Application deadline17.04.2019 Active Closed
Type of contractConsultancy Contract
Language requiredFluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Russian and/or Romanian would be an advantage
Expected duration of assignment30 days in two missions within three months’ period
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is looking for an Expert on Customs Procedures within European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), according to the Terms of Reference below, to start on 1 June 2019.
|Duty Station:||Based in EUBAM Office in Moldova; Transnistrian Settlement Team|
|Fee:||8,000 EUR paid in instalments|
|Technical supervision:||Team Leader/Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue|
|Organizational Unit:||Transnistrian Settlement Team, EUBAM|
Nature of the consultancy: Advisory services and support on strategic and operational issues related to customs procedures, in particular on implementation and usage of inward and outward processing procedures applied in Transnistria, the Republic of Moldova.
- IOM Project to which the consultancy is contributing: European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine
The EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine was established based on a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding 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 until 30 November 2020.
The Mission is a technical assistance and advisory body which is charged with assisting partner agencies in the Republic of Moldova and in Ukraine to enhance cross border and customs management capabilities, to approximate the standards of cross border agencies to those of the EU, and to enhance implementation of the rule of law whilst facilitating legitimate cross border trade in goods and the unhindered movement of legitimate cross border travellers.
- Tasks to be performed under this contract.
Under the overall supervision of the IOM Chief of Mission and Head of EUBAM and under direct supervision of the Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova and the Chief of Administration and the overall coordination and oversight of the Team Leader/Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue, the Consultant will implement the project tasks related to the analysis of de facto Transnistrian customs legislation in the field of customs special procedures and drafting recommendations on its alignment to international and EU procedures.
In working with representatives of Moldovan Customs Service (MDCS) and of the Transnistrian customs structure, the consultant will assess the state of play of the customs special procedures in particular on implementation and usage of inward and outward processing procedures, will identify gaps, inconsistencies and obstacles to the implementation of inward and outward processing procedures. The gaps analysis will be made according to the Union Customs Code (Regulation (EU) No 952/2013), Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015 supplementing Regulation (EU) 952/2013 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015 laying down rules to implement certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2015/2013 with specific reference to the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) in Specific Annex F on Processing. The consultant will prepare a report containing an assessment of the de facto Transnistrian customs special procedures implementation including the usage of inward and outward processing procedure and recommendations on alignment of procedures/processes with above mentioned international standards.
Specific functions to be performed:
- To review existing Transnistrian regulations for customs special procedures, in particular the processing of goods/inward and outward processing in a series of meetings to be held with the Transnistrian customs structure, representatives of MDCS and members of relevant business communities in Tiraspol.
- To deliver a Power Point Presentation (PPP) outlining the inward and outward processing procedures, key elements of the main findings, recommendations and proposals. The content of the PPP will be coordinated and agreed with the Team Leader/Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue.
- To moderate/chair a workshop on customs special procedures and deliver the Power Point Presentation on the topic mentioned in the item 2 above.
- To deliver a final report containing an assessment of the customs special procedures in particular the usage of inward and outward processing procedures and recommendations on alignment of procedures/processes with above mentioned international standards.
- Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment (expected to be delivered within two months of the Contract’s duration)
- To gather primary data on the current state of affairs of the Transnistrian regulations for customs special procedures via meetings with the Transnistrian customs structure, MDCS officials and members of relevant business communities in Tiraspol within first 10 days following commencement of the assignment to ensure the success of the project within the contract term.
- To carry out analysis of Transnistria’s customs regulations compliance as regards the customs special procedures in particular on inward and outward processing procedures with international customs standards and EU best practices (with a practical example of one of the EU countries), to propose legislative amendments to harmonize them with EU standards and best practices with a view to simplifying customs procedures and promoting production, investment and foreign trade within 25 days following commencement of the assignment. Prepare a Power Point Presentation to be coordinated with and approved by the Team Leader/Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue for a subsequent moderation of the thematic workshop.
- To deliver a Power Point Presentation, outlining the inward and outward processing procedures, key elements of the main findings, recommendations, legislative amendments and proposals, at the workshop within 80 days following commencement of the assignment.
- To produce a comprehensive final report in English (not less than 20 pages without annexes) containing full content of the expertise results – findings, recommendations, proposals for legislative amendments and way forward suggested by the expert. This final output is to be coordinated with the Team Leader/Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue and approved by the Head of Mission and submitted prior to the conclusion of the contract term.
- Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered.
The assignment shall commence not later than 1 June 2019 and conclude prior to 30 September 2019 utilising a maximum period of thirty (30) billable days.
- Performance indicators for evaluation of results (value of services rendered in relation to their cost).
The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- Satisfactory completion of tasks indicated in this TOR
- Quality of the Power Point Presentation and the delivery of a workshop
- Quality of the final report
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- University degree in law, economics, social sciences or a related field or equivalent professional experience of at least 12 years.
- At least eight (8) years’ experience in a customs administration or a related service dealing with customs issues of which at least five (5) years of professional experience in the customs procedures’ areas;
- Extensive knowledge and comparative overview of the Union Customs Code, other relevant EU regulations and EU member state practice, WCO standards relating to inward/outward processing procedures;
- Experience with the design and or implementation of customs procedures for a national customs administration;
- Excellent knowledge of EU and EU MS national customs procedures legislation, including inward and outward processing;
- Proven ability to work independently in a multi-cultural international environment with a high degree of cultural sensitivity;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with senior officials;
- Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Russian and/or Romanian would be an advantage.
- Previous work experience in transition countries would be an advantage.
- Previous experience in the region would be an asset.
Logistics and Timing:
The assignment will involve trips to Tiraspol, the Republic of Moldova.
Subject to prior arrangement the consultant will have access to EUBAM deployed transportation, and translation/interpreter resources. Should the assignment require duty trips outside of Chisinau, Moldova, the consultant will not be entitled to any per-diem.
The Organization will pay the Consultant up to two (2) round trip flight tickets from the Consultant’s home station to the place of duty.
Before commencing work, the Consultant will be required to submit a statement of good health (worldwide coverage) signed by a certified medical doctor, including confirmation that the Consultant’s vaccinations required for the country to which travel may be required are up to date.
IOM only covers the Consultant against occupational accidents and illnesses under the Compensation Plan (CP), free of charge, for the duration of the assignment. IOM does not provide evacuation or medical insurance for reasons related to non-occupational accidents and illnesses. The Consultant is responsible for his/her own medical insurance for non-occupational accident or illness.
How to apply:
Email your CV and cover letter in English to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.
Note: As per the EU’s commitment to improve gender balance in EU missions, qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for the appointment.
Closing date for applications: 17.04.2019; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.
Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.
The offer to the candidate is subject to funding confirmation.
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 2020.
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.