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. For further detail on UNCDF strategy, refer to; https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
An enabling policy and regulatory environment are a key priority in Uganda to expand the digital economy. Policymakers and regulators are natural partners who share a common goal to leverage technology to enable sustainable economic development and inclusive markets. Therefore, UNCDF works closely with global and national partners (both public and private) to support government engagement with the industry so public policy and market objectives align at the local and regional level.
The policy and regulatory challenges for digital services to truly scale in Uganda are significant. There is a lack of digital payment infrastructure beyond the urban areas, especially due to poor connectivity and cash merchant networks. The central bank and other authorities have engaged with the service providers in a consistent manner to help each side (public and private) to understand the constraints they face and thus collaborate on a common agenda. This is in part driven by the limited capacity of authorities to supervise and monitor the rapidly evolving digital landscape.
UNCDF will focus on several activities to address these barriers and will continue to expand strategic instruments for the policy workstream. Particularly, data & research to leverage providers data analytics and geo-spatial to identify key gaps and priorities, stakeholders engagement by leveraging local presence, convening power and close partnership with local and global partners to drive policy and regulatory change, expert technical advice to provide capacity building and technical assistance to create legal certainty and incentives for digital innovations that help people safely access and use digital services to improve their lives
The Policy Consultant is expected to be engaged through a non-exclusive Framework Agreement formalized through an Individual Contract (IC). A Framework Agreement is known in UNCDF as an agreement that establishes the terms, conditions and prices that will govern future contract or contracts (known as ‘call offs’) arising from the said Agreement, which could be issued at any time within the duration of the IC.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of UNCDF Technical Specialist the Policy Consultant will complete the following activities and deliverables.
Activity #1: Conduct gap analysis of the following key issues to determine the enabling features of the current policy and regulatory environment for digital ecosystems:
- Are rules for interoperability of payment channels enabling growth of the key uses cases, specifically wallet-wallet, wallet – bank account, and CICO?
- Are current wallet limits sufficient to allow bulk payments and higher value payments, distinguishing between small business needs and seasonal agriculture?
- Are customer protection rules appropriate for redress for customer complaints and to protect customer personal and transactional data?
- How open are existing data systems to enable digital inclusion of under-served communities?
- Do the policies for key development sectors prioritize role of digital solutions and do the respective regulations stipulate how the policies will be enforced? Key sectors include: agriculture, health, energy, education, finance, and refugees.
- Comparative analysis of policies and regulations against public policy objectives.
- Assessment of market needs and corresponding regulatory obstacles to large scale Digital Services, as per the activities noted in Activity #1.
- Policy and Regulatory Architecture of existing legal frameworks (scope and purpose) for Digital Services associated with key sectors noted previously. The ‘architecture’ will comprise of a description of the scope of legal jurisdictions of the various regulators, overlapping regulations, and identification of critical gaps.
Activity #2: Define the existing capacity of policy makers and regulators in data analytics for decision making in their respective sectors.
- Describe existing data collection, reporting and analysis process for the respective regulators
- Define areas where improvements can be made to ensure better regulatory decisions using data making.
- Determine which policymaking and regulatory bodies are most ready for direct capacity building.
- Assessment of workflow and technical capacity of existing systems and personnel.
- Gap analysis of capacity and training needs for market supervision and oversight, including data collection and analysis
- Draft requirements for capacity building to improve evidence and data driven approach to building regulatory capacity building for high priority sectors and regulators. Including critical milestones and workplan to deliver assistance.
Activity #3: Support UNCDF’s private / public sector convening’s (forums) concerning policy specific issues (interoperability, wallet limits, customer protection, open data systems, agriculture, health, energy, education, finance, refugees, etc.).
- Draft case studies, technical notes or briefs based on previously described activities in direct support of UNCDF programming in Uganda
- Develop presentations to share learnings and insights based on previously described activities in direct support of UNCDF programming in Uganda.
Activity #4: Facilitate exposure (workshops / visits) for policy makers and regulators to global practices and success stories in digital for the respective sectors so that UNCDF can leverage those existing peer learning channels.
- Identification of peers and markets where current regulatory or market practices could shape how Uganda undertakes the development of their digital economy development.
- Develop learning agenda with priority regulators (based on readiness assessment in Activity #4 to enable buy in and allow for planning of exchange visits.
- Design curriculum and training/familiarization materials specific to the knowledge exchange context, including
- After training support.
The below activities have been outlined based on the some of the broader outcomes that have been outlined above and are representative and can be more than that.
Conduct gap analysis of the following key issues to determine the enabling features of the current policy and regulatory environment for digital ecosystems: 140
Define the existing capacity of policy makers and regulators in data analytics for decision making in their respective sectors.
Support UNCDF’s private / public sector convening’s (forums) concerning policy specific issues (interoperability, wallet limits, customer protection, open data systems, agriculture, health, energy, education, finance, refugees, etc.).
Facilitate exposure (workshops / visits) for policy makers and regulators to global practices and success stories in digital for the respective sectors so that UNCDF can leverage those existing peer learning channels.
All outputs shall be subject to review and written acceptance by the Technical Specialist who shall also authorize the disbursement of payment to the individual. For key deliverables the Technical Specialist can defer to UNCDF’s Lead Policy and Regulatory Specialist for additional quality control and review.
- Understanding of regulatory and legal practices used by governments in emerging markets;
- Proven ability to apply mechanisms that extract actionable insights from data to shape policy and regulation;
- Excellent analytical skills;
- Strong written communication skills;
- Focus on impact and results for clients and stakeholders;
- Committed to team work, working with other stakeholders;
- Remains calm and in control under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
A Master’s degree in public policy, economics, or law (competition, finance, or related legal field) is mandatory;
A minimum of three (3) years’ experience working for financial service regulator or policymaking body is mandatory.
Functional understanding of payment systems, banking, and other retail financial services is mandatory.
Experience working on public sector policy or regulatory reforms in East or Southern Africa is preferred.
Excellent written and oral English is mandatory.
Timeline: February 2020 – January 2022
Total Number of Working Days for Assignment: 340 working days spread over a period of 36 months.
Duty station: Uganda home based, except when called by UNCDF to attend meetings or conduct missions.
Travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses shall be agreed upon as per UNCDF policy, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel. Please note that consultants residing in the duty station of travel will not be compensated for living expenses.
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);
Earliest availability and proposed schedule for consultancy;
CV or completed and signed 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 assignment outlining: All-inclusive fee (including professional fees and other professional expenses, such as insurance, taxes, etc.). All unit prices indicated in the financial proposal shall remain the same for the duration of the IC, including amendments thereto.
Step I: Screening: Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting (20 points)
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates from 1 to 100% as per experience requirements in the Terms of Reference. As applicable, only applicants scoring 80% or more shall be considered for an interview.
Shortlisting scoring: 20%- Education/Qualification;
50%- Mandatory Experience.
30%- Preferred Experience.
Step III: Technical test (50 points). Applicants from the shortlist will be requested to take a written test. The test will be scored from 1 to 100 points. The passing score being 70 points.
Step IV: Interview (30 points): An interview shall be conducted to candidates having passed the test.
Step V: Financial Evaluation: Only candidates with scores above 70% of the technical evaluation (70 Points or above) will be considered.
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 3 best applicants 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.
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.
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