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.
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 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.
UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: savings-led 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. UNCDF financing models are applied in thematic areas where addressing barriers to finance at the local level can have a transformational effect for poor and excluded people and communities.
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 with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access. At the same time, UNCDF deploys its capital finance mandate in line with SDG 17 on the means of implementation, to unlock public and private finance for the poor at the local level. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs and currently to 28 of 169 targets.
UNCDF hosts the Secretariat of the Better Than Cash Alliance.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of 75 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty, drive inclusive growth and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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 1.7 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 -who are twice as likely to be excluded from the financial system, while giving governments, the development community and the private sector a more transparent, time and cost efficient, and often safer means of disbursing payments. Digitizing payments can also contribute to women’s economic participation by providing them with more control over family finances, increasing personal security, and improving economic opportunities.
The Alliance Secretariat works with its 75 members to navigate their digitization journeys, by:
The Better Than Cash Alliance Secretariat Core Values:
From a private sector perspective, payments completed in the value chain of businesses represent some of the most significant payment flows of national economies. As highlighted in the Alliance’s recent report on “The Future of Supply Chains: Why Companies are Digitizing Payments,” companies in different business sectors have benefited from digital payments in their supply chains and play an important role in building an inclusive digital payments ecosystem. As part of catalyzing the global movement from cash to digital with the private sector, the Better Than Cash Alliance is committed to supporting digitization of companies’ payment flows in different business sectors across the corporate payment grid: Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-People (B2P), and People-to-Business (P2B).
BTCA is looking to hire an Individual Consultant for Private Sector Digital payment Project Management & Research to contribute to the responsible digitization of payments in companies’ supply chains. For more information on BTCA, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and agree on work plan for the 12 months including detailing how to ensure liaison and successful project management with company members, partners, Alliance’s management, and procurement teams to ensure delivery of project milestones;Under the supervision and direction of the Private Sector Digital Innovation Lead, the consultant will support the implementation of BTCA’s Corporate payment digitization Strategy and in-country initiatives.
The Alliance works in priority member markets around three corporate payment streams: (1) Digital Wage Payment (Business-to-Person Payment, B2P), in particular in the garment sector with company members such as H&M, Gap Inc, Inditex, Marks & Spencer and the International Labor Organization (2) Digitizing small retailer-to-supplier payment flows (Business-to-Business Payment, B2B Distribution), in particular in the Fast Moving Consumer Good (FMCG) distribution sector with company members such as Unilever, Grupo Bimbo and The Coca Cola Company; (3) Digitizing payments to small suppliers, for example smallholder farmers (Business-to-People Payment, B2P Supply) with members such as the World Cocoa Foundation.
Key responsibilities are as follows:
2. Research, learning and dissemination (20% time allocation)
3. Global Advocacy, liaison with members and industry organizations (15% time allocation)
4. Communications and events: (15% time allocation)
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
a) Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
b) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
c) Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
d) Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive Daily Fee price. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNCDF under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNCDF.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
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:
Step I: Screening/Longlisting
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates
by evaluating the following criteria with the corresponding points (100 points)
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