UNDP Digital Finance Expert Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

UNDP Digital Finance Expert Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia


  • The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, 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 two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.

  • In January 2021 UNCDF launched “Leveraging digital finance to increase resilience of ACP countries” a four-year program in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean that contributes to the deployment of?digital finance solutions at the scale and speed necessary to?deepen financial inclusion, accelerate economic recovery?from?COVID-19, and to?make?economies and societies?more resilient?to external shocks. The program will be implemented in four regions (West & Central Africa, East & Southern Africa, Pacific and the Caribbean) and has a strong regional and global advocacy component.

  • Specific Objective 2 of the programme is that digital financial services are developed and deployed by government and private sector providers, using payment services and digital solutions that are accessible, affordable, responsible, reliable, and appropriate.

  • To accomplish this goal UNCDF requires a Digital Finance Expert Consultant to provide technical advice to the programme team in Ethiopia and key grantees in the design of project interventions related to digital financial services during the Inception phase and phase I, Ongoing Response, this consultancy may be renewed for another 12 months based on programmatic needs good performance and availability of funds.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the the Regional Hub Manager for East and Southern Africa, the Digital Financial Expert Consultant will be responsible for the following activities and deliverables:

    Inception phase (Indicatively 5 months):


  • The consultant will use UNCDF’s diagnostic tools to conduct a country assessment that identifies the main market constraints of the digital finance sector in Ethiopia.This will include close collaboration with UNCDF’s teams working on policy, remittances, energy, and refugees related projects; as well as key government agencies (Bank of Ethiopia, government ministries.) private sector (Financial Service Providers, Microfinance Insitutions, Fintechs, etc.) and development institutions (UNDP, EU, Regional Economic Commissions, etc.).

  • Using UNCDF’s Inclusive Digital Economy Score Card (IDES) methodlogy and scoping tools the consultant will also asses the inclusiveness of Ethiopia’s digital economy.

  • Based on the recommendations of the country assessment and feedback from UNCDF’s team the consultant will draft a plan for UNCDF’s next phase of technical and financial assistance in collaboration with key industry and government stakeholders.

  • Manage innovations projects, provide technical advice to government, donor and private sector partners and produce actionable insights in terms of publications and future
    project ideas.

    Expected outputs:

  • Country assessment including key market failures in the digital finance area, analysis of existing digital innovations /solutions in inclusive finance and their relevance to the Ethiopian ecosystem.

  • Inception report draft (based on the above outputs).

  • Field visits to selected stakeholders and interview reports.

  • Recommendations report detailing key proposed interventions.

  • Baseline assessment of Ethiopia’s digital economy score card.

  • Workshop to present results to UNCDF and key stakeholders.

  • Proposed approach for technical and financial assistance.

  • Work plan of phase I and workshop to present results with UNCDF team.

    Phase I-Ongoing Response (indicatively 7 months).


    Based on the results of the inception phase and the consultant will:

  • Support UNCDF and it’s partners in implementing transformative projects by that enable the continued response to the current Covid19 emergency and accelerate economic recovery while increasing resilience by desigining Requests for Applications (RFA) for projects to improve agent networks, fiancial literacy, and pilot relevant digital innovations. Perform project appraisal of institutions’ applications and conduct a technical assessment of the partners’ business cases (Project Descriptions). Upon approval from UNCDF of projects; provide technical assistance to the grantees i.e. (Quality assuring the partner’s specifications, plans, go to market strategies, prototypes, etc.) training partners in project management, monitoring and reporting as per UNCDF standard, monitoring partner’s performance during pilot quick off, mid-term review and completion.

  • Build the capacities of national government and private sector partners to use data for decision making in policies and interventions affecting the digital finance ecosystem by supporting the Government of Ethiopia in implementing the IDES score card and launching a Digital Financial Services working group that inclues all key stakeholders.

    Expected outputs:

  • Requests for Applications (RFAs) for agent networks, financial literacy, and pilot relevant digital innovations.

  • Institutional appraisals, business cases and project documents for grants and technical assistance.

  • IDES score card ready to be implemented by the government and partners.
    DFS working group constitution and launch.


  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with various stakeholders’ institutions and administrators; media, civil society, and private sector leaders; international donors; and other stakeholders.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and being aware of political sensitivities.

  • Ability to think and act strategically.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in economics, international development, or related field is mandatory


  • At least 5 years of experience in managing large-scale, high-impact programme delivery projects for improving access to financial services is mandatory.

  • At least two years of experience in implementing digital solutions in inclusive digital finance, especially for the most marginalized populations particularly in low/middle income countries is mandatory.

  • Experience in managing groups of industry stakeholders (association management, conference moderation, event management) is preferred but not mandatory.

  • Experience working in Southern/Eastern Africa is mandatory and experience in Ethiopia is preferable.

  • Experience working with the UN system is preferred but not mandatory.

    Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English is mandatory.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Digital Finance Expert Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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