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Consultant to strengthen the parliamentary oversight function over EU matters

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 27 Sep 2016, 14:00 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Starting date: 03 Oct 2016
Reference to the project: Strengthening Parliamentary Governance/Parliament II
Expected Duration of Assignment: October 2016 – July 2017 (up to 70 working days)

Background

The goal of the UNDP “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova” Project, further on referred to as the SPGM project, is designed to address the main needs of the Parliament of Moldova in the areas of legislation making, oversight and representation during the on-going process of domestic reform spurred by closer relations with the EU. The project is also assisting in making the Parliament’s legislative activity more open, transparent and participatory through establishing tools and mechanisms for the engagement with the Civil Society, professional associations and public. Project interventions will offer and encourage equal opportunity for male and female participation.

In 2014, the Parliament of Moldova ratified the EU-Moldova Association Agreement (AA). The AA places a large emphasize on the approximation and harmonization of Moldovan legislation to European standards. This process significantly increases the amount of draft legislation and policy documents to be considered by the Parliament. In this context the Parliament of Moldova has an important role to provide a qualified contribution into the process, particularly in terms of securing effective legal approximation process and overseeing Government’s progress in implementing AA and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), part of EU-Moldova Association Agreement (DCFTA) obligations.

In this context, UNDP SPGM project is seeking to hire a consultant to strengthen the parliamentary oversight function in the context of EU integration process.

Scope of work

The expected output of the consultant is to provide capacity development aiming at improving the overall functioning of the CFPEI and PCEI. The consultant will also provide training for CFPEI and PCEI staff members in order to carry out their tasks in the areas of legal approximation and government oversight.

It is expected that as a result of the capacity development support, the role of the Parliament in the European integration process will be enhanced. More particularly, the professional skills of the Committees staff working on EU issues will be developed and translated into improved performance of their tasks, enabling the CFPEI and PCEI to exercise its legal approximation and oversight function.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master degree or equivalent (5-year university degree) in political sciences, public administration, law, social sciences or other related fields.

Work experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of working experience as an officer and/or consultant for the parliament/government at national and/or international level with the special focus on European affairs and EU integration;
  • At least 5 years of experience in approximation of the domestic legislation with the EU law and strengthening parliamentary oversight in EU integration process;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in developing and delivering trainings/seminars on EU legal harmonization and other EU integration topics;
  • Strong knowledge of EU affairs, including EU enlargement history, policies and instruments, and ENP partnership framework;
  • Working experience in/for the EU Member States of 2004, 2007 and/or 2013 accession wave and/or in the Eastern Partnership Countries is an asset;
  • Experience in conducting complex legal and policy analysis, drafting strategies, institutional development plans/action plans, including for parliament and/or government;
  • Proven experience in working with the international organizations and donor funded projects; 

Competencies:

  • Strong analytical and drafting skills;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication;
  • Leadership skills and ability to work with teams;
  • Knowledge of UN system and UNDP will be considered a strong asset;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Romanian and Russian will be an asset.

Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Methodological Proposal that should contain:

  • A brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the assignment.
  • Explain why they are the most suitable for the work including past experience in similar assignments and the relation to the above required qualifications.

2. Financial proposal (in USD), specifying a fee per day and total requested amount including all related costs, e.g. fees, per diems, travel costs, phone calls etc.;

3. Duly filled in and signed Personal History Form (P11) and at least 3 names for a reference check.

For more details and application procedure please follow the link http://www.undp.md/jobs/jobdetails/1401/

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