Support liaison with external consultants engaged for in-country advisory and implementation

Liaise with DTI e-commerce team and identify needs for technical expertise on digitization and cash reduction strategies if requested

Support the review and development of digital payments workstream of National E-Commerce Roadmap 2022

C. Expected Deliverables

There are four deliverables, each reflecting the developing needs by the Working Group. Sign-off by Better Than Cash Alliance’s South East Asia Lead for each progress report (1, 2, 3 and 4) will validate the successful delivery by the consultant. Expected delivery or submission date is contingent upon when the Working Group (WG) meetings have been set.

(i) Progress Report 1 - approved following WG meeting 2, 20% of allocated days/budget, submission by Mid- October 20200

(ii) Progress Report 2 - approved following WG meeting 3, 25% of allocated days/budget, submission by Mid-Dec 2020

(iii) Progress Report 3 - approved following WG meeting 4, 25% of allocated days/budget, submission by Mid-Feb 2020

(iv) Progress Report 4 - approved following WG meeting 5, 30% of allocated days/budget, submission by End March 2021

The range of outputs that will support the successful delivery of Progress Reports are outlined below: (i) Preparing working group agenda and outcomes of planned meetings till March 2021. This includes review and editing of minutes, and prioritization and scheduling of next steps;
(ii) Preparing working group agenda and outcomes of planned meetings till March 2021. This includes review and editing of minutes, and prioritization and scheduling of next steps;
(iii) Preparing for and facilitation of meetings with individual workstreams identified by working group, including and not limited to calls, minutes, any other notes and background materials/presentations;
(iv) Implementation and program management support as agreed by working group including:

action research

national advocacy campaigns

time-bound pilots with working group members

inputs to e-payments workstream of e-commerce roadmap

(v) Supporting Southeast Asia Lead on related in-country initiatives such as:

Support to BSP on digital payment diagnostic data collection framework

Support to DTI on e-payments workstream in national e-commerce roadmap

(vii) Monitoring key indicators in support of the Asia Pacific and M&E teams to track activities to feed into donor and internal reports.

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 Arrangement

The consultant will work under the supervision of the Better Than Cash Alliance’s South East Asia Lead, working closely with other key colleagues across the globe, with supervision support from the Asia Pacific Regional Lead and from the Corporate Lead on corporate initiatives.

Duration of the Work

The assignment will have a duration of six months, limited to a total of 60 days. The performance control/monitoring mechanism will be applied from the start date. The contract may be extended subject to successful performance ana availability of funds.

Duty Station

The duty station is home-based in Manila, Philippines

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 to standard UN rates based on evidence of approved and actual travel.

Payment Terms

This contract will be based on four Deliverables, as stated above and invoices approved by the supervisor;
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;
Travel

Business travel will be included under this contract and agreed with supervisor prior to travel and according to UNCDF/UNDP travel policy.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Demonstrates ethics and integrity;
Demonstrates political acumen and calculated risk taking;
Impeccable diplomatic skills and knowledge of protocol, essential

Demonstrated excellent writing, editing and communications skills to an international standard including correspondence, reports, talking points and briefing material; essential

Builds own competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
Creates and promotes open communication;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Conducts fair and transparent decision making;
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Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;
Shows strong corporate commitment;
Excellent attention to detail, a proactive approach to achieving key results, a high level of thoroughness in a complex multitasking environment and a strict adherence to deadlines;
Strong inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to forge effective relations with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds essential;
Functional Competencies: Professional

Project management lifecycle

Ensures the full implementation of a project to obtain results;
Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources;
Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives;
Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations;
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
Technical:

Working knowledge of current developments in payment technologies, including innovative payment methods (e.g., digital government, mobile financial services, pre-paid/reloadable/other cards, etc.);
Solid skills in market assessments, business case/strategy development and data analysis/management (spreadsheets, data visualization tools like Tableau, etc.)

Understanding of key issues and international good practice relating to financial inclusion and digital payments

Impeccable diplomatic skills, particularly in working with private sector executives

Excellent presentation and representation skills in multicultural contexts

Ability to translate complex technical ideas to a non-technical audience in both verbally and in writing

Required Skills and Experience

Education: University degree in public/business administration, finance, engineering, economics, international affairs, development, political science, or other relevant fields. 5 years of professional experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree i.e. Masters.

Experience:

A minimum of seven (7) years dedicated experience in digital finance, payment systems or electronic payments in the Philippines required

Working knowledge of current developments in payment technologies, including innovative payment methods (e.g., mobile financial services, QR codes, pre-paid/reloadable/other cards, etc.)

Working knowledge of developing financial inclusion and payments strategies in emerging countries

Experience facilitating working groups or knowledge exchanges with demonstratable experience in events and project management.

Experience in the formulation of strategies in digital payments at public and/or private sector level

Experience working in digitization initiatives for small merchants, including links with suppliers and FMCG sector a plus

Research and/or practical experience in understanding customer and/or merchant behaviors a plus Understanding of key issues and international good practice relating to digital payments and financial inclusion Excellent presentation and representation skills in multicultural contexts Ability to translate complex technical ideas to a non-technical audience both verbally and in writing

Language: Written and spoken fluency in English is required.

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:

Cover letter with a summary statement of competencies in relation to the Terms of Reference (TOR) indicating earliest availability;
Curriculum Vitae or P11;
Written work samples demonstrating ability to translate complex technical ideas to a non-technical audience in both verbally and in writing;
Signed financial proposal for the assignment outlining - Total professional fee (including professional fees and other professional expenses (such as insurance, taxes, etc.). Available at https://popp.undp.org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/UNDP_POPP_DOCUMENT_LIBRARY/Public/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx&action=default

Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Failure to submit all the above mentioned documents may result in rejection of the application.

Evaluation Method: 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:

Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (70%) and financial (30%) criteria.

Evaluation Criteria:

Step I: Longlisting (Screening based on specified criteria, please see below)

Step II: Technical Evaluation (70%): Desk Review and Interview - Desk review shall comprise 60% of the total technical score; interviews will have 40%.

Step III (30): Financial Proposal

Step I: Longlisting (Screening)

UNCDF will screen the candidates based on the following longlisting criteria:

University degree in public/business administration, finance, engineering, economics, international affairs, development, political science, or other relevant fields. 5 years of professional experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree i.e. Masters.

A minimum of seven (7) years dedicated experience in digital finance, payment systems or electronic payments in the Philippines required.

Step II: Shortlisting (Desk Review, to comprise 60% of Technical Score)

Working knowledge of current developments in payment technologies, including innovative payment methods (e.g., mobile financial services, QR codes, pre-paid/reloadable/other cards, etc.): 25 points

Working knowledge of developing financial inclusion and payments strategies in emerging economies: 25 points

Experience facilitating working groups or knowledge exchanges with demonstratable experience in events and project management: 25 points

Experience in the formulation of strategies in digital payments at public and/or private sector level: 25 points

Step III: Interviews (To comprise 40% of Technical Score)

A competency-based Interview shall be conducted with the top three candidates who score the highest in Step II (minimum of 70 points). Candidates will be tested on the same key work areas as in Step II, in greater depth, and with the same weighting as noted in Step II.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the combined total score for Step II (Desk Review) and Step III (Interview) will be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.

Step IV: Financial Evaluation

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: Lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.

References

UNDP’s Individual Consultant’s General Terms and Conditions are provided here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf

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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.