PFIP is a Pacific-wide programme that has helped over two million Pacific islanders gain access to financial services and financial education. It achieves these results by funding innovation with financial services and delivery channels, supports policy and regulatory initiatives, and the empowerment of consumers. It is jointly administered by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and receives funding from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New Zealand Government. PFIP operates from the UNDP Pacific Office in Suva, Fiji and has offices in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. More information on PFIP can be accessed through www.pfip.org. Money Pacific Goals 2020 The 2020 Money Pacific Goals (MPG 2020) were adopted by the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through the Forum Economic Ministers & officials (FEMM) and the regional Central Bank Governors in 2009. These goals reflected the high priority placed by leaders across the region on building financial literacy skills and support development efforts regarding financial inclusion. These goals are: In each Pacific Island nation by 2020, through the combined actions of public and private sectors:Apply Now
- All school children to receive financial education through core curricula.
- All adults to have access to financial education.
- Simple and transparent consumer protection to be in place.
- To halve the number of households without access to basic financial services.
Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe PFIP aims to work closely with the regional Central Banks and relevant Government departments to develop a new set of regional priorities and goals to succeed the MPG 2020 through a consultative process in line with the changing trends and challenges of the region. The consultant shall conduct a literature review of academic papers, government publications, and ‘grey literature’, including publications from research institutes, UN agencies, NGOs, national NSOs, etc. that have been written on the topics of financial inclusion, financial education/financial literacy, and more importantly on other emerging regional priorities, such as inclusive digital economies, climate change and Disaster Risk finance. This review will provide the input for key informant interviews in each of the countries of focus to obtain feedback on framing the set of regional priorities and goals to be placed for consideration to the FEMM. This assignment shall be conducted in three phases:
- The first phase shall cover the literature review and the development of a key informant interview questionnaire.
- for the first batch of 4 countries
- for the second batch of 4 countries
- for the last 3 countries and for all the 11 selected countries
- Proven experience in conducting literature reviews, stakeholder consultations and research
- Proven experience in developing policy frameworks, national and regional policies and submissions to governments with evidence of a minimum three examples
- At least 5 years of experience with specific focus on policy development on at least three or more of the following topics: digital finance, financial inclusion, digital economies, market development, climate change and disaster risk finance
- Strong analytical and communication skills besides good report writing skills.
- Must be able to able to engage with senior level policy makers and senior Government / Central Bank officials
- Past experience working in Pacific region.
Required Skills and ExperienceEducational Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in or related discipline. Master’s qualification desired, but not required
- Proven research expertise with at least 3 years’ experience in literature reviews related to the topics mentioned in the scope of work
- Proven experience in developing policy briefs, national, regional or global policy commitments (minimum three projects)
- Five years’ experience in financial inclusion and/or financial literacy projects with specific focus on policy and/or regulatory areas.
- Three years’ experience (or two projects) of working with senior policy makers, Government officials and regulators, preferably in the Pacific
- Fluency of English language is required
- Bachelor's degree in Humanities, Social Science, Development Economics or related discipline. Master's qualification desired, but not required – Max 5 points
- At least 5 years of experience in developing policy frameworks, national and regional policies and submissions to governments with evidence of a minimum three examples – Max 25 points
- At least 5 years of experience on at least three or more of the following topics: digital finance, financial inclusion, digital economies, market development, climate change and/or disaster risk finance – Max 25 points
- Proposed methodology/approach reflecting a clear pathway towards building political consensus for new regional policy goals – Max 10 points
- Past experience working in Pacific region – Max 5 points
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
- Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
- Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
- Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. (Note: National consultants must quote prices in United States Dollars (USD)).
- Annex I - Individual IC General Terms and Conditions
- Annex II – Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template
- All applications must be clearly marked with the title of the consultancy- Consultant - Regional Goals on Inclusive Digital Economies and Climate Disaster risk Financing with reference (PN/FJI/068/20) and submitted via UN Job shop by 10th August 2020.
- Note: UNDP Jobs only supports single document upload hence ensure that the proposal consolidated and submitted as one single document.
- For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact UNDP Pacific Office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.