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Framework agreement - Interoperable Payments Systems (IPS) Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home with occasional travel within Tanzania|
|Application Deadline :||24-Dec-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 :||90 days spread over one year|
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.
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.
Leaving no one behind in the digital era
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 and financing 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.
Inclusion is at the heart of UNCDF’s strategy to promote digital economies that leave no one behind, which can only be achieved if digital economies are developed at the national level and if there is a focus on making them inclusive—without any new form of exclusion. We place particular importance on youth, women, migrants, refugees, and MSMEs, customer segments that are often marginalized and denied digital innovation and technology due to social norms, societal status, and limited revenue and capacity. We place the empowerment of these customer segments at the center of UNCDF initiatives to develop innovative services in various sectors.
Our approach focuses on accelerating the development and financing of inclusive digital economies at the country level with the government, the private sector and academia, with specific attention given to the development and financing of the right services to reduce the digital divide and to empower key customer segments.
To implement the UNCDF strategy, we apply a country-level market development approach. The objective of such an approach is to continuously aim to understand and intervene in select market systems to address underlying market dysfunctions in order to improve efficiencies, effectiveness and sustainability. The approach seeks to (1) leverage the roles and behaviors of current players in the marketplace, support them to do what they do better or to change their behavior; (2) strengthen the systems and relationships among the various market and sector actors; and (3) work with current players to de-risk new business models in order to make digital solutions more inclusive for key segments and reduce the digital divide.
In Tanzania, while access to digital financial services has improved in the last decade, a number of issues hinder the development of an inclusive digital economy. UNCDF aims to address key market constraints that inhibit the development of an inclusive digital economy. UNCDF aims to support the regulator in Tanzania to deploy a Level 1 aligned national real time payment network to include all classes of Digital Financial Service Providers (DFSPs). The project aims at preparing payment aggregators, microfinance institutions and SACCOs by building their capacity to prepare them for integration into the envisaged inclusive instant payment system. In parallel, the project will seek to better understand national policies covering MFIs and payments and will identify policies that need to be adjusted to achieve the MFI industry goals of Level 1 participation and drive the development of an industry-led advocacy strategy to ensure that the operational environment is enabling. Additionally, UNCDF is evaluating the fintech landscape in Tanzania, in order to understand the key challenges impeding the growth of fintechs, and to identify opportunities for collaboration to drive the growth of inclusive innovation in Tanzania.
As part of this engagement UNCDF is looking for an Interoperable Payments System (IPS) Consultant with strong expertise in the technical and technological aspects of the national payments systems, regulation of open payment systems, capacity building of DFSPs on integration requirements and participation rules, regulation around fintech innovation and open APIs. The consultant will also inform the formulation of an industry position paper from a technical and technological standpoint and how it relates to the national payment system’s infrastructure.
The IPS Consultant is expected to be engaged by January 2021 through a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), formalized through an Individual Contract (IC). A Framework Agreement is known in UNCDF as an agreement that established terms, conditions and prices that will govern future contracts (known as „call offs” arising from the said Agreement, which could be issued at any time within the duration of the IC). More information on the Framework Agreement can be found below.
 Digital Financial Services Providers is abbreviated DFSPs throughout the document and refers to the broad range of financial services accessed and delivered through digital channels, including payments, credit, savings, remittances and insurance. Guideline Note-19 DFS-Terminology.pdf (afi-global.org)
 The term Interoperability Payments Systems is abbreviated IPS throughout the document. Guideline Note-19 DFS-Terminology.pdf (afi-global.org)
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of UNCDF’s Tanzania Country Lead, the IPS Consultant will be responsible for the following key duties and responsibilities:
The table below outlines the list of key deliverables and estimated number of days:
Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant will work under direct supervision of UNCDF’s Tanzania Country Lead and/or other FIPA project management unit that may call-off the LTA and require services of the individual. The consultant will be responsible for providing his/her own portable computer during his/her engagement with UNCDF. It is to be noted that this assignment is ‘home-based’ and the candidates will work remotely from any location provided that they have the necessary connection/home-office arrangements that will allow them to deliver on the expected outputs.
Payment to an Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days agreed with UNCDF as reflected in the call off (PO) and upon certification of satisfactory completion and acceptance of the outputs by the UNCDF’s Tanzania Country Lead or other FIPA project management unit that may call-off the LTA.
Supporting documents that will serve as conditions for disbursement are as follows: (i) submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP); (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable by the UNCDF’s Tanzania Country Lead or other FIPA project management unit; (iii) authorization of payment disbursement from the direct supervisor in UNCDF. Where payment is based on days and not on milestone outputs, the submission of the timesheet and expenses with relevant documentation may be required by UNCDF.
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications. (Note: The system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file.)
All applications must contain the following information:
Selection process and evaluation:
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. The weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening:
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by desk review (30% out of technical assessment):
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates by using the following criteria with corresponding points (100 points):
As applicable, the applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for an interview via Skype.
Step III: Interview (70% out of technical assessment)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum score of 70% at the desk review stage shall be invited to a competency-based interview.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II (Desk review 30 % + Interview 70%) shall be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate the financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal / Price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
The first ranked top candidate that achieved the highest cumulative score will be recommended for award of Framework Agreement, upon approval of Procurement Review Committee.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The Interoperable Payments Systems Consultant is to be compensated based on a daily fee payable upon satisfactory completion of each deliverable reflected in the call-off TOR and submission of related reports during every call-off. The daily fee shall remain fixed for the duration of the IC, including any extension that may be executed.
Payments shall be made following certification by the UNCDF’s Tanzania Country Lead or other FIPA project management unit that the services related to each deliverable have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified in the call-off.
Contract management mechanism:
UNCDF will regularly monitor the consultant’s performance against the following criteria:
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 are strongly encouraged to apply.
It is important to note that, at the time of the issuance of the IC that serves as the Framework Agreement, both parties understand that no financial obligation or commitment is formed on the part of UNCDF, and that such an agreement is non-exclusive (i.e., it does not prohibit UNCDF from entering into another such framework agreement with another individual or entity). Financial commitments will only be established each time the services are requested within the scope of the IC, through the agreed triggering action or document (e.g., PO with attached output-specific TORs) that signals the commencement of an engagement (“call-offs”).
This IC is intended for on-call intermittent engagement for a maximum of 90 working days spread over a period of 12 months, which is the duration of the project implementation.
During this period, specific service requests (also known as call-offs) shall be placed by UNCDF, in the form of issuance of Purchase Orders, supplemented by a specific Terms of Reference (TOR), and these documents will indicate the total cost of the services for the duration of the call-off, a brief description of the work, indicating the, and the number of days that will be required to complete the services, among other call-off-specific work.
A total contract value, which shall be based on the unit price agreed by UNCDF and the individual, will be agreed by both parties that will sign the IC, and the said contract amount shall serve as the maximum cumulative value of the call-offs that UNCDF will place over the duration of the IC.