Customs Advisor in the Transnistrian Settlement Support Office
      • Application deadline
        14.04.2016 Active Closed
      • Starting date
      • Type of contract
        IC Contract
      • Language required
        Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Ukrainian and/or Russian is an asset
      • Expected duration of assignment
        May 1 – November 30,2016




      Duty Station:                Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
      Classification:              Individual Contractor (IC)
      Position’s Title: Customs Advisor in the Transnistrian Settlement Support Office
      Type of Appointment: IC Contract, May 1 – November 30,2016
      Organizational Unit:   Transnistrian Settlement Office
      Direct Supervisor: Team Leader of the Transnistrian Settlement Office


      Organizational Context: The EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine was established, based on a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 7 October 2005 by the European Commission, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, with IOM as the EU’s implementing partner. The mandate of EUBAM runs through 30 November 2017.


      The Mission is a technical assistance and advisory body that aims at enhancing the border and customs management capacities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, approximate the standards of the border and law enforcement authorities to those of the EU and to enhance the implementation of the rule of law.


      Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work:

      The Customs Advisor works in the Transnistrian Settlement Office under the supervision of the Team Leader of the Transnistrian Settlement Office. S/he acts a customs advisor and provides background information through research on relevant customs issues and supports a wide range of initiatives, including the development and implementation of confidence building measures related to the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. S/he ensures collection of information and data from various sources and prepares analytical products (such as reports and statistics) for the use of EUBAM and various partner institutions.

      Detailed description of activities:

      • Within the mandate of the Transnistrian Settlement Office review and assess the flow of information (weekly reports, reports and other internal documents such as advice and recommendations produced by the Field Offices/EUBAM Office in Moldova, propose/ take corrective act
      • Provide day-to-day advice to the offices in line with the EUBAM Action Plan and other Mission-wide planning and monitoring activities germane to Transnistria and other related matters.
      • Contribute to Transnistria-related transport, customs and trade issues through the development of technical analysis/advice and proposals.
      • Conduct search and carry out analysis of the customs/fiscal regulations (including FEZ and Value Added Tax systems) of the Republic of Moldova (including Transnistria) and Ukraine in compliance with relevant EU regulatory framework and the EU-MD and EU-UA Association Agreements/ DCFTA.
      • Contribute to drafting regular reports (weekly, monthly, annual, activity progress) and ad hoc reports (incident, thematic, special including recommendations).
      • Perform other tasks as assigned.



      Main outputs/deliverables:

      • Advice to Field Offices/EUBAM Office in Moldova as per EUBAM action plan.
      • Planning and coordination of operational activities with the involvement of Field Offices/EUBAM Office in Moldova in the areas germane to Transnistria-related matters (as per the EUBAM action plan).
      • Analysis with a view to identifying needs for improvements in the field of customs issues in Ukraine and Republic of Moldova in relation to specific areas of the EU-Moldova and EU-Ukraine Association Agendas (as per the EUBAM action plan).
      • Conceptualisation of projects or activities related to the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict, through technical proposals for overcoming differences and issues in the transport, customs and trade spheres.

      Monitoring and reporting requirements:

      The Customs Advisor reports to the Team Leader of the Transnistrian Settlement Office who is responsible for the appraisal of performance and quality of work deliverables. The reporting takes place through written and verbal briefs.

      Selection criteria/requirements:

      • Master’s degree in law, economics, social science or a related field or Diploma from Customs Academy of the same level complemented with minimum eight (8) years of relevant working experience and specialised training.
      • Experience as national or international law enforcement official or civil servant of a EU Member State or EU institution.
      • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience of border and / or customs control.
      • International experience with customs/border police reform projects in developing countries is an asset.
      • Good communications, interpersonal and drafting skills.
      • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Ukrainian and/or Russian is an asset.
      • Computer literacy (Windows applications).
      • National certificate of no criminal record.


      NOTE: Email your CV and cover letter in English to:

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      As per the EU’s commitment to improve gender balance in EU missions at the management levels, qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Closing date for applications April 14, 2016; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

      Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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      • Who we are?

        The European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) was launched in 2005. The legal basis for EUBAM is the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the European Commission and the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine on 7 October 2005.

        The current Mission’s mandate is valid until 30 November 2023.

        EUBAM promotes border control, customs and trade norms and practices that meet European Union standards, and serve the needs of its two partner countries.

      • What we do?

        The Mission works with Moldova and Ukraine to harmonise border control, and customs and trade standards and procedures with those in EU Member States. It helps to improve cross-border cooperation between the border guard and customs agencies and other law enforcement bodies and to facilitate international coordinated cooperation. EUBAM assists Moldova and Ukraine to fulfil the obligations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which both countries signed as part of their Association Agreements with the EU. It also contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict through confidence building measures and as a monitoring presence at the Transnistrian segment of the Moldova-Ukraine border.

      • Where we work?

        The Republic of Moldova-Ukraine state border is 1,222 km long, consisting of 955 km of “green” (land) border and 267 km of “blue” (river) border.

        The Mission is headquartered in Odesa (Ukraine) with two country offices (in Chisinau – the Republic of Moldova and in Odesa – Ukraine) and six field offices in its area of operation – three on the Moldovan side of the common border and three on the Ukrainian side.

        There are 67 border crossing points along the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, including 25 at the central (Transnistrian) segment.

        The administrative boundary line between the two banks of the Nistru river is 411 km long. Nine customs posts are located along it, within which MDCS representatives perform the customs control duties, supported by MoIA representatives. Six BMA subdivisions, in which foreigners can voluntarily register or de-register, are also located on the boundary line.