National Consultant to identify potential beneficiaries for solutions of power generation from renewable energy sources (emergency support).

Vacancy Number: Pr22/02493

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 27 Jun 2022, 16:30 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
04 Jul 2022, 16:30 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
11 Jul 2022, 16:30 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 04 Jul 2022
Reference to the project: Energy Security/FPI
Expected Duration of Assignment:up to 30 wds
Supporting Documents:
Terms of Reference
Procurement Notice
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract


Ms. Silvia Pana-Carp.


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.

The acute gas supply crisis in Moldova has also been subject of discussions within the Moldova-EU Association Council meeting on October 28, 2021. The EU and Moldova stressed the importance of resilience against any potential efforts by third parties to use energy as a geopolitical lever. The Association Council recalled the importance of continued energy market reform to strengthen competition and transparency in this sector. The EU has urged Moldova to ensure that the energy sector reform demonstrates full respect of the Energy Community acquis and is in line with the EU Third Energy Package. The EU side confirmed its support to the objective of Moldova for integration into the EU energy system and market, an important step being the recent synchronization of its electricity network with the Continental European Network (CEN).

In this context, UNDP Moldova is seeking to recruit a Local Consultant to assist project team to the implementation of the project on social vulnerability issues as detailed below.

The vouchers programme aims to help energy vulnerable families to reduce their bills by replacing the old appliances such as electric bulbs, fridges, washing machines and electric stoves with the new energy efficient ones that own an energy label. The mechanism for issuing the vouchers will be developed on an electronic platform where the potential beneficiaries will have the possibility to apply for getting the voucher. A specialized IT company will be contracted to develop the electronic platform. The sellers of the appliances will be approved in the programme on a competitive basis (it is expected to be signed contracts between UNDP and sellers of appliances) based on clear and transparent criteria, such as national coverage, capacity to ensure recycling or contract with authorized companies for recycling, capacity to ensure home delivery, a large offer of appliances with energy label etc. on a competitive basis. The beneficiaries (energy vulnerable households) will have the possibility to buy the appliances at a significant reduction of prices (between 70-80% depending on the category of appliances). For the rest of the amount will be assessed the payment possibility in installments over a period of 6-12 months. The main target of the programme are the families beneficiaries of compensations from the government for the cold period of the year (about 200 000 families).

The Green Home Programme aims to help households affected by energy poverty to reduce their bills by implementation of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy solutions in households.  Under this action, the Consultant is expected to provide support in identification of the eligible vulnerable households and to support the FPI Programme team in development and implementation of the innovative, scalable, and impactful Green Home Programme among the households affected by the energy poverty and interested in adoption of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy solutions. The main target of the programme are the families beneficiaries of compensations from the government for the cold period of the year (about 200 000 families).

Refurbishment of the distribution heating system form the multi-story residential buildings initiative aims to help the apartment buildings to reduce their bills by refurbishment of the distribution heating system from the selected multi story residential buildings connected to CHP. The intervention will consist in switching from vertical to horizontal distribution of heat with installation of modern meters and individual heating substations to allow efficient and automatic operation of heating system in autumn and spring period and offering the possibility for beneficiaries to adjust the heat comfort in each apartment by adjusting the desired temperature.

Scope of work

Under this action, the Consultant will provide support in the identification of the potential beneficiaries of photovoltaic systems among the medical institutions. The expected number of beneficiary buildings is three, but it will be specified during the preparatory phase of the call. 

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

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in engineering, economics, environment, energy, or other closely related fields.  

 Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 5 years of working/hands-on experience in energy sector;
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience of engagement with a large variety of stakeholders (central public authorities, CSO, private sector, etc.);
  • Extensive experience in working on similar projects related to the use of solar energy (photovoltaic systems) is an advantage;
  • Extensive experience in evaluation of applications for calls of project proposals;
  • Extensive knowledge of the country’s energy profile;
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, development partners, UN Agencies.

 Competencies and language requirements:

  • High level of responsibility and proven organization capacities;
  • Excellent facilitation and public presentation skills;
  • Excellent negotiation, leadership, and diplomatic skills;
  • Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout.
  • Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.
  • Proficiency in Romanian and Russian, good knowledge of English.
  • Computer proficiency, including knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Power Point) and electronic communication platforms such as Microsoft Teams, ZOOM, Google meet.

The 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. 

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). 
  3. CV, including information about experience in similar assignments with at least 3 references. 

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, travel costs, accommodation costs, communication, and number of anticipated working days)


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal, if applicable. 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.