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On the global level, migration has been increasingly recognized as a positive development factor. The 2030 Agenda calls for well-managed migration policies to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people in its 10.7 target. The need for concerted efforts among nations on migration issues determined the negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration, an intergovernmental agreement defining a common vision embraced by signatory governments on “making migration work for all”. The first of its kind, the agreement is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018 and shall lay out the nations’ vision on broadening the opportunities, benefits and contribution of migration to the development and prosperity of countries, and the collective power of all nations to improve global governance on migration.

Migration in the Republic of Moldova is requesting attention and concrete actions to make the most of this phenomenon for the country’s development. The Moldovan Government (GoM) acknowledges that, if addressed and managed properly, human mobility can also bring many opportunities, changes and improvements in the country. Due to the Swiss development support, the GoM migration policy focus shifted from a management and control perspective to capitalizing on the opportunities provided by migration. Building on the previous SDC-funded UNDP positive experience at local level, in 2017 the Moldovan Government approved a decision, hence recognizing the success of the UNDP/MiDL model of engaging women and men migrants in local development processes and providing the normative basis for scaling up and ensuring the sustainability of the experience piloted by UNDP/MiDL of mainstreaming migration in local policies. The need to effectively address migration issues, along with creating conditions for a business enabling environment, job creation and infrastructure development are also listed as main Government priorities for the next four years. In line with these priorities, the proposed initiative aims to further support the country’s development processes also capitalizing on best practices and lessons learnt in this field.

During the first, 3 years, phase of implementation (2015-2018) the Migration and Local Development (MiDL) Project proved that the diaspora can contribute a lot back to their places of origin: it is now more engaged in home communities development through 38 Home Town Associations (HTAs), providing already over 6 mln. Lei to local development projects. A unique model of engaging migrants in the development of their home communities was successfully developed and tested. Centered around HTAs, local public administration with improved migration management capacities, and their permanent interaction, it proved to work well in all Moldovan regions, including Gagauzia and the Security Zone.

The next phase of the MiDL Project is expected to be implemented over a period of four years (2019-2022). The Overall Goal of the initiative is maximizing the impact of migration on the socio-economic development through an improved institutional framework and engaged Diaspora. Both areas of the project emphasize the national ownership and strengthening capacities at national and local levels to enable a socio-economic environment, secure employment support, reduce disparities and inequalities, provide income generating opportunities, and ensure sustainable local development. The project intervention will apply human rights based and gender equality approaches, including community empowerment and mobilization models with migrants’ engagement, and various tools for efficient service provision.

Under Outcome 1, the project will ensure that Moldovan labour, potential, actual and returning migrants benefit from comprehensive employment support services. To that end, national and local authorities will be fully equipped to answer to the needs of all categories of migrants at each stage of migration (pre, migration, post).

Under Outcome 2, efforts will warrant that community members, including migrants are meaningfully engaged in the local development process. In line with that, activities will focus on working close with public authorities, other local actors and migrants for the effective implementation of local development initiatives aimed at improving local services and offering income-generating opportunities at local level.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager and under overall supervision of the relevant UNDP CO Programme and Operations staff, the incumbent assists in the effective and efficient management of the project through a range of actions, including driving and administrative support management. The employee applies and promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Car driving and maintenance:

  • Ensure proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for other related repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.
  • Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, preparation of monthly summary of fuel consumption and report to Project Manager;
  • Provide reliable and safe driving services by:
  1. driving project vehicles for the transport of UNDP and project staff and visitors;
  2. delivery / collection of mail, documents, cargo, pouch and other items,
  3. meeting official personnel and visitors at the airport including visa and customs formalities arrangement when required;
  • Ensure safe and timely driving for field trips in- or out-side the country;
  • Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle;
  • Ensure that all relevant UNDP rules and regulations are met if involved in an accident.

Clerical duties:

  • Provide support to the Project Associate in performing registry-related duties, such as photocopying and archiving correspondence/project files;
  • Distribute the project correspondence/material, mails and project documents;
  • Provide logistical support to Project Associate to the organization and preparation of workshops, meetings and events, travel and accommodation arrangements for project personnel/consultants;
  • Assist Project Associate in obtaining quotations for vehicle repairs/servicing;
  • Be responsible for the office security;
  • Perform minor renovation works in the project office;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Provides helpful feedback and advice to others in the office.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair;
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of protocol;
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of security issues;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential part of the job. Ability to communicate effectively and be efficient.

Leadership and Self-Management

  • Focuses on result for the client;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of views.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education;
  • Valid driver license.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in short and long road driving; Safe driving records;
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in administrative work, preferably in an international organization;
  • Good knowledge of Word and Excel is an advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both oral and written Romanian and Russian;
  • Working knowledge of English is required;
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.


UNDP is an employer devoted to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both women and men.

UNDP 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.

This is a local position, therefore only citizens of the Republic of Moldova or others legally authorized to work in the country are eligible to apply.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Online applications can be submitted by registered users only. Self-registration link is available at the next page and requires candidates to provide a valid email address.

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