Senior Border Police Advisor
      • Application deadline
        16.11.2016 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 Russian and/or Ukrainian is an asset.
      • Expected duration of assignment
        1 December 2016 - 30 November 2017
      Duty Station: Odessa, Ukraine
      Classification: Individual Contractor (IC)
      Organizational Unit: Head of Mission Office
      Direct Supervisor: Head of Mission


      The candidates who applied for this position earlier in October 2016 will be considered automatically, there is no need to re-apply.

      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 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, approximating the standards of the border and law enforcement authorities to those of the EU and enhancing the implementation of the rule of law.

      Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work:

      The Senior Border Police Advisor works in the Head of Mission Office under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission and is responsible for providing consultancy and practical support to the partner services of the Moldovan and Ukrainian Border Police/Border Guards, Customs and other services in achieving effective integrated border management practices and procedures that reflect EU standards and best practices

      As an overriding objective, the post holder will in all activities seek to maximise the opportunities to empower partners and to transfer ownership and responsibility to them.

      Detailed description of activities:

      • Provides advice and support to partner services in the development and implementation of strategies related to Integrated Border Management.
      • Provides advice and support on the introduction of systems for exchanging personal data that is compliant with national legislation and EU standards.
      • Coordinates EUBAM activities with EU initiatives and projects, e.g. Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative on IBM, EU projects on improvement of the technical facilities of EUBAM partners, etc.
      • Provides advice and support to partner services in the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
      • Facilitates the development and implementation of joint/shared border crossing points along the Ukraine/Moldovan border.
      • Provides technical advice to facilitate agreements between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine on border-related issues.
      • Oversees, advises and manages as necessary the work of EUBAM Field Offices in relation to the implementation of Joint Patrolling by Border Guard/Border Police along the Moldovan/Ukrainian border.
      • Performs other tasks as assigned.


      Main outputs/deliverables:

      1. Providing written advice and recommendations to partner services on issues of legislation, procedures, plans and policies.
      2. Delivering written reports under established EUBAM planning and monitoring procedures.
      3. Providing technical support when required to assist other members of EUBAM in the achievement of their objectives.


      Monitoring and reporting requirements:

      The Senior Border Police Advisor reports to the Head of Mission. The Head of Mission is responsible for appraisal of performance and quality of work deliverables. The reporting takes place through written and oral briefs.

      Selection criteria/requirements:

      • Master’s degree, preferably in law, economics, social sciences or a related field or Diploma from Police/Border Guard or Border Police Academy complemented with minimum 8 years of relevant working experience and specialised training.
      • Experience as national or international law enforcement official or civil servant of an EU Member State or EU institution.
      • At least 8 years of operational experience in border police/border guard activities.
      • In depth knowledge of the EU concepts and strategies in the border police/border guard field.
      • Experience with the application of EU standards and best practices on border control, the Schengen Acquis, the Border Code of the Community, the Integrated Border Management concept and other relevant policies.
      • Experience with customs/border management projects in transition/developing countries is an asset.
      • Good communications 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 record.


      Email your CV and cover letter in English to:

      Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.

      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:  16 November 2016; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

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

      Please note that the position is subject to funds availability.

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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.