Head of Field Office Kuchurgan
      • Application deadline
        07.11.2016 Active Closed
      • Starting date
      • Type of contract
      • Language required
        Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset
      • Expected duration of assignment
        1 December 2016 - 30 November 2017
      Duty Station : Kuchurgan, Ukraine
      Fee: No fee paid, other than the EUBAM standard monthly living allowance  (MLA)
      Type of    Appointment : Seconded position. The secondment is subject to approval by EUBAM and the secondee’s national administration


      Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work:

      The Head of Field Office is responsible for planning and overseeing all activities and the day-to-day management of the Field Office under the supervision of the Head of Field Operations. S/he is responsible for the conduct of the staff and the quality of assistance provided by the Field Office to the partner services at relevant locations as well as regular reporting on activities, findings and observations through the EUBAM reporting mechanisms.

      S/he coordinates and guides the work of a team of seconded international experts and national personnel.

      Detailed description of activities:

      • Manage and oversee all operational activities and staff of the Field Office and ensure that EUBAM provides monitoring support, advice and on-the-job training – as applicable to the mandate of the Field Office – at Moldovan and Ukrainian border crossing points, inland customs houses, relevant law enforcement posts, internal Transnistrian boundary line, at sea ports and along the green and blue border areas as per the Mission mandate and the Description of the Action.
      • Plan and organise the work of the Field Office personnel, determine tasks and work plans and monitor results, decide on work schedule and shifts.
      • Ensure discipline and obedience to the Code of Conduct/Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Administrative Procedures and instructions issued by EUBAM Headquarters.
      • Oversee planning and implementation of transfer of skills through on-the-job training and support given by the EUBAM field personnel to the operational customs or border guards partner services in a live working environment.
      • Ensure that the advice and support provided by the EUBAM field personnel to the partner services is pro-active, pursuant to the provisions of the Moldovan and Ukrainian legislation and is line with rules/regulations of the EU and the best practices of EU member states and follows EUBAM instructions.
      • Prepare weekly and ad hoc reports (situation reports, incident reports).
      • Provide support to Mission´s specific operational activities (such as investigations or analysis).
      • Facilitate exchange of information between partner services by organising meetings and coordination of joint activities at the local level.
      • Perform any other tasks as assigned.


      Main outputs/deliverables:

      • Management of the Field Office through supervision of seconded experts and national personnel.
      • Overall responsibility for planning and implementation of monitoring and support activities of the Field Office (as per EUBAM action plan).
      • Pro-active, relevant and accurate transfer of skills through on-the-job training and guidance provided by the Field Office to the partner services within the range of the Field Office (as per EUBAM action plan).


      Monitoring and reporting requirements:

      The Head of Field Office reports to the Head of Field Operations who is responsible for 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 sciences or a related field or Diploma from Police/Customs/Border Police or Border Guard Academy of the same level complemented with minimum 8 years of relevant working experience and specialized training.
      • Experience as national or international customs or law enforcement official or civil servant of an EU Member State or EU institution.
      • At least ten (8) years of operational experience of border and/or customs controls, of which at least 5 years at management level.
      • Experience with customs/border police/border guard reform projects/missions in transition or developing countries is an asset.
      • Demonstrated ability to decisively build and manage teams in a multinational environment.
      • Very good communication and drafting skills.
      • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset.
      • Computer literacy (Windows applications).
      • National certificate of no criminal records.


      How to apply:  Email your CV and cover letter in English to: vacancies_ukraine@eubam.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 secondment approval on behalf of EUBAM and the EU Member State seconding the incumbent.

      The vacancy is open to the seconded candidates currently serving in EUBAM as well as to the candidates nominated by the Member States for the secondment for the period from 1 December 2016 – 30 November 2017.

      Closing date for applications: 07.11.2016; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner. Only pre-selected candidates will be short-listed for an assessment. The offer to the candidate is subject to funding confirmation.

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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 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.