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Digital Finance Expert Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||12d 11h 15m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months renewable up to 24 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.
The UN Capital Development Fund 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 two channels: 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. 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 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 number of different SDGs.
In January 2021 UNCDF launched “Leveraging digital finance to increase resilience of ACP countries” a four-year program in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean that contributes to the deployment of?digital finance solutions at the scale and speed necessary to?deepen financial inclusion, accelerate economic recovery?from?COVID-19, and to?make?economies and societies?more resilient?to external shocks. The program will be implemented in four regions (West & Central Africa, East & Southern Africa, Pacific and the Caribbean) and has a strong regional and global advocacy component.
Specific Objective 2 of the programme is that digital financial services are developed and deployed by government and private sector providers, using payment services and digital solutions that are accessible, affordable, responsible, reliable, and appropriate.
To accomplish this goal UNCDF requires a Digital Finance Expert Consultant to provide technical advice to the programme team in Ethiopia and key grantees in the design of project interventions related to digital financial services during the Inception phase and phase I, Ongoing Response, this consultancy may be renewed for another 12 months based on programmatic needs good performance and availability of funds.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the the Regional Hub Manager for East and Southern Africa, the Digital Financial Expert Consultant will be responsible for the following activities and deliverables:
Inception phase (Indicatively 5 months):
Phase I-Ongoing Response (indicatively 7 months).
Based on the results of the inception phase and the consultant will:
The table below outlines the list of key deliverables and due dates foreseen:
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, total number of working days, duty station:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Standard travel costs and living expenses:
Travel: Travel, as deemed relevant by UNCDF, will be approved and arranged by UNCDF, following UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy.
Progress Controls & Payments:
The Digital Finance Expert Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a lump sum amount. Contract prices will be fixed and “all-inclusive” based in the contractor’s financial proposal; payments will be divided into lump sum amounts according to the schedule of payments below.
Payment will be made against satisfactorily completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be disbursed only upon written confirmation of acceptance of the outputs which and authorization for payment by UNCDF ESA Regional Hub Manager. Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
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:
Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Step I: Screening.
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Shortlisting (20% of technical assessment points).
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates by evaluating the following criteria with corresponding points (100 points):
As applicable, only applicants scoring 80 points or more shall be considered for an interview.
Step III: Interview (80% of technical assessment).
An interview shall be conducted to candidates having scored above 80 points in the shortlisting.
Step V: Financial Evaluation.
Only candidates with scores above 70% of the technical evaluation will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the best 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.