Job Opening

Posting Title: International Expert on Sustainable Public Procurement
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 July 2020 - 03 August 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-138661-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The progress of the implementation of SPP in the Republic of Moldova reviewed.

Work Location

Moldova

Expected duration

10 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The EU-funded “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment) aims to help the six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine preserve their natural capital and increase people's environmental well-being, by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of five partner agencies implementing a newly launched EU-funded EU4 Environment (2019 – 2023). Under EU4Environment’s component on “circular economy and new growth opportunities”, UNEP will support countries to develop and implement Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) policies and complementary tools by increasing awareness and building the capacities of policy makers and procurement managers in the region.

In the course of 4 years since 2013, the development of SPP policies has been supported by EU-funded EaP GREEN project in three pilot countries of ENPI East Neighbourhood (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) following the UNEP Methodology to SPP. In Moldova, EaP GREEN project delivered following achievements: (i) SPP and eco-labelling status assessments; (ii) SPP legal review and Roadmap for the development of SPP laws; (iii) SPP Action Plan; (iv) market readiness study; (v) prioritization of goods and services with higher potential of sustainability; (vi) SPP Communication Strategy; (vii) SPP monitoring plans; (viii) SPP guidelines; (ix) sustainability criteria for prioritized goods (organic fruits and vegetables, doors, windows) and tender documents; and (x) SPP pilot tenders.

In order to plan next steps on the implementation of SPP practices in Moldova under EU4Environment project (2019-2023), a support of International Expert on SPP is required to undertake the stocktaking study on the progress of SPP since the end of EaP GREEN (2017) (the achievements are listed above). The stock taking study will include the review of the implementation status of the SPP Action Plan and the Roadmap for revision of SPP Legislation, use of SPP guidelines as well as sustainability criteria in public tenders (2018- present), SPP monitoring practices and the challenges faced by national authorities to implement the SPP.

The International Expert with the assistance from a National Expert will carry out the following tasks under UNEP guidance and in consultation with Public Procurement Agency of the Republic of Moldova, through interviews (on-line) and desk reviews of the relevant documents. as described below.

1. Review the progress of the implementation of SPP policy and practice and identify the gaps and needs in the Republic of Moldova:
• Assess the progress of implementation of the Moldova SPP Action plan;
• Assess the implementation status of the Roadmap for revision of SPP Legislation;
• Review the performance and functionalities of the SPP monitoring system and reporting (pp. 62-63 of the Moldova SPP Action Plan) and suggest nest steps on its improvement;
• Analyse the final results (contract execution) of the 15 SPP pilot tenders undertaken in the framework of the EaP GREEN project
• Collect information on procurements of the prioritized products (EaP GREEN supported SPP pilot tenders);
• Analyse to what extent the capacity building tools (SPP Manual, Training tools, etc.) were used;
• Identify funding mobilized from national (regular State budget) or external sources to support SPP implementation in Moldova;
• Identify gaps and needs for further policy development, capacity development, awareness raising, and legal revision for enhanced SPP implementation;
• Lessons learnt from EaP GREEN SPP activity component.

2. Based on the results of above Task 1, and consultation with Procurement Agency, Ministry of Economy, and other key stakeholders, propose a specific set of activities for the implementation of EU4Environment Output 2.3 Green Public Procurement and complementary tools in Moldova.

3. Assess the readiness of Moldova to report on target 12.7.1 of the SDGs.

The Expert should review the following documents:
• EaP GREEN project outputs for Moldova (provided by Public Procurement Agency, UNEP and available on-line);
• Moldova SPP Action plan;
• International agreements signed by the country (commercial and others) that have an impact on sustainable procurement including EU-Moldova Association Agreement and requirement in harmonization of legal documents.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Degree on public administration, economics, engineering, environmental science or related field. Post graduate degree is an asset.
Experience: - Expert with at least 5 years of relevant experience, in the area of public procurement and/or sustainable procurement;
- Knowledge of Public Procurement steps and procedures is required.
- Proved expertise in sustainable public procurement. A working experience of at least 3 years in the development and the implementation of sustainable public procurement policies and practice is required
- Knowledge of legal and regulatory framework for public procurement, public administrative law, sustainable development, sustainable business practice, and environmental standards is asset;
- Knowledge of Moldova or Eastern European countries will be an asset;
- Knowledge of international practices on sustainable procurement is advantage;
Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian and Romanian is an asset.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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