Team Leader / Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue
      • 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 is an asset
      • Expected duration of assignment
        1 December 2017 – 30 November 2018
      Duty Station: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
      Organizational Unit: Transnistrian Settlement Team, part of EUBAM Office in Moldova
      Direct Supervisor:
      Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova


      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 Team Leader / Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue manages the activities of the Transnistrian Settlement Team and works under the supervision of the Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova. S/he develops and implements the strategic objectives for the Mission´s Confidence Building Measures interventions and is responsible for the results of the EUBAM Action Plan as relates to Confidence Building Measures activities. S/he works closely with various Moldovan and Ukrainian and international partners. S/he acts as advisor and is responsible to provide advice and on formulation and implementation of EUBAM´s strategies and activities related to the Transnistrian issue.

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


      Detailed description of activities:

      • Define and formulate results for EUBAM´s interventions in Confidence Building Measures fields of work, plan activities of Transnistrian Settlement Team with the objective of effective implementation of the EUBAM Action Plan.
      • Oversee and coordinate all activities of the Transnistrian Settlement Team and coordinate activities between Transnistrian Settlement Team and other parts of EUBAM.
      • Plan and determine tasks and work plans and monitor results of international experts and national personnel in the Transnistrian Settlement Team in accordance to the EUBAM mandate.
      • Support the Mission Management in strategic decision-making and establishment of EUBAM policy on national and international levels and the Head of Mission and Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova and in regard to the technical support of the Transnistrian issues.
      • Study and prepare potential technical proposals in the frame of the control of travelers and goods related to the central segment of the Ukraine-Moldova state border.
      • Conceptualise and implement technical plans and projects to facilitate the confidence-building activities. Facilitate communication processes between the parties by organising meetings, information exchanges and consultations between the stakeholders.
      • Formulate and draft plans, briefs, and concept papers on various technical topics related to Transnistrian issue.
      • Perform other tasks as assigned.


      Main outputs/deliverables:

      1. Concepts and plans for operationalisation of EUBAM´s mandate in the field of Confidence Building Measures to partner institutions as relates to the settlement of the Transnistrian issue.
      2. Overall responsibility for planning and implementation of EUBAM´s objectives and activities in the area of Confidence Building Measures to partner institutions as relates to the settlement of the conflict in Transnistria (as per EUBAM action plan).
      3. Day-to-day management of Transnistrian Settlement Team personnel (as per EUBAM action plan)
      4. Advice through written inputs (drafts, comments, opinions, proposals and recommendations) to Moldovan and Ukrainian partner services related to legislative, functional and structural issues related to operationalisation of the Confidence Building measures to partner institutions as relates to the settlement of the Transnistrian issue (as per EUBAM action plan).


      Monitoring and reporting requirements:

      The Team Leader / Technical Advisor on Transnistrian Issue reports to the Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova 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 (or equivalent), preferably in law, economics, social sciences or a related field or Diploma from Police/Customs/Border Guard or Border Police Academy of the same level.
      • Experience as national or international law enforcement official or civil servant of a EU Member State or EU institution.
      • At least ten years of operational experience in customs/border management activities, of which at least five years at management level.
      • Knowledge and excellent understanding of the Transnistrian issue.
      • Experience with customs/border management projects in transition/developing countries is an asset.
      • Demonstrated ability to decisively build and manage teams in a multinational environment and manage complex partner/stakeholder relationships.
      • Excellent interpersonal, communications and drafting skills.
      • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other EU languages (Romanian, in particular) and Russian is an asset.
      • Computer literacy (Windows applications).
      • National certificate of no criminal record.



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      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-September 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 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. Nin