International Consultant for the organizational reform of the Gagauz People’s Assembly (SPGM)


The UNDP “Strengthening Parliamentary Governance in Moldova” (SPGM) Project works with the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (PRM) to strengthen its law-making, oversight and representation functions with a specific focus on the EU integration and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Project interventions include trainings, technical assistance, easy-to-read publications, exchanges and opportunities for learning from other parliaments, as well as specialized technical equipment. Since 2017, the SPGM project has also been supporting the capacity development of the Gagauz People’s Assembly (GPA) at the request of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

The Gagauz People’s Assembly is the representative body of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia that was established in 1994 based on the Law on the special legal status of Gagauzia.[1] According to this law, the People’s Assembly comprises of 35 members elected for a four-year term in uninominal territorial districts. In its current composition, the Gagauz People’s Assembly started its work on the 20th of January 2017.

In 2017, the SPGM supported carrying out the functional and institutional analysis of the GPA, which concluded that the current structure is generally appropriate to carry out its mandate. However, it noted that some key services such as research, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, are not part of the existing institutional framework.[2] Also, while the GPA has undergone several restructuring processes prompted by the election of the new Assembly members, past reorganizations never followed a detailed analysis of the institution and its work processes with the purpose of improving the efficiency of the institution.

Based on the findings of the functional and institutional analysis of the GPA, UNDP subsequently supported a participatory and inclusive process for the drafting of the GPA’s first Strategic Development Plan 2018-2020, which was approved by the Presidium in July 2018. In line with the GPA priorities announced for 2018-2020, the institution shall undergo a process of institutional reform towards becoming a more efficient organization.

The SPGM project is seeking tosupport the development of a new organizational structure of the GPA by contractingan international consultant. His/her assignment shall pertain to both the organization of the Secretariat of the GPA and of the political bodies of the GPA (Presidium, Standing Committees etc.). The proposed final structure shall comply with the national legislation governing the People’s Assembly and shall comply with international democratic standards.

[1] Law no. 344 from 23.12.1994 on the special legal status of Gagauzia, http://lex.justice.md/viewdoc.php?action=view&view=doc&id=311656&lang=2

[2] For more information on the structure of the GPA, see the 2017 Functional and Institutional Analysis of the GPA: insert link to website publication.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, law, political science, management, or any other relevant subject area

Years of experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in working with legislative bodies and elected representatives
  • At least 5 years of practical experience with organizational reform processes and/or designing institutional frameworks for public institutions
  • Proven experience (at least 3 previous assignments) in conceptualizing and developing organigrams of autonomy assemblies and secretariats
  • Previous experience of working with UN agencies is considered an asset


  • Demonstrated interpersonal and diplomatic skills, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels and to present ideas clearly and effectively
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Time and project management skills
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Romanian and/or Russian 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

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 other 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.


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