„Relaunched”Request for expressions of interest: Adaptation Fund Specialist (Individual Consultants)

The Government of Republic of Moldova has received financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) towards the cost of Talent Retention for Rural Transformation Project (TRTP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds for the recruitment of consulting services provided by an individual consultant as part of the post of Adaptation Fund Specialist.

The use of any IFAD financing shall be subject to IFAD’s approval, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the financing agreement, as well as IFAD’s rules, policies and procedures. IFAD and its officials, agents and employees shall be held harmless from and against all suits, proceedings, claims, demands, losses and liability of any kind or nature brought by any party in connection with TRTP.

The consulting services (“the services”) assignment is to contract an individual specialist to implement Adaptation Fund activities within the TRTP Project with a particular focus on On-farm Climate Adaptive Water Management sub-component.

The attention of interested consultants is drawn to IFAD’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Policy[1] and the Revised IFAD Policy on Preventing Fraud and Corruption its Activities and Operations[2]. The latter sets forth IFAD’s provisions on prohibited practices. IFAD further strives to ensure a safe working environment free of harassment, including sexual harassment, and free of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in its activities and operations as detailed in its IFAD Policy to Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.[3]

Interested consultants shall not have any actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest. Consultants with an actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest shall be disqualified unless otherwise explicitly approved by the Fund. Consultants are considered to have a conflict of interest if they a) have a relationship that provides them with undue or undisclosed information about or influence over the selection process and the execution of the contract, or b) have a business or family relationship with a member of the client’s board of directors or its personnel, the Fund or its personnel, or any other individual that was, has been or might reasonably be directly or indirectly involved in any part of (i) the preparation of the REOI, (ii) the selection process for this procurement, or (iii) execution of the contract. Consultants have an ongoing obligation to disclose any situation of actual, potential or reasonably perceived conflict of interest during preparation of the EOI, the selection process or the contract execution. Failure to properly disclose any of said situations may lead to appropriate actions, including the disqualification of the consultant, the termination of the contract and any other as appropriate under the IFAD Policy on Preventing Fraud and Corruption in its Projects and Operations.

The Consolidated IFAD Programme Implementation Unit (CPIU IFAD) now invites eligible Individual consultants (“consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV), a Cover Letter and 2-3 professional references from the previous employers/ supervisors. A consultant will be selected in accordance with the individual consultant selection (ICS) method set out in IFAD’ Project Procurement Handbook that can be accessed via the IFAD website at www.ifad.org/project-procurement. Interviews will be conducted as part of the selection process.

The shortlisting criteria are:

Criterion Weight
1. General qualifications:
·           A minimum of a bachelor degree in economics, finance, agriculture, environment, or a related field 10
·           Participation in specialized international training courses on climate adaptation with respect to agriculture is an advantage 5

2. Specific previous experience in the field for vacant position:

·           At least 3 years of hands-on experience in climate adaptation in agriculture 15
·           At least two years of experience working in project implementation for internationally financed projects or NGO’s (either employed by them directly or working as an expert for them through a private firm for example) 10
·           At least one project experience in interacting with national and local stakeholders concerned with agriculture and preferably including government and administration, private sector, civil society and international development partner agencies; 10
3. Language skills: Fluency in English and Romanian; good in Russian 5
4. Computer management skills especially office productivity tools 5
5. Competencies (through Interview for candidates that score at least 42 points on the above criteria 1 to 4):
·            Excellent communication (especially written communications; group facilitation skills), networking and coordination skills with various stakeholders 10
·            Highest standards of professionalism and integrity 10
·            Excellent problem solving and analytical skills using creativity and innovation 10
·            Excellent planning and organizational abilities and attention to detail 10


Any request for clarification on this REOI should be sent via e-mail to the address below procurement@ucipifad.md not later than 6 September 2021. The client will provide responses to all clarification requests by 8 September 2021.

Expressions of interest in the form of curriculum vitae (CV) with a cover letter, the 2-3 references letters, from the last employers/supervisors, Self-declaration of liability, as per the form attached, must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by 9 September 2021,by 22 September 17:00 (Chisinau time).

Attn: Nadejda Russu

Republic of Moldova, Chişinău,

Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt bd. 162

1303, MD-2004

Tel: (+373 22) 22 50 46

E-mail: procurement@ucipifad.md

[1] The policy is accessible at https://www.ifad.org/en/document-detail/asset/41942012.

[2] The policy is accessible at www.ifad.org/anticorruption_policy.

[3] The policy is accessible at https://www.ifad.org/en/document-detail/asset/40738506.