The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in 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’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives and by showing how localized investments—through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance—can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to several different SDGs.
Inclusive digital economies
UNCDF manages initiatives to develop inclusive digital finance ecosystems which offer a wide range of financial services specially for low income vulnerable communities. Specifically, UNCDF provides a mix of policy, technical and financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as invests in research and other public goods to benefit all market actors. By supporting the development of digital finance ecosystem in these countries, UNCDF aims to increase the financial security of low income and rural households through access to appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money.
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 aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave 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. UNCDF will apply a market development approach and continuously seek to address underlying market dysfunctions.
For more information, please see: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4567/uncdf-launches-digital-economy-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
UNCDF has been working with national governments to improve access to financial services for over 25 years. In the last decade, we have focused specifically on the role that digital technologies play in accelerating usage of financial services by low-income people. In our role as a technical assistance provider and neutral broker, UNCDF works closely with global and national partners to build capacity and support governments to engage with industry to facilitate solutions to key market constraints at the local and regional level.
For more information, please see: https://policyaccelerator.uncdf.org/
Duties and Responsibilities
The UNCDF Policy Accelerator team is continuing to develop our approaches for communicating with our primary target audience: financial authorities based in Africa. Under the supervision of the Lead Specialist, Policy and Regulation, and in close collaboration with UNCDF’s Knowledge Management and Communications team, UNCDF is looking for a qualified advocacy and strategic communications specialist to:
The consultant will work under the primary supervision of the Global Policy Lead. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Policy Accelerator team and the Knowledge Management and Communications team.
Duration of work:
The work shall be undertaken over 12 months with possibility to extend another six months.
This is a national consultancy and the Advocacy and Strategic Communications Consultant will be based in Brussels, Belgium. S/he is expected to report to the Global Policy Lead on a mutually agreed schedule, but not more than three times a week.
Travel, as deemed relevant by UNCDF, will be approved and arranged by UNCDF, following UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below in order to demonstrate their qualifications (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents.)
The following documents are to be uploaded in one PDF file:
The following document is to be sent by email to email@example.com :
Incomplete applications may not be considered.
Note: If unforeseen travel outside the Duty Station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNCDF, and upon prior written agreement, such travel shall be at UNCDF’s expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
Step 1: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step 2: Shortlisting by desk review (50% of technical assessment)
Step 3: Interview (50% of technical assessment): Applicants who obtain over 70% in the shortlisting stage will be invited to participate in an interview.
Step 4: Financial Evaluation: Only the financial proposal of candidates who attain over 70% in the technical assessment will be considered and evaluated. The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposals: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated × 30%.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.
|Closing date:||April 22, 2021|