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. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
About SHIFT ASEAN and SAARC
UNCDF’s ‘Shaping Inclusive Financial Transformations’ (SHIFT) program aims to catalyze access to formal financial services to advance women’s economic empowerment and gendered financial inclusion for millions of women and small businesses in the ASEAN and SAARC markets. SHIFT leverages product and business model innovations, data analytics, technical training, and policy advocacy services at different levels to change the behavior of market players. Data and research crosscuts into all SHIFT’s activities as the shaping of inclusive financial transformations cannot be accomplished without the use of good data and research to inform and facilitate markets. SHIFT advocates evidence-based financial inclusion policies and practices that expand access and usage of financial services for women by facilitating, informing and incentivizing FSPs, regulators and governments and by stimulating collective dialogue between them.
UNCDF SHIFT programs works through four interrelated outputs: The Data and Analysis Hub produces and disseminates knowledge on supply, demand and regulation in financial markets to strengthen the evidence base and investment decisions of providers, regulators and policy makers to advance women’s financial inclusion. This is closely integrated with the Learning and Skills Development facility that capacitates technical service providers to scale viable learning and training models for financial institutions. The Policy and Advocacy component stimulates dialogue among policy makers in FSPs and governments to enable financial market policies to be more responsive to the needs of women. Finally, the Innovation Facility offers various types of incentives to FSPs to pilot new prototypes and scale viable innovative (digital) finance business models to advance access to and usage of finance for women.
About other UNCDF projects
This solicitation is for a Framework agreement, also known in UNCDF as the Long-Term Agreement (LTA) for one year and renewable up to a maximum of one (1) year based on satisfactory performance of an individual consultant. An “LTA” refers to a mutual agreement whereby the Consultant(s) will provide services as required, over a specific period. It specifies the unit price (daily rate) allowing for an LTA to be used when the Consultant’s services are needed.
Where a request for services arises, UNCDF can engage the individual(s) holding an LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time. For this particular work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is issued.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume. It is important to note that, under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be made during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation nor commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed
Duties and Responsibilities
|Objectives of the Assignment
UNCDF Asia Regional and Myanmar Country office are looking to enter into a Framework Agreement, also known as Long-Term Agreement (LTA), with up to three (3) Big Data Analytics Consultant(s) who will be primarily responsible for producing, curating and communicating data and information on supply, demand and regulation in financial markets to strengthen the evidence-base and investment decisions of providers, regulators, and policy makers. S/he will report directly to the Data Management Specialist (Analytics & Research) based in the UNCDF Regional Asia office in Bangkok.
The Big Data Analytics Consultant(s) will support a variety of action research and analysis activities for the Data hub in Bangkok, and working primarily under the SHIFT ASEAN, SHIFT SAARC programmes, UNCDF Myanmar, CleanStart and UNCDF’s digital strategy. The Big Data Analytics Consultant(s) will analyze, curate and communicate data and information on supply, demand, policy and innovation case studies with focus on Asian countries including Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Viet Nam, Malaysia, China and more regional based studies. S/he will keep data outputs simple, digestible and with focus on the usage of data to improve financial inclusion policy and product development.
The Big Data Analytics Consultant(s) will work primarily under the UNCDF Regional Data and Analysis Hub that aims to strengthen the availability and use of supply side (e.g. Big Data and transaction records) and demand side (national financial inclusion survey) analytics by conducting regional and sector research on specific themes such as financial inclusion for women, youth, MSMEs, migration and remittances, and energy finance to help drive financial inclusion policy and practice. The Hub generates substantial market intelligence, through demand side data (1), by assessing large demand side national survey datasets (e.g. FinScope, Findex, Intermedia, Enterprise Development Survey, GEM); on the supply side (2), through supply side data, by analyzing Big data including anonymized customer and transaction records (loans, savings, payments) for financial service providers and (3) on the innovation and policy environment by systematic qualitative assessment of digital finance innovation and policy case studies.
The Big Data Analytics Consultant(s) will also support the delivery of training and capacity building activities related to data, research and M&E as well as provide support with the analysis, synthesis and communication of data and research on supply, demand and regulation- sides to strengthen the evidence-based investment decisions of financial service providers, regulators, and policy makers.
Specific areas of work include:
Scope of Work
Theme 1: Conduct deep-dive thematic research on digital financial inclusion and economies with specific reference to gender, youth, migrant and remittances, MSMEs, energy finance or agriculture using demand side and supply side data.
Theme 2: Support in data curation and analytics and experimenting with new data techniques.
Theme 3: Conduct trainings and technical support to Financial Service Providers and Energy Service Providers in product development and data analytics and usage. To track customer journeys over time and improve human centric design through data.
Theme 4: Conduct trainings and technical support to Regulators (e.g. Central Banks) in financial inclusion strategy monitoring and policy making.
Theme 5: Knowledge Management and Learning:
The consultant(s) will deliver the following final products:
UNCDF reserves the rights to assign the TOR deliverables and to distribute the assignment to at least three consultants, as UNCDF may deem appropriate to their qualifications. The three consultants will be part of a broader data analytic team and will have somewhat similar activities as outlined in more detailed in the scope of work table below. A Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on how each of the consultants will be called and for what type of work shall be developed for this purpose. The SOP shall take into consideration the following :
All three consultants are required to speak English, at least one consultant would need to speak French.
Beyond common data analytic activities, within the team UNCDF is looking for consultants who may address specific themes. For this purpose, applicants are encouraged to highlight their specific expertise that corresponds to the thematic fields below:
Required Skills and Experience
Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant(s) will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Technical Advisor (SRTA) based in Bangkok and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues, experts and/or institutions designated by the SRTA.
The Consultant(s) is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during the course of his/her engagement with UNCDF.
This contract is under a framework agreement that will work on a call-off mechanism. The consultant will be ‘called’ upon to deliver a specific set of deliverables under a TOR and a purchasing order, indicating the total number of days required to complete the services. The contractor shall submit the invoices specifying the outputs delivered and the Certificate of Payment form for the approval of UNCDF.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for payments to an Individual Contractor(s): (i) submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP); (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable by the Senior Regional Technical Advisor (SRTA) and any other Project/Programme Manager designated by SRTA; (iii) submission of a time-sheet and expenses with relevant supporting documentation; and (iv) an authorization of payment disbursement from a direct supervisor.
UNCDF shall closely monitor the performance of the Individual Contractors, and such monitoring shall include the detailed tracking of cumulative payments ensuring that they do not exceed the approved limit of the LTA.
If the consultants fail to meet performance requirements detailed above, s/he will receive in first instance, a communication requesting an improvement in performance. Continued failure to meet performance requirements may result in termination of the call-off PO, the non-utilization of the LTA, until its expiration, and eventually non-extension of the LTA.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation. (NOTE: THE SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS THEREFORE APPLICANTS MUST MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ONE FILE). Failure to submit all the below mentioned documents may result in rejection of the application.
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method, which assigns the weight distribution between the technical and financial proposals. The overall combined score will be 100 points, where weight distribution shall be 70% technical (30% desk review + 40% interview) and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review: (100 Points)
As applicable, up to 9 applicants scoring the highest in the desk review and achieving minimum 70 points shall be invited for an interview.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
AWARD OF LONG-TERM AGREEMENT (LTA)
The award of the LTA will be made to up to 3 individual consultants whose offers have been evaluated and determined (i) Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and (ii) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org. If the consultant is over 65 years old, UNCDF reserves the right to require full medical certification and clearance from the consultant’s physician prior to commencing the travel.
Please include all documents into one file while submitting your application.
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