Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana – (GrEEn)
Thematic Area: R3 - Access to Finance. (Technical assistance to policy makers for securities crowdfunding guidelines in Ghana.)
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. The UNCDF strategy of ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ is 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 (SDGs) aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind.
UNCDF is bringing its expertise in digital and financial inclusion in Ghana under the “Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana – (GrEEn)”, a four-year action from the European Union (EU) funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). The GrEEn Project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women, and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses in selected regions (Ashanti and Western). More info can be found on www.uncdf.org/green.
Under the GrEEn Project, UNCDF manages a portfolio of partners (Financial Service Providers) to test, develop and roll out innovative financial services for the targeted groups in the targeted regions. Through its technical and funding Facility under the GrEEn Project, UNCDF engages with innovative financial services providers (banks, fintech, Savings and Loans, Microfinance institutions, remittance providers, MNOs, MTOs, etc.) and support them to pilot and/or scale up innovative financial services for the excluded segments and bring them to the last mile where targeted groups struggle with accessing and using formal financial services.
One key area of work is crowdfunding, where UNCDF is pioneering crowdfunding in Ghana under the GrEEn Project by supporting the ecosystem in developing new business models that could help channel investments for segments excluded from traditional finance. To this end, advocating and supporting a conducive regulatory environment becomes crucial for the private sector to build on these models while protecting investors and fund recipients. Participatory approaches are key to ensuring all parties are involved in defining new policies to better reflect the interests and risks of the business environment, strengthen best practices, enforce implementation and broaden ownership of the process by all key stakeholders. In Ghana, crowdfunding sector is regulated by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC): while BoG has published guidelines for donation-based crowdfunding, SEC is currently in the design phase of upcoming guidelines that will regulate investment-based crowdfunding. While an initial draft is already available, SEC is planning to continue some exchanges with stakeholders to fully inform the policy making process.
Considering the relevance of policy guidelines for the UNCDF work in the digital finance space, UNCDF has been working with SEC to facilitate engagements with private sector and inform the policy drafting. To this end, UNCDF is looking for an Expert with expertise in Securities Industry Crowdfunding to support the Securities and Exchange Commission and provide specific technical assistance to complete the crowdfunding guidelines for Ghana following participatory approaches and best practices.
C.Scope of Work
The overall objective of this assignment is to assist SEC in drafting the crowdfunding guidelines balancing innovation and investor protection to finally develop the market at the benefit of the most vulnerable groups that are excluded from formal financing. The main tasks foreseen to achieve such an objective are:
- Inception: To review the existing policy draft as well as existing initiatives within the sector (e.g. regulatory sandbox) and identify gaps, make recommendations and identify a TA plan to bridge those gaps.
- Technical Assistance: To provide the identified TA to SEC and other key stakeholders to incorporate recommendations into guidelines and accompany a smooth transition to the release of the guidelines, including stakeholder engagement to ensure best practices are incorporated and policymakers have the technical knowledge to complete the guidelines.
- Post-launch assistance: To identify a deployment and TA plan to support a successful implementation, education, and dissemination of guidelines within the sector and for key stakeholders.
- Knowledge sharing: To collect the learnings and insights from the assignment and produce a knowledge product for public dissemination (e.g. policy brief, case study, etc.) and co-design the dissemination plan (e.g. webinar, etc.).
D.Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Under the supervision of the Financial Inclusion Specialist based in Accra, Ghana, the Expert will be responsible for the following activities and deliverables:
Estimated Duration to Complete
Target Due Dates
Review and Approvals Required
Inception: The selected candidate will have a kickoff meeting with UNCDF and SEC to understand the objectives of the assignment, approach and expected results
Assessment report on the existing draft guidelines and the overall ecosystem (e.g. existing business models, ongoing initiative such as sandbox programmes) with gaps, benchmark analysis and recommendations reviewed and accepted
TA plan for implementation of identified recommendations reviewed and accepted.
Presentation to SEC of the assessment report (e.g. virtual workshop), confirmation of attendance for this presentation can be submitted after by the expert
UNCDF Technical Lead
Technical Assistance: The selected candidate will implement the TA action identified under task 1
Meeting report and Technical support report to SEC reviewed and accepted
Executed Stakeholder engagement with crowdfunding providers and other key actors. Minutes of engagement submitted and accepted
Executed (virtual) exchange with peers or other relevant stakeholders to learn from other best practices to bring value to Ghana. Participation list of attendees to be provided by the expert
Final crowdfunding guidelines document submitted to UNCDF and SEC for review and approval
UNCDF Technical Lead
Post Launch TA: The selected candidate will accompany SEC to the release of the guidelines and identify a dissemination and roll-out plan
Post-launch TA and dissemination plan approved
Executed one post-launch education and compliance workshop with service providers. Participation list of attendees to be provided by the expert
UNCDF Technical Lead
Knowledge sharing: The selected candidate will compile all learnings and insights for public dissemination
Validated final report and Knowledge sharing product. The final report should include the inputs of all stakeholders involved in the assignment while the knowledge product should summarize key findings in a user-friendly manner for public dissemination.
Execution of the dissemination plan for the knowledgeproduct produced (e.g. webinar) as approved by UNCDF
UNCDF Technical Lead
E. Institutional Arrangement
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the GrEEn Technical Lead based in Accra. The consultant will work daily in close collaboration with UNCDF’s technical expert.
There will be a briefing and debriefing and bi-weekly discussions between the consultant, GrEEn team as well as the stakeholders involved in this exercise. The incumbent, jointly with the GrEEn team, may be involved in technical discussions with other partners engaged in similar support as deemed needed.
F. Duration of the Work
The assignment is expected to last for 60 days commencing from February 2023 to July 2023. A tentative calendar for the submission of key deliverables is provided in section D.
G. Duty Station
Home-based. According to the methology proposed, travel can be included to achieve the objectives of the assignment.
Payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Please note that UNCDF cannot guarantee residence permits or visas for consultants. Consultants are responsible for securing their work documentation. In the case of national consultants, applicants that are not nationals of the duty station requested will have to prove their residence status.
Please note that consultants residing in the duty station will not be compensated for living expenses.
H. Qualifications of the Successful Individual Expert
The minimum requirements are as follows:
- Bachelors degree in any of these: political science, economics, law, business, innovation, finance management or any other related disciplines relevant to the assignment.
- Minimum 6 years of demonstrable working experience in the crowdfunding industry at the international level and preferably in an emerging market, either in the public or private sector or a mix of both;
- Demonstrable knowledge and working experience in supporting African policymakers, regulators, and other government entities in policy drafting, technical assistance, and release of policy guidelines in the financial innovation space, preferably in the crowdfunding space;
- Proven exposure and knowledge of international standards and best practice on the African early-stage financing and innovation ecosystem, regulation of crowdfunding, and its legal frameworks governing the space in other countries;
- Excellent and proven expertise in designing, developing, and disseminating knowledge-sharing products at a high level (e.g. policy briefs, case studies, etc) to inform the ecosystem;
- Proven project management skills with increasing responsibilities over time, including communication skills, time management, client orientation, and solution orientation at the international level with development partners.
For additional information on this opportunity and process of submission please refer to the attached Terms of Reference and link here:UNCDF Jobs - 111117- Expert in Securities Industry Crowdfunding Policy (undp.org)