The EU4Moldova: focal regions Programme is based on the European Commission Implementing Decision on the Annual Action Programme 2018 in favor of the Republic of Moldova and is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.
The overall objective of the five-year Programme is to strengthen the economic, territorial and social cohesion in the Republic of Moldova through facilitating inclusive, sustainable and integrated local socio-economic growth and improving the standards of living of the citizens in the pilot micro- regions: Cahul and Ungheni.
To this end, this Programme will address the urban-rural divide and regional disparities, stimulate economic growth and job creation, refurbish and upgrade some social and technical infrastructure in selected pilot micro-regions (smaller towns and villages) while taking into account a gender perspective in the activities of the Programme.
- To strengthen transparency, accountability of local public authorities and citizen participation in local governance processes in the pilot micro-regions.
- To improve citizens' access to quality public services and utilities in the pilot micro-regions.
- To create employment opportunities for men and women in the pilot micro-regions and improve the attractiveness of the pilot regions for investors and entrepreneurs,
- To promote the smart specialization of the economy of the pilot micro regions through the development of the clustering and value chain approach in key economic sectors.
The Programme objectives will be achieved through measures targeted at: (i) capacity building to support the implementation and monitoring of local economic development plans; (ii) civil society engagement in local planning, governance processes and basic social service delivery; (iii) provision of investment funding in support of the creation and/or development of social and technical infrastructure which, combined with the outcomes from interventions (i) and (ii) above, will have an immediate, visible and tangible impact on employment creation, the standard of living of the population in the pilot micro-regions.
Scope of work
The overall objective of the National Consultant on Inter-Municipal Cooperation (IMC) assignment (hereinafter Consultant) is to provide legal expertise and methodological guidance for Local Public Authorities (LPAs) from two focal regions to initiate and institutionalize an IMC cooperation platform in the field of local economic development (LED). In this regard, the Consultant is expected to deliver the following activities:
- Support the initiation of IMC cooperation Associations in the field of local economic development in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions*
- Support the process of legal establishment of the Territorial Economic Development Associations (based on IMC Agreements) in Cahul and Ungheni focal regions.
*Note: The term of ‘focal region’ is used to define the functional economic area / zone of economic interest of Cahul and Ungheni municipalities, comprising adjacent rural communities (to be further defined).
Requirements for experience
- University Degree in Law, Public Administration, Economics or other relevant fields.
Years of experience:
- At least 10 years of working experience in law, public administration, economics, local development;
- At least 7 years of experience in IMC related fields - territorial cooperation of local communities, organization of local public services, institutional reorganization, regional development and regionalization of public services.
- Experience of working with UN agencies and/or international organizations, and/or European/donor funded development projects/programmes will be considered a strong asset.
- Knowledge and skills of operating MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
- Fluency in Romanian and Russian;
- Knowledge of English will be considered an asset.
Personal Qualities and other requirements:
- Demonstrated capacity of team-orientation work, excellent planning and organizational skills;
- Good interpersonal skills, solid judgment/decision making, initiative and creativity;
- Ability to analyse, plan, communicate effectively organize and meet expected results, adapt to different environments (cultural, economic, political and social);
- 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, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.
The United Nations Development Programme in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women and men, persons with different types of disabilities, LGBT, Roma and other ethnic, linguistic 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.