Application deadline15.07.2015 Active Closed
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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 2015.
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.
Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work:
The consultant will assess the current stage of implementation and usage of customs simplified procedures according to the Association Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, with specific reference to the Republic of Moldova, (Articles 193d and 193k), and Ukraine, (Articles 76d and 76k), WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, other international standards, and national legislation of both Partner Countries – Moldova and Ukraine.
In working with representatives of the Moldova Customs Service (MDCS) and Ukraine State Fiscal Service (UASFS) the consultant will identify gaps, inconsistencies and obstacles in the implementation of customs simplified procedures. The consultant will draft two separate reports – one for Moldova and one for Ukraine containing an assessment of the usage of customs simplified procedures and possible recommendations on alignment of procedures/processes with above mentioned international standards.
The assignment locations will be Chisinau, Moldova and Odessa and Kiev, Ukraine.
The assignment shall commence no later than 1st September 2015 and conclude prior to 30th November 2015 utilising a maximum period of forty (40) billable days.
The consultant will be attached to the EUBAM Border Management Modernisation Office (BMMO) under the overall supervision of the Team Leader.
Fieldwork and stakeholder consultations will be conducted in Moldova – Chisinau, at the MDCS Head Quarters and in Ukraine at the UASFS Head Quarters in Kiev and also in Odessa. Where appropriate it may be necessary to visit other relevant customs locations. Subject to prior arrangement the consultant will have access to EUBAM deployed transportation, and translation / interpreter resources.
The consultant will work closely with relevant personnel from the MDCS and UASFS and where necessary with appropriate EUBAM experts to ensure partner expectations are met and ownership of the final output is successfully transferred to the MDCS and UASFS within the contract term.
Applicants should email their CV in EU template using Microsoft Word format, together with a cover letter in English to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following in the subject line of email messages: “Vacancy – Short-term, Senior Expert – Customs Simplified Procedures (BMMO).”
Closing date for applications 15th July 2015; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply earlier.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
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.