The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). 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 leverages digital finance in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve the vision of promoting inclusive digital economies. On that basis, the Inclusive Digital Economies Practice Area (IDE) of UNCDF adopted the strategy of ‘Leave No One Behind in the Digital Era’, which is based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The goal of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use digital services, which improve their quality of life and accelerate our progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs)and offer partnerships in innovative financing.
Recently, UNCDF has formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. For further details on UNCDF strategy, refer to; https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in- the-digital-era.
1) To improve digital finance policies and regulations to provide response to emergencies and create an enabling environment to economic recovery;
2) To create and strengthen digital finance ecosystems that support low income individuals in particular women and youth; and MSMEs to mitigate immediate shocks of emergencies and seize economic opportunities. In Malawi, UNCDF is partnering with government and private sector players in the country to implement the programme.
The PSA Holder will support the achievement of these goals as a Results Measurement Analyst based in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The Results Measurement Analyst will be responsible for leading the implementation of the results measurement strategy for UNCDF activities related to inclusive (digital)finance in Malawi. This includes:
Monitoring and measurement:
- Develop and implement the results measurement framework for Malawi;
- Develop and maintain a system that aggregates programme results and conduct analysis on programme performance and results to extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making on programme level;
- Support the development of indicators, setting targets and baselines, and design monitoring tools for interventions (results chains, data collection plans);
- Support project monitoring (field visits, key informant interviews, validation of partner reporting, project evaluations, etc.);
- Plan, design and implement quantitative and qualitative research to identify programme priorities, inform market engagements, and capture programme results and impact;
- Support country and programme-specific reviews and evaluations;
- Train team members and partners on results measurement standards, processes, and tools;
- Support country and programme-specific annual planning and budgeting.
- Contribute to the formulation and revisions of the country strategy;
- Support the design of new programs in developing theories of change, ensuring alignment to country, UNCDF, and development priorities and building on lessons learned.
Reporting and knowledge-sharing:
- Review and contribute to progress reports and donor reporting;
- Contribute to knowledge products to share programme results and learnings;
- Participate in annual monitoring and reporting related to the Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (SDCF);
- Contribute to the update, analysis, and reporting related to the Integrated Results and Resources Matrix (IRRM) of the UNCDF Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026.
- The Results Measurement Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the Digital Finance Country Lead in Malawi and the Regional Results Measurement Specialist.
- The contract is initially for 12 months with the possibility of renewal based on programmatic needs, funds availability, and satisfactory performance.
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making
- Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
Business Management: Working with Evidence and Data
- Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making.
Business Management: Monitoring
- Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.
Business Management: Evaluation
- Ability to make an independent judgment based on set criteria and benchmarks. Ability to anticipate clients’ upcoming needs and concerns.
Business Management: Results-based Management
- Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus on improved performance and demonstrable results.
Engagement & Effectiveness: Effectiveness
- Project Quality Assurance
- Master’s degree in economics, finance, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or a related discipline.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with additional with two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- A minimum of 2 years (with Master’s degree) or 4 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in designing and implementing results measurement frameworks;
- Proven practical skills and familiarity with monitoring and evaluation approaches and tools;
- Experience in the usage of computers and software packages and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages;
- Experience in design and implementing quantitative and qualitative research in the context of inclusive development;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Knowledge of digital financial inclusion in LDCs;
- Familiarity with the Market Systems Development approach and/or the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) standards for measurement and evaluation.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
- Working knowledge of local language (Chichewa) is required.
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