International Consultant on laboratories for products of non-animal origin

Vacancy Number: 236 /Pr-2011

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Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline : 02-Dec-11
Additional Category Democratic Governance
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
12-Dec-2011
Duration of Initial Contract : 35 days
Terms of Reference 3  
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice 2  
Personal History Form (P11) 1

Proposal should be submitted at the following email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org with the mark "236 /Pr-2011International Consultant on laboratories for products of non-animal origin" in the subject field.

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Background

In 2005 in the context of the new European Neighbourhood Policy, RM and EU signed an agreement: EU-Moldova Action Plan (EUMAP) for a period of 3 years, where a series of actions were included in order to intensify cooperation between the two parts. At the end of the period of the Action Plan, the European Council adopted in February 2008 a decision regarding a principle availability of the EU to initiate new negotiations with the RM with the aim of singing of a new agreement. 
 
In parallel with the Action Plan, RM has signed with EU an agreement for a facilitated visa regime, as well as obtained from EU a preferential trade regime for most of the goods produced in Moldova.
 
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 has been trained to negotiate in Moldova’s best interests and today twenty one out of twenty four chapters of the draft agreement are provisionally closed. Moreover, negotiations for the DCFTA component of the AA, are expected to start in 2011. With respect to this part of the AA, Moldova has subscribed to implement the Action Plan for the implementation of the European Commission key – recommendations drafted after the assessment of Moldova’s institutional and legal capacities to negotiate and implement the DCFTA.
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 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.
The Food Safety Strategy for the Republic of Moldova was approved by the Government of Moldova in August 2011. An essential part of the institutional reorganisation foreseen in the strategy is the rationalisation of the system of laboratories required in the field of health of animals and plants and food safety and quality.
In order for this reorganisation to take place in line with the timetable foreseen in the strategy and accompanying implementation plan, it is essential that the assessment of their current capacity and function be made by the end of 2011.

Duties and Responsibilities

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:
Key activities:
Phase I
 
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.
Phase II
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:
    1. Proposal: explaining why they are the most suitable for the work;
    2. Financial proposal- shall specify a total lump sum amount;
    3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.

Competencies

I. Competencies:
·         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

 
II.  Academic Qualifications:
·         Relevant higher education qualification or equivalent working experience in the sector;
·         Deep knowledge of various EU Member States systems of laboratories in the field of products of non-animal origin;
·         Knowledge of the EU legislation and best practice relating to laboratories in the field of products of non-animal origin
III. Experience:
·         Minimum 15 years of working experience in the area of expertise;
·         Experience of reforming and restructuring border management in accordance with EU requirements and best practice would be a very strong advantage;
 
IV. Language skills:
·         Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of Romanian or Russian would be an asset.

 

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