UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). UNCDF uses its capital mandate to support LDCs pursue inclusive growth. UNCDF promotes financial inclusion, also through digital financial services (DFS), as a key enabler of poverty reduction and inclusive growth; and it demonstrates how localizing finance outside the capital cities can accelerate growth in local economies, promote sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure development, and empower local communities. Using capital grants, loans and credit enhancements, UNCDF tests financial models in inclusive finance and local development finance; ‘de-risks’ the local investment space; and provides proofs of concept, paving the way for larger and more risk-averse investors.
Hosted by UNCDF, the Centre for Financial Health (CFH) is set-up as an umbrella platform towards convening a global coalition and thought leadership. The Centre for Financial Health acts as a convener, providing a platform to bring together global, regional and local actors committed to using financial and digital solutions to improve the financial lives of low-income families—helping them climb - and stay - out of poverty. The Centre creates space for thought leadership where best financial health (FH) practices and models are exchanged and lead to concrete action with governments and the private sector.
UNCDF, as part of the South-South engagement, is running an Agritech Challenge that aims to address the problems of smallholder farmers and identify solutions across markets of India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. The Challenge is hosted in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, the Government of India, Gates Foundation, and RaboBank Foundation. The challenge has two tracks of engagement:
The Challenge started in June 2021 and has culminated in form of two cohorts representing the two tracks. The details on the Challenge can be found at http://uncdf.org/finlab/agritechchallenge. The focus moving forward is to drive the following:
The Agritech Innovation Consultant is to support the following activities as listed below within the provided time frame. The consultant would work in close collaboration with the Sr Financial Health and Innovation Consultant to execute the activities mentioned:
Target completion from contract date
Payment terms in % of total contract price
Provide inputs on one-to-one mentoring sessions organized for the participants of both cohorts.
Document how different goals of the programme are being met – Track at regular frequency.
Interested individuals must submit the following documents as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
All applications must contain the following information:
Technically-qualified?consultants,?i.e.?consultants who score the equivalent of or more than 70% with respect to the?below-mentioned evaluation criteria,?will be requested to submit their?all-inclusive fixed total contract price. Consultants?should not specify their?financial proposals?on their CV or with their?submission. The CV will not be evaluated?further in?the event?the consultant submits the same.??
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested documents.
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Step I: Screening
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the following mandatory criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Desk Review
A desk review will be conducted to produce a shortlist of applicants according to the criteria listed below.
Only applicants who obtain scores above 70% at the desk review will be considered technically qualified and will be subject to further review for a financial evaluation.
Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their lump sum rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.
The contact shall be awarded to the best applicant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Individual consultants and persons employed by a company or institution are invited to apply. Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for individual consultant must do so in their individual capacity by providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly. Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNCDF 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.