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Senior Technical Experts
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home based|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One (1) year up to three (3) years, depending on performance and continued project demand.|
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (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. Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Based at UNCDF, the Better Than Cash Alliance’s mission is to catalyze a global movement from cash to digital payments to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Specific benefits include efficiency, transparency, women’s economic participation and financial inclusion, helping build economies that are digital and inclusive.
The Alliance has 75 members, including national governments from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, companies and international organizations which have committed to digitizing payments.
The Secretariat works with the Alliance members on their journey to digitize payments by:
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. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability and security, as well as inefficiency. Individuals who receive cash payments are often part of the 1.7 billion excluded from the formal financial sector, the majority of whom are women. 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, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often-safer means of disbursing payments.
The Better Than Cash Alliance Team’s Core Values are the following:
For more information about the Better Than Cash Alliance, please visit our website: www.betterthancash.org.
Duties and Responsibilities
OBJECTIVES OF THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT
UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with one or more individuals that will perform the services described below on a need-basis. In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the company or individual.
Under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed and that such an agreement is non-exclusive.
Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual on LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time. For this particular work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the Terms of Reference (TOR), and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is committed.
In the event that there will be multiple consultants qualified to perform the services on an assignment, UNCDF may conduct a secondary competition among them in order to determine who should receive the call-off. The criteria for such selection shall be limited only to the lowest priced offer among those who confirmed availability.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume. The said limit shall be inclusive of both professional fees and all other travel entitlements received by the consultant.
The Senior Technical Experts will be a part of the Experts Roster In coordination with the Better Than Cash Alliance Managing Director, Government and Corporate Relations Specialist and the Member Services Team the Senior Technical Expert will agree on an engagement strategy prior to the consultancy and on key follow up items after.
Successful candidates to this position will be engaged on an assignment basis and will be called for specialized discrete consultancies to provide technical advice to governments, companies and international organizations based on their expertise and/or engagements to represent the Better Than Cash Alliance. These assignments may be short-term or long-term contracts which will be discussed with the candidate. He/she will be free to accept or decline the offer for each assignment.
SCOPE OF WORK
Duties and Responsibilities
Sharing Technical Expertise
Please check the Better Than Cash Alliance to get a better understanding of the type of research and communications materials we publish: www.betterthancash.org.
Long-Term Agreement (LTA) as part-time based on specific assignment and deliverables. Under the LTA, a Terms of Reference (TORs) which indicate a set of clear deliverables, budget and timeline will be prepared, agreed and approved by UNCDF/BTCA prior to each assignment and/or mission. The payment will be made based on satisfactory completion of the assignment and submission of all deliverables, and within the terms of the approved ToRs.
Duration: Will be agreed for each assignment as per the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP).
A fixed daily fee submitted by the applicant will remain the same for the entire life of the LTA, and no changes may be allowed. Payments will be made to the consultant based upon successful completion of the Assignment, as defined within the ToR. The daily fee is all inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the period of the contract, including professional fees, out-of-pocket expenses, insurance, risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions, and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract. Payments will be based on timesheets and invoices approved by the supervisor, including any official travel as per the UNCDF rules.
Duty Station and expected places of travel: Home-based.
The schedule of any travel, if needed, will be agreed on with the incumbent according to the requirements of each assignment. Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid following the UN rules and regulations which is economy ticket, UN Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for specific countries. DSA rates are set on a monthly basis by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), accessible from https://icsc.un.org/Home/DataDSA
Required Skills and Experience
EVALUATION OF THE OFFER
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions.
The evaluation of the proposal will be the combined scoring method. The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultants whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Step I: Screening/ Longlisting
Applications will be screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress for further review:
Step II: Shortlisting by Review of a Profile
UNCDF will conduct a review of a profile (technical evaluation). Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 80 points in Step II will be considered as technically qualified.
Criteria for Technical evaluation - 100 points maximum (weight 70%):
Step III: Financial Evaluation (Weight – 30%). The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
Award Criteria: 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%.
Only those candidates obtaining the highest combined scoring will be offered to enter into a Long Tern Agreement with UNCDF under this procurement notice. The successful candidates under this LTA will be selected for specific assignments based on availability, geographical preferences, and language ability.
The short-listed candidates may be required by UNCDF to submit a “CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE FORM” prior to, or at the time, of contracting.
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.