Adviser to the Public Procurement Agency, Ministry of Finance (re-advertisement)

Vacancy Number: 023 /Pr-2011

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Location: Republic Moldova
Deadline for applications: 18 February 2011
Type of Contract: SSA
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2011
Duration of Initial Contract : until 15th January 2012

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Background

The overall objective of the project is to provide high level policy advice to the Republic of Moldova in the overall implementation of the Government Programme “European Integration: Freedom, Democracy, Welfare” 2009-2013, with particular focus on the EU integration agenda, economic recovery and reforms. The support is in place to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministries of Justice, Economy and Trade, Interior, Agriculture, Finance, the Tax Inspectorate and the Public Procurement Agency, in their efforts of designing, implementing and monitoring relevant policies and measures. Additional seven areas will be covered by the Mission from January 2011, namely the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure, Centre for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova, Prosecutor General’s Office, Department for Migration and Asylum of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and The Moldovan Wine Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provision of policy advice to the Public Procurement Agency and the Ministry of Finance on the implementation of the Government Programme, its Stabilization and Economic Recovery Plan;
  • Provision of policy advice, expertise and guidance on setting up and developing the Public Procurement Agency in accordance with the EU standards and relevant Policy alignment requirements to the Ministry of Finance (parent institution to the PPA);
  • Provision of strategic advice on upgrading the institutional infrastructure of the Agency and regulatory framework in line with the EU Public Procurement standards and practices;
  • Provision of policy advice and guidance to the Agency’s leadership on negotiation of Moldova’s Association Agreement with EU and other key sector strategies and plans and close alignment with the overall relevant policies at the Ministry of Finance;
  • Development of reports for assessing the particular capacity needs, elaboration of recommendations for capacity development responses, advise on the design of monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Maintaining regular communications with the sector officials, partner organizations, other institutions involved into implementation of the Project under each relevant component;
  • Provision of relevant advice to UNDP and to the European Union Delegation, in terms of implementation of Mission’s mandate and other relevant EU-Moldova agreements in the area of expert’s responsibility.

 

Competencies

  • Knowledge of EU programs and policies;
  • Experience in national negotiations on EU integration is an asset;
  • Previous knowledge of the EU-Moldova relations and of Moldovan state institutions is an advantage.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master Degree (Finance, Economics, Public Policy and Management, or similar) or equivalent working experience in the sector;
Experience:
  • Minimum 10 years working experience in the area of expertise;
  • Minimum 5 years experience in similar positions of advisory for and/or implementation of reforms (public finances and economic), in providing advice to policy makers on related reforms issues, or in capacity building in EU or ENP and candidate countries;
  • PC literacy, excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Full time commitment is an advantage. 
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other EU languages is an asset;
  • Good working knowledge of Romanian or Russian is an asset;
Important Information:
Presence in the Duty Station
  • For the purposes of this assignment, a physical presence in the country of 15 working days per month is envisaged; other arrangements, however, may be possible with agreement of the beneficiary institution.
Benefits
  • The type of contract offered does not include benefits such as annual leave, sick leave, pension or social contribution or medical insurance.
Communication with Applicants
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Evaluation Criteria
UNDP will utilize a two-stage procedure for evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Technical evaluation will be represented through a desk review of applications and further interview of short-listed candidates. 
A) The technical part is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR). Namely:
•           Educational background (10 – Master’s degree; 5-University degree; 5 - in case of lower academic background, it shall be complemented with minimum 8 years of relevant working experience.) – 10 points max;
  • Relevant experience on similar assignments – 10 points max
  • Relevant technical expertise – 10 points max
  • Language Skills (10 - both English and Romanian/or Russian; 8 – only English; 4 – only Romanian or Russian) – 10 points max
  • Interview (30 - technical knowledge and experience; 20 - communication/interpersonal skills; 10 - creativity) - 60 points max
  • Total Maximum Score: 100 points
UNDP will consider the price proposals only from the candidates that passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the evaluation of the technical proposals. Technical evaluation will be represented though a review of applications and further interview of short-listed candidates. The offer with highest scores obtained will receive a technically weighted score, which will equal to 70. All other submissions that passed the 70% threshold will be evaluated as per below formula:
A = T/Thigh*(0.7), where:
T     = The total technical score awarded to the bid
Thigh = The Technical Score achieved by the bid that was scored highest among all responsive bids
B) Financial evaluation:
UNDP will contact the successful candidates (those, who obtained 70% out of the 100 points during the technical evaluation) subject of providing the financial offer for proposed specific vacancy. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:
B = Clow /C*(0.3), where: C   = Evaluated bid price and Clow= The lowest of all evaluated bid prices among responsive bids
The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal (A+B) will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.

 

Application Instructions

All interested candidates must complete a Personal History Form (P11). Failure to disclose prior employment or making false representations on this form will be grounds for withdrawal of further consideration of his/her application or termination, where the appointment or contract has been issued.

* PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A RE-ADVERTISED POSITION AND CANDIDATES THAT APPLIED IN THE PREVIOUS ROUND NEED NOT RE-APPLY.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Application deadline: 18 February 2011

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.