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Consultant to update the Concept on digital archive

Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 07 Oct 2016, 14:00 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Starting date: 17 Oct 2016
Reference to the project: Strengthening Parliamentary Governance/Parliament II
Expected Duration of Assignment: October - December 2016 (up to 30 WD)

Background

The UNDP project “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova” (SPGM) 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 general public. Project interventions will offer and encourage equal opportunity for male and female participation.

The World e-Parliament Report noted that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have become essential tools in supporting the work of legislative bodies throughout the world.  The advantage of automation within parliaments is threefold: more information and documents on the website; increased capacity to disseminate information and documents; and more timely delivery of information and documents to members.

Currently, archiving and preservation of parliamentary documentation in accordance with best practices and international standards is one of areas where the Parliament of Moldova requires support. The damages to the parliamentary building in the 7th of April 2009 demonstrations resulted in loss of basically all the parliamentary archive. In 2011, with UNDP support, a draft Concept on Digital Archive of the Parliament of Moldova was developed. However, due to political instability, the Concept was not finally approved. Since the standards and technologies in this area are still very much evolving, the Concept needs to be thoroughly revised and updated.

Therefore, the reasons for creating a digital archive emerge from the need of the Parliament to:

1) increase the access to stocks of documents, by providing online access to information held on paper;

2) improve searchability of needed documents and records;

3) ensure easier and more productive way of using digital documents instead of those held on paper;

4) reduce wear and tear on highly important records; and

5) reduce the storage space and printing costs.

At the same time, challenges related to long-term preservation of electronic documents, threats of technical obsolescence of the digital environment, uncertainty about both the legal status of electronic documents and future costs of preservation of such documents, copyright and transmission of documents outside the archiving system needs to be overcome.

Scope of work

The Project intends to contract an experienced ICT consultant to revise and update the Concept on Digital Archive of the Parliament of Moldova, provide substantive input and strategic advice aiming to support the implementation of a full digital archiving solution within the Parliament of Moldova.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or equivalent (5-year university degree) in IT management, Computer Sciences, computer engineering or other relevant discipline;

Work experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and embedding electronic records and archive ICT management systems;
  • Previous experience of designing and implementing enterprise level ICT systems (SAP, Oracle, SAYLT, Open Source etc.) at government or private sector;
  • Proven certifications in IT programming area is an asset;
  • Working experience with Parliament and/or government institutions is a strong advantage.

Competencies:

  • High level of familiarity with major development trends in ICT, and the ability to innovate electronic systems for the Archives;
  • Knowledge of ICT policies and regulatory framework of the Republic of Moldova will be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of metadata regimes for discovery, recordkeeping, and data management;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Romanian and Russian will be an advantage.

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:

  • Cover letter with description of relevant previous experience, as well as of proposed methodology for undertaking the current assignment not exceeding 5 pages;
  • Financial proposal (LUMP SUM) in USD, specifying requested amount per day (fee) and all related costs (e.g. DSA, travel, phone calls etc.);
  • Duly completed P-11 form with three references.

For more details please follow the link http://www.undp.md/jobs/jobdetails/1408/

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