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UNCDF recruits 01 Regional Digital Hub Managers

UNCDF recruits 01 Regional Digital Hub Managers



Référence
Salairexxx/ mois
LocalisationDakar / Sénégal
Expiration11 Mai 2021

Description de l’offre

UNCDF is hiring a Regional Digital Hub Managers.

Background

UNDP/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.

UNDP/UNCDF 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.

The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs).
UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels:
(1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives;
(2) local development finance, which drives structural transformation of localities through policy and regulatory reform, fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and project finance to unlock capital flows to the local level, combined local economic expansion and sustainable development; and
(3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.

Since 2008, UNCDF has been supporting digital finance with significant success, with digital finance currently the largest part of its inclusive finance portfolio.
This includes digital innovations linked to on an off-grid energy, agriculture, employment, health and transport.

UNCDF is also host to the Secretariat of the Better than Cash Alliance, a partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.

With 60 professionals with strong digital finance experience across the globe and with several hundred projects in digital on-going, UNCDF is one of the leading development agencies in digital finance with a mission and expertise to reach very low-income customers in some of the world’s most difficult markets.
UNCDF’s digital team and resources are currently spread across several programmes and UNCDF is in the process of consolidating its financial and technical resources to create a comprehensive team of experts in various domains to drive the new strategy “Leaving no one behind in the digital era”

Based on this experience UNCDF started in 2017 to expand the scope of its programmatic agenda to go beyond digital finance.
Through the “Leaving none behind in the digital era” strategy, UNCDF is supporting, through its digital finance interventions, the emergence of inclusive digital economies.
The strategy recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the SDGs aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies for the following reasons:

The value of DFS is not obvious, especially to poor and vulnerable populations, as it is not closely linked to their ability to respond to their specific constraints and needs around agriculture, education, health, energy and other key aspects of their daily lives.
New innovative services should be developed to address these unmet needs.
Innovation will not come from traditional providers but mainly from a range of new players (entrepreneurs, start-ups in various sectors, and platforms like Facebook, Grab, WeChat, etc.).
The ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ strategy, to move from DF to digital economies builds upon and constitutes a logical integration of UNCDF interventions in financial inclusion and digital, developed over many years. The legacy of UNCDF intervention programmes was built through a range of country/regional programmes and global thematic initiatives, which has established a very strong reputation for UNCDF vis-à-vis donors and peers.

Furthermore, UNCDF objective is to fully leverage its investment mandate by expanding the use of catalytic financing like loans and guarantees in the digital economy space to complement current technical assistance and grants for the public and private sector and increase development impact to leave no one behind in the digital era. Furthermore, UNCDF will help identify investment opportunities in the digital economy space in LDCs and connect them to DFIs and impact investors for follow-up investment (debt and equity).

UNCDF has the objective to provide a continuum of support to entrepreneurs and SDG-positive businesses by offering a full suite of services (with both capacity building and financing components) to accompany their whole growth journey from start-up to maturity, from the idea stage to becoming successful and impactful businesses.

UNCDF is looking to hire Regional Digital Hub Manager, P-5 for two of its regions, West and Central Africa and Pacific.
This is a joint advertisement for both West Africa (Dakar, Senegal) and Pacific (Suva Fiji) regions.
Candidates interested in either roles are welcome to apply.

Important: Job Applicant need to answer the mandatory questions in terms of location preference, as part of their complete job application.

Regional Digital Hub Manager P5 Pacific Region:

Position Context: In the Pacific, the strategy covers the following countries: Fiji, Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
Other countries could be added during the implementation of the strategy.

The Regional Digital Manager, Pacific will be responsible for managing the programming, implementation results and learning of digital activities in the Pacfiic; but also to develop models on digital innovation that meet the needs women, youth, migrants and low income customers that can be exported to other countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

He/she will be responsible for managing the Country Technical Specialists in the Pacific region.
He/she will be responsible for developing the various programmes in the region, implementing annual work plans and reports, and overseeing the programme’s technical assistance, grant, loan and guarantee fund in the region.
S/he will be responsible for managing the regional level activities of Digital Programmes investment committees, consisting of its funders at regional level. The Regional Digital Manager, Pacific will also have responsibility for cultivating and managing a group of technical professionals (staff, consultants and firms) in the countries he/she manages.
Finally, the Regional Digital Hub Manager, Pacific will play a key role in identifying and securing fundraising opportunities for the strategy’s expansion in their region and develop relationship with DFI and impacts investors to increase the financing LDCs.
He/she will report to the UNCDF Director Inclusive Digital Economies on corporate/managerial issues while reporting to the Global Digital Lead, P-5 on strategy and technical matters related to digital strategy implementation.

This P-5 managerial position will be based in Suva, Fiji.
Regional Digital Hub Manager P5 West and Central Africa Region -Post-context- In West & Central Africa, the strategy covers the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, & Sierra Leone. A global grant on Policy and Regulation covers various countries of West and Central Africa. Furthermore, DRC and Madagascar are also managed under the region due to the French language’s requirements. Other countries will be added during the implementation of the strategy.

The Regional Digital Hub Manager, West & Central Africa will be responsible for managing the programming, implementation results and learning of digital activities in West & Central Africa; but also to develop models on digital innovation that meet the needs women, youth, migrants and low income customers that can be exported to other countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

He/she will be responsible for managing & supervising all regional technical advisors and country specialists in the West & Central Africa region.
He/she will be responsible for developing the Digital Finance programme in the region, implementing annual work plans and reports, and overseeing the programme’s grant and loan fund in the region.
S/he will be responsible for managing the regional level activities of Digital Programmes investment committee, consisting of its funders at regional level.
The Regional Digital Hub Manager, West & Central Africa will also have responsibility for cultivating and managing a group of technical professionals (staff, consultants and firms) in the countries he/she manages. Finally, the Regional Digital Hub Manager, West & Central Africa will play a key role in identifying and securing fundraising opportunities for the strategy’s expansion in their region.
He/she will report to the UNCDF Director Financial Inclusion on corporate/managerial issues while reporting to the Global Digital Manager, P-5 on technical digital strategy implementation.

This P-5 managerial position is based in Dakar, Senegal.

NOTE: This is a joint advertisement for both West Africa (Dakar, Senegal) and Pacific (Suva Fiji) regions. Candidates interested in either roles are welcome to apply.

Important: Job Applicant need to answer the mandatory questions in terms of location preference, as part of their complete job application.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Digital Manager, P-5 will provide technical and managerial leadership for the strategy implementation “Leaving no one behind in the digital era” and all of the associated programmes implemented in the region.
S/he will be responsible for mobilizing funds for the implementation of the strategy, identifying key sources of financing (grants, loans, equity) in the region, identifying and developing strategic partnerships for the successful strategy implementation, achieving results and disseminating learning.

Summary of key functions

Lead the implementation, management and expansion of the digital strategy in the region
Build, manage and provide technical leadership to talented team of digital experts in the region, providing them technical leadership and policy guidance in digital work.
Provide regional leadership, in building and maintaining strategic partnerships, capitalize on business opportunities and enhance resource mobilization for the digital strategy in the region
Provide technical leadership in building a strong knowledge sharing network around digital finance & innovations
Provide corporate support to Inclusive Digital Economy Practice Area (IDE) and UNCDF Management
Lead the Digital Strategy implementation process in the region

Manage the delivery of the digital strategy and outputs on time and on budget;
Provide guidance and oversee the regional technical team responsible for designing and supporting the implemention and scaling of digitally-enabled servicesin the region;
Provide guidance and oversee the technical team (2-3 per country) responsible for designing, implementing and scaling digital solutions project;
Provide leadership, technical guidance and strong management in Region by;
Assign clear responsibilities to the country teams, develop annual performance plans, providing regular meetings, feedback on performance, and provide mid-term and annual review;
Provide the necessary structure and leadership for the country teams, organizing regular calls and eetings, maintaining a team schedule (including country calendar), monitoring daily work and activities;
Review budgets and annual workplans for all countries ensuring clear performance targets are established;
Review budgets for Investment Committee (IC) approval;
Provide advice and technical leadership for the digital strategy to Country Leads and Digital team, ensuring quality of their work and deliverables;
Effective management of all financial, performance and operational aspects of portfolio, including facilitating project implementation according to annual work plan of the project, ensuring achievement of outputs and consistent quality implementation across programmes and countries;
Maintain regular contact with country teams, organizing regular calls and meetings and regular visits;
Responsible for effective management of all financial, performance and operational aspects of the portfolio of digital projects, including facilitating project implementation according to annual work plan of the project, ensuring achievement of outputs and consistent quality implementation across programmes and countries;
Work with the Global Learning Agenda team to develop the contribution of each country to the learnings from the digital strategy and develop the country Learning Agenda;
Responsible for the preparation and submission of timely donor reporting; with a high-quality reporting & accuracy.
Ensure effective and efficient use of ATLAS in line with project cycle with Atlas approval authority of Project
Manager and in compliance with UNCDF Internal Control Framework;
Develop strategies, policies and procedures for the programme, including the grant and loan fund;
Work closely with the IDE Strategy Support Unit SSU to apply right processes and ways of working regarding
Results & Learning, Project support & operations and Communication and Knowledge Sharing;
Outcome: An efficiently-managed, monitored and evaluated strategy with top digital financial services talent and expertise meeting or exceeding all targets

Build, manage and provide technical leadership to talented team of digital experts in the region, providing them technical leadership and policy guidance in digital work.

Technical leadership and support to the digital portfolio within the region;
Identify and manage the Country Leads and nurtures collaboration among them;
Closely support the country teams to build, develop and manage their portfolio of digital projects and activities and creates environment of excellence, collaboration and engagement
Support Country Leads to vet the pipeline of potential projects. Leverage global pool of skills around various subjects (Policy & Regulation, Infrastructure, innovation, Skills) to support vetting, assessment and quality assurance of projects.
Continuously work with and empower the team to focus on projects that can scale in a sustainable way and that can achieve great impact
Manage selection of partners, including managing consultants hired to review applications, undertaking due diligence missions, and ensuring applicants are eligible and capable of performing;
Review proposals to the IC for award of technical assistance (TA), grants and/or loans to successful partners;
Provide technical guidance to country teams to prepare, negotiate and finalize technical assistance, performance-based agreements (PBAs) and loans with selected partners;
Provide technical support to country teams to design national policies, strategies and programmes, for development of digital enabling regulatory and legal frameworks and capacity-building of central banks and other key government stakeholders. Serve as a key resource for policy advice to Governments and Central
Banks in the region on how to create an enabling environment for inclusive finance and analyzing policy environments to identify and remove existing policy constraints;
Seek opportunities for coordinating and co-funding projects with other funders to ensure the strategy‘s efforts complete those of other digital services initiatives;
Coach country leads to develop, manage and implement the country strategies as needed.
Outcome: A strong technical community of practice for the digital strategy that meets their targets, including the underserved, women and rural users

Provide regional leadership in building and maintaining strategic partnerships, capitalize on business opportunities and enhance resource mobilization for the digital strategy in the region, by focusing on achieving the following results;

Provide regional leadership in applying business development strategies, tools and intelligence, to build and maintain strategic partnerships, capitalize on business opportunities and enhance resource mobilization for the digital strategy in the region:
Develop strong relationship with DFI and impact investors to increase financing flows in our market to make more impact
Based on annual targets, expand support to more countries in the region to leverage digital as an accelerator to leave no one behind;
Provide strategic guidance to country offices and lead the process of identifying promising investment opportunities for UNCDF in the region that meet established investment criteria;
Identify & develop promising investment opportunities for UNDP and UNCDF in the region that meet established investment criteria;
Identify key sources of funding in the region and mobilize resources to assure implementation of country strategies to build inclusive digital economies and achieve desired results
Develop strong regional partnerships with major multilateral and bilateral organizations for business development and cost-sharing;
Develop and maintain strong partnership with UNDP country offices and regional policy practitioners to support governments, central banks donors and other key stakeholders in the region to establish national strategies, policies and interventions to develop an inclusive digital economies;
Responsible for effective working relationships with governments, central banks, the Bretton Woods Institutions and regional development banks, civil society and the digital industry across countries;
Lead dialogue and outreach to key internal and external constituencies and partners, including UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF regional and country office management, to increase visibility and awareness of UNCDF and UNDP comparative advantages and strategic niches in digital;
Work closely with the SSU team to coordinate Relationships and Resources mobilization globally, regionally and at country level.
Outcome: A well-resourced and funded digital strategy and a network of partners to increase financing flows in our countries

Provide technical leadership in building a strong knowledge sharing network around digital finance & innovations

Provides regional leadership in the active acquisition and sharing of learnings and knowledge around digital finance & innovations
Ensure learning agenda at the country and regional levels are aligned with the learning agenda at the global level, with a strong focus on Digital;
Lead the process of Identification, documentation and incorporation of lessons learned in the region as input into portfolio management and strategy planning at country and regional level,
Collaborate with key stakeholders and digital practitioners in the region for research and development of innovative, cutting-edge strategies and approaches to sharpen delivery of Inclusive Digital products and services in order to better achieve UNCDF objectives in Digital Finance space;
Lead the development of knowledge products focused on Digital in the region, with potential to contribute towards enhanced positioning of UNCDF as a leader in digital economies
Develop and contribute to knowledge-sharing networks on inclusive digital economies initiatives globally;
Participate and contribute to UN agencies sub-practice in Inclusive Digital Economies. Serve as the primary resource for knowledge management and cross-country learning in their region through active participation in the UN agencies knowledge networks;
Effectively represents UNCDF with governments and key regional and country stakeholders in the digital space, in consultation with Global Digital Manager and practice leadership.
Outcome: Government, private sectors, NGOs, digital innovation hubs, academia are informed on current trends in digital, market conditions, and special topics as needed and UNCDF is positioned as the “go to” organization for digital economies in the region

Provide corporate support to Inclusive Dgitial Economy Practice and UNCDF Senior Management

Provide advice from regional perspective to support annual and cumulative Unit and UNCDF programme and business strategies; substantive inputs into Unit work plan and UNCDF Business Plan and annual reviews;
Provide strategic advice to UNCDF and UNDP senior management on technical issues and business development opportunities, including inputs into corporate presentations and reports;
Provide advice on technical issues, knowledge management and business development opportunities having inter-regional and corporate relevance on Inclusive Digital Economies and/or UNCDF/UNDP programme;
Participation in IDE annual retreat and any other corporate support tasks assigned by Senior management.
Outcome: An integrated organization leveraging synergies globally, regionally and at country level

Results Impact: The key result expected is the successful implementation and attainment of targets of the “Leaving no one behind in the digital era” strategy, including coordination with/reporting to all stakeholders, the IDE practice in UNCDF and the funders of the programme. Successful implementation will position UNCDF as a strategic partner to assist host country governments and regional bodies to leverage digital finance and digital innovations to achieve the SDGs. The Regional Digital Manager, P-5 will pursue the following key results of the programme in their respective region.

Key customer segments (women, youth, MSMEs, migrants & refugees) leverage digital services and non-digital services to lead healthy and productive live, to grow their business and to be more efficient
Sustainable, scalable, replicable service providers offer access to affordable, demand-driven, appropriate, cost-effective services, to vulnerable people in underserved areas;
SDGs aligned business have the necessary fuding to scate impact
UNCDF is perceived as an active leader in inclusive finance and digital innovations in assigned countries;
An efficiently-managed, funded and evaluated digital strategy with top talent, expertise meeting or exceeding all targets.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Functional/Technical Competencies

Digital Finance Subject Matter Expertise:Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts related to digital innovation and financial inclusion

Level 7: Navigate and Guide: Charts a course for a systems approach to continuous learning, adaptation, and excellence, creating institutional imperatives to realize progress within across the relevant profession

Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

Level 6: Integrate and Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Level 6: Integrate and Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Relationship Management: Ability to engage and foster strategic partnerships with other parties, Inter-Agency Coordination and forge productive working relationships

Level 7: Navigate and Guide: Charts a course for a systems approach to continuous learning, adaptation, and excellence, creating institutional imperatives to realize progress within across the relevant profession

Results Based Programming: Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work

Level 6: Integrate and Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s Degree in technology, economics, public/business administration, social sciences or related fields.
Work Experience & Desired Skillset

A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in progressively more responsible positions in the financial services and/or telecommunications field; out of which at least five (5) years’ experience must be in the field of Digital Finance; digital innovations or digital financial services field;
Demonstrable work-experience in managerial roles in LDCs is considered a distinct advantage.
Work experience in banking, impact investing and private equity is a distinct advantage.
Strong & in-depth knowledge of relevant UN organizational policies and procedures; programme & project management
Demonstrated strong technical knowledge in digital solutions, digital economies and digital financial services.
Experience working in the digital sector in Least Developed Countries LDCs is preferred.
Proven experience in donor projects, developing proposals, corresponding budgets, and monitoring and evaluation plans.
Experience in Quality Assurance is preferred.
Languages

Fluency in English, with excellent communication skills (comprehension, verbal & written communication) required.
West Africa Role ONLY: Full French language fluency is required besides English (Comprehension, verbal & written communication).
Knowledge of another UN language is considered highly desirable.
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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