In 2010 Republic of Moldova started and conducted successful negotiations with EU for an Association Agreement and the country has today undertaken concrete steps toward a deeper relationship with the EU. During the last year, the negotiation team have been trained to negotiate in Moldova’s best interests and today twenty one of the twenty four chapters of the draft agreement are provisionally closed, including the chapter “Agriculture and rural development” Chapter. Therefore, Moldovan institutions have started preparing themselves for the post-negotiation phase of the Association Agreement and need for valuable international expertise in implementation of the agreement is needed.
The Project also aims to contribute to the development of the capacities of the MFAEI and the Negotiation Team, comprising also representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) for European Integration, with immediate focus on the negotiation and post-negotiation phase of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova and implicitly its implementation.
European legislation requires that handling, preparation, processing, packaging, etc. of food is done hygienically, with hygienic machinery in hygienic premises. MAFI requested assistance to identify the Package of EU legislation necessary to be transposed and further implemented by Moldova in to comply with EU food safety legislation as regard red meat, game and meat products area. Considering the fact that EU Hygiene Package namely Commission regulations 852/2004 and 853/2004 have been transposed into Moldovan legislation and the deadline for its entry into force is the month of December 2011, MAFI has requested additional assistance in creation of a specific legal framework applicable to small manufacturers producing meat and meat products. Informing and preparing the food business operators them for the implementation of the EU requirements is a priority for the Moldovan MAFI.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project will contract an International Consultant to consult the MAFI with the assessment anddrafting of proposals for strengthening of the veterinary medicines system.
Assessment of the existing legal basis for import, production, registration, marketing and control of veterinary medicines
Assessment of the laboratory system involved in testing of veterinary medicines
Prepare a report with recommendations on the institutional and operational requirements in the field of veterinary medicines for the newly established Agency for Food Safety.
Prepare recommendations for adjustment of the procedures for testing, registration, production, storage, transport, sales, utilization, import and export of veterinary medicines in conformity with EU Requirements.
Prepare and discuss the outcomes and conclusions with stakeholders.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Proposal: explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
2. Financial proposal: shall specify a total lump sum amount. Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.
3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.
Based on the minimum qualification requirements a short-list of candidates will be established, subject to the two-stage evaluation procedure (technical and finacial evaluation)
· Deep knowledge of EU Member States laboratory system in the field of veterinary medicine;
· Knowledge of the EU legislation and best practice relating to laboratories in the field of veterinary medicine;
· Knowledge of and experience in the region of Central and Eastern Europe (experience in countries of transitional economy would be an asset);
· Similar experience in assisting government institutions within projects funded by international organizations;
· Qualification and/or proven skills in project coordination, credibility in dealings with governmental officials, strong team leadership abilities and communication skills;
· Excellent analytical and communication skills;
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced degree in the area(s) of Agriculture, EU law or similar field, or equivalent working experience in the sector.
Minimum 7 years of working experience in the area of expertise.
Substantive knowledge of EU Member States laboratory system in the field of veterinary medicine.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Knowledge of Romanian or Russian would be an asset.knowledge of Romanian or Russian would be an asset.
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.