The S-CDTA will finance international consultant services for a total of 7.25 person-months. The consultants will be selected and engaged on an individual basis in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the S-CDTA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The seminars and workshops will be administered by the consultants.
Outline terms of reference for consultants
1. Objectives and Scope
The Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office of the Asian Development Bank will coordinate the TA. The required areas of expertise for the international experts include, but are not restricted to: information and telecommunication technology, international best practices in microfinance and rural finance, institutional capacity development, training, product development, demand surveys and analysis. More detailed terms of reference will be formulated at a later stage prior to the recruitment of consultants.
2. Terms of References
A. Microfinance Information Technology Specialist (international, 4 person-months, intermittent)
The expert will conduct a thorough assessment of the existing IT system and develop the scope for the needed IT system which would ensure sufficient capacity for the growing organization and cater for a potential partnership with National Bank of Vanuatu. The recommendations will have to be made within VANWODS available budget. The suggested solution or recommended MIS (anticipated to be an off-she-self solution with little need for adaptation) needs to account for VANWODS delivery model (group-based lending) and management's reporting needs as well as Reserve Bank of Vanuatu reporting requirements. The expert will support the implementation of the software in consultation with the software firm and will develop an implementation plan, considering timeline, human resource constraints, transfer and migration of data. The expert will need to have in-depth experience with small-scale microfinance IT systems and respective issues and challenges.
B. Microfinance Institutional Development Specialist (international, 3.25 person-months, intermittent)
The expert will build the capacity of management and staff on operational matters. This includes a capacity building needs assessment to determine current weaknesses and design a capacity building plan. It will require an institutional assessment to identify weaknesses and prioritize areas with immediate support needs together with the management. This will happen in conjunction with the IT specialist. An envisaged priority area will be the introduction of international best practices in microfinance for governance, performance monitoring, efficiency and product delivery. The expert will conduct a product demand survey with existing clients of VANWODS. Based on the results and a product costing exercise the expert will decide with the management on refinement of products. As part of the review of products and services, the expert will support the management and board to review the strategic plan of the organization and to identify additional areas where VANWODS would benefit from donor support to effectively implement its strategic plan. The expert is required to have in-depth operational microfinance experience as well as gender expertise.