Ethiopia National Digital Payments Strategy - Digital Payments Technical Advisor
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||home base|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||7d 9h 57m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 days over a one-year period|
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Better Than Cash Alliance (UNCDF)United Nations Capital Development Fund (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. Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
Based in UNCDF, the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) is a partnership of 70 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. by:
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. Individuals who receive 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, 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 Team’s Core Values are the following:
For more information on BTCA, please visit the website: http://www.betterthancash.org/
Project Description: Implementation of Ethiopia’s National Digital Payment Strategy
In an effort to further transform the Ethiopian payments ecosystem, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), with support from the Better Than Cash Alliance has developed a National Digital Payments Strategy (NDPS). The development of the strategy included an in-depth review of the current payments landscape in Ethiopia, broad stakeholder engagement with key players in the ecosystem, and identification of opportunities for priority wins for the development of an inclusive and sustainable digital payments ecosystem. It also included an evaluation and review of the existing regulatory payment guidelines and governance systems to ensure alignment to support the overall transformation of the sector. Through the extensive consultation with all key government ministries, departments and agencies, ensuring their views, and expectations were captured, this strategy provides NBE with an opportunity to rally the ecosystem behind an all-inclusive, whole of government strategy that has the potential to re-shape the future of payments in Ethiopia.
The progression from the development of the National Digital Payment Strategy (NDPS) to its implementation presents a delicate transition that needs to be strategically managed to ensure all the various initiatives envisioned in the Strategy are brought to fruition. The development of the Strategy has underscored the importance of effective coordination among different payments ecosystem players and appropriate governance structures to operationalize the strategy and stimulate development of the financial sector as a whole.
The Better Than Cash Alliance is looking to hire a Digital Payments Technical Advisor, to be based in country or is willing to travel and commit to spending significant amount of time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to work with the NBE, providing technical and advisory support to the implementation of the National Digital Payments Strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Better Than Cash Alliance is looking at hiring an experienced Digital Payments Technical Advisor to advise the NBE’s Program Management and Development Unit (PMDU) in implementing the country’s National Digital Payments Strategy (NDPS). The PMDU is an entity to be hosted within the Payment Systems and Services Directorate (PSSD) at the NBE, tasked with coordinating the implementation of the NDPS. Working closely with the PSSD directorate, and in collaboration with the Program Management Advisor, , the consultant is expected to advise the PMDU team on the implementation of the NDPS, focusing on (i) implementation of specific digitisation of payments Initiatives and (ii) stakeholder engagement, partnership and collaboration on implementation of the NDPS, with key private sector stakeholders and development partners and (iii) building PMDU’s technical knowledge of digitising identified payment streams/use cases. The consultant will work very closely with the PSSD senior management to achieve on these key result areas
Advise the NBE and Ministries on digitisation of payments initiatives in line with responsible digital payments practices. -this involves guiding the NBE and key government ministries to identify and digitise prioritised payment initiatives and activities ensuring the implementation is in line with the the Alliance’s responsible digital payments guidelines and is gender intentional. This will be in collaboration with key stakeholders and other technical development partners working with NBE and as guided by the NDPS implementation framework:
2. Advise the PMDU in the process of mapping key enabling components, potential barriers and recommend implementable solutions to accelerate digitisation of payments of identified use cases.
3. Working with each action team and in line with their strategic scope, advise on developing implementation parameters for digitising their most impactful initiatives as per the NDPS, This includes;
Working with the PSSD and other NBE technical advisors, provide technical advice , in the implementation of quick win initiatives as per the NDPS that includes
Working with the PSSD senior management, and based on identified digital payment knowledge gaps, provide input and participate in capacity building initiatives to address the gaps
Document lessons learntPrepare a final project assessment report that will include:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Any delay in the completion of the outputs, if not attributed to the performance of the consultant, shall be addressed through a no-cost time extension.
Institutional ArrangementThe consultant will be hired by UNCDF Better Than Cash Alliance and will be based in the Payment Systems and Services Directorate (PSSD) at the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE). The consultant will be supervised by the Alliance’s Africa Regional Lead in close consultation with the NBE.
A Project Steering Committee will convene regularly (monthly or more if needed) to review project progress, address any issues, and provide feedback and clearance on deliverables or when necessary. The project steering committee will be constituted by members of the Better Than Cash Alliance and NBE.
Duration of the WorkThis assignment has a duration of 100 days over a one year period. However, the performance control/ monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date.
Duty StationThe duty station/location for the contract duration is home based; qualifying candidate should be prepared to spend some time in Addis subject to arrangements with the NBE and Better Than Cash Alliance from the kick off date.
Required Skills and Experience
Languages:Wrietten and spoken fluency in English
Application process:Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications (Note: the system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
Incomplete applications maynot be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Criteria for Selection of the Best OfferIndividual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening & LonglistingApplications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review – 30 Points
Step III: Interview – 70 PointsAs applicable, only applicants scoring 70% or more in the shortlist scoring shall be considered for an interview.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II (30 points) + III (70 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for the financial evaluation.
Step IV: Financial EvaluationThe following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Award CriteriaThe 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 scores) 70% + financial 30%= 100%.
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
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). Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
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