Data Consultant, Home Based
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Closing date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Advertised on behalf of : Location : home-based with with travel as required
Application Deadline : 11-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Oct-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance 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 provides seed capital - grants and loans - and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments - water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes - that will improve poor peoples‘ lives.
Recently, 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 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. Please refer to the link for further information: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the construction of inclusive digital economies that is built on the foundations of a financial system which is inclusive and acts as an important policy tool for poverty eradication and achieving resilience and prosperity for people at large. China has had many useful experiences in the process of building inclusive digital economy,
especially in the field of digital inclusive finance, mobile payments and internet-based credit. In China, UNCDF started operating in May 2019 to combine its expertise and know-how in the development of financial solutions for low- and moderate-income people with the rich experience of Chinese institutions in the digital economy. The Chinese economy and the digital eco-system have been on a growth path and has set lessons for most of the other markets in the world on how digital eco-systems could be developed. With some of the fundamental elements that are available in the market, UNCDF’s work is focused on driving innovations leveraging the infrastructure of payments, data, etc. In 2020 and 2021, UNCDF aims to invest in building new innovative partnerships that could help achieve the objectives of innovations in the space of financial health.
UNCDF requires the advisory services of a Data Consultant to:
Set up UNCDF’s data collection system for partner interventions in country.
Conduct research on thematic topics relevant to UNCDF’s country learning agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Data and Insights Lead and Global Innovation Manager, the Data Consultant will: Set up UNCDF’s data collection system for partner interventions in country:
Develop a data system that tracks aggregated programme results.
Design partner monitoring tools and train partners in data collection and reporting.
Analyse project and programme performance and extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making.
Conduct research on thematic topics relevant to UNCDF’s country learning agenda:
Identify secondary datasets and research relevant to the implementation of the programme and develop and update the country evidence base.
Conduct analysis of secondary sources on digital financial services uptake and usage to identify to programme priorities and inform market engagements.
Conduct thematic research on financial health and the digital economy using primary and secondary data sources.
The table below shows the detailed activities and deliverables and indicative timeline and estimated efforts.
Estimated effort (days)
Conduct analysis of secondary data sources on Digital Financial Services (DFS) uptake and usage to identify to programme priorities and inform market engagements. This includes gender-, age group-, country- and thematic-specific analysis (e.g. agriculture, MSME, energy).
Report outlining the problem statements and trends in the DFS eco-system
Conduct research on financial health using quantitative and qualitative research methods/
Research methodology and tools
Support partners to identify critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and drive analysis and understanding of customer behavior.
Training report including recommendations
Design project specific monitoring tools including project KPIs, a data collection plan and reporting templates.
Monitoring tools for 6 projects
Ensure quarterly reporting of UNCDF partner institutions on KPIs and project logs, and conduct data analysis to extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making on project level.
Updated project workbook for all active projects
Progress report with key insights and learnings
Update data system that tracks aggregated programme results and conduct data analysis to extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making on programme level.
Updated programme data repository / dashboard
Contribute to communication material to share analysis findings, including data visualizations.
Contributions to 6 UNCDF publications
Support the evaluation of projects.
6 completed project evaluations (mid or end line)
Update the country evidence base
Updated country evidence base
Excellent organizational, inter-personal and communication skills;
Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;
Excellent skills in data analysis.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or related discipline. A Master’s degree in the same is preferable but not mandatory.
At least 3 years of experience in conducting data analysis to inform strategic decision-making in the public or private sector is mandatory;
Tags advisory services capital investments data analysis data collection data visualization developed countries digital finance financial inclusion financial services inclusive finance least developed countries local government microfinance poverty eradication procurement programme priorities project evaluation qualitative research results measurement social sciences sustainable development sustainable development goals
Experience with data analysis and/or data visualization tools is preferable but not mandatory;
Experience in conducting socioeconomic research is preferable but not mandatory;
Experience in innovation and technology for inclusive finance is preferable but not mandatory.
Fluency in English (written and spoken)
Fluency in Mandarin is a plus.
Timeline: October 2020 - September 2021
Home-based with travel as required
Total Number of Working Days for Assignment: Max of 200 working days within 12 months
Standard travel costs and living expenses: Home-based with travel as requested by UNCDF. Travel will be processed according to UNCDF Policies.
Progress Controls & Payments: Payment will be made against satisfactorily completion of each deliverable. All payments shall be disbursed only upon written confirmation of acceptance of the outputs and authorization for payment by the Research and Results Measurement Analyst (RRM Analyst). Disbursement of the final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
Application: Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications: (NOTE: the system does not allow multiple uploads of document. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file).
All applications must contain the following information:
Cover letter with a summary statement of competencies in relation to the TOR deliverables;
Curriculum Vitae and/or Completed P11-Personal History Form with names and current contacts of 3 referees (available from http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc);
Signed financial proposal for the full assignment outlining: All-inclusive fee including professional fees and other professional expenses, such as insurance, taxes, etc (Available at: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=29916).
Incomplete applications may not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
Evaluation: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Preliminary Evaluation - Step I: Screening
Technical Evaluation Weight - 70% x (Step II: Desk review 20 Points + Step III: Written test 40 Points + Step IV: Interview 40 Points = 100 Points)
Financial Evaluation Weight - 30% = Step V
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria (listed under education and experience) will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or related discipline.
At least 3 years of experience in conducting data analysis to inform strategic decision- making in the public or private sector is mandatory.
Step II: Desk Review - 20 points
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate the candidates. Only candidates that obtained 80% of the points at this stage shall be invited for the next step.
Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or related discipline
At least 3 years of experience in conducting data analysis to inform strategic decision- making in the public or private sector is mandatory
Experience with data analysis and/or data visualization tools is preferable but not mandatory
Experience in conducting socioeconomic research is preferable but not mandatory
Experience in innovation and technology for inclusive finance is preferable but not mandatory
Step III: Written test - 40 points
A written test will be administered to the top 4 shortlisted candidates. The test will have a pass/fail score of 70%.
Step IV: Interview - 40 points
A competency-based interview shall be conducted for all the candidates who passed the written test.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Steps II (20 points) + III (40 points) + IV (40 points) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step V: Financial Evaluation
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: Lowest priced proposal / Price of the proposal being evaluated x 30
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Having received the highest combined weight technical (desk review, written test and interview) 70% + financial 30% = 100%.
Both individual consultants and individuals 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.
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.