UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to inclusive finance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It can provide seed capital both grants and loans as well as technical support that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
UNCDF works to enlarge peoples’ choices: it believes that poor people and communities should take decisions about their own development. UNCDF works in challenging environments – remote rural areas, countries emerging from conflict – and paves the way for others to follow. Its programmes are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, development partners and national governments, for significant impact on the Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.
Billions of dollars in cash payments and transfers are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare and relief, payments to suppliers, remittances, etc. The problems with these cash payments include a lack of transparency, accountability and security, as well as inefficiency. Furthermore, the individuals who receive the cash payments are often part of the 2 billion excluded from the formal financial sector. This means they are excluded from access to a range of appropriate and affordable financial services to help them save safely take advantage of economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to risk.
Shifting these payments from cash to digital has the potential to improve the lives of low-income people, particularly women, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often-safer means of disbursing payments.
The Better Than Cash Alliance partners with governments, companies, and international organizations that are the key drivers behind the transition to make digital payments widely available by:
The Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is looking to hire a Curriculum Development consultant. For more information on BTCA, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key deliverables
1. Training modules (20 Days): Using existing BTCA and partner research, develop in-person, activity-based training modules around key digital finance topics for an audience of senior and mid-level officials within Ministries of Finance and central banks. These modules should convey the benefits of digital payments and impart a methodology for digitizing payment streams, and will be used by trainers working with BTCA members, in collaboration with BTCA Regional Leads, in-country consultants, and other UNCDF personnel.
2. Identification and training of trainers (15 Days): Support Knowledge and Research Manager to identify, procure, and onboard qualified trainers to deliver the learning modules.
The key result expected is the successful development and extension of Knowledge services to Better Than Cash Alliance members, in fulfillment of Knowledge and Research programme targets. The consultant will support in the following key results of the programme:
BTCA Indicators to be in focus of this consultancy:
a) Electronic payments to the mass market can be offered on a profitable and thus sustained basis by financial service providers (FSPs);
b) Electronic payments are an affordable means for governments, development agencies, and other mass payment providers to distribute funds;
c) Poor recipients benefit from increased options for financial inclusion afforded by the transition from cash to e-payment solutions.
Required Skills and Experience
Master degree in education, curriculum & instruction, economics, public/business administration, social sciences, international relations or related fields, econometrics.
Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Professional competency in French or Spanish desirable.
Consultants will be evaluated based on UNDP’s cumulative analysis method. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract shall be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
70%: Technical (based on CV and interview)
30%: Financial Proposal
The contract shall be awarded to the 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%.
Payments will be made as specified in the actual contract upon confirmation of UNCDF on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and Conditions are provided here:
Interested candidate should submit the following information as part of the application package:
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