Head of Mission
      • Application deadline
        15.10.2017 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 Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset
      • Expected duration of assignment
        1 December 2017 – 30 November 2018

      Duty Station:                   EUBAM HQ, Odessa, Ukraine


      Organizational Context: In June 2005, the Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine sent a joint letter to the EU requesting assistance for enhanced border management capacities, including the development of an international standard of border and customs control at the state border of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The EU responded positively to this request and an EU Border Assistance Mission 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. The initial duration of EUBAM was 2 years, until November 2007.  Its mandate has been extended until 30 November 2017. The procedure for the fifth extension is ongoing. This announcement is subject to the signature of a contribution agreement between the European Commission and IOM.


      Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work:

      The Head of Mission of EUBAM works under the overall guidance of the Advisory Board and the EU Delegations to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and carries the overall responsibility for the implementation of the mandate of EUBAM and the effectiveness of the overall results and activities as well as efficiency of its operations. S/he ensures the cost-effective use of EUBAM resources and appropriate management processes and mechanisms. The Head of Mission has the overall management responsibility for approximately 100 international and national Mission personnel. S/he acts as an advisor on customs/ border police matters to the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova on matters related to the Transnistrian conflict.


      Detailed description of activities:

      • Assume overall responsibility for the implementation of the EUBAM mandate, its operations and activities and for the achievement of results. Assume responsibility for the overall management, communications, reporting and security of the Mission and its personnel.
      • Assume responsibility for work of the Mission personnel and overall supervision and guidance as relates to EUBAM operations and activities. Lead and supervise staff through general and individual instructions as pertains to areas not covered in the standard operating and administrative procedures.
      • Assume overall accountability for the management of EUBAM financial resources, formulation and implementation of the budget and appropriate internal controls within the framework of the Description of Action and in accordance with relevant regulatory framework and operational procedures of the EU and IOM.
      • Ensure conformity with applicable standard operating and administrative procedures as well as compliance of EUBAM procedures with the relevant regulatory frameworks and the EUBAM-specific division of roles and responsibilities in managing resources, as per delegation of authority.
      • Ensure compliance with the regulatory frameworks related to security and safety guidelines and procedures in co-ordination with the Chiefs of the IOM Mission in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
      • Ensure management of strategic partnerships and communications with all EUBAM stakeholders including the Governments of the partner countries, EU and the EU member states officials as well as the senior officials of international organisations.
      • Work closely with EEAS, the various Commission services and the EU Delegations to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine on implementation of the overall objectives of EUBAM. Provide overall coordination with other related EU assistance projects or projects of other donor countries/institutions.
      • Ensure timely and appropriate reporting to the EEAS and Commission services and the relevant Council bodies (PSC, COEST, CIVCOM).

      Represent EUBAM in senior level meetings with Moldovan and Ukrainian partner services, in meetings with EU Member State representations in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, and with various international organisations e.g. OSCE.


      Main outputs/deliverables:

      1. Overall responsibility for the development and implementation of EUBAM mandate, operations and activities and achievement of results as well as management, communications, reporting and financial resources.
      2. Overall supervision of, and guidance to, personnel as relates to EUBAM operations and activities and responsibility for the security of the Mission and its personnel.
      3. Effective relationships with strategic partners at senior level in the partner countries, EEAS, the EC, EU Member States and international organisations.
      4. Contribution made to improving cooperation on customs and border management in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
      5. Technical contribution made towards settlement of the Transnistrian issue.
      6. Contribution made towards enhancing the customs enforcement and law enforcement capacity of partners in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
      7. Contribution made towards enhancing cooperation with civil society.


      Monitoring and reporting requirements:

      The Head of Mission reports to the Heads of EU Delegations to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, to the relevant EU bodies and to the IOM Chief of Mission in Ukraine and in the Republic of Moldova.


      Selection criteria/requirements:

      • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in law, economics, public administration or a related field.
      • Extensive experience as national or international law enforcement official or civil servant of an EU Member State or EU institution.
      • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience in border management, customs management, and/or law enforcement, of which at least 5 years spent in a senior management position (central/HQ level) of an EU Member State Border Police (Guard)/Customs service.
      • Relevant operational experience with border police (guards)/customs or other law enforcement services in EU Member States or at the European level.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
      • Excellent leadership, and management skills and broad customs, police and operational experience.
      • Computer literacy (Windows applications).
      • Executive leadership experience with capacity building projects related to law enforcement services or with EU police or customs missions in transition/developing countries is an asset.
      • Excellent knowledge of EU policy in the Eastern Neighbourhood, especially related to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and EU-UA and EU-MD relations in the sphere of customs and border management is an asset.
      • Excellent knowledge of Moldovan and Ukrainian state institutions is an asset.
      • Excellent knowledge of the Transnistrian issue.
      • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset.
      • National certificate of no criminal record.



      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.

      Closing date for applications October 15, 2017; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

      The candidates who applied for this position earlier in August-October 2017 will be considered automatically, there is no need to re-apply.

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

      Appointment 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 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 th