Project Analyst

United Nations Development Programme

Chisinau, Moldova

The overall objective and expected outcome of this project is to secure that men and women on both banks of the Nistru River have better livelihoods and living conditions, due to an improved cross-river cooperation to access the opportunities offered by Moldova’s external trade arrangements, contributing to an environment of trust and cooperation across the post-conflict divide.

Specific objectives (outputs):

  • Improved cross-river exchange of information, knowledge and experience on the export promotion mechanisms on the right bank, and awareness-raising on the opportunities provided by external trade agreements.
  • Enhanced competitiveness and joint exports of business communities from both riverbanks through improved companies’ exporting capacities and cluster and value chain development.
  • Enhanced capacities for policy formulation leading to a conducive business environment on both banks and reduction of barriers to trade and economic cooperation.
  • Expand the MSME sector in the Transnistrian region and security zone via support to new or emerging businesses, in particular women-led and with impact on the most vulnerable (migrants, young people including minorities representatives, elderly people etc.).

The Advanced Cross-river Capacities for Trade (AdTrade) Project (2019 – 2025), funded by the Swedish and British Governments and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) plans to improve living conditions by fostering cooperation between the residents of both banks of Nistru river. This goal will be achieved by providing the private sector of the left bank with access to opportunities within Moldova’s foreign trade agreements, thus contributing to an atmosphere of trust and cooperation between the two banks. The project provides for methodological and practical assistance in establishing long-term trade relations in promoting exports, as well as support for existing companies and conditions for the establishment of new enterprises, which will provide new jobs, especially for vulnerable groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Analyst will be part of the Project Management Team (PMT) and will, under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, be responsible for managing the successful implementation of the project activities. The Project Analyst will interact closely with short-term experts. The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the project) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients. More specifically, he/she will:

  • Ensure practical coordination of assigned areas of project activities to meet expected results. Contribute to the annual activity and procurement work plans as well as budgets based on expected year end outputs. Ensure close monitoring of activities and disbursements.
  • Design, plan and monitor project activities, under the supervision of the Project Manager. Ensure the high quality of the concept papers, terms of references, proposal outlines and agreements in close cooperation with service providers and/or grant recipients.
  • Establish monitoring and evaluation systems. Establish a system of progress review with each of the implementing partners.
  • Ensure timely submission of financial and activity reports by implementing partners,and ensure harmonized reporting by recipients on key performance indicators.
  • Advise service providers and/or grant recipients on strategies to facilitate results-based implementation of project activities, and ensure constant feedback on quality of their implementation, suggesting corrective measures as necessary.
  • Support the selection, capacity assessment, contracting, monitoring, evaluation and audit of recipients, ensuring compliance with UNDP regulations.
  • Contribute to the preparation of qualitative work plans and financial progress reports as may be required by the Project Manager. Provide close support for the preparation of procurement/contracting and financial delivery reports for UNDP management. Timely submit the above-mentioned deliverables.
  • Provide regular reports to the Project manager and flag any deviations from the work plans immediately.
  • Contribute to the wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements. Support mechanisms for exchange of information, experience and lessons learned at the local and national levels.
  • Maintain close coordination with assigned project partners, helping at ensuring synergies and avoiding overlaps in project implementation.
  • Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide. Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Analyst/Business Development contributes to the effective and efficient implementation of the business development activities, through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, management and monitoring of project activities. The incumbent applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Project Analyst on Business Development works in close collaboration with the Project Team, and other project teams in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex programme/project-related issues and information delivery.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in economics, business administration, management, or other relatedfields relevant to the position is required, or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master`s degree


  • Up to 2 years (with Master’s Degree) or minimum 2 years (with Bachelor’s Degree) of progressive working experience of managing projects/initiatives in the field of business development and/or working in a relevant position to this post.


  • Fluency in English, Romanian and Russian.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language would be an asset.