Lead National Consultant (LNC) to support development of a project proposal for the Adaptation Fund addressing extreme climate-induced water-related events in Moldova.

Vacancy Number: Pr19/01884

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 19 Sep 2019, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 25 Sep 2019
Reference to the project: United Nations Development Programme Moldova
Expected Duration of Assignment:
Supporting Documents:
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice
Terms of reference
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.


Republic of Moldova (Moldova) is a small-sized landlocked country in Eastern Europe, exposed to different natural hazards, including floods, droughts and severe storms. In line with climate scenarios, in Moldova the average temperature is expected to increase with 2-3º C, resulting in more acute weather patterns and increased the frequency and magnitude of floods and drought.

The Project aims to improve national and local resilience to extreme water-related events through promotion of sustainable integrated management of flood and drought risks.  International expertise is required to support the project scoping, design the AF Concept and, consequently, develop the AF project Proposal based on thorough situation analysis and extensive stakeholder consultation. During the proposal preparation period, a number of studies and stakeholder consultations will be conducted with the view to further develop a fully formulated proposal. The final output of the international consultant’s work will be the AF project Proposal addressing obtained feedback and ready for submission to the AF.


The objective of this assignment is to develop under the leadership of an International Lead Consultant a Project Concept and detailed Project Proposal addressing extreme climate-induced water-related events in Moldova that would completely follow the AF requirements and reflect the draft conceptual framework developed by UNDP Moldova.


For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Scope of work

This consultancy entails 68 workdays and the task of the National Team Leader is to support development of the AF proposal, including of the Project Concept in AF format. 


The National Team Leader will support the International Lead Consultant to develop a detailed project proposal package, including the proposal document in the required AF format, including all relevant analysis and studies, and all associated mandatory annexes for submission to AF and will be responsible for coordination with other consultant(s) as needed and ensuring overall quality of the proposal package. 


The National Team Leader will be supported by an environmental expert to for Social and Environmental Screening Procedures of UNDP and AF and by a Gender Specialist who will develop the gender vulnerability assessment. Other technical experts might be hired as the preparation of the projects’ proposal might evolve, and the National Team Leader will be tasked to produce the required TORs. 

Under the overall guidance of UNDP Programme Specialists on Environment, Climate Change and Energy, UNDP CO and in coordination with the international and national consultants and as informed by guidance from the UNDP IRH Regional Technical Advisor, the National Team Leader (acting in his/her individual capacity) will be tasked with the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide inputs to the Inception Report of the International Consultant including to the assignment approach and in-country mission planning (based on a desk review of the existing reports and coordination with UNDP CO);
  • Elaborate a roadmap of information and data gap collection prepared, including TORs for the required expertise, under the guidance of the international consultant;
  • Prepare the missions of the international consultant and arrange meetings with the national and local stakeholders including liaising with the required actors and institutions for collection of inputs and baseline information for the TOC drafting;
  • Provide inputs to the Final Feasibility Report
  • Provide inputs to the Draft AF proposal;
  • Conduct Consultation of the project proposal with relevant stakeholders.


For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Requirements for experience

  1. Academic Qualifications:
  • University degree in water resources, environment, hydrology, water engineering or other fields related


  1. Years of experience:
  • At least seven (7) years of working experience in the field of the environment, natural resources, climate change projects and water management;
  • Practical experience with projects socio-economic analysis and incremental cost analysis will be considered as an advantage;
  • Experience with supporting implementation of climate change adaptation projects and with managing teams;
  • Practical experience with extensive consultation processes as part of project design and/or implementation and extensive liaising with various stakeholders;
  • Experience with preparation and supporting implementation of internationally funded projects.


  • Competencies:
  • Academic background in environment or related-field;
  • Good ability in partnering and networking;
  • Proficiency in English, good knowledge of written and/or spoken Russian, Romanian is an asset;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;

Documents to be included

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;
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable);
  1. Financial proposal quoted in USD;
  1. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.

Financial proposal

The financial proposal will specify the daily fee, travel expenses and per diems quoted in separate line items, and payments are made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked.


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the relevant business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


Apply online

IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.