UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
UNCDF strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ is 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 aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind.
About the Job:
UNCDF would like to enter into a non-exclusive Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with up to four (4) individuals that will perform the services described below on a need-basis. In UNCDF, an LTA is a framework agreement by and between UNCDF and a company or individual where the latter may, at any time within the duration of the LTA, be required to render the agreed services at the agreed and fixed unit prices for a minimum period of 12 months, with potential extension for up to two (2) additional years, depending on satisfactory performance of the company.
Under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be purchased during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation or commitment from UNDP at the time the LTA contract is signed and that such an agreement is non-exclusive.
Where a request for service arises, UNCDF can engage the individual on LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period. For this work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is committed.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume.
The overall objective of the assignment is for the consultants to effectively support UNCDF’s work on digital finance and innovation projects in China. This includes developing, advising and providing technical support to a variety of projects focusing on DFS solutions for agriculture, health sector, gig economy workers, promotion of financial health, support to micro enterprise, strengthening of supply chain, etc.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of UNCDF´s Technical Specialist (China) the work will be structured across four main areas of intervention:
Providing digital finance expertise and technical inputs to UNCDF projects and partners in the following areas of intervention (1) Finance (2) Agriculture, (3) Energy (4) Education (5) Health and (6) transport, targeting vulnerable segments of the population (Women Youth MSMEs Migrants Refugees).
Conducting trainings and technical support to private sector stakeholders in product development and data analytics and usage.
Conducting trainings and technical support to Regulators (e.g. Central Banks) in the space of digital economy strategy and policy making.
Developing knowledge management and learning products for the abovementioned projects.
Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering, computer science, marketing, social sciences, and/or related discipline is mandatory.
Five years of professional experience in digital finance, banking, microfinance or, telecommunications is mandatory.
Three years of professional experience in Digital Financial Services (DFS) is mandatory.
One year of experience in Digital Finance Plus projects (i.e. financial inclusion initiatives related to agriculture, MSME financing, education, women empowerment) is mandatory.
One year of professional experience in Asia is mandatory.
Experience in managing digital finance projects is mandatory.
Professional experience China is preferred but not mandatory.