United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)Website
United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)Website
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.
Leaving no one behind in the digital era
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 in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting and financing 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 Sustainable Development Goals.
Inclusion is at the heart of UNCDF’s strategy to promote digital economies that leave no one behind, which can only be achieved if digital economies are developed at the national level and if there is a focus on making them inclusive—without any new form of exclusion. We place particular importance on youth, women, migrants, refugees, and MSMEs, customer segments that are often marginalized and denied digital innovation and technology due to social norms, societal status, and limited revenue and capacity. We place the empowerment of these customer segments at the center of UNCDF initiatives to develop innovative services in various sectors.
Our approach focuses on accelerating the development and financing of inclusive digital economies at the country level with the government, the private sector and academia, with specific attention given to the development and financing of the right services to reduce the digital divide and to empower key customer segments.
To implement the UNCDF strategy, we apply a country-level market development approach. The objective of such an approach is to continuously aim to understand and intervene in select market systems to address underlying market dysfunctions in order to improve efficiencies, effectiveness and sustainability. The approach seeks to (1) leverage the roles and behaviors of current players in the marketplace, support them to do what they do better or to change their behavior; (2) strengthen the systems and relationships among the various market and sector actors; and (3) work with current players to de-risk new business models in order to make digital solutions more inclusive for key segments and reduce the digital divide.
In this regard, UNCDF in Tanzania seeks a project management consultant, who has demonstrable work experience in project management to support the implementation and monitoring of ongoing projects and the development of new initiatives in line with the Inclusive Digital Economies strategy.
The national consultant will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, reporting to the UNCDF Tanzania Country Lead for Inclusive Digital Economies, based in Dar es Salaam, with occasional travel to project sites.
Duties And Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of UNCDF Tanzania’s Country Lead, the Project Management Consultant will be responsible for the following key duties and responsibilities:
Effective And Efficient Management Of Project
Coordinate with UN Coordinator, which includes contributing to relevant strategic frameworks as requested by them and with inputs from the UNCDF Team.
Facilitate knowledge management and & technical assistance
Facilitate monitoring & reporting
The table below outlines the list of key deliverables and estimated number of days:
Key Scope of Services
Total days to complete.
Provide support in project management, quality control and supervision of ongoing projects
Ensures effective programme coordination between the implementing NGOs and other development partners, and ensures that all stakeholders are communicating with each other to enhance synergies
Identify opportunities to highlight UCDF project results through events, publications and workshops
Support resource mobilization by identifying opportunites, contributing to the drafting of proposals and developing realtionships with key stakeholders aligned with UNCDF strategy
Contribute to national and regional debates, industry events and consultations with stakeholders (gov’t bodies, UN agencies, partners)
Produce regular reports summarizing project progress and analysis of data for donors, for the UN (UNInfo system), for UNCDF HQ reports.
Support the grant, procurement working closely with the Operations and Finance departments in accordance with UNCDF’s operations procedure
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel
Contract duration: The assignment, is expected to have a duration of 220 days over one year with the possibility of extension for one (1) more year, based on the satisfactory performance of an individual consultant, project needs and funding availability.
Number of working days: up to 220 working days per year
Duty station: This is a national consultancy and the consultant is expected to be on-site in Dar es Salaam with occasional travel to project locations as needed. The schedule of travel will be negotiated with the consultant according to the requirements of each task.
Travel: Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid as reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant and the daily living allowance will be paid as per UN Rate.
If the travel is to perform work or deliver outputs that are OUTSIDE the work/deliverables agreed in the contract, the unit supervising the consultant will fully justify in a note to file why the consultant is being asked to undertake such travel. The said justification should be provided along with the supporting documents uploaded in the T&E module and in line with UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy rules. The contractor will conduct briefings to the UNCDF team prior to and following field visits to projects via meetings and back to office reports (BTORs) and all supporting documentation for F10 within two weeks.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon in writing between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed according to UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy.
Provision of Quality, Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant will work under direct supervision of the UNCDF Tanzania, Country Lead, Inclusive Digital Economies.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for disbursement: (i) monthly submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP) duly approved by the Country Lead; (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable project by the Country Lead and/or her designate; and (iii) an authorization of payment disbursement from a direct supervisor.
The consultant(s) will work under the direct supervision of the Country Lead for Tanzania and Rwanda and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues, experts and/or institutions designated by the country Teams. The Country Lead or her assignee will provide overall supervision of the consultancy and approve key deliverables.
The consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop.
Payment Terms and Expected Timeline
Progress report no. 1 of all deliverables and activities listed in the above table approved by UNCDF
April 2021 – June 2021
Progress report no. 2 of all deliverables and activities listed in the above table approved by UNCDF
July 2021 – September 2021
Progress report no 3. of all deliverables and activities listed in the above table approved by UNCDF
October 2021 – December 2021
Final report and progress report no. 4 of all deliverables and activities listed in the above table approved by UNCDF
January 2021 – March 2022