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Individual Consultant: Digital Payments & Fintech Consultant - UNDP/Office of the UNSGSA
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||11-Mar-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 :||180 days (from 16 April 2018 until 15 April 2019) subject to satisfactory performance review.|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||180 days (from 16 April 2018 until 15 April 2019) subject to satisfactory performance review.|
In September 2009, the UN Secretary-General designated H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands as his Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). As UNSGSA and Honorary Patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), Queen Máxima raises awareness and advocates specific policies, investments and actions with governments, regulators, private companies, international institutions and diverse additional stakeholders, all with view of how inclusive financial systems can help to reduce poverty, equalize opportunity and accelerate progress toward numerous development goals. She does so through country visits, speeches, meetings, convening of stakeholders and other outreach. This requires careful, comprehensive and rigorous analysis of local conditions, policies, available services and public priorities, as well as the needs of households, enterprises and communities.
The UNSGSA’s work is done in partnership and with wide consultation among the many stakeholders working to advance financial inclusion—and those affected by it. She collaborates closely with an advisory Reference Group of leading international organizations in financial inclusion to share expertise and suggest strategic opportunities that she can advance through advocacy and partnerships. Reference Group members include: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Better Than Cash Alliance, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Monetary Fund, Omidyar Network, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and The World Bank. The UNSGSA also consults and cooperates with the UN Rome based agencies and the wider UN system, the UN secretariat, UN country teams, and other multilateral organizations, private financial institutions, companies, donors, civil society organizations and the media.
Members of the Reference Group and many other in-country and global partners play an important role in converting advocacy into action.
The UNSGSA also engages with the, financial standard setting bodies (SSBs) so that their work takes into account the advancement of Financial Inclusion around the world.
A small team works closely with Queen Máxima and her secretariat in The Hague to coordinate and advance her UN and G20 activities. The Office of the UNSGSA is housed at BERA/UNDP in New York and receives financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
For more information on the activities and priorities of the UNSGSA, please visit: www.UNSGSA.org
Under the supervision of the Director of the Office of the UNSGSA, the Digital Payments and Fintech Consultant will provide support to prepare the UNSGSA on her strategic advice in the area of digital payments/finance. The consultancy assignment will last for up to 180 days subject to satisfactory performance review. The anticipated start date is 16 April 2018 and the end date is 15 April 2019. Payments will be made upon certification by UNDP that the services related to the TORs have been satisfactorily performed and deliverables have been achieved.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions and Tasks
Key Expected Results
Impact of Results
If effective, the consultant will contribute to the successful implementation of an ambitious global advocacy agenda for financial inclusion by the UNSGSA and to an Office that provides timely, insightful and technically accurate support to the UNSGSA.
The duty station is New York at the UNSGSA Office. Office space will be provided. This consultancy may require some international travel. The cost of any travel (including DSA) will be covered by the Office of the UNSGSA upon prior approval. Ticket cost will be based on economy class. Boarding passes are required to be presented along with F10s after returning from each mission/trip.
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
University degree or equivalent in International Development, Finance, Economics, Business, Public Policy, or related fields.
Excellent command of, and drafting skills in, English essential. Spanish desirable. Knowledge of another UN language an advantage.
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director, Office of the UNSGSA and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
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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.