the 1.7 billion excluded from the formal financial sector. This means they are excluded from access to a range of appropriate and affordable financial services to help them save safely, take advantage of economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to risk.
Shifting these payments from cash to digital has the potential to improve the lives of low income people, particularly women -who are twice as likely to be excluded from the financial system, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often safer means of disbursing payments. Digitizing payments can also contribute to women’s economic participation by providing them with more control over family finances, increasing personal security, and improving economic opportunities.
The Alliance Secretariat works with its 75 members to navigate their digitization journeys, by:
The Better Than Cash Alliance Secretariat Core Values:
The Better Than Cash Alliance is looking to hire an International Consultant with knowledge and experience in humanitarian assistance, emergency relief, in particular in implementation of digitizing cash and voucher-interventions in the humanitarian setting. The position will be home-based and will work under the supervision of the Alliance Managing Director to increase collaboration, coordination and harmonization amongst UN Humanitarian Agencies that are members of the Better Than Cash Alliance.
For more information on the Better Than Cash Alliance cash digitization work in the humanitarian space please visit our website
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Managing Director and in partnership with key team members of the Alliance, the consultant will contribute the Alliance’s Cash-to-Digital work to support the leading UN humanitarian agencies which are Alliance members, and for the benefit of beneficiaries. Key responsibilities are as follows:
1. Strategy Development to increase collaboration, coordination and harmonization amongst UN Agencies.
Based on the Alliance work to-date and in partnership with the leading humanitarian UN agencies which are members of the Alliance:
2. Regional and In-country Implementation of the Strategy:
With guidance from the Alliance Regional Leads and UN agency country leads, work together to ensure the implementation of the strategy to increase collaboration, coordination and harmonization among UN agencies:
3. Research, Dissemination and Learning Opportunities:
In collaboration with the Head of the Digital Payments Innovation and Resource Hub (DPIRH) and Regional leads, the consultant will
4. Global Partnerships, Advocacy and Representation:
With direction and guidance from the BTCA Deputy Managing Director, the consultant will contribute to advocacy and representation efforts for the Alliance including speaking at conferences, leading workshops and attending high-level meetings in the humanitarian sector.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Duration of the Work
This is an assignment that will have an initial duration of up to 220 working days within 12 months period. Any extension of another one (1) year is possible depending on consultant’s performance, continued need for the services and availability of funds. The performance control/monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
The duty station/location for the contract duration will be home based.
Travel to the field and other relevant locations may be required and will depend on COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. It will be compensated on 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 in amounts not exceeding the UN established Rate.
Provision of Monitoring, Progress Controls & Payments
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for disbursement:
Required Skills and Experience
Recommended Presentation of Offer
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).
The following documents are requested:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
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 points, where weight distribution shall be 70% technical (30% desk review + 40% interview) and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening:
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the education and professional experience will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review (100 points)
Better Than Cash Alliance / UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates per the consultancy requirements.
As applicable, only the first top ranked applicants achieving minimum 70 points shall be invited for an interview.
Step III : Technical interviews
A technical interview shall be conducted with the top candidates who score the highest in Step II (minimum of 70 points). Candidates will be interviewed on the same key work areas as detailed by the TOR, in greater depth.
Criteria for Technical evaluation (100 points maximum):
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II: Desk Review and Step III: 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 contract shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
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.