International Consultant for State Aid Policy


Location : Home-based and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :08-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
29-Mar-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :29 March – 15 september2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :10 consultancy days

Background

The Office for European Integration (OEI) represents a central coordinating institution for the process of the accession to the EU including accession negotiations and management and programming of IPA funds. Staff assigned to the new OEI have responsibility for and experience to date in anchoring negotiations with the EU not only in establishing the preconditions for opening the remaining negotiating chapters, but the requirements for continuous alignment of the national legislation with the EU acquis and establishing benchmarks and key criteria for the closure of the negotiation chapters.
In cooperation with Agency for Protection of Competition (APC), the OEI coordinates accession activities in Chapter 8 – Competition Policy, the only chapter where the negotiations have not been opened. In February 2018, Montenegro adopted the amendments to the Law on Protection of Competition and the new Law on State Aid Control. With the adoption of this legislation, the APC has taken over major activities in relation to State aid policy and therefore needs additional support to strengthen capacities and establish good practice in this area.
Having in mind current situation, the EU concluded on several occasions that it is necessary to ensure effectiveness of State Aid control, including the building up of an enforcement record. Therefore, it is important for Montenegro gain experience in solving concrete cases of State aid and establish enforcement record in this area.
Additionally, besides concrete results in this area, the EU also insists on strengthening capacities of the APC and improving expertise of staff dealing with the State aid policy. Thus, the main objective in Chapter 8 is to create a solid enforcement record in State aid control and improve expertise of people working directly with concrete cases of State aid. In this regard, it is crucial to have adequate consultant support.
The project “Strengthening capacities for the acceleration of EU accession of Montenegro” is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the OEI. The project started on October 1, 2017 and it will be implemented over the next two years. The general objective of this action is to assist, advise and support EU accession negotiations through strengthening the capacities of the OEI in responding to the demands of the new phases of accession.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment:

The objective of the assignment is to engage the international consultant who would provide expert support to the APC in: analysing documents in relation to State aid cases with the special focus on the best EU practices, assistance and support in formulation of the opinions guidelines and/or reports of the Agency in relation to State aid cases, presenting solutions of State aid cases to relevant institutions, analysing two draft laws concerning the State aid policy, providing training for employees of the APC for specific cases of State aid under the Chapter 8 – Competition Policy.

Job content:

Under the supervision of the UNDP Project Manager and the Head of the State aid Department of APC, the international consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • Assistance and support in analysing documents in relation to important State aid cases in Montenegro and provide APC with advices on next steps;
  • Assistance and support in formulation of opinions, guidelines and/or reports of the APC;
  • Participate in meetings with representatives of the APC and other relevant institutions and present concrete scenarios for solving State aid cases to relevant institutions;
  • Present best practices of the EU countries to representatives of APC and other relevant institutions;
  • Analyse two draft laws in relation to the State aid policy;
  • Support in organising trainings for civil servants from the APC and other relevant institutions in relation to State aid policies;
  • Draft the agenda, develop training materials and moderate workshop/seminar/specific training for State aid policies;
  • Prepare the Final Report for the assignment, approved by the UNDP Project Manager.

The expected results: Under the supervision of the UNDP Project Manager and Head of the State Aid Department of the APC, the international consultant is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Analysed documents related to State aid cases;
  • Mature suggestions and comments in relation to State aid cases;
  • Participation in meetings with relevant institutions to present scenarios for resolving State aid cases;
  • Presented best practices of the EU countries;
  • Analysed two draft laws;
  • Finalised agenda of the workshop/seminar/specific training on State aid policies;
  • Training materials;
  • Delivered training;
  • Brief analyses of the EU acquis in relation to State aid cases;
  • Final report on all activities undertaken under this assignment provided, highlighting main results achieved and proposed recommendations.

Timing and reporting: The international consultant is expected to work homebased and in Montenegro during the assignment duration 25 March 2019 – 15 September 2019. The international consultant will be responsible to prepare the final report to the UNDP Project Manager, and it should contain sufficient detail and information that would allow for the appraisal of the effectiveness to date of the assignment’s activities.

Time duration and travel: The international consultant will be engaged for 10 days in the period from 25 March 2019 until 15 September 2019. Bearing in mind necessity for continuous support, the consultant will be obliged to provide services on-line and other means of telecommunication from his place of residence for approximately five days. The consultant will have an obligation to travel to Podgorica for the least of five days from 25 March 2019 to 15 September 2019, as required and in accordance with the requirements of the Agency. For the purpose of the mission, the consultant will be placed at the premises of the APC and work during the working hours of the Agency. The travel costs and Daily Living Subsistence Allowance costs should be included in the lump sum figure.


Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Excellent communication skills, facility in working with teams and capacity to compose clear and readable narrative reports;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University degree in Economics, preferably degree in Masters;

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the field of State aid control;
  • Proven understanding/knowledge of Montenegrin administrative system;
  • Proven expertise and experience in the development of analyses and strategic documents in the region and the EU;

Language:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English language;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Montenegrin language;

Other:

  • Modern approach to delivery of policy/technical advice and experience of working with public institutions/bodies;
  • Strong diplomatic and negotiation capacities;
  • Excellent IT skills, including word-processing, database applications, presentation software.

Criteria for selection:

Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the inidividual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  • Technical criteria weight - 70% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
  • Financial criteria weight - 30%.

Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.

Application procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by March 8, 2019 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at http://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/operations/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.

Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".


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.


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