Individual Consultant – Partnership for Sambalpur - 01 Position (For Indian Nationals Only)


Location : Sambalpur, Odisha India with travel as required, INDIA
Application Deadline :15-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :3d 15h 57m
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.


Background

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 Sambalpur, 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 Sambalpur. 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:

  • Responsible for effective implementation of the project at district level by leading the booster team.
  • Coordinate with district level government counterparts and other stakeholders such as Lead District Manager (LDM), bank managers, Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), etc. to ensure effective implementation of the projects.
  • Oversee activities of booster team and ensure they provide effective support to private sector partners for key performance indicators.
  • Document monthly reports and share with Mission Shakti-Living Labs Lead.
  • Support in research implementation, data collection and learning documentation for results measurement.
  • Review the implementation of different interventions such as one stop centres, Business Correspondent (BCs), projects, etc.

The table below shows the detailed activities, deliverables, and corresponding target delivery dates.

Activities

Deliverables

Target Completion

Payment terms in % of total contract price

  • Inception meeting with 2 partner’s district/field staff.
  • Implementation planning.
  • Inception meeting and planning - Meeting Minutes

 

Month 1

 

10%

  • Support UNCDF team set up booster team in Sambalpur.
  • Booster team members oriented and trained – Training Report

 

Month 3

 

10%

  • Support baseline study.
  • Support in facilitation of ecosystem of agent networks and banking relationships in pilot geography.
  • Coordinate with LDM, district level staff of respective banks and other financial institutions for setting up ecosystem as discussed at state level.

•    One baseline study oversight and support in Sambalpur

•    Meeting Minutes

  • One Action Taken Report

 

Month 5

 

20%

  • Support in setting up one-stop financial service centres, their training and capacity building.
  • Ensure potential Business Correspondent / bank agents trained, have required infrastructure and means of connecting to possible customers.
  • Set up one-stop centers as per the targets assigned by Project Lead.
  • Report on trained Business Correspondent agent, infrastructure and means of connecting to possible customers
  • List of centres established with photographs

 

Month 6

 

10%

  • Self Help Groups (SHG) internal activity data digitised.
  • Review of the status of on-ground pilots.
  • Data digitisation completed in Sambalpur - Report
  • Review Report including support provided from Mission Shakti-Living Lab and results

 

Month 8

 

16%

  • Support in different research as planned for project results management (RM).
  • Action Taken Report on support on research projects

 

Month 9

 

10%

  • Inception meeting with 3 new partner’s district/field staff.
  • Implementation planning.
  • Three inception meeting and planning - Meeting Minutes
  • One Action Taken Report

 

Month 10

 

8%

  • On-ground support to partner activities as per the workplan.
  • Review of the status of on-ground pilots - Cohort 1
  • Updates on the project implementation, KPI achievements - Monthly Progress Report
  • Review Report

 

Month 12

 

16%

 

 

TOTAL

100%


Competencies

  • Open to working on challenging projects that require in-depth support to partners largely on operations level.
  • Experience in managing clients and partners—from early stage companies to mature organizations on-ground in product sales and support.
  • Solution-focused and medium-agnostic, willing to step out of your core skill set or discipline to find the correct solution to a challenge.
  • Open to working in a multi-cultural environment and with a diverse team of professionals.
  • Results-driven, problem-solver with structural and analytical capabilities. 
  • Strong ability to think and act strategically, even in situations of ambiguity, to develop both short- and long-term visions.  
  • Inspires others, influences and builds trust.
  • Strong communicator that can serve multiple functions as needed. 
  • Team management skills; ability to guide team towards a common objective.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in either economics, social or international development, finance, business administration, public policy or a related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in digital finance, social development, financial inclusion, banking, microfinance, telecom or agriculture sector in India, preferably in East India.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in managing district/cluster level teams related to financial products and ser-vices and/or digital financial services or other related areas of operations.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working on government-supported projects and coordinating with government counterparts.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in developing and managing business relationships with the private sector, government agencies/regulators and civil society organizations. 
  • Experienced in implementing/overseeing qualitative or quantitative research is a plus.
  • Experienced in managing team of field executives.
  • Proven experience of independently managing projects/tasks with defined KPIs and timelines.  
  • Experienced in writing detailed progress reports.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills.

Language:

  • Fluent in English and Hindi, both written and oral.
  • Ability to speak and write in Odia is a plus.

Evaluation Method

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

  • Preliminary Evaluation – Step I: Screening;
  • Technical Evaluation Weight - 70% x (Step II: Desk review 50 points + Step III: Interview 50 points = 100 points);
  • Financial Evaluation Weight - 30% (Step IV).

Step I: Screening

Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:

  • Bachelor’s degree in either economics, social or international development, finance, business administration, public policy or a related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in digital finance, social development, financial inclusion, banking, microfinance, telecom or agriculture sector in India, preferably in East India.
  • Fluent in English and Hindi, both written and oral.

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.

  • Bachelor’s degree in either economics, social or international development, finance, business administration, public policy or a related field. – 10 points
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in digital finance, social development, financial inclusion, banking, microfinance, telecom or agriculture sector in India, preferably in East India. – 30 points
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in managing district/cluster level teams related to financial products and ser-vices and/or digital financial services or other related areas of operations. – 25 points
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working on government-supported projects and coordinating with government counterparts. – 15 points
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in developing and managing business relationships with the private sector, government agencies/regulators and civil society organizations. – 10 points
  • Experienced in implementing/overseeing qualitative or quantitative research. – 10 points

Step III: Interview

All candidates who obtain 70 points and above at the desk review shall be invited to a competency-based interview.

Only applicants who obtain a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps I (50 points) + II (50 points) shall be considered as technically-qualified and reviewed further for financial evaluation.

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

Award Criteria

The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest combined score: Technical (desk review and interview) 70% + Financial 30% = 100%.

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.

Institutional Arrangement

Duration: May 2021 – May 2022

Duty Station: Sambalpur, 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:

  • The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Global Manager – Innovations and Financial Health.
  • Payment will be made against satisfactory completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be subject to the clearance and approval of the Global Manager – Innovations and Financial Health.
  • Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.

Application Process

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:

  • Cover letter with a summary statement of competencies in relation to this Terms of Reference (TOR);
  • Curriculum Vitae and/or Completed and Signed P11-Personal History Form with names and current contacts of three referees (Available at: http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc);

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 opportunitiesapproach. Qualifiedfemalecandidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All selections are on merit.



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