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International expert on development of the National Digital Strategy of the Republic of Moldova for the period 2021-2030
|Location :||Chisinau, MOLDOVA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The COVID-19 pandemic underlined the importance of Digital Transformation globally and nationally. In response to these new challenges, Digital Transformation became one of the highest priorities for governments, including in Moldova. The Republic of Moldova is a country with all necessary ingredients for a fast and impactful digital transformation. Moldova has across the key areas of the nation:
Overall, international indicators reflect varying successes in Moldova’s current development, but more research needs to be undertaken to be comprehensive in the confident determination of specific focus areas that are outlined. Digital changes rapidly, and a more real-time analysis across key indicators can provide a clearer look into progress over time.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the various lockdowns, over 150,000 children of preschool age were unable to attend school and continue their education online due to lack of devices, connectivity issues, educational content not adapted to online teaching, as well as limited teacher familiarization with online methods and lack of digital skills. A lot of companies, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), have been affected by the limitations imposed during the pandemic and faced difficulties in accessing their customers and partners through existing traditional distribution networks. As a result, many of them had to close their operations causing a lot of the population, especially women to lose their jobs. Additionally, access to some non-digitized public services was difficult, particularly during the lockdowns.
As the Digital Moldova Strategy concluded in 2020, the country is in urgent need to systemically rethink digital transformation opportunities and focus on a whole-of-society systemic transformation by the use of digital technologies and focus on the key opportunities in engaging with citizens, private sector, local administrations, building demand for digital skills and for utilizing digital solutions. Digitalization is key to also achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as 2030 is fast approaching.
The new Government of the Republic of Moldova, through its Programme of actions, made a bold decision to accelerate digital transformation of the nation by making use of the existing opportunities and exploring a ’whole-of-society’ approach in making sure that the transformation is inclusive and sustainable. To such end, UNDP Moldova has made an accepted ’value proposition’ to the Government to support the visioning, leadership and operationalization of specific interventions.
Moreover, to continue and accelerate the Digital Transformation of Moldovan society and leverage on the recently approved new Government initiatives, the Government of Moldova is planning to develop new set of policy initiatives. Taking in consideration that the Moldova Digital Agenda approved in 2013 was fully implemented, the Government must define the Digital Transformation development agenda for the next 10 years in form of a new strategy. The Government of Moldova recognizes the importance of adopting policy initiatives aimed towards a continuous improvement of the Digital Transformation of Moldova. Thus, urgently developing a new Government’s Agenda towards Moldova Digital Transformation is critical. This will ensure a continuity of the previous efforts and create conditions for advancement of the Moldovan Society digital transformation in both quantitative and qualitative manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of this assignment is to secure the consultant’s services to support UNDP’s Digital Transformation Project and the Government in developing the Moldova National Digital Strategy. The assignment will consist in developing the Strategy document that will correspond to the structure defined in the Government Decision Nr. 33 from 01.11.2007 about the rules for developing and common requirement regarding the policy documents (HG386/2020 (legis.md).
For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.
The UNDP Moldova is committed to workforce diversity.
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