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(Re-Advertised) - Research and Project Management Analyst, Digital Payments, Asia - Better Than Cash Alliance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home based|
|Application Deadline :||03-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
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.
Re-Advertised - Those who already applied need not re-apply
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. 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 financing models work through three channels: inclusive digital economies, connecting individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; local development finance, that capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and investment finance, that provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal-SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a broad diversity of SDGs.
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 Alliance is looking to hire a Research and Project Management Analyst, Digital Payments, Asia.
For more information on the Alliance, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Asia Regional Lead and the Private Sector Lead the incumbent will support the implementation of BTCA’s Asia Regional Strategy, including the following duties:
1. Contribute to in-country advisory work in the Asia Pacific Region for members including governments, companies, international organizations:
2. As part of the Regional team, contribute to the design of learning by Alliance members in the Region, including domestic exchanges especially in India, on all aspects of digitizing payments
5. Communications and events:
Estimated Outputs and Deliverables
Any delay in the completion of the outputs, if not attributed to the performance of the consultant, shall be addressed through a no-cost time extension.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payments will be made based on the percentage of contract price corresponding to the deliverables stated in the table above, and upon confirmation of UNCDF that the individual has delivered on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. Review and approval will be required from the Asia Regional Lead, the Private Sector Lead and the South Asia Regional Lead for payments to be disbursed.
Under the supervision and direction of the Asia Pacific Regional Lead and the Private Sector Lead
Duration of the Work
This is an assignment that will have an initial duration of twelve months/220 working days. However, the performance control/ monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
Required Skills and Experience
The following documents are requested:
Consultants will be evaluated based on UNDP’s cumulative analysis method. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract shall be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only the top candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the review of profile will be considered for Technical Interviews. Technical interviews will explore the same key work areas, in greater depth, with the same weighting.
Technical proposal = Review of a profile through desk review (30%) + Technical Interview (40%).
The Better Than Cash Alliance will conduct a review of a profile (technical evaluation) that matches applicants experience and expertise to the key tasks outlined in the consultancy.