The PA EcoContact is hiring a Legal Expert

Positions: Legal expert, left bank of the river Nistru.

Organization: EcoContact

Reporting to: EcoContact, Project Manager

Post type: Individual service contact (fee based), approximately 50 working days

Estimated implementation period of assignment: November 05, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Working languages: Russian, Romanian

 

Organizational Context   

Public Association EcoContact is implementing the project “Enhancing cooperation among the communities from both banks of Nistru river through reduction of pesticide risks in Moldova” with the support of the British Embassy in Chisinau through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. The project is implemented during the period of October 2019 – March 2020.

The project is aimed at reducing the risks from obsolete and currently used pesticides for the communities from both banks of river Nistru.

To achieve that the project will be addressing three main aspects:

  1. raising awareness of key stakeholders (environmental authorities, educational institutions, civil society organizations, local authorities) and level of their knowledge in the area of obsolete and currently used pesticides;
  2. raising technical capacities in risks identification;
  3. and improvement of the legal framework on pesticide management.

The project will bring in the existing experience in remediation of contaminated territories, support tailoring to local needs the international methodologies of risks identification and their piloting; support the improvement of the legal framework in the area. Activities with different target groups from both banks of the river Nistru will help to identify joined interests in the area of chemical safety, facilitate the exchange of experience on the technical level and formulate the proposals for joined working groups on confidence-building in the area of the environment to reduce environment and health risks caused by dangerous substances.

 

The main objective of the assignment:

The purpose of this position is to support the implementation of the legislative framework component for the implementation of the project, that will be in coherence with the international legislation and standards on toxic waste (especially on obsolete pesticides) management and regulation of the usage of artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in agriculture on the left bank of Nistru river. To support the legal expert the environmental expert will be hired to make the input on the theme and existing international treaties in the area. The Expert will work under the direct supervision of the EcoContact project manager, legal consultant of the EcoContact, relevant authorities and in close cooperation with the other team members.

 

This assignment consists of two lots: 

Lot 1. Legal expert for the review of the legislation for the left bank (project activity 3.1)

Lot 2. Legal expert for developing a roadmap for the left bank (project activity 3.2)

 

The specific tasks for each lot of assignments are as follows:

 

Lot 1. Legal expert for the review of the legislation for the left bank (project activity 3.1) 

  1. Collect and analyze information on the left bank legal framework for the management (including transport and elimination) of pesticides waste, including POPs and obsolete pesticides waste and with these components and contaminated land.
  2. Collect and analyze the legislation on the linkage between agriculture, public health, and the environment with regards to environmental obligations and obligations on highly hazardous pesticides, and empty containers.
  • Fill in the international benchmarking matrix to assess the left bank legal framework on pesticides waste and with these components and contaminated land management against the requirements of the respective international Conventions Stockholm Convention/Basel Convention, good regulatory practices as well as selected EU directives.
  1. Prepare a brief legal report the results of the analysis in point I – II, with conclusions and recommendations to strengthen the national legal framework on pesticides wastes management and meet international requirements.
  2. Participate in meetings, coordinate the findings with the relevant authorities, be present on the workshops and prepare presentations and reports if required.
  3. Undertake any other relevant function that may be necessary for the executing of the tasks.

 

Lot 2. Legal expert for developing a roadmap for the left bank on establishing the toxic waste (especially on packing) management system on the left bank (project activity 3.2) 

  • Develop methodology and work plan for carrying out the above activity;
  • Take the opportunity to understand the governance structure and the institutional capacity of the key stakeholders and reflect this into the preliminary analysis based on the findings from Lot 1.
  • Provide a brief overview of the left bank legal framework and policy documents on toxic waste management as well as regarding on agriculture sector; and summarize related challenges (political, economic and financial, technological and social environmental);
    • Explain what the existing governance structure is (including local governance) and the institutional capacity for the agricultural sector, including the toxic waste; include mapping of the decision-making process within the authority related to power sector measures/actions at levels.
  • Develop together with an environmental expert a toxic waste (especially on packing) management and policy interaction model. The model should be able to answer, for example, what will be the sustainable management model for the left bank on the toxic waste, especially on packing materials from the pesticides used on the left bank and other relevant targets.
  • Develop together with an environmental expert policy and legislative roadmap for one or multiple development scenarios for the toxic waste management (especially on packing materials), as agreed with authorities from the left bank; taking into consideration on-going activities in the country, including those of other international institutions/donors.
    • Discuss together with an environmental expert with relevant departments and stakeholders within the left bank, relevant authorities the assumptions and take stock of where there are information gaps and mismatches.
    • Explain what capacity and institutional arrangements and/or changes would be required to successfully implement the measures under the roadmap; and which advices with stakeholders would require more capacity building and what key policy documents; budget planning processes need to reflect such considerations; provide estimated economic and social cost. This should include all levels.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops and prepare presentations and undertake any other relevant function that may be necessary for the executing of the tasks if required.

 

Deliverables and timeline for the implementation of the assignment

Lot 1

 

Deliverable Days Due time
The list of normative legislation at regional, national level, international level and EU level to be evaluated for the assessment;  

5 days

29 November 2019
International benchmarking matrix on the legal framework on pesticides waste management;

 

 

7 days

16 December 2019
The filled in the international benchmarking matrix on legal framework;  

7 days

16 January 2020
Brief legal report 3 days 03 February 2020
Reports of meetings, elaborated materials, LoPs;  

3 days

 

 

10 March 2020

 

Lot 2

 

Deliverable Days Due time
Methodology and work plan 1 day 20 December 2020
A brief overview of the left bank legal framework and policy documents on toxic waste management 4 days 23 January 2020 
Study of the toxic waste (especially on packing) management and policy interaction model; 10 days 30 January 2020
Policy and legislative roadmap 7 days 10 February 2020 
Reports of meetings, elaborated materials, LoPs;

 

3 days 10 March 2020 

 

Qualifications: 

Lot 1/Lot 2

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the legal consultancy, preferably on environmental issues and toxic waste management.
  • Strong experience of environmental management with a focus on pesticides and fertilizers used.
  • Working experience in strategic advising to environment or/and agriculture authorities, strategic investment planning, waste management.
  • Previous experience in project finance for both banks on environmental.
  • Excellent Romanian and Russian writing and speaking skills are a must.
  • Advanced university degree in juridical science, policy science, and environmental management or any other relevant field;
  • In-depth knowledge of development issues, understanding of environment / rural problems / obsolete pesticides and relevant work experience in the field of legal and policy applied to development work;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the British Embassy, EU, other Donors’ programming cycle and requirement for Communication and Visibility activities;

 

Payments:

Payment will be done on submission and approval of deliverables stipulated above according to the invoice.

 

How to apply: 

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. Financial Proposal
  3. Motivation letter

Documents can be provided in one of the following languages English, Romanian or Russian.

Please send the documents with the indication of the Lot in the subject line before November 13, 2019, to the email address of hr@vox.md

For detailed information, please contact Catalina Arghir, Project Manager, 022 996162

 

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