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Digital Finance Consultant with a primary focus on Agriculture & Refugees, 2 positions
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Uganda and international travel|
|Application Deadline :||19-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||can be extended (up to 24 months)|
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. UNCDF has a unique financial mandate within the UN system. It provides investment capital and technical support to both the public and the private sector. The ability to provide capital financing -- in the forms of grants, soft loans and credit enhancement – and the technical expertise in preparing portfolios of sustainable and resilient capacity building and infrastructure projects, makes its mandate a very useful complement to the mandates of other UN agencies. It also positions UNCDF as an early stage investor to de-risk opportunities that can later be scaled up by institutional financial partners and increasingly by philanthropic foundations and private sector investors.
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P):
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) is a global thematic initiative to address the opportunities and challenges of implementing branchless banking and mobile money in challenging markets in Africa and Asia. MM4P’s long-term mission is to help low income and rural households in LDCs increase their financial security through appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money through these “digital financial services” (DFS). UNCDF is currently implementing this in 9 countries (Laos, Nepal, Myanmar, Benin, Malawi, Malaysia, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia).
In partnership and with financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Government of Belgium, UNCDF is implementing a digital “ecosystem support” programme in Uganda to hasten the scalability of digital solutions and digital finance (DF), particularly in rural areas. The program look at ways to expand the usage of digital solutions in the agriculture sector and the refugees settlements. This includes a high level of training, technical assistance and grants to financial service providers, agent networks, bulk payers, aggregators and the government of Uganda.
In the agriculture sector, UNCDF is working closely in 5 value chains (coffee, dairy, tea, seed oil and maize) in the digitization of cash transfers. UNCDF is now expanding the scope of its interventions by focusing its intervention on digital solutions to empower smallholders farmers and their community thru the usage of technology.
In the refugees context, UNCDF is working closely with NGOs and development partners around the digitization of cash-based transfers. UNCDF is now expanding the scope of their involvement by using digital solutions to empower refugees and host communities. The main goal is to use digital solutions to boost the connectedness of refugees to the wider socio-economic system so that refugees, especially women and youths become agents of development – of their own lives as well as their host community.
As part of the extension of its program in Uganda in the agriculture and refugee’s context, UNCDF is looking for 2 Digital Finance Consultants with a primary focus in Agriculture & Refugees, based in Kampala, Uganda with 10% international travel. The main outcome of these positions is to scale current and future projects in agro-value chains (coffee, seeds, tea, dairy, fish, etc.) and other context (Refugees, Social transfers, NGOs, etc.) to additional users, by integrating new stakeholders.
Finally, UNCDF is expanding its agricultural value chain portfolio in West Africa and actively seeking to transfer knowledge from the existing Uganda portfolio to new projects under development in West Africa (Gambia, Guinee, Senegal and Niger).
Each consultant will be assigned some specific projects around agriculture and refugees context. The assigned projects will vary according to the profile and expertise of the consultant and based on dynamics of the programme. It is expected that the consultants will have to participate at least in one scoping mission in West Africa in 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct responsibility of the Country Technical Specialist, each Consultant will specifically:
Act as an Digital technical resource for the assigned projects and activities to the programme for the agriculture sector and the refugee connectivity:
Assist in the development of relationships and buy-in for the assigned projects to raise stakeholder’s knowledge and capacity to scale digital projects for the agriculture sector and the refugee community:
Assist digital stakeholders of the program (banks, mobile networks operators, NOGs, development organizations, etc.) in the definition and development of ideas, plans and projects for the success of the program (user experience, product design and pricing, marketing and communication, agent network, business processes, access to handsets, electricity and phones/smartphones) to scale their businesses or activities:
Based on technical expertise and experience from other digital implementations, support and participate in direct technical assistance to selected partners, help stakeholders to implement requirements needed for a successful program:
Improve access to digital for underserved areas and women through promoting financial literacy to the population specifically in the pilot areas of the program:
Support UNCDF in other countries to expand the agriculture sector and the refugee connectivity portfolios and provide technical expertise, when needed:
Required Skills and Experience
Total number of working days for assignment: 261 days (21.75 working days / 12 months).
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:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure that you have provided all requested materials in one PDF file.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Preliminary Evaluation - Step I: Screening
Technical Evaluation Weight - 70% x (Step II: 20 Points + Step III: 80 points= 100 Points)
Financial Evaluation Weight - 30% = Step IV.
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria (listed under education and experience) will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate them.
As applicable, only the first top 4 ranked applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for an interview.
Step III: Interview
A technical interview shall be conducted for the top 4 candidates who achieved 70% of the points at the shortlisting stage.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II (20 points) + III (80 points) 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 contract 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 proposal & 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 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.
UNCDF 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 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.