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Individual Consultant – Partnership for Ganjam - 01 Position (For Indian Nationals Only)
|Location :||Ganjam, Odisha India with travel as required, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||15-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||3d 13h 5m|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National 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.
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). UNCDF uses its capital mandate to support LDCs pursue inclusive growth. UNCDF promotes financial inclusion, also through digital financial services (DFS), as a key enabler of poverty reduction and inclusive growth; and it demonstrates how localizing finance outside the capital cities can accelerate growth in local economies, promote sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure development, and empower local communities. Using capital grants, loans and credit enhancements, UNCDF tests financial models in inclusive finance and local development finance; ‘de-risks’ the local investment space; and provides proofs of concept, paving the way for larger and more risk-averse investors.
Recently, 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 (SDGs) aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leaves 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 SDGs. Please refer to the link for further information: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
For years, many financial inclusion practitioners assumed that providing access to finance would enable people to use money in ways that would set them up for success. But having access does not cause people to be financially healthy, stable, and successful. For example, only 29% of Americans are financially healthy despite a booming economy and near-universal financial inclusion. 83% of Kenyans were financially included in 2019 but only 22% were deemed financially healthy, a drop from 39% in 2016.
Financial inclusion tends to be reduced to binaries as opposed to being a discussion of a spectrum. Financial health, on the other hand, is arguably a more customer-centric concept, one that offers principles to define impact more holistically, measure it systematically and create it in a sustained and meaningful manner. Fundamentally, it is a non-product-centric approach based on the end consumers' needs.
Financial inclusion and financial health are also fundamentally different approaches, with distinct entry points. With financial inclusion we start with the question, “What does a financial product or service unlock?” With financial health we turn this notion on its head and ask instead, “What does it take to be financially healthy?” Using this “impact” question as an anchor, we work backwards to better align financial interventions to what makes customers financially healthy. While digital has been a big enabler for driving financial services, the question still remains on driving the use of digital in a responsible manner and that SDGs could be achieved in true spirit.
In line with this, UNCDF is broadening its focus on financial health by investing in efforts around advocacy, research and insights and programming. As part of these efforts we are rolling out a global centre that would allow the work at different levels of Advocacy, Data and Insights, Searching and Investing solutions or business models while supporting the implementation in a living lab/in-country platforms in various markets of Asia, Africa and South America that would allow the tracking of impact and inform learnings over the next five years.
In this context, UNCDF in partnership with the Government of Odisha (Mission Shakti; MS) is setting up a living lab in India to impact 3.5 million women and women entrepreneurs, that would focus on increasing women’s agency and participation in new digital economy of the state and country. UNCDF plans to hire a district level Partnership Consultant who will be deputed at Ganjam, Odisha, India.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Partnership Consultant will report to the Global Manager – Innovations and Financial Health and work closely with Mission Shakti counterparts in Ganjam. The programme would have a booster team at the district/block level to drive various engagements. The Partnership Consultant would be driving the booster team activities and outcomes. At each level, the team will coordinate with respective Mission Shakti counterparts as guided and directed by Mission Shakti-Living Lab. There are new staff members under recruitment to oversee the work of Mission Shakti-Living Lab Odisha; the Partnership Consultant would report into the team once this is in place.
Specific roles and responsibilities:
The table below shows the detailed activities, deliverables, and corresponding target delivery dates.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Desk Review
A desk review will be conducted to produce a shortlist of applicants according to the criteria listed below. Only applicants who obtain a minimum of 70 points at this stage shall be invited for the next step.
Step III: Interview
Step IV: Financial Evaluation
The following formula will be used for evaluation of financial proposals:
Lowest priced proposal / Price of the proposal being evaluated x 30
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Both individual consultants and individuals 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 individual consultant must do so in their individual capacity by providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly. Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duration: May 2021 – May 2022
Duty Station: Ganjam, Odisha, India with travel as required
Total Number of Working Days for Assignment: Max of 220 working days within 12 months
For unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. UNCDF would cover the cost of stay for the selected individual.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visas for consultants. Consultants are responsible for securing their work documentation. In the case of national consultants, applicants that are not nationals of the duty station requested will have to prove their residence status.
Provision of Monitoring, Progress Controls & Payments:
Interested individuals must submit the following documents as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications. (NOTE: The system does not allow multiple uploads of document. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file.)
All applications must contain the following information:
Technically-qualified consultants, i.e. consultants who score equivalent or more than 70% with respect to the below-mentioned evaluation criteria, will be requested to submit their all-inclusive fixed total contract price. Consultants should not specify their financial proposals on their CV or with their submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in the event the consultant submits the same.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested documents.
UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities approach. Qualifiedfemalecandidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All selections are on merit.