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Digital technology and Innovation in Humanitarian Cash Transfers

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, hope

In line with the HCT Scale up plan and building on existing UNICEF cash transfer activities, UNICEF seeks an individual to evaluate the existing work done by UNICEF both in innovation space and cash transfers activities in diverse situations, identify the bottlenecks and evaluate where innovative digital financial services, such as cryptocurrencies could offer a solution, all while considering the regulatory environments and risks. The work would focus on a few jurisdictions but develop insights into larger trends.

Based on UNICEF's global humanitarian assistance strategy and digital strategy, the consultant will work with Treasury and Structured Finance Services, in coordination with other internal stakeholders such as the Office of Innovation, to conduct a series of activities to better understand how the organization can improve the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian cash transfers through the use of distributed ledger technology, including blockchain or any relevant cryptocurrencies in order to have a bigger, faster and more cost-effective impact on the lives of poor people.

How can you make a difference?

  1. The consultant will document UNICEF cash transfer modalities and evaluate where there are opportunities for UNICEF to use blockchain or other relevant cryptocurrencies to best position UNICEF for digital payments transformation taking into consideration UNICEF's global presence.

  • The individual will apply his/her expertise in digital innovation, the assessment of UNICEF's existing digital innovation initiatives, information technology, and input from stakeholder interviews to build the case for the recommendations.

  1. The individual will provide 2 design concepts to illustrate the vision reflected in the recommendations.

  2. Recommendations for managing and regulating risks necessary to underpin successful transformation through digital technologies.

It is widely acknowledged that the most effective way to significantly expand unbanked population's access to formal financial services is through digital means.  The consultant is expected to explore digital technologies, including blockchain and other relevant cryptocurrencies, and their potential application to the humanitarian sector along with their use cases and recommendations for implementation.

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