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 microfinance 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.
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. Please refer to the link for further information:article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era
UNCDF in Malaysia: Markets are not seeing large scale digital innovations that put the low to moderate-income customer at the centre and serve them in a meaningful way. UNCDF aims to support financial service providers and entrepreneurs to embrace a culture of ‘testing and learning’ and challenge them to find innovations that improve the financial health of low-income people. How do we do it? Firstly, through accelerators designed to help start-ups to design products that improve the financial health of LMI people by teaching key skills, creating partnerships, and providing the funding they need to grow. Secondly, through market incumbent accelerators which encourage established players to adapt or develop products to reach LMI customers. Finally, UNCDF contributes to developing an ecosystem that serves LMI customers better by looking how policy can help or hinder innovation, engaging government and policymakers, and by engaging in activities and research which increase understanding of LMI people’s needs and behaviours.
UNCDF requires the advisory services of a Data Consultant to:
- Set up UNCDF’s data collection system for partner interventions in country.
- Conduct research on thematic topics relevant to UNCDF’s country learning agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Research and Results Measurement Analyst (RRM Analyst) and Technical Specialist, the Data Consultant will:
Set up UNCDF’s data collection system for partner interventions in country:
- Develop a data system that tracks aggregated programme results.
- Design partner monitoring tools and train partners in data collection and reporting.
- Analyse project and programme performance and extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making.
Conduct research on thematic topics relevant to UNCDF’s country learning agenda:
- Identify secondary datasets and research relevant to the implementation of the programme and develop and update the country evidence base.
- Conduct analysis of secondary sources on digital financial services uptake and usage to identify to programme priorities and inform market engagements.
- Conduct thematic research on financial health and the digital economy using primary and secondary data sources.
- The table below shows the detailed activities and deliverables and indicative timeline and estimated effort:
- Estimated effort (days)
- Identify secondary datasets and research relevant to the implementation of the programme, and develop and manage the country evidence base (e.g. WDI, Findex)
- Updated country evidence base
- Develop data system that tracks aggregated programme results
- Programme data collection plan
- Programme data repository/dashboard
- Conduct analysis of secondary data sources on DFS uptake and usage to identify to programme priorities and inform market engagements. This includes gender-, age group-, country- and thematic-specific analysis (e.g. agriculture, MSME, energy)
- Report outlining the problem statements and trends in the DFS eco-system
- Conduct research on financial health using quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Research methodology and tools
- Research report
- Support partners to identify critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and drive analysis and understanding of customer behavior
- Training tools
- Training report including recommendations
- Conduct research on the state of the inclusive digital economy using primary and secondary data sources
- Research methodology and tools
- State of Digital Economy Report Malaysia 2020
- Design project specific monitoring tools including project KPIs, a data collection plan and reporting templates
- Monitoring tools for 6 projects
- Ensure quarterly reporting of UNCDF partner institutions on KPIs and project logs, and conduct data analysis to extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making on project level
- Updated project workbook for all active projects
- Progress report with key insights and learnings
- Update data system that tracks aggregated programme results and conduct data analysis to extract relevant findings for strategic decision-making on programme level
- Updated programme data repository/dashboard
- Contribute to communication material to share analysis findings, including data visualizations
- Contributions to 6 UNCDF publications
- Support the evaluation of projects
- 6 completed project evaluations (mid or end line)
- Excellent organizational, inter-personal and communication skills;
- Able to work effectively in a team and in an international environment;
- Excellent skills in data analysis.
Required Skills and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public/business administration, social sciences, technology or related discipline. A Master’s degree in the same is preferable but not mandatory.
- At least 1 year of experience in conducting data analysis to inform strategic decision making in the public or private sector is mandatory;
- At least 1 year of relevant work experience in Malaysia is mandatory;
- Experience with data analysis and/or data visualization tools is preferable but not mandatory;
- Experience in conducting socioeconomic research is preferable but not mandatory;
- Experience in innovation and technology for inclusive finance is preferable but not mandatory.
Languages: Fluency in English is required.