Legal expert within “Enhancing cooperation among the communities from both banks of Nistru river through reduction of pesticide risks in Moldova”

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Positions: Legal expert 

Organization: EcoContact  

Reporting to: EcoContact, Project Manager 

Post type: Individual service contact (fee based), approximately 30 working days

Estimated implementation period of assignment: January 13, – March 17, 2020  

Working languages: Russian, Romanian, English

 

Organizational Context   

Public Association EcoContact is implementing the project “Enhancing cooperation among the communities from both banks of Nistru river through reduction of pesticide risks in Moldova” with the support of the British Embassy in Chisinau through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. The project is implemented during the period October 2019 – March 2020. 

The project is aimed at reducing the risks from obsolete and currently used pesticides for the communities from the both banks of river Nistru. 

To achieve that the project will be addressing three main aspects:   

  1. raising awareness of key stakeholders (environmental authorities, educational institutions, civil society organizations, local authorities) and level of their knowledge in the area of obsolete and currently used pesticides;  
  2. raising technical capacities in risks identification;  
  3. and improvement of legal framework on pesticides management.  

The project will bring in the existing experience in remediation of contaminated territories, support tailoring to local needs the international methodologies of risks identification and their piloting; support the improvement of legal framework in the area. Activities with different target groups from both banks of the river Nistru will help to identify joined interests in the area of chemical safety, facilitate exchange of experience on the technical level and formulate the proposals for joined working groups on confidence building in the area of environment to reduce environment and health risks caused by dangerous substances. 

The main objective of the assignment: 

The purpose of this position is to support the implementation of the legislative framework component that is a part of the project. The expert will collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment to identify the needs for improvement of legal framework and will facilitate the work of the legal experts from the left bank of the river Nistru. The Expert will work under direct supervision of the EcoContact project manager and in close cooperation with the other team members. 

This assignment consists from two lots:  

 Lot 1. Legal expert for the review of the legislation for the right bank (project activity 3.1)  

Lot 2. Legal expert for developing a roadmap (project activity 3.2)  

The specific tasks for each lot assignments are as follows: 

  

Lot 1.Legal expert for the review of the legislation for the right bank  (project activity 3.1)  

  • Liaise with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment to identify the needs in the area of toxic waste management.
  • Prepare a report on the needs in the area of the toxic waste management including POPs and obsolete pesticides waste and the with these components and contaminated land.  
  • Support the team of experts working for the legal review to assess the left bank legal framework on pesticides waste.
  • Prepare a summary report on the needs of waste in the area of the toxic waste management for both banks of river Nistru.
  • Participate in meetings, coordinate the findings with the relevant authorities, be present on the workshops and prepare presentations and reports if required. 
  • Undertake any other relevant function that may be necessary for the executing of the tasks.  

Lot 2. Legal expert for developing a roadmap (project activity 3.2)  

  • Take the opportunity to understand the governance structure and the institutional capacity of the key stakeholders and reflect this into the preliminary analysis based on the findings from the Lot 1, that include findings from both sides of the river Nistru. 
  • Support a team of experts from the left bank for the execution of following tasks:
    • Provide a brief overview of the left bank legal framework and policy documents on toxic waste management as;
    • Develop a policy and legislative roadmap for one or multiple development scenarios for the toxic waste management (especially on packing materials),
    • Explain what capacity and institutional arrangements and/or changes would be required to successfully implement the measures under the roadmap;
  • Participate in meetings, workshops and prepare presentations and undertake any other relevant function that may be necessary for the executing of the tasks if required. 
  • Participate in meetings, coordinate the findings with the relevant authorities, be present on the workshops and prepare presentations and reports if required. 
  •  Undertake any other relevant function that may be necessary for the executing of the tasks.  

Deliverables and timeline for the implementation of the assignment 

Lot 1 

Deliverable 

Days

Due time 

Report on the needs in the area of toxic waste management for the right bank of the Nistru river

5 days

February 13, 2020

Report on the needs in the area of toxic waste management for both banks of river Nistru

5 days

February 27, 2020

Support for the team of experts from the right bank of river Nistru 

8 days

March 6, 2020

Report on the implementation of assignment 

2 days

March 13, 2020


 Lot 2 

Deliverable 

Days

Due time 

Developing proposals for the roadmap for the both sides from the river Nistru 

3 days

February 24, 2020

Support for the team of experts from the right bank of river Nistru 

6 days

March 10, 2020

Report on the implementation of assignment

1 day

March 13, 2020

Qualifications:  

Lot 1/Lot 2 

  • At least 10 years professional experience in the legal consultancy, preferably on environmental issues and toxic waste management.  
  • Strong experience of environmental management with focus on pesticides and fertilizers used.  
  • Working experience in strategic advising to environment or/and agriculture authorities, strategic investment planning, waste management.  
  • Previous experience in project finance for the both banks on environmental.  
  • Excellent Romanian and Russian writing and speaking skills are a must. 
  • Advanced university degree in juridical science, policy science and environmental management or any other relevant field; 
  • In-depth knowledge of development issues, understanding of environment / rural problems / obsolete pesticides and relevant work experience in the field of legal and policy applied to development work; 
  • Knowledge and understanding of British Embassy, EU, other Donors’ programming cycle and requirement for Communication and Visibility activities; 

Payments: 

Payment will be done on submission and approval of deliverables stipulated above according to invoice.   

How to apply:  

Applicants must submit the following documents: 

  1. CV 
  2. Financial Proposal 
  3. Motivation letter

Documents can pe provided in one of following languages English, Romanian or Russian.  

Please send the documents with the indication of the Lot in the subject line before December 30, 2019 to the email address of hr@vox.md 

For detailed information, please contact Catalina Arghir, Project Manager, 022 996162 


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