Closing date: Monday, 16 May 2016

Knowledge Management Consultant MM4P Zambia
Advertised on behalf of : UNCDF
Location : Lusaka, ZAMBIA
Application Deadline : 16-May-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Jun-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : 12 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 24 Months
UNCDF is the UN's capital investment agency for the world's 48 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. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) is a programme launched by UNCDF in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation. MM4P provides support to branchless and mobile financial services in a select group of LDCs to demonstrate how the correct mix of financial, technical and policy support can build a robust branchless and mobile financial services ecosystem that reaches low income people in LDCs.
MM4P is interested in seeing Zambia become a leading digital financial services (DFS) market, including mobile phone and other means of branchless banking. Zambia was the earliest adopter of DFS in Africa and has been stuck in the 'sub-scale trap' ever since. In many ways, the country is still in a start-up phase due to low outreach, activity and product choice. MM4P's recent studies shows that most Zambians still don't have a meaningful awareness of the value of DFS for them. Despite being on par for number of transactions per agent, agents' revenues and profitability are lower than in other East African countries, explaining the slow growth of agents. But Zambia does have an increasingly diverse and competitive market around first generation services. In 2015, several operators began to pursue aggressive expansion strategies, and agent numbers have grown significantly in the past year. The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) is predisposed to DFS although several regulations are 'stuck' in government processes and political challenges and their remains an uneven playing field favoring non-banks over banks.
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