Expert on Veterinary issues

Position Title :

Expert on Veterinary issues

Duty Station :

Chisinau, Moldova

Classification :

IOM Consultancy Contract


EUR 450 per billable day

Type of Appointment :

Consultant, 40 billable days

Organisational Unit :

EUBAM Office in Moldova

Overall Supervisor :

Head of Border Management Department (HoBMD)

Estimated Start Date :

As soon as possible


  1. Nature of the consultancy: Advisory services and support on strategic and operational issues related to veterinary to officials of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
  2. IOM Project to which the Consultancy is contributing: European Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine.
  3. 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, approximate the standards of the border and law enforcement authorities to those of the EU and to enhance the implementation of the rule of law.
  4. Main objectives of the assignment/scope of work: The Expert on Veterinary issues works in EUBAM Office in Moldova under the day-to-day supervision of the Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova and overall supervision of the Head of Border Management Department. His/her main responsibility is to provide advice and support on strategic and operational issues related to veterinary.
  5. Tasks to be performed under this contract:
  • Provide support and substantive advice in helping the veterinary authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to approximate their procedures and approaches to those of the EU in line with Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area requirements.
  • Participate in planning, development and implementation of EUBAM initiatives supporting the veterinary authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
  • Provide advice and assistance in organizing, coordinating, carrying out assessments of veterinary control procedures (including through the use of advanced tools such as risk analysis/assessment, proportion of e -systems, simplified procedures, etc.).
  • Support the veterinary agencies in reviewing the normative framework through identifying possible gaps and supporting the drafting of relevant normative amendments in line with the respective strategy, EU-Moldova/Ukrainian Association Agreement, the Action Plan for Its Implementation and other relevant guiding instruments.
  • Provide specialist advice on the interpretation and improvement of rules and regulations on veterinary control.
  • In coordination with the EUBAM, support the veterinary authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in assessing control operational needs, suggest and promote capacity building initiatives and develop other necessary recommendations for the implementation of the relevant parts of the Association Agreement and the Action Plan for its Implementation and other relevant initiatives.
  • Provide advice on the implementation of reliable testing, diagnostics, and quarantine/destruction measures of goods.
  • Support the specialized national authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in the effective exchange of information (on presence of diseases and pests).
  • Take the lead in monitoring compliance of the implementation of trade policy measures in the field of veterinary Ensure timely and appropriate reporting on his/her activity.
  • Consult with EUBAM on appropriate and agreed approaches to the specified tasks prior to assumption of the tasks.
  • Draft a comprehensive assessment/evaluation report on the consultancy assignment and its outcomes, offering observations/recommendations to the national authorities in Moldova and Ukraine
  • Deliver/organise two (2) workshops/seminars based on findings/recommendations of assessment/evaluation report to agree implementation roadmap and action plan.
  • Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned.


  1. Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment.

Key outputs will include:

  • Prepare/deliver Inception Report to be completed within the first 10 working days of the assignment setting out a work plan, prospective schedule of activities including proposed travel plans and initial meetings as well as expected results.
  • Draft a comprehensive assessment/evaluation report, containing recommendations, to be completed and delivered to the Moldovan Veterinary authorities before 30 September 2017. The report will incorporate a comprehensive description of areas where procedures, in relation to activities undertaken by authorities at the border of Moldova and Ukraine including the Transnistrian region, need further adaptation or improvement.  
  • Prior to the end of the assignment organise/deliver  two (2) workshops/seminars for senior Veterinary authority managers and practitioners from Moldova and Ukraine, that elaborate an agreed implementation roadmap and action plan using the assessment/evaluation report and its recommendations as the basis for establishing a clear way forward.
  1. Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered.

The assignment shall commence no later than 1 May 2017 and conclude prior to 31 October 2017 utilising a maximum period of forty (40) billable days.

  1. Monitoring and reporting requirements:

The Expert on veterinary issues reports to the Head of Border Management Department, who is responsible for evaluation of performance and quality of the work deliverables. The reporting takes place through written and verbal briefs.

The working language of the assignment shall be English and all reports and formal communications relating to the assignment shall be in the English language. If required by the partners for organizational convenience translation from English to Russian or Romanian language, will be coordinated by EUBAM.

All presentations, reports or formal correspondence shall follow appropriate EUBAM communications templates and in the first instance shall be submitted through the Head of Border Management Department, who may decide to subject such presentations or draft reports to peer review by other EUBAM experts, prior to release of such products to originally intended audience.

Head of Border Management Department is responsible for approving the format, content and quality of such reports on behalf of EUBAM, prior to the release of such presentations and reports to the relevant agencies in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Following approval of presentations and reports by EUBAM, the release of reports to the relevant partners in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine shall carry with it the transfer of full ownership and intellectual property rights attached thereto, without constraint. All presentations, reports and correspondence shall be submitted to the Head of Border Management Department in electronic form using Microsoft Word / PowerPoint and / or PDF format.

No documentation produced by the consultant in relation to this assignment, shall subsequently be published, released or distributed by the consultant to a third party without the express, prior written approval of the EUBAM Head of Mission. This constraint shall survive the expiry date of the contract under which the consultant is engaged to undertake this assignment.

  1. Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Active or recently retired civil servant of EU Member State or EU Institution.
  • University degree or equivalent in the veterinary management/ sciences, economics or law.
  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible work experience in an EU country veterinary agency, of which at least three (3) years spent in management position.
  • Proven in-depth knowledge and understanding of the veterinary management and integrated border management concept on the EU level and ability to effectively apply this knowledge within organizational context and deliver quality products consistently throughout the consultancy duration.
  • Good knowledge of EU legislation in the area of veterinary management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment with respect for diversity.
  • Advisory experiences with EU/EC border management missions/external assistance programmes in transition/developing countries is an asset.
  • Excellent drafting, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Romanian, Ukrainian and/or Russian is an asset.
  • Strong thematic knowledge and ability to deliver quality products consistently throughout the consultancy duration.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues by taking into account the situations of multiple countries and synthesize the analysis with concrete recommendations in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and punctuality of the submission of the deliverables.
  • Flexible to accommodate certain changes to the timeline and methodology and responsive to changes as part of the review and feedback process.
  • Computer literacy (Windows applications).




  1. Logistics and Timing:

The assignment may involve trips to Tiraspol, the Republic of Moldova and Odessa and Kyiv, Ukraine.

The assignment shall commence no later than 1 May 2017 and conclude prior to 31 October 2017 utilising maximum period of forty (40) working days.

Subject to prior arrangement the consultant will have access to EUBAM deployed transportation, and translation / interpreter resources.

The Organization will pay the Consultant up to three (3) round trip transportations from the Consultant’s home station to the place of duty.

Should the assignment require duty trips outside of Chisinau, Moldova, the consultant will not be entitled to any per-diem.

The consultant will be attached to the EUBAM Office in Moldova under the day-to-day supervision of the Head of EUBAM Office in Moldova and overall supervision of the Head of Border Management Department.

The consultant will work closely with relevant personnel from the Chisinau and Tiraspol agencies/institutions and Ukrainian agencies/institutions as well as where necessary with appropriate EUBAM experts.

Before commencing work, the Consultant will be required to submit a statement of good health signed by a certified medical doctor, including confirmation that the Consultant’s vaccinations required for the countries to which travel may be required are up to date.

IOM only covers the Consultant against occupational accidents and illnesses under the Compensation Plan (CP), free of charge, for the duration of the assignment. IOM does not provide evacuation or medical insurance for reasons related to non-occupational accidents and illnesses. The Consultant is responsible for his/her own medical insurance for non-occupational accident or illness.

How to apply:

Email your CV and cover letter in English to:

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 certification that the candidate is medically fit for the appointment,

Closing date for applications: 20.03.2017; however, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply sooner.

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

The offer to the candidate is subject to funding confirmation.

Posting period:

From 06.03.2017 to 20.03.2017 

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 23:45
Vacancy Number: 
Expected Duration of Assignment: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:45