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Jr Communications Consultant (open to Malaysian nationals only)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with travel as required|
|Application Deadline :||18-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||6d 11h 1m|
|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 :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 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.
Hosted by UNCDF, the Centre for Financial Health is set-up as an umbrella platform towards convening a global coalition and thought leadership. The Centre for Financial Health acts as a convener, providing a platform to bring together global, regional and local actors committed to using financial and digital solutions to improve the financial lives of low-income families—helping them climb - and stay - out of poverty. The Centre creates space for thought leadership where best financial health practices and models are exchanged and lead to concrete action with governments and the private sector.
The Centre is implementing programmes in different countries called Living Labs which support players with a combination of high quality financial, advisory and networking support to design, test and scale financial health solutions. The aim of the programmes is to improve the financial health of five million people over the next four years. Driving global advocacy and learnings around financial health requires focus on communication, evidence base, research, partnerships and proof of concepts.
In line with that, UNCDF is looking for a Jr Communications Consultant to be part of the communications team to strengthen the global efforts. The Jr Communications Consultant will assist the communications team in driving the global advocacy and communication efforts related to different interventions managed under the Centre. The details are outlined in the scope below.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and will be working with a team of specialists in digital innovation, digital financial services, and insights across Asia and Africa. The consultant will assist in the implementation of communications activities broadly under five areas of work.
1. Content creation: The consultant will assist in creating content for the launch of Agritech Challenge under the south-south innovation platform and publications. These will primarily consist of blogs, news pieces and videos that can be adapted for social media, website, media pitching, etc.
2. Social media and website management: Promote the Centre’s work and impact through social media and website to improve audience engagement and increase evidence-based conversation around financial health. Leverage on UNCDF’s and partner’s social media/website to increase user base and interaction.
3. Event and webinars: Assist with planning and organizing webinars and events.
The table below shows the detailed deliverables and corresponding target delivery dates.
Duration: May – October 2021
Duty Station: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with travel as required
Total Number of Working Days for Assignment: Max of 100 working days within 6 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:
Required Skills and Experience
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:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested documents.
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
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 70 points at this stage shall be invited for the next step.
Only applicants who obtain a minimum of 70% at the desk review will be considered as technically-qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step III: 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: