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United Nations recruiting Mobile Money for the Poor Programme Results Measurement Consultant


Belgium, 18 September 2014

Background

United Nations is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. United Nations focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help financial service providers reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments that will improve poor peoples’ lives.  Financial inclusion means universal access, at a reasonable cost, to a wide range of financial services, provided by a variety of sound and sustainable institutions.  The range of financial services includes savings, short and long-term credit, leasing and factoring, mortgages, insurance, pensions, payments, local money transfers and international remittances. Information on United Nations may be found at www.United Nations.org.

Duties and Responsibilities

United Nations has drafted a theory of change and results chain and a set of draft indicators for its digital finance work.  The purpose of the assignment is to help United Nations refine and define an overall results framework for MM4P as well as a DFS results framework for the countries in which it operates.    

Key activties:

Refine  MM4P’s results measurement framework (RM) in the context of the DCED Standard for private sector development (PSD):

  • Analyse current RM framework within the context of the programme mission, objectives, Annual Work Plan (AWP), partner agreements, as well as with programme evaluation findings in order to set up a comprehensive RM framework utilizing the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development Standards (DCED) for measuring achievements in private sector development;

  • Refine and improve the MM4P programme level results chain and develop  results chains for different work streams that may be used by programme units when designing interventions;

  • With MM4P team, revise overall programme targets to reflect new RM framework;

  • Identify  and/or develop all required systems, tools, reports, targets and indicators  required for efficient, effective implementation of RM framework and activities, including social and gender dimensions and the delivery of outputs against established; 

  • Design, develop monitoring report formats for the  MM4P Investment Committee (IC) and relevant external stakeholders.

Develop results measurement framework for Digital Financial Services Development in the context of the DCED Standard for private sector development (PSD):

  • Analyse current theory of change and country results chain that takes into consideration both MM4P and BTCA approaches to DSF in order to set up a comprehensive DFS results measurement  framework utilizing the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development Standards (DCED) for measuring achievements in private sector development;

  • Refine and improve the MM4P country level results chain and develop  results chains for different work streams that may be used by country teams designing interventions;

  • Refine the set of country level indicators to be tracked by United Nations to measure progress in the market;

  • Consider the range of industry available tools, including the Mix Market, Intermedia Findex, GSMA Adoption Survey, etc., identify and recommend data collection tools and methods; 

  • At the country level, analyse  indicator reporting in order to recommend improvements and interventions to increase programme effectiveness and ability to achieve lasting positive impact on a semi-annual basis.

Test country results framework by implementing results framework in two countries (countries to be determined):

  • Develop and implement plan to assist MM4P country teams in at least two countries to develop and implement the measurement framework and monitoring activities in their country Annual Work Plans;

  • Assist in developing results chains for at least two countries Train MM4P team and country teams on proper use of RM systems, tools, reports and indicators to allow for timely and accurate monitoring and reporting at the programme level;

  • Consider and improve Identify capacity weaknesses and design appropriate activities and tools to improve RM within the programme and with current partners;

  • Develop accessible report tools at the partner, country and programme level that can be standardized across MM4P;

  • Provide support to country teams to train partners to gather and provide data to support the RM Framework.

Help harmonize global reporting on DFS within United Nations:

  • Liaise with the Better than Cash Alliance (BTCA), the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) and other United Nations; programmes engaged in DFS to look at their reporting tools and recommend ways to develop harmonized approaches and tools to RM, providing and seeking support as necessary;

  • Assist United Nations teams to utilize results chains, indicators and reporting requirements when designing specific interventions;

  • Provide support and guidance to BTCA on M&E for the overall program as well as individual partner projects, as needed;

  • Provide advice and feedback on the development of feasible and measurable targets and indicators;

  • Act as a sounding board and advisor, as required, on the design and implementation of BTCA’s results framework, in the context of the DCED guidelines and United Nations overarching results framework;

  • Help design progress reports for the purpose of reporting to the Senior Management Committee and United Nations Funders by project management;

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of tracking and analysis methods, tools and reports that enable BTCA to provide meaningful feedback to partners, stakeholders and funders with a key focus on measuring progress against desired outcomes.

Outputs/deliverables:

  • Detailed Results Framework for MM4P, including theory of change, results chain, key indicators, data collection methodology, reporting formats;

  • Detailed template results framework for digital financial services market development including theory of change, results chain, key indicators, data collection methodology and identified sources, reporting formats;

  • Two fully articulate DFS market development measurement frameworks for two countries;

  • Reporting templates on DFS programme results and DFS country development progress suitable for senior management and United Nations funders;

  • Training materials (power point, exercises) for United Nations staff developing results frameworks for digital financial services projects.

Submission Deadline: 15 October 2014

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