International Consultant on CBAM Regulation.

Vacancy Number: Pr22/02453

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 23 May 2022, 16:30 (GMT+3:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 01 Jun 2022
Reference to the project: Eu4Climate
Expected Duration of Assignment:June-August 2022
Submission Instructions:

Proposals should be submitted online by pressing the "Apply Online" button, no later than 23 May 202216:30 (Moldova local time).

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: ana-maria.manole@undp.org. UNDP will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

Supporting Documents:
Procurement notice
Terms of reference
OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT
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.


Background

The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to fight climate change. The European Green Deal sets out a clear path towards realizing the EU's ambitious target of a 55% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030, and to become a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

As the EU raises its own climate ambition and less stringent environmental and climate policies prevail in non-EU countries, there is a strong risk of so-called “carbon leakage” – i.e. companies based in the EU could move carbon-intensive production abroad to take advantage of lax standards, or EU products could be replaced by more carbon-intensive imports. Such carbon leakage can shift emissions outside of Europe and therefore seriously undermine EU and global climate efforts.

GD 1277/2018 has been recently reviewed based on the Enhanced Transparency Framework. The respective amendments to the GD 1277/2018 have been aproved by the Government.

Moldova has been a Contract Party to the Energy Community since 2010. Under the EnC Treaty and the Chapter 14 “Energy Cooperation” of the Association Agreement RM-EU, Moldova has been developing its energy related legislation.

Moldova, as an economy in transition, has demonstrated progress in transposing the energy-related EU Directives and meeting the Association Agreements & Energy Community commitments. With support of various development partners and being closely guided by the Energy Community Secretariat, Moldova continues to develop policies and regulatory measures to improve energy efficiency, promote renewable energy use and improve electricity market.

Moldova is slowly but steadily advancing in development of its National Energy and Climate Action Plan (NECP) and support for timely finalization of this paper, aimed to become the main national policy document in energy security, energy efficiency, decarbonization, internal energy market, as well as research, innovation and competitiveness areas. In addition, after its completion the NECP will be used in drafting of the National Energy Strategy by 2030 (in line with the EU Directives and climate targets). 

Moldova has fully transposed the third Energy Package acquis into the primary legislation. At the same time, the National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova has approved the secondary legislation drafted in line with the provisions of the energy package regarding the functioning of the electricity and natural gas market.

During the 2021 Energy Community Ministerial Council, Moldova has committed to transpose by 31 December 2022 a series of directives and regulations of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package, which addresses the energy performance of buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency, governance and electricity market design.

The introduction of CBAM by the EU will have a high impact on operation of the national  industry and energy sector of the Republic of Moldova. As a result, a comprehensive analysis of threats and opportunities of CBAM regulation for the economy of the Republic of Moldova is required

Scope of work

The objective of the assignment is to provide support to the Government of the Republic of Moldova in analysis of vulnerability of its industry and energy sector to CBAM regulation of the EU, namely:

  • to analyze the legal framework of CBAM regulation;
  • to assess interrelation of CBAM and EU ETS mechanisms;
  • to develop recommendations for mitigation of impact of CBAM regulation on the economy of the Republic of Moldova;
  • to arrange public consultations with stakeholders on impact of CBAM regulation on the economy of the Republic of Moldova and identify key actions needed to mitigate it.   

Being supervised by the EU4Climate National Coordinator, and in close cooperation with national consultant and the staff of the relevant ministries and authorities of the Republic of Moldova, the international consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables:

  1. To provide an overview of the legal framework of CBAM regulation (scope of industrial products included into CBAM; description of key provisions and recommendations for improvement of the current version of CBAM regulations; description of discussed draft policy papers, legal documents and recommendations concerning CBAM introduction and implementation by non-EU member states, including countries signed Association Agreements with the EU).
  2. Assessment of interrelation of CBAM and EU ETS mechanisms (in terms of scope of sectoral regulations, approaches for GHG emission sectoral benchmark values, key milestones and timeframes of regulations adopted or drafted, analysis of proposed institutional framework of carbon regulation relevant for non-EU member states, including countries signed Association Agreements with the EU).
  3. With support of the hired national consultant on analysis of export of goods subject to CBAM regulation from the Republic of Moldova to the EU to develop a roadmap with recommendations for mitigation of impact of CBAM regulation on the economy of the Republic of Moldova;
  4. To conduct public consultations with stakeholders (representatives of ministries, authorities, international organizations, international financial institutions, business, research institutions, non-governmental organizations) on impact of CBAM regulation on the economy of the Republic of Moldova (including legal, organizational, institutional, capacity building and technical assistance measures required) and identify key actions needed to mitigate it.

Requirements for experience

Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of proven professional experience in EU environmental policy research, sectoral decarbonization or sustainable development policy analysis, EU ETS mechanisms, GHG monitoring, reporting and verification regulations;
  • At least 5 years of proven professional experience in writing analytical reports, articles or implementation of consultancy projects focused on EU environmental policy research, sectoral decarbonization or sustainable development policy analysis, EU ETS mechanisms, GHG monitoring, reporting and verification regulations.
  • Excellent knowledge of EU CBAM regulations and EU ETS.
  • Experience in providing consultancy services to UNDP or other international organizations/international financial institutions is an asset.

Documents to be included

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

  1. 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 (if applicable). 
  2. OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT, including Financial Proposal in USD as per Annex 2;
  3. CV with at least three names for a reference check

Financial proposal

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 fees, taxes, communication, and number of anticipated working days).

 

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 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 respective 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.