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New Job Opportunity United Nations at UNDP Tanzania – Innovations Analyst

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Innovations Analyst (IPSA8)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Job Identification 5662
Locations Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Apply Before 09/16/2022, 06:59 AM
Job Schedule Full time
Agency UNCDF
Grade IB
Vacancy Type International Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement
Bureau Regional Bureau for Africa
Independent office Executive Office
Contract Duration 1 Year
Education & Work Experience Bachelor’s Degree
Required Languages English

Job Description
Background and Organizational Context
is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender,
nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous
groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of
harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All
selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and
background checks.

UNCDF 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.

The UNCDF strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the
digital era’ is based on over a decade of experience in digital
financial inclusion in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. UNCDF’s vision is
to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that
leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). To achieve this vision, UNCDF uses a market
development approach and continuously seeks to address underlying market

In this regard, UNCDF Tanzania seeks an
Innovations Analyst, who has demonstrable experience in project
management and network development to support the implementation and
monitoring of ongoing innovations projects and the development of new
initiatives in line with the Inclusive Digital Economies strategy,
specifically, projects focused on access to finance as well as
innovation and digital transformation in East Africa.

Innovation Analyst will be home based, reporting to UNCDF Tanzania’s
Country Lead for Inclusive Digital Economies, with occasional travel to
project sites.



Scope of Work
is currently implementing initiatives in 1) Kigoma under the UN Kigoma
Joint Project, focusing on 2 strengthening farmer groups and digitizing
value chains to improve agricultural livelihoods (with a focus on women
and youth), 2) supporting the capacity building of mid-sized financial
institutions to better equip them to participate in the national switch
and 3) supporting the development of the fintech sector and innovation
ecosystem in Tanzania. In 2022, UNCDF Tanzania will be embarking on
additional initiatives leveraging its investment mandate to support
start-ups and MSMEs in the larger effort to build and scale innovation
in Tanzania

Duties and Responsibilities

the visibility of Tanzania’s innovation ecosystem in order to attract
funding and open access to new markets by helping design and build a
regional community of practice for fintechs and technology[1] enabled
enterprises; and develop relationships with like-minded regional stake

  • Work with Policy Advisor and
    fintech team to build off of ongoing learnings from PesaTech initiative
    and complement support to fintech community;
  • Engage with UNCDF country teams to leverage knowledge and experiences;
  • Identify and map regional stakeholders supporting fintechs and e-commerce in East and Southern Africa;
  • Engage with accelerators, venture/impact funds working in East Africa;
  • Develop partnership agenda and collaborative activities;
  • Design regional events and activities (webinars, conferences, study visits;
  • Perform
    and draft market scan (opportunities and challenges) of key east and
    southern African countries for potential fintech expansion;
  • Draft playbook and/or case studies for fintechs/e-commerce interested in market expansion.

Build capacity of hubs and relevant anchor institutions/umbrella
organizations that represent the interest of start-ups/tech firms (25%)

  • Assess and identify national hubs/accelerators for potential partnership;
  • Perform institutional assessment of potential hub partners;
  • In collaboration with Policy Advisor and accelerator initiatives, design hub technical assistance program for implementation;
  • Manage
    all performance-based agreements with hub partners, competitively
    identified through public procurement processes. This will include
    support in drafting and reviewing Terms of Reference & Request for
    Applications, and monitoring performance against set target milestones;
  • Support the development of sustainable business models for hubs;
  • Forge relationships with regional and global accelerator programs to identify areas for collaboration;
  • Organize and facilitate technical assistance partnerships, trainings and related activities;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of projects by setting and
    tracking key performance indicators and milestones Design.

Support UNCDF IDE Tanzania with its portfolio of partners and
investments. Identify and analyse technology-enabled enterprises,
financial service providers, impactful start-ups, and MSME ventures. and
support the investment team with the grant-making and investment
process. (20%)

  • Support the process of identifying and investing in technology-enabled enterprises, aligned with partner investment objectives;
  • Support
    the grant, procurement process working closely with the operations and
    finance departments in according with UNCDF’s operation procedures from
    drafting Requests for Applications (RFA) to
  • performance-based
    agreements (PBAs). Perform due diligence on short-listed investments;
    complete Project Design (PD), Project Workbook (PWB) and other due
    diligence documentation to inform investment decisions.
  • Adapt and improve current investment management systems for efficient monitoring of progress.
  • Contribute
    to on-going reporting to partners/donors, organizing regular partner
    meetings, monitoring, and verifying financial and impact performance,
    and drafting written material for regular updates.
  • Collect and analyse partner data to demonstrate measurable social and environmental impact.

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Contribute to the IDE Tanzania knowledge management and results
measurement agenda. Capture and disseminate key learnings and
market-relevant research to support the innovation ecosystem and raise
visibility at global level. (15%).

  • Work closely with and under the guidance of the Research and Insights Specialist;
  • Identify market knowledge gaps that could benefit ecosystem;
  • Identify relevant lessons learned from above-mentioned projects to document them in the form of briefs, blogs or case studies;
  • Draft publishable briefs, reports, blogs and case studies;
  • Organize
    and facilitate periodic learning exchanges including creation of and
    support to communities of practice, learning workshops and knowledge
    sharing in relevant fora – on above-mentioned projects – in
    collaboration with fintech team;
  • Work with UNCDF’s communications team to ensure knowledge and information is shared with global network of partners.

Support with program and project development (15%)

  • Engage with national stakeholders to better understand government priorities, funding opportunities and partnership potential;
  • Participate in donor partner group meetings relevant to priority themes (i.e. gender DPG, technology DPG);
  • Formulate concept notes and proposals for purposes of project expansion and scale up;
  • Support with the drafting of country program documents.

Institutional Arrangement
The Innovations Analyst will work under the supervision of the Country Lead for Inclusive Digital Economies, Tanzania.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A
    master’s degree in economics, public/business administration, social
    sciences, international development or related discipline OR a
    Bachelor’s degree with two additional years of experience will be given
    due consideration in lieu of the master’s degree.

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  • Minimum
    of 2 years of progressively responsible experience in innovation
    project management, investment portfolio management or international
  • Experience in supporting institutional digital transformation;
  • Experience in project management, monitoring and reporting;
  • Experience with building networks and partnerships;
  • Strong and effective communications skills; experience in preparing presentations, case studies and research papers.

Required skills and competencies

  • Working knowledge and/or familiarity with digital financial services and inclusive digital economies;
  • Strong working knowledge of investment portfolio management;
  • Experience in digital transformation.

Required skills

  • Experience in project management, monitoring and reporting;
  • Experience with building networks and partnerships;
  • Strong and effective communications skills; experience in preparing presentations, case studies and research papers.

Core competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3 Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • SDG Finance: Innovative Finance
  • SDG Finance: Financial Inclusion
  • Relationship
    management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private
    partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and
    mutual understanding
  • Resource mobilization: Ability to identify
    funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives)
    with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding
  • Digital transformation design: Practical and strategic skills in digital transformation for governments and organizations.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc)


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required

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vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider
candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP
at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and
educational requirements.

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