Legal Specialist - Biofuels (retainer position), Home based

Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Nordic Support for Progress of North Macedonia

A) The Government of Norway has decided to fund a sub-regional programme ‚Nordic Support for Progress in North Macedonia‘ to be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The project consists of a socio-economic development support to the more undeveloped parts of the country and also envisages support to the Macedonian authorities responsible for leading the renewed efforts on the EU accession process.

The Government of Norway has allocated funding for the implementation of the Project in Macedonia during 24 months.

The Overall Objective is to contribute to a more balanced socio-economic development and contribute to the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement and EU accession negotiations priorities.

Specifically, the programme has objectives at the local and national levels i.e. locally, to increase employment opportunities, support social cohesion as well as to enhance local infrastructure in the less developed areas with a focus given to the inclusion of youth, women and vulnerable groups in the labour market. Nationally, the programme aims at supporting the government to improve its capacity for EU integration and government reform agenda in the accession process

All Project activities will be undertaken in partnership and cooperation with national and local institutions, with the aim of allowing them to adopt/adapt the legal requirements and, where relevant, EU accession criteria. This will ensure national ownership and support the development of national capacities.

B) The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has decided to fund a project ‚Support to progress in North Macedonia - Government reform agenda in the EU-accession process‘ to be implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The objective of the project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is to support the enhancement of the EU integration capacity of the Republic of North Macedonia by providing technical assistance to government institutions during the accession period.

SIDA has allocated funding for the implementation of the project in Macedonia during 24 months.

The Overall Objective of the SIDA support is to contribute to, and effectively communicate to the public, the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, accession negotiations and government reform priorities in the Republic of North Macedonia.

Project interventions are aimed towards communicating the benefits of the EU accession process to the general population, as well as to involve the civil society and media throughout the accession phases. All project activities will be undertaken in partnership with the Government of Macedonia, in cooperation with the national institutions, with the aim of allowing them to adopt/adapt the legal requirements and, where relevant, EU accession criteria.

This will ensure national ownership and support the development of national capacities.

Background Information - relevant for the assignment

The purpose of Result 1 ‚Supporting the government reform agenda in the accession process‘ is to provide support to relevant national institutions in charge of alignment of national legal acts with the EU acquis and to contribute to further building of capacities of the central coordination structures and relevant national structures for successful carrying out of the screening process (explanatory and bilateral screening). The overall process is coordinated by the Secretariat for. European Affairs (SEA), as main coordination body in the accession negotiation process.

The National Programme for Adoption of the Acquis (NPAA), as key strategic and planning document in the accession negotiation process is planned, monitored and updated on a regular basis. The NPAA is prepared and monitored by established 33 working groups, for each chapter of the acquis.

The NPAA comprises a comprehensive analysis of the EU Acquis, listing the short- and medium-term priorities in the planning reforms, policies and strategies, plan and schedule for harmonization of national legislation with the Acquis, administrative structures for implementation of legislation in terms of capacity building, establishment new/or restructuring the existing, human resource development and training needs, as well as financial resources. The NPAA is revised every year, taking into account the European Commission Progress Reports and possible updates of the EU acquis. The NPAA is a good base for the preparation of the administration for the screening process and preparation of negotiation positions in the negotiation process.

The Ministry of Economy (ME) is responsible institution for chapter 15 Energy Policy. The national policy in the field of energy is defined by the Energy Law and the Strategy for Developing the Energy Sector until 2040. All other documents, including acts of secondary legislation, action plans, implementation programs etc., stem out from these two underlying documents and are aligned with them. Within the ME, the Energy Sector is responsible for strategic planning, preparation of legislation, development of energy policy, including energy efficiency and promoting use of renewable energy, and monitoring and collection of data related to generation, supply and demand of energy. The Energy Law implements the provisions and obligations from the Third Energy Package of EU and the Directive for Renewable Energy Sources. This Directive is partially transposed, lacking the part that refers to the biofuels, which sets the need for preparation of separate law on biofuels. With assignment of this expert, the process of legislative alignment is expected to be streamlined, which will result in better alignment with the acquis under the Energy Community Treaty and the EU energy acquis, better conditions for performing energy activities, a stable legal and regulatory framework and higher potential for investments in the energy sector. These priorities are defined in the EC country report 2019. In NPAA 2020- 2025, Law on Biofuels is envisaged to be adopted in Q4 2020.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Legal Specialist - Biofuels will provide legal assistance and advice to the working group (WG) established by the Minister of Economy with regards to legal drafting and law harmonization process and preparation of the Law on Biofuels.

All relevant documents for this assignment will be provided by the project in cooperation with the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA) and Ministry of Economy (ME). ME will serve as focal point, designate contact person/coordinator to facilitate the work of selected Specialist, and will establish a working group for drafting the Law on Biofuels.

More specifically, the Specialist will undertake the following activities/responsibilities:

Analyse the relevant documentation (national energy legislation including but not limited to the Energy Law and the Strategy for Developing the Energy Sector until 2040) from the perspective of introduction of new Law on Biofuels

Take part in WG and contribute in drafting the Law on Biofuels by providing initial draft and taking further part in fine-tuning

Contribute in preparation of the draft Regulatory Impact Assessment on the Law on Biofuels, especially in the prat for implementation capacities

Participate in providing feedback during workshops and public hearing organized by the ME, on the text of the Law on Biofuels

Preparation of the explanatory note on the Law on Biofuels

Prepare necessary draft amendments on the current Energy Law and other pieces of legislation that might be necessary to adopt and implement draft Law on Biofuels

Preparation of the Table of Concordance(ToC)


Advanced University Degree in Law is required

University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with a combination of two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Work Experience

Tags development projects energy efficiency energy legislation energy policy financial management housing human resources labour market legal drafting peacebuilding procurement project manager renewable energy renewable energy sources social inclusion supply and demand sustainable development sustainable development goals

Five years with master’s degree or seven years with bachelor’s degree, experience in drafting of law and/ or legal analyses in the energy sector is required

Experience in drafting at least 2 pieces of legislation in the energy field (primary or secondary) in which EU Acquis is transposed is required

Language Requirements

Fluency in English and Macedonian (speaking, reading and writing) is required


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

This is a local position, it is therefore open to Nationals of North Macedonia and to individuals who have a valid residence/work permit.Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) RetainerContract level: Local ICA 10Contract duration: Up to 60 working days, in period of six monthsFor more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners‘ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners‘ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has been active in Serbia since 2000, and the operations of UNOPS Serbia Project Office (RSPO) have since 2017 expanded to North Macedonia and Montenegro.

UNOPS has been a reliable partner primarily of the Government of Serbia, and later of the Governments of North Macedonia and Montenegro, in providing support for demanding socio-economic reforms and facilitating accession to the European Union.

Currently, the RSPO is implementing 12 projects focussed on sustainable socio-economic development, social cohesion, creating environment for employability, business and infrastructure growth, increased security, improved education, enhanced social inclusion either via enabling durable housing solutions or providing access to health, education and jobs for the most vulnerable population. All projects have good governance and gender equality as transversal themes. UNOPS projects are contextualised within the broader Sustainable Development Goals framework and objectives.