REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST;
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST;
Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project
Assignment Title: Local expert on İmprovement of Veterinary Legislation
Reference No. A1/CS-12
The Government of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services.
The project consists of four components:
- Component A – Support for sanitary and phytosanitary services, which is structured into three subcomponents: support: (i) Food Safety Capacity Building; (ii) Upgrading Plant Health and Phytosanitary System, and (iii) Animal Health and Veterinary Services.
- Component B - Agrobusiness value chain development. The activities will be structured into two sub-components: (i) Investment and advisory support for agribusiness value chain development, and (ii) Seed sector development.
- Component C – Financial services to agribusiness.
- Component D - Project Management.
The general objective of the assignment is to support Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency in (i) identifying the gaps in the current legal framework governing the veterinary sector; and (ii) improving the veterinary legislation, including primary (Veterinary Law) and secondary legislation.
The veterinary legal framework currently consists of Veterinary Law dated 2005 and secondary legislation (legal normative documents/rules) arising out of the primary legislation. With the view that the Veterinary law is outdated and a number of reforms have been made in the field of food safety and agrarian services, including veterinary services since its adoption, it does not currently cover many aspects, like regulation of private veterinary services, establishment of Veterinary Statutory Body with clear definition of its rights and responsibilities, provision of animal welfare, registration and identification of animals, state veterinary control over food and non-food products, regulation of import, export and transit of veterinary goods, therefore, there is a need to revise it with the view of legal framework of the Republic of Azerbaijan, particularly Food Safety Law to be soon adopted as well as in line with international requirements, including requirements of OIE, and with consideration of intention of the Republic of Azerbaijan to harmonize with EU approach .
Scope of work and work methodology
The assignment of Consultant will consist of 2 (two stages). Under the first assignment stage, Consultant shall (i) arrange and join consultations of the international expert with counterparts and stakeholders on the subject; (ii) jointly with the international expert review and carry out gap analysis of the existing Veterinary Law in line with international best practice; (iii) participate in drafting the required chapters and missing parts in the Law or draft the new Law by ensuring non-contradiction of the new draft/draft parts with the national legislation and also framing/adjusting them in line with national legal language and nomo-technical practices and norms.
(iv) assist the international expert in reviewing the existing list of the secondary legislation arising from the primary legislation and developing the draft list of the required secondary legislation.
Under the second assignment stage, Consultant shall (i) arrange and join consultations of the international expert with counterparts and stakeholders on the subject; (ii) participate in reviewing and carrying out gap analysis of the existing secondary legislation arising from the primary legislation and also in developing the list of the required secondary legislation in line with international best practice and with the draft of Veterinary law (iii) contribute to revising and drafting the required secondary legislation to ensure consistency with the required norms.
The consultant shall also assist the international expert in developing Tables of Concordance in consistence and alignment with EU Regulation for support both the primary and secondary legislation if such a decision is taken.
The improved veterinary legislation shall ensure a legal framework that will allow the AFSA to fulfil its functions in the area of veterinary services such as epidemic surveillance; early detection and reporting of animal diseases, including zoonosis; rapid response to and prevention and control of animal disease and food safety emergencies; animal product food safety; the welfare of animals; and the relevant certification of animals and animal products for export and also more effectively prevent, identify and mitigate biological threats within the country.
The veterinary legislation shall be drafted in a manner that establishes clear rights, responsibilities and obligations (i.e. ’normative');
Be unambiguous, with clear and consistent syntax and vocabulary;
Be precise, accurate and consistent in the repeated use of the terminology;
Contain no definitions that create any conflict or ambiguity;
Include a clear statement of scope and objectives;
Provide for the application of penalties and sanctions, either criminal or administrative, as appropriate to the situation.
Required input and duration of the assignment
It is estimated that a total input of sixty (60) work/days will be required during the period of March - June 2020. The consultant will accompany international expert during all his/her missions and work closely with the staff of AFSA, AFSI and ASA. The first and subsequent missions of the international expert to Azerbaijan will be scheduled in consultation with him/her and AFSA.
The Consultant will assist the international expert in screening the current Veterinary Law and identifying gaps and parts of the law, which are subject to alignment with EU legislation and best international practices. The Consultant will provide language support to the international expert in discussions of his/her recommendations with the AFSA, ASA and all concerned parties.
The shortlisting criteria are:
- Master and higher university degree in law;
- Over ten years’ experience in writing laws, regulations and normative acts;
- Previous experience of work in the area of food and veterinary is preferable;
- Previous experience in donor funded projects (WB and EU -funded projects) and understanding of its requirements is preferable;
- Excellent written and spoken Azerbaijani and English languages;
- Sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow;
- Good inter-personal and communication skills.
The Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project now invites eligible individual 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.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 edition, revised July 2014 (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interests.
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Individual Consultancy method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by February 19, 2020.
Agency for Agro Credit and Development under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan/Agricultural Competitiveness Improvement Project
Attn: Mr. Anar Azimov
25E, Nobel avenue, Baku White City Business Center, AZ1025, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (+99 412) 525 01 17
Further information can be obtained at the address above during office hours 09:00 - 18:00.