UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). 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. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) is a programme launched by UNCDF in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation. MM4P provides support to branchless and mobile financial services in a select group of LDCs to demonstrate how the correct mix of financial, technical and policy support can build a robust branchless and mobile financial services ecosystem that reaches low income people in LDCs.
MM4P is currently present in Benin, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia and planning an expansion into Myanmar.
MM4P requires a consultant to support the decentralisation of its management structure from a single Project Management Unit (PMU) based in Brussels to a network of project locations including Benin, Malawi, Nepal, Liberia, Laos PDR, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia as well as launching new programme operations in Myanmar. The assignment entails:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct responsibility of the UNCDF Operations Analyst, the Consultant will specifically provide:
Evaluate operations and closure phase I (2014-2016) in Malawi and Liberia:
Support continued operations in Benin, Senegal and Zambia (2014-2019):
Support continued operations in Uganda after the programme expansion to 2017:
Support continued operations in Laos and Nepal until 2017:
Assist the launch of operations in Myanmar:
Support the Project Management in the decentralization of operations to local offices.
Required Skills and Experience
Timeline, duration of assignment, duty station and expected places of travel:
This is a national consultant position. Applicants that are not nationals of the requested duty station will have to prove their residence status. Please note that consultants residing in the duty station will not be compensated for living expenses.
Provision of Monitoring, Progress Controls & Payments:
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The best proposal that will be awarded the contract shall be selected through the following method:
Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals as set out in the RFP. The weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
All applications must contain the following information:
Signed financial proposal for the full months assignment outlining:
The financial proposal form is available at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=29916)
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
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/interview:
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 competency-based interview shall be conducted for the candidates. The maximum score for the interview is 80 points.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II (20 points) + Step III (80 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact 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%.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visa´s 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.
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). Please not that in such case the company institution will be asked to issue an RLA http://www.undp.org/content/dam/vietnam/docs/Legalframework/Reimbursable%20Loan%20Agreement.doc.
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
(Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNCDF 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. An RLA is governed by the provisions of this policy.)