National Consultant to support design and implementation of the awareness-raising, information, communication and disinformation actions to increase energy efficiency and renewable use towards green transition (emergency support) - Team Leader.

Vacancy Number: Pr22/02429

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 19 Apr 2022, 13:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
26 Apr 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
04 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
11 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
11 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
11 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
18 May 2022, 16:00 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 27 Apr 2022
Reference to the project: Advisory Services for Programme Development
Expected Duration of Assignment:April 2022-August 2023
Supporting Documents:
Terms of Reference
Prurement Notice ICTeam Leader Comp 3
OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract

Contacts:

Ms. Silvia Pana-Carp.

silvia.pana-carp@undp.org


Background

Moldova is part of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and in the Eastern Partnership framework, which aims at strengthening individual and regional relationships between the EU and countries in its neighbourhood. Moldova is also part of the Energy Community Treaty since 2010 and has signed the Association Agreement with EU in June 2014, including the DCFTA which entered into force in 2016. As a follow-up, Moldova is required to ensure transposition of the EU acquis Communautaire, which underpins the EU energy legislation on electricity, gas, oil, renewables, efficacity and environment. The country is planning to fully synchronize its electricity network with the ENTSO-E to connect to European electricity market.

The energy sector is one of the top priorities for the Government and it is addressed in Government’s Plans and a number of policy documents, laws and regulations. The most important are the following: the draft National Development Strategy 2030, the National Energy Strategy 2030, Law on energy, Law on electricity, Law on promoting use of energy from renewable sources, Law on natural gas, Law on energy efficiency, Law on the energy performance of buildings, Law on the labelling of products with energy impact, Law on eco-design requirements for energy-related products, etc., as well as a list of secondary legislation, meant necessary to ensure for the implementation of the primary legislation.

In accordance to the existing strategic planning documents, one of main priorities of the Government is to diversify the energy mix with more renewable energy, which is also fully in line with commitments under the EU Clean Energy for all Europeans package. Achieving this goal will require significant investment in the medium and long term, but also the country’s ability to attract and absorb the funds. The development of renewables, such as wind and solar, will also depend on improving the balancing capabilities of the Moldovan power system and its integration with neighboring countries.

Starting with October 2021, Moldova faced significant crisis in the gas sector, which outlined the need to undertake more actions towards improving energy security of the Republic of Moldova, both in the natural gas and electricity sectors.

To enhance security of gas supply, Moldovan authorities are seeking various ways to diversify gas and electricity supply, to strengthen its energy security and enabling a transparent, fully open and well-functioning energy market.

Given the emerging needs and increased support in the energy sector, as response to the energy crisis, Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development (MoIRD) has recently established Donors Energy Coordination Council. This is a platform that brings together development partners (WB, USAID, UNDP, EIB, EBRD, EUDel, EnC, GIZ, RO/FR/SE Embassies) and has the role to coordinate the external assistance provided to Moldova in the energy area. Council has the aim to amplify the value of the support provided and to streamline and synchronize the allocation of resources for technical assistance and investment in the energy sector. Additionally, this platform will coordinate among development partners to ensure there is no duplication of efforts and no overburdening of authorities with poorly coordinated deployment of expertise.

The overall objective of the projects is to assist the Government of Moldova to tackle the current energy crisis and energy poverty in addressing prioritized systemic elements in the energy sector to cope with potential future energy crisis.

Specific objectives are to support the Government of Moldova to: 

  1. put in place the legal and regulatory framework in the energy sector with mainstreamed social and climate considerations in line with the EU requirements;
  2. strengthen the capacities of the energy-related actors and enhancing institutional coordination mechanisms to address and avert risks entailed in recent and potential future energy crisis;
  3. increased awareness and communication among the population to adopt the best energy saving practices and measures and to encourage the use of renewables;
  4. operationalize nation-wide energy programmes and demonstrate solutions to increase energy affordability in residential and public buildings, targeting specifically the most vulnerable and affected groups of population. 

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

Scope of work

This assignment has the objective of supporting the core project team in the planning, implementation and coordination of activities performed under the 3rd Component of the FPI Programme “Awareness raising, information and communication to foster public support for energy transition, increased energy efficiency and to address disinformation in a gender sensitive manner”.

 

The National Consultant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager, while ensuring timely and efficient implementation of all the activities to the highest quality and standards. The Consultant is expected to work in close cooperation with other National Consultants/Team Leaders, providing synergy and fungibility within project, as well as with the assigned Environment, Energy and Climate Change Cluster (EECC) programme staff, operations and communication units from the UNDP Country Office to deliver quality results in an effective and efficient manner, while anticipating and managing the risks and issues. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of effective internal control systems.

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

Requirements for experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • University Degree in public administration, communication, journalism, energy, legal and other closely related fields.

 II. Professional experience:

  • At least 3 years of working experience in the development, coordination of teams and implementation of the development programmes in the energy field;
  • At least 3 years of professional working experience in the awareness raising programmes (awareness raising programmes in the energy field would be an advantage);
  • Extensive knowledge of the energy-related national and regional context and/or of the consumer’s information and empowerment measures to enhance the use of renewable and energy efficiency ;
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience of engagement with a large variety of stakeholders (public, private, LPAs, central public authorities, mass-media etc)
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, development partners, UN Agencies.

 III. Competencies:

  • A strong client-service orientation;
  • High level of responsibility and organization capacities;
  • Computer proficiency, including knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Power Point) and construction engineering software;
  • Proficiency in English, Romanian. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage;
  • Sensitivity and respect for sustainable development, human rights and gender equality;
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout.

 IV. Language requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and Romanian. Knowledge of Russian will be an asset.

 

Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or another status.

UNDP Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply. Please mention in your CV if you belong to the group(s) under-represented in the UN Moldova and/or the area of assignment.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability, including financial offer, according to Annex 2;
  2. CV, including information about experience in similar assignments with at least 3 references;
  3. Proposal, explaining why he/she is most suitable for the work, including past experience in similar assignments, providing a brief information on above qualifications and methodology on how he/she will approach and conduct the work.

Financial proposal

Lump-sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e., whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e., upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.

In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including all related costs e.g., fees, taxes, travel, phone calls etc.) and the number of anticipated working days. The consultant shall bear costs for all supplies needed for data collection and data processing including possession of his own personal computer.

Travel

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 to 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 respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.