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UNCDF recruiting Digital Economy Expert

Beijing, China, 13 September 2018


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 finance 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.

Based on the experience of reaching last mile and digital as a key driver, UNCDF under financial inclusion practice has consolidated its strategy to support last mile solutions. Under the new strategy digital is a key accelerator. While a large part of UNCDF work till date has been focused on LDCs, lately with the growing divide in some of the MIC markets and also new opportunities that are offered by some of these MIC countries in terms of new knowledge and how digital can be deployed for benefit of all. UNCDF FIPA is expanding its work in some of these new markets, with a focus on digital finance and innovations to both help digital finance reach its potential for the last-mile, but also to better use digital and digital finance and other services to achieve the SDGs, anchored through a new initiative that will grow into a multi-country effort. One aspect of this expansion is also to learn new things that are happening in these markets and then create ways of bringing that knowledge and experience to the rest of the world specially LDCs.

With this in focus UNCDF is looking to expand its work in China with two specific objectives:

  • Anchor China as a center of excellence through a learning hub, the learnings from which could be taken to rest of the world and new learnings can be shared from other parts of world with Chinese

  • Drive innovation both domestically and for the world focused on last mile through an in-country innovation hub, by working with Chinese stakeholders across the digital and digital finance eco-system

  • Help develop partnerships where the Chinese companies can become enablers for the start-up eco-system within China and elsewhere. Also supporting cross-country partnerships to scale in new markets.

As part of this engagement, UNCDF intends to engage a full-time expert to support the engagement in China.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the UNCDF´s Regional Technical Specialist for Digital Finance and Innovation – Asia the consultant will support the following activities and deliverables tied to the project.

The Digital expert would be the key person on the ground to structure the UNCDF engagement in China, that includes developing relationship and partnerships that would lead to the following key outcomes:

  • Assist with landscape assessment that would lead to developing learnings from the market and also develop south-south engagement platform

  • Drive creation of partnerships and establishment of relationships that would allow for UNCDF to roll-out the innovation hub

  • Support with the in-country engagements for implementing the programme with right Chinese counterparts

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