Two National Consultants (refrigeration and air-conditioning specialists, one acting as team leader and one acting as technical expert).

Vacancy Number: Pr22/02582

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 06 Oct 2022, 17:00 (GMT+3:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 14 Oct 2022
Reference to the project: Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase-out Management Plan - Stage 3
Expected Duration of Assignment:October 2022 – May 2023 (32 working days for Team leader and 25 working days for Technical expert)
Submission Instructions:

Proposals should be submitted online by pressing the "Apply Online" button, no later than 6 October 2022, 17:00 (Moldova local time).

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: silvia.pana-carp@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:
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Procurement Notice
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

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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 Republic of Moldova is Party to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Vienna, March 22, 1985) and Montreal Protocol (MP) on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal, September 16, 1987) since 1996. In this line, the country has committed to gradual phase-out of ozone depleting substances (ODS) such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) mostly because of their high Global Warming Potential (GWP) and the significant climate benefits this would generate.  Linked to the schedule for HCFCs phase-out (and the concern about HFCs), is the need for continued development of alternative substances and low or zero GWP energy efficient technologies that would minimize environmental impacts, in particular impacts on climate, as well as meeting other health, safety and economic considerations.

On 27 June 2014, the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Moldova signed the Association Agreement (AA), which is applied since 1 September 2014. The Parliament of Moldova ratified the AA on 2 July 2016’. Article 95 from the AA specifically refers to the cooperation between the two Parties in the area of climate change and ozone layer protection.

Chapter 17 of the National Action Plan on Moldova - EU Association Agreement for 2014-2019 includes actions to be implemented for environment protection. Measures related to ozone depleting substances include elaboration and approving of the National Phase-out plan for Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) for the period 2016-2040.

The Republic of Moldova is categorized as an Article 5 Party (developing country) under the Montreal Protocol with a low-volume consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Historically, ozone depleting substances (ODS) and, more specifically, HCFC consumption has occurred solely through their import and use in the refrigeration servicing sector. No HCFC production capacity is established in the country.

The Government of the Republic of Moldova has committed to follow the Montreal Protocol phase-out
schedule for HCFCs. Consequently, the Programme for Phase-out of the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons  (HCFCs) for 2016-2040 and Action Plan for its implementation during 2016-2020 (GD No. 856 dated July 13, 2016) has been elaborated by the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MoARDE) in order to define the Government’s commitment and plan to meet the HCFC phase-out obligations, which it has assumed as a Party to the MP under Decision XIX/6 of the 19th Meeting of the Parties, accelerating the phase-out of consumption of the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in both Article 5 and non-Article 5 countries.  Article 5 countries have been requested by the ExCom to adopt a staged approach to the implementation of their HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMP).

HPMP Stage I program (2011-2015) was formulated with approval of the preparatory assistance at the 55th Executive Committee meeting in July 2008, and then approved for the Republic of Moldova at the 63rd Executive Committee meeting held in April 2011. The HPMP aimed at the 10% HCFC reduction from the estimated (2009/2010) baseline of 1,0 ODP tones of HCFC-22 used in the RAC servicing sector, as an overall objective by 2015, and comprised a combination of interventions such as policies and regulations, technical assistance, training, awareness and communications and management, coordination, and monitoring in the RAC sector.

Implementation of HPMP Stage I resulted in net sustainable reduction of 18% from the baseline in the national HCFC consumption in 2015, contributing to Moldova’s compliance with the 2013 and 2015 control targets for HCFCs.

HPMP Stage II for the Republic of Moldova for the period 2016-2020 aimed to reduce HCFC consumption by 35 percent of the baseline (1,0 ODP tones).

The present HCFCs Phase-Out Management Plan – Stage III encompasses the current HCFCs consumption situation in the Republic of Moldova and the strategy, actions and support needed to achieve total phase-out in 2030 allowing for the 2.5% servicing tail during the period 2030-2040. It has been prepared by the national Montreal Protocol Unit (MPU) with the support of UNDP, acting as lead implementing agency and UNEP, acting as a cooperating agency, and has gone through national stakeholder consultation process to agree on the format of MLF assistance needed to accomplish HCFCs phase-out. It is intended to serve as a direct implementation instrument of the country’s policy and commitment to meet its obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

The action plan for achieving the total HCFCs phase-out in 2030, allowing for the 2.5% servicing tail during the period 2030-2040, will include:

  • Strengthening of the HCFCs Recover, Recycle and Reuse equipment system and application of good refrigeration practices and procedures in the RAC services sector;
  • Technology support to RAC sector, formal technical education institutes and centres and Inspectorate for Environment Protection;
  • Develop and implement a new technologies demonstration programme on natural refrigerants in commercial and cold stories sectors via local assembly.

In order to implement investment component of the HCFCs Total Phase-out management plan, 3rd stage, 1st tranche project, UNDP is seeking a team of 2 National Consultants (a Team leader and 1 Technical expert) for develop Guidelines for the RRR scheme, for procedures and steps for equipment registration. Application of good refrigeration practices and procedures in the RAC services sector, within conducting of two training workshops for service technicians/equipment owners/operators/importers, to introduce the Guidelines for the RRR scheme, the safe use of low-GWP refrigerants; develop materials on good environmental practices for all refrigerant users in the country and distribution of kits for handling hydrocarbon refrigerants.

 

Scope of work

The overall objective of the assignment is to support the Ministry of Environment, respectively the national Montreal Protocol Unit of the P.I. “EPIU” and UNDP Country Office, to implement activities scheduled within the respective project.

The Team of 2 National Consultants (a Team leader and 1 Technical expert), under the supervision of the national Montreal Protocol Unit of the P.I. “EPIU” and UNDP Country Office, will have responsibility to carry out the following main tasks:

  • Develop Guidelines for the Recover, Recycle and Reuse (RRR) scheme, for procedures and steps for equipment registration and leak checks for service technicians and equipment owners/operators, as well as for an incentive system on low global warming potential technologies;
  • Develop materials on the good practices in refrigerant management and the safe use of flammable refrigerants;
  • Conduct two training workshops (at least 20 participants each) for service technicians/equipment owners/operators/importers, to introduce the Guidelines for the RRR scheme, the safe use of low-GWP refrigerants, the good practices in refrigerant management and the safe use of flammable refrigerants and to raise awareness on the incentive system on replacement of HCFCs and HFCs old equipment with low GWP technologies.

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

Requirements for experience

For the Team Leader position:

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree (Bachelor or Master) in a relevant field, such as Engineering (Mechanics, Refrigeration), Chemical Hazardous Management, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, or any related qualification.

Years of experience:

  • At least five years of experience with activities related to RAC sector, environmental science, or other relevant fields;
  • At least three years of experience in undertaking similar assessments (development of Guidelines, related national surveys and/or inventories);
  • Experience in leading teams of national consultants and coordinating similar activities;
  • Experience in working with principles, legal and normative framework under the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer Protection and Montreal Protocol, Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol, respectively with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement;
  • Experience in producing knowledge products, reports and research papers;
  • Proven experience in working with international or local organizations on similar assignments (successful experience in working with UN agencies) is a very strong advantage.

Competencies:

  • Knowledge of principles, legal and normative framework under the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer Protection and Montreal Protocol demonstrated by previous assignments;
  • Familiarity with the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer Protection and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol, respectively with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement;
  • Ability to analyse guidance documents, tools, and other resources related to environmental protocols/conventions;
  • Strong analytical and reports (national reports, policy papers and research papers) writing skills;
  • Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout;
  • Excellent human relations, coordination, planning and teamwork skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Language requirements:

  • Excellent command of Romanian and good command of Russian, English is an asset.

 

For the Technical Expert position:

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree (Bachelor or Master) in a relevant field, such as Engineering (Mechanics, Refrigeration), Chemical Hazardous Management, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, or any related qualification.

Years of experience:

  • At least three years of professional experience in technical activities related to ozone layer protection, including the ozone depleting substances consumption accounting and assessment of mitigation actions for ODS and HFCs releases, will be an asset;
  • At least one year of experience in undertaking similar assessments (development of Guidelines, related national surveys and/or inventories);
  • Experience in working with the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer Protection and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol, respectively with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement;
  • Experience in producing knowledge products, reports and research papers;
  • Proven experience in working with international or local organizations on similar assignments (successful experience in working with UN agencies) is a very strong advantage.

 Competencies:

  • Familiarity with the Vienna Convention on Ozone Layer Protection and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol, respectively with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement;
  • Ability to analyse guidance documents, tools, and other resources related to environmental protocols/conventions;
  • Skills to develop and produce quality knowledge products, reports and research papers, demonstrated by previous assignments;
  • Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout;
  • Excellent human relations, planning and teamwork skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

 Language requirements:

Excellent command of Romanian and good command of Russian is required for this assignment, English is an asset.

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. Please mention in CV if you belong to the group(s) under-represented in the UN Moldova and/or the area of assignment.

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

Applicants shall submit the following documents:

☒ Offeror's Letter confirming interest and availability, including Financial Offer, according to Annex 2;

☒ CV, including information about experience in similar assignments;

☒ Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.

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 fees, taxes, travel costs, accommodation costs, 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.