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National Digital Payments Strategy - Programme Management Advisor
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||4d 14h 1m|
|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 :||12 months (240 days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||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.
Better Than Cash Alliance (UNCDF)
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 UNDP.
Based in UNCDF, the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is a partnership of 70 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. 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, etc. 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. 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:
Project Description: Implementation of Ethiopia’s National Digital Payment Strategy
In an effort to further transform the Ethiopian payments ecosystem, the Government of Ethiopia, with the leadership of the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), and technical support from the Better Than Cash Alliance, developed a National Digital Payments Strategy (NDPS). The development of the strategy included an in-depth review of the current payments landscape in Ethiopia, broad stakeholder engagement with key players in the ecosystem, and identification of opportunities for priority wins for the development of an inclusive and sustainable digital payments ecosystem. It also included an evaluation and review of the existing regulatory payment guidelines and governance systems to ensure alignment to support the overall transformation of the sector. Through the extensive consultation with all key government ministries, departments and agencies, ensuring their views, and expectations were captured, this strategy provides NBE with an opportunity to rally the ecosystem behind an all-inclusive, whole of government strategy that has the potential to re-shape the future of payments in Ethiopia.
The progression from the development of the National Digital Payment Strategy (NDPS) to its implementation presents a delicate transition that needs to be strategically managed to ensure all the various initiatives envisioned in the Strategy are brought to fruition. The development of the Strategy has underscored the importance of effective coordination among different payments ecosystem players and appropriate governance structures to operationalize the strategy and stimulate development of the financial sector as a whole.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is looking to hire a Digital Payments Programme Management Advisor, to be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to work with the NBE for one year, providing project management support to the implementation of the National Digital Payments Strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Better Than Cash Alliance is looking at hiring an experienced consultant with Digital Financial Services (DFS) project management expertise to support the NBE’s Programme Management and Development Unit (PMDU) in implementing the country’s National Digital Payments Strategy (NDPS).
The PMDU is an entity to be hosted within the Payment Systems and Services Directorate (PSSD) at the NBE, tasked with coordinating the implementation of the NDPS. Working closely with the PSSD directorate, the consultant is expected to advise on the implementation of the NDPS, focusing on (i) Setting up and building capacity of the PMDU, (ii) Overall coordination of implementation of the NDPS, including tracking key indicators and (iii) Implementation of specific payment digitisation initiatives.
Work with the NBE, on setting up and building capacity of the PMDU- this will involve working with the NBE to prepare for the NDPS kick off and set up of the PMDU, including defining its mandate, roles and functionalities, as well as capacity building for relevant NBE staff by identifying and recommending solutions to the skills gap within the PMDU and PSSD overall.
A) PMDU Set Up
B) Kick off the implementation of the Strategy
Working closely with the PSSD team, and as outlined in the NDPS, focus on operationalizing strategic action teams provided for in the NDPS implementation framework to kick off the implementation process
C) Identify and address skills gap
Working with the PSSD senior management, lead the PMDU in identifying knowledge gaps and coordinating possible capacity building initiatives to address the gaps
Working with the Digital Payments Technical Advisor, and with the PSSD, support the coordination of the digitisation of payment initiatives in a responsible way across leading ministries, agencies and the private sector. -this involves liaising with the NBE and key government ministries to digitise prioritised payment initiatives and activities, ensuring the implementation is in line with responsible digital payments practices and is gender intentional This will be in collaboration with key stakeholders and other technical development partners working with NBE and as guided by the NDPS implementation framework:
Monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the NDPS- this involves providing project management expertise to the PMDU in implementing the strategy, including coordinating NDPS related activities by ministries, agencies, private sector and international organisations, tracking key indicators as well as monitoring all action teams as per the NDPS implementation framework
?Expected 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.
The consultant will be hired by UNCDF Better Than Cash Alliance and will be based in the Payment Systems and Services Directorate (PSSD) at the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE). The consultant will be supervised by the Alliance’s Africa Regional Lead in close consultation with the NBE.
A Project Steering Committee will convene regularly (monthly or more if needed) to review project progress, address any issues, and provide feedback and clearance on deliverables or when necessary. The project steering committee will be constituted by members of the Better Than Cash Alliance and NBE.
Duration of the Work
This assignment has a duration of 240 days. However, the performance control/ monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
The duty station/location for the contract duration is Addis Ababa in Ethiopia;
Required Skills and Experience
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:
Incomplete applications may not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening & Longlisting
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review – 30 Points
Step III: Interview – 70 Points
As applicable, only applicants scoring 70% or more in the shortlist scoring shall be considered for an interview.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II (30 points) + III (70 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for the financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
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.