Position: Digital Finance Coordinator
Salary: USD$ 800 per week
The Consultancy The BTCA is seeking a National Consultant to support the Alliance’s goals by leading program design and implementation on an in-country basis for initiatives intending to promote the use of electronic payment methods. The Consultant will act as the key representative for local programme implementations, working with local partners to manage grant disbursement, oversee program implementation schedules, and relay information between in-country programs and the BTCA. The Consultant is also expected to contribute to the BTCA through the development of knowledge management products and will be seen as the local focal point for electronic payments and financial inclusion. The successful candidate will be added to our roster to be engaged on an assignment basis. These assignments may suppose short-term or long-term contracts which will be discussed with the candidate, who will be free to accept or decline the offer for each assignment. The consultant hired for this position will be working for the BTCA. The BTCA is inviting applications from highly qualified individual consultants with expertise in digital finance established in the following countries:
• Fiji • Papua New Guinea • Solomon Islands
The consultant must prove knowledge of one or more of the following subjects: • Digital finance • Mobile and electronic payments • Mobile banking • Mobile Money • Payment systems • Telecommunications • Financial inclusion • Public affairs
Duties and Responsibilities Scope of Work The scope of work is specific to the country / project assigned. The following is indicative: • Key objectives: Support elaboration of an informed and sound ecosystem strenthening strategy for electronic payments and digital financial services; follow-up on its implementation; manage activities and institutional relations for in-country projects / programmes; help promote and accelerate the transition from cash payments towards electronic payments and financial inclusion. • Interaction with UNCDF programmes: primarily through the Better Than Cash Alliance, with contribution to Mobile Money for the Poor, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and potentially other UNCDF programmes, as assigned.
Scope of responsibilities The scope of work is specific to the country / project assigned. The following is indicative: [A] Act as a subject matter expert in one or more of the following areas: • Financial inclusion and access to finance; • Payments (payments systems, retail / corporate payments, national infrastructure); • Digital financial services and delivery channels (Cards, Mobile Money, Agent Networks).
[B] Project design, management, monitoring and evaluation: • Support in the elaboration of an overall country strategy, project designs, oversight and rollout; • Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships, local resource mobilization and shared projects; • Manage and implement ongoing projects; • Stay updated with national developments and provide strategic advice; and • Support project monitoring and evaluation.
[C] Be a local focal point for Better Than Cash Alliance activities: • Communicate and develop relationships with Governments, private sector and development organizations stakeholders, including representing the Alliance at events, meetings and committees; • Support country-level working groups and networks, local champions and partners; • Prepare briefing and presentation materials; • Organizing and participating in missions and preparing mission reports; • Support development of local advocacy plan; and • Contribute to developing and disseminating knowledge products such as publications, panel sessions, webinars;
Successful candidates will be included in BTCA’s Digital Financial Ecosystem Coordinators Roster. Inclusion in the expert roster does not guarantee a contract with BTCA. When a request for services arises, the hiring unit/office shall: • Contact the roster manager or search the roster to select at least three (3) qualified experts; • Send the procurement notice and ToRs for the assignment to the selected experts with a request to confirm availability; • Review the submissions and financial proposals; • Select an expert for the assignment based on the ‘Best value for money’ approach. • Issue an Individual Contract to the expert; • Notify the roster manager of the decision and of the duration of the contract issued to the expert. • Submit an evaluation of the expert to the roster manager once the assignment is completed; and before the final payment is issued.
The contracting unit/office will create a specific contract including Terms of Reference (ToR) for each assignment. The contract will detail the time frame, and frequency/modality of payments.
Conditions of a particular assignment may be negotiable. Hours: Assignments may require half-time or full time during the period of employment but for UN public holidays. An agreement with the successful candidate for him or her to work hours which facilitate attendance other personal responsibilities may be considered on a case by case basis. Work permits: Candidates are required to have all work permits and residence in order to work locally at the time of applying and throughout the duration of the contract. The candidate must either be a national or a foreigner with a long lasting professional and cultural relationship to the country. Pay: A daily fee will be provided which will help BTCA score the application. This daily fee will be added as a reference if the candidate makes the roster. Nevertheless, candidates will be able to provide a different rate for specific assignments. Payments will be made to the consultant based on the number of days worked only. The daily fee is all inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the period of the contract, including professional fees, insurance, risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions, and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract. Payments will be based on timesheets and invoices approved by the supervisor Travel: Since this is a local hire no travel allowances will be provided to the successful candidate for their appointment nor for their repatriation at its conclusion. In-country business travel may be anticipated in which case it will be included under the assignment contract (estimated 10-20%) and agreed with supervisor. No international business travel are anticipated but if there is any approved travel, UNCDF will pay separately travel expenses (economy airfare, terminal expenses and per diems which include hotel and food expenses) according on standard UN rates based on evidence of approved and actual travel. Functional Competencies: • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment; • Self-development, initiative-taking; • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work; • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively; • Creating synergies through self-control; • Managing conflict; • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member; • Informed and transparent decision making. Education: • A completed bachelor degree (or equivalent) required; • A completed or in progress tertiary qualification or technical certification relevant to this TOR is desirable but not required.
Experience: • Demonstrated exposure to corporate or retail electronic payments systems, financial services, financial inclusion, international development, multi- or bi-lateral agencies (especially the UN) or government is desirable; • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in a professional environment including exposure to one or more of the key responsibilities of this position is required; • Excellent attention to detail, a proactive approach to achieving key results, and a high level of thoroughness in a complex multitasking and matrix management environment; • Excellent MS Office skills are required • Experience in project management is desirable but not required.
Languages: Fluency in English and the national language is required; proficiency in existing national dialects is an asset.
Listing Date: September 19, 2014