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National Consultant to support the e-Governance Center (eGC) on Legal and Regulatory e-Enabling Environment

Project name:  Transitional Capacity Support for the Public Administration of Moldova
Period of assignment/services:  12 months

Background

Transitional Capacity Support project was designed upon the request of the Government of Moldova to enhance the capacities of the Moldovan ministries and other national level institutions in order to accelerate the reform processes in the context of Moldova’s EU integration agenda, as described in the Governmental Programme „European Integration: Freedom, Democracy, Welfare”, and other country’s strategic documents as is the „National Development Strategy” and, in the future period „Moldova 2020”. The project seeks to address urgent short-term capacity needs of the public administration at a time when Moldovan central government institutions face serious gaps in terms of capabilities, financial and human resources, while important processes, prompted by the negotiation of the new Association Agreement with the EU and other on-going reforms, require strong and prompt inputs on behalf of Moldovan administration. The Project is coordinated and managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Chancellery of Moldova. One way to achieve TCS objectives lies in the hiring of national short or medium-term consultants, to support the implementation of some specific reform tasks. The Moldovan diaspora and the local non-governmental sector, including the private and civil society sectors, are seen as the main source for such consultants.

One of the main goals of the TCS project is the transfer of knowledge from consultants to civil servants. Involvement of officials of the beneficiary institutions in monitoring the consultants will facilitate direct transfer of knowledge and will ensure closer cooperation between officials of the Ministry and the experts engaged. It could also be that the consultants establish and implement processes and procedures that an administrative unit is expected to perform on a regular basis in the future, for capacity building often needs to start by “showing by doing”. 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is now globally recognized as an essential tool in promoting competitiveness, sustainable development, and overall poverty reduction.  As Moldova approaches lower-middle income status, the country needs to shift from consumption and remittances driven growth model to an economy with increased private savings and investments. The Government of Moldova, recognizing the need to use ICT as a crosscutting enabler of sustainable growth, competitiveness and improved governance and has embarked on a Governance eTransformation journey to improve the management in the public sector. In August 2010 the Moldovan Government created e-Governance Center (eGC) under the State Chancellery to manage the e-Transformation and e-Governance agenda.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The scope of the work of the National Consultant is to provide assistance to upgrade and strengthen the capacities of the e-Governance Center (eGC) for the development of e-Transformation and e-Governance legal framework. In light of the background and foregoing description of  the eGC objectives, the consultant shall familiarize himself/herself with the work and work programs of other consultants appointed by the eGC/donors’ institutions in connection with the assignment.

In order to achieve the stated objectives, the National Consultant will have the following responsibilities:

  • Review the existing national policy, applicable legal and regulatory framework related to e-Transformation and e-Governance, ICT;
  • Analyze international and the EU best practices in the areas of e-Transformation,  e-Governance and ICT and  develop recommendations for upgrading the Moldovan policy, legal and regulatory frameworks in light with the goals and priorities of the e-Transformation and e-Governance Agenda;
  • Coordinate the drafting of new laws and amendments of the Moldovan  legal and regulatory frameworks to boost the development and implementation of the e-Transformation and e-Governance Agenda and ICT sector in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Coordinate the preparation of draft e-governance and ICT  legislation (including data protection and privacy legislation, digitalization of the administrative work for the e-Government, national digital content management, digital signature and electronic transactions regulations, security of information systems and protection of personal data, cyber security, etc.) with a view toward incorporating applicable international and the EU best practices provisions;
  • Present findings, conclusions and recommendations, including draft provisions to the Management Board of the e-Government Center and other stakeholders.
  • Provide and issue legal conclusions in accordance with the activity of the eGC, as well as for the undertaken drafts of the normative acts submitted for approval;
  • Provide legal assistance to the eGC and its employees;
  • Prepare monthly progress reports of the component activities;
  • Perform any other related activities which may emerge during the course of time.

Qualifications and Skills required

  • Relevant academic qualification in law at the post-graduate level;
  • 3-5 years of relevant working experience in the field;
  • Extensive knowledge of the Moldovan Government setup and good knowledge of legislation and legal regulations on government operations (constitution, government law, civil service act, public procedural law);
  • Relevant European best practice knowledge on e-legislation with specific focus on the e-Government issues (public information, data protection, databases, digital signature, telecom, e-services law, cybercrime legislation, etc);
  • Experience in drafting legal instruments (including bills, regulations etc.) and conducting multi-party stakeholder consultations;
  • Knowledge/expertise in the area of “e-legislation” preparation and the design of best practice policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • Prior professional experience working on international, regional, or bilateral donor-funded projects (e.g. UNDP, World Bank, USAID, DFID etc.) or private sector;
  • Ability to work effectively with high-ranking national and regional government officials, to advise and interact with all levels of management and staff;
  • Ability to form effective working teams and lead/guide the teams’ activities towards accomplishing established goals;
  • Good interpersonal skills to put eGC’s decisions into a language of law;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and write in Romanian and English languages;
  • Computer proficiency, including knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, Power Point).

Application Instructions

Please see the full application procedure by following the link:

http://www.undp.md/employment/2011/251-300/262/index.shtml

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