Secretariat to the Economic Council of Moldova - Head of Secretariat

Location:

Moldova

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Project number:

65378

Funding source:

EBRD-UK Investment Climate and Governance Fund

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

22 Jun 2016

Closing date:

13 Jul 2016   at  23:59   London

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11/07/2016: The name of the Bank's contact person for any queries has changed.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") wishes to contribute to the continuing improvement of the investment climate in Moldova by engaging a Head of Secretariat to the Economic Council of Moldova (the "Consultant") to maintain policy dialogue at high level between the government, the business community and donors (the "assignment"). The main counterpart for the Head of the Secretariat is the Prime Minister's Office. The focal points for coordination with the Bank are the Operation Leaders: the Head of Office at the EBRD's Resident Office in Chisinau, and the Senior Counsellor in the Investment Climate and Governance team in London. The Head of Secretariat will be supported by five local professionals and an administrative assistant. The professionals provide economic, legal and communications expertise.

The tasks of the Head of the Secretariat will, inter alia, include the following:

- Identify key impediments to domestic and foreign investments for consideration by the EC;

- Maintain close contacts with the Bank and seek inputs from relevant authorities/bodies, the private sector, as well as IFIs and other donor organisations;

- In collaboration with EC’s members, agree on and prepare the agenda and ensure that appropriate documentation is provided to the EC and its working groups;

- Make a presentation of conclusions and recommendations of the EC and/or its working groups to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives and the Bank;

- Identify upcoming pieces of legislation related to investment and business climate and stimulate preparation of comments from public and private sector in the context of the regular EC meetings;

- Steer the process and manage the day-to-day operations of the EC;

- Identify which agencies and donors that are present in the country can support analytical work on specific issues raised by EC and coordinate the work with those agencies and other stakeholders;

- Improve the capacity of the Secretariat’s professional staff through day-to-day work and participation in regional workshops conferences to be held by various international and domestic organisations;

- Provide quarterly reporting to the Bank’s RO and specified staff at Headquarters; and

- Summarise the achievements of the assignment in annual reports to the Bank as well as to the relevant government bodies.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The assignment is expected to start in the third quarter of 2016 and last until the end of 2018. This is a full-time position and the Head of Secretariat is expected to be resident in Moldova for the duration of the assignment. The assignment may be extended, subject to project needs, the satisfactory performance of the Consultant and availability of further funding.

Value Added Tax ("VAT"): The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the Bank's special status as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the notification. To the extent that a consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (eg VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: The contract will be financed through the EBRD-UK Investment Climate and Governance Fund.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile: An individual is sought. Firms may propose candidates but the evaluation will be based on the skills and experience of the individual and not the firm.

Candidates should have the following qualifications, experience and expertise:


• Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects
• Deep understanding of the investment climate challenges in Moldova and experience working to address them
• Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors
• Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects
• Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations
In addition the successful candidate should have the following personal characteristics:
• Ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society
• Strong leadership and persuasion skills
• Ability to work effectively in a team
• Ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines
• Fluency in written and spoken English, Romanian and Russian

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of experts seeking to be selected for this assignment, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarising why the expert believes to satisfy the requirements as defined in the above section Consultant Profile;

2. CV (not exceeding 4 pages) which should include full descriptions of responsibilities carried out, not just a job title, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in English electronically through e-Selection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date and should include cover letter, CV, declaration and contact sheet

Bank Contact Person:
Paula Alegria
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7589
Email: AlegriaP@ebrd.com

Notes:

1. Following evaluation of the submissions, up to 6 of the highest rated consultants will be invited to attend interview as part of the selection process.

2. Individual services are sought. Consulting firms proposing individuals may apply but the evaluation will be based on the experience and expertise of the individual and not of the firm. Consulting firms nominating more than one individual expert shall submit one complete individual application for each expert via eSelection.

3. The shortlist criteria are:

a. Background in business, economics, law or related field, with preferably at least one postgraduate degree in one of these subjects - 15%
b. Deep understanding of the investment climate and governance challenges in Moldova and experience working to address them - 15%
c. Ideally at least 10 years of relevant work experience, including at least five years at senior level, preferably both in the public and private sectors - 15%
d. Excellent project management skills and a proven track record of delivery of complex and politically sensitive reform projects - 15%
e. Good knowledge and experience of working with government organisations - 15%
f. Personal qualities to be assessed at interview - 25%
- ability to interact effectively with senior officials in government, the business community and civil society; strong leadership and persuasion skills; ability to work effectively in a team; ability to prioritise and work under the pressure of deadlines; fluency in written and spoken English, Romanian and Russian