The Project will contract an International Consultant to consult the MAFI on the functionality and capacity assessment of the laboratories for products of non-animal origin and for the elaboration of proposals for their strengthening and rationalization, to consolidate the other ongoing laboratory assessments and to draft an outline laboratory rationalisation strategy. This assignment is to be undertaken in two phases.
This objective should be met through the following activities:
1. Assess and prepare a report on the current function and current capacity (technical, infrastructure, procedural, methodological, and personnel etc) of all laboratories for products of non-animal origin on the basis of documents and of site visits (list attached to the TOR);
2. Prepare a scheme of the laboratory requirements in the field of products of non-animal origin;
3. Prepare, on the basis of the above analysis, proposals for each laboratory for the function or its redundancy in the future rationalized laboratory system;
4. Prepare, on the basis of the above analysis, an assessment of the needs (infrastructure, technical, procedural, methodological and personnel etc.) in order for it to be able to perform it proposed role in the new system;
5. Prepare the outline technical specifications of key equipment required for each laboratory in order for it to be able to perform it proposed role in the system;
6. Present and discuss conclusions and recommendations with key stakeholders.
7. Make recommendations on the consolidation of the other laboratory assessments into an integrated system;
8. Draft an outline laboratory rationalisation strategy. The strategy will, on the basis of the testing needs analysis, allocate the needed testing functions amongst the currently existing laboratories. The allocation will be done on the basis of the systemic, functional and geographical needs of the Moldovan food safety system. The strategy should also allocate the technical and personnel resources to the chosen laboratories and identify actions regarding those laboratories and resources whose role is not foreseen in the new laboratory system.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
1. Advanced degree in the area(s) of Agriculture, EU law or similar field, or equivalent working experience in the sector;
2. Minimum 5 years of working experience in the area of management and implementation of phytosanitary and food of non-animal origin control including border control.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Proposal: explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
- Financial proposal- shall specify a total lump sum amount;
- Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.