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Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/21/P4/FT-NC/333
Title: Senior Expert in Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance
Grade: P4
Type of contract Fixed-term (Non-Core) Appointment
Duration:  One year
Publication Date: 11 August 2021
Application Deadline: 21 September 2021
(1 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications
Organizational Unit: Policy, Regulation and Markets Directorate (DPRM)
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  As soon as possible
Organizational Context:
With its 192 member countries, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.
Main duties:
Under the direct supervision of the FI (Financial Inclusion) Programme Manager the incumbent shall lead all activities related to the design, management and overseeing the delivery of technical assistance projects in the field of digitization of postal financial services and financial inclusion.

The incumbent will also manage all the activities under the Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility (FITAF) and in particular:
- Establish and manage a network of consultants, vendors and experts in the field of technical assistance to enable digital
financial services by Posts,
- Coordinate, manage, monitor, and report on all UPU technical assistance activities in the field,
- Contribute to the development of the UPU knowledge base in the field of financial services and digitization,
- Carry out any other tasks related to Postal Financial Inclusion, as assigned by her/his supervisors.

1. Management of a network of high-ranking experts who are professionally recognized worldwide in the field of Financial
Inclusion generally, and Postal Financial Inclusion specifically. This includes, but is not limited to:
1.1. Identify high-ranking consultants and vendors with expertise in the deployment of digital financial services,
1.2. Manage recruitment process for all consultants and vendors,
1.3. Coordinate, supervise, and closely monitor work led by UPU consultants and vendors,
1.4. Evaluate performance after each assignment,

2. As the FITAF Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for all activities undertaken by the FITAF programme and ensure
accountability as well as results towards the UPU. This includes, but is not limited to:
2.1. Launch call for projects, or directly source projects, to identify Posts that can be supported by FITAF,
2.2. Coordinate the selection of projects to be supported by the UPU, seek their approval by justifying their added-value,
2.3. Manage the administrative process to launch all technical assistance activities in the field,
2.4. Supervise the deployment of technical assistance activities in the field by playing management, monitoring, and quality
control roles
2.5. Provide technical authoritative guidance and intellectual leadership,
2.6. Play a mentoring role for beneficiary Posts and direct implementation and monitoring of technical assistance projects from
project launch to closure,
2.7. Prepare lessons learnt documents for each project supported by the FITAF and ensure these are included on the UPU body
of knowledge on financial inclusion,
2.8. Manage the steering committee of FITAF and prepare all reporting for donors, under the supervision of the Financial
Inclusion Head of Programme,
2.9. Set up and manage a monitoring and evaluation framework, in line with standard UPU practices.

3. Contribute to the development of the UPU knowledge base in the field of financial services and digitization.
Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) OR first level university degree (bachelor or equivalent) in economics, project management or business administration
With an advanced university degree at least seven years' experience, with a first level university degree at least nine years' experience in project implementation and management, part of which should be in the field of designing and delivering need-responsive financial inclusion products and services
Technical knowledge:
1. Proven expertise in the design, deployment, and implementation of digital financial services (mobile money, card-based payment systems, etc.) with a financial institution, FinTech, Postal Operator, or a mobile money operator
2. Proven and excellent knowledge of financial inclusion, with a special focus on the challenges faced in designing and deploying demand-driven inclusive financial service products
3. Proven experience of successfully delivering and implementing multi-country, multi stakeholder financial inclusion technical
assistance projects in emerging economies as well as evaluation methodologies
4. Knowledge of implementing complex consulting and advisory assignments in the field of inclusive financial services
5. Very good knowledge of the environments and networks of international organizations (private and public). Working experience with organizations from the United Nations System would be an advantage
6. Familiarity with financial services offered by Posts would be an advantage
Skills and abilities / competencies:
1. Ability to manage multi-stakeholder projects in a multicultural context
2. Ability to educate key senior stakeholders, both internal and external
3. Ability to organize and plan and to work as part of a team
4. Very strong communication skills
5. Ability to work with and manage consultants and vendors
Language skills:
Proficiency in English or French is required.
Additional Information:
This is a non-core post. This position will be in full compliance with the "Rules governing non-core staff".

The selected staff will participate in the UPU Provident Scheme and will be insured together with their recognized dependents against the risks of sickness and accidents.

This is a one year contract which can be renewed if the services continue to be required in the future, the funds are available and/or the staff member's performance is satisfactory. However, this appointment does not automatically carry any expectancy of extension or renewal or of conversion to any other type of appointment.
French is the official language of the UPU. English and French are the working languages of the UPU International Bureau.
Priority shall be given for an internal promotion.
The UPU is committed to encouraging diversity within its workforce. Interested candidates from minority groups and/or with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated equally and in the strictest confidence.
Candidates might be considered for other similar posts (for a period not exceeding one year).
Candidates must ensure that they provide relevant contact details so that they can be contacted at any time, to prevent them from
being excluded from the selection process.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
74,913 USD
Post adjustment: 83.6 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

All applicants employed by postal entities and applying for a vacant position in the Professional (P) or Senior (D) category must be recommended and submitted through the competent postal authority.
Applications not satisfying this criterion may not be considered.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: https://upu.int/en/Universal-Postal-Union/Careers
Currently accepting applications

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