“ATTENTION! An interesting and important work! The National Anti-Corruption Bureau began to work at full capacity”, if one thinks that this is a quotation from the media of the far October 2014 when the legal-and-regulatory acts on the establishment of NABU were first adopted, or at least of April 2015, when the Bureau actually started to work, then he is shamelessly mistaken. This is a quotation from the recent announcement of the activist, a member of the Civil Oversight Council at NABU Roman Maselko (you can find the dossier of this activist on the link).
УВАГА цікава і важлива робота ! Шукаємо ініціативних та небайдужих, які готові долучитись до реальної участі громадськ…
ATTENTION! An interesting and important work!
We are looking for proactive and concerned people who are ready to be engaged in real public activity on combating corruption.
The members of the Civil Oversight Council at NABU have established the Secretariat which aims to ensure the day-to-day work of the Council.
We are looking for the following candidates to the Secretariat:
- Head of the Secretariat
- Media Manager
We are waiting for people who have already joined or are intended to join these processes because they are not indifferent to what is happening in the state. The work in the Secretariat will allow you to devote all your time fully to this matter without the need to look for other sources of living. This will be an official job for 12 months with the payment of all taxes.
Send a resume with a motivational letter to the address: email@example.com before 04.12.17.
About the Secretariat itself and the reasons for its creation you can read here:
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What prompted R. Maselko to recall the work of NABU in the last days of the fall of 2017?
It turned out that the activist was worrying about where and how to use the next grant funds. No, of course, in his post the activist does not write anything like that, but let’s try to read it between the lines.
So, let’s look at Maselko’s post on his Facebook page on November 26: “We are looking for proactive and concerned people who are ready to be engaged in real public activity on combating corruption. The members of the Civil Oversight Council at NABU have established the Secretariat which aims to ensure the day-to-day work of the Council. We are looking for the following candidates to the Secretariat: a head of the Secretariat, a media manager, a lawyer, an analyst, and an assistant”.
If you wonder why the Civil Oversight Council is looking for lawyers and journalists, while among them the representatives of these professions form 60%, then you don’t have to. We have a feeling that no one has ever exercised his profession in full force in the Council. Or vice versa, he does not even want to be distracted to work in the Civil Oversight Council, so in fact it will be easier for them to shift their authorities to some uncertain Secretariat. Nevertheless, we recall who is who among the activists of NABU: Mytkalyk – a lawyer, an entrepreneur, Lahutenko – a journalist, Maselko – a lawyer, Yurchenko – a director of the public organization, an entrepreneur, Yanchenko – an entrepreneur, Khadzhynov – an entrepreneur, Ustymenko – unemployed, Marchuk – a student, Bochkala – a journalist, businessman, Hrushovets – a lawyer, a businessman, Pervak – a lawyer, Ryzhenko – a lawyer, a businessman, Rysenko – a lawyer, a businessman, Peresoliak – a lawyer, a businessman, Romaniukov – an engineer, an entrepreneur.
Another wondrous issue is that the Secretariat is established by the Council, but Maselko writes that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau began to work at full capacity. Here we already caught a little cognitive dissonance; that is NABU began to work intensively, and the Civil Oversight Council, which was not so much overloaded with work, creates the so-called additional staff for itself. Where is logic here? Although, what are we talking about?
Then, perhaps, the establishment of such a Secretariat is foreseen by the Regulations on the Civil Oversight Council approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated May 15, 2015?
We read it once again very carefully, but no, there is no mention about it.
By the way, here is an intelligence task: why the Secretariat needs a lawyer, an analyst and a media manager if there are only two main tasks of the Civil Oversight Council:
- to ensure civil control of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau’s work;
- to facilitate interaction between the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and public associations and other civil society institutions in the field of combating corruption.
Unfortunately, it is only Maselko himself who can solve this task, and so he writes: “Read the Regulations on the Civil Oversight Council, where the authorities of the Council are described; they cannot be performed without support. We are just trying to do our job as efficiently as possible”. We did not even expect such frankness. The head of the Civil Oversight Council actually acknowledged the following: you see, how impotent the Civil Oversight Council is, it can no way – either efficiently or best possible – work “without support”.
At the same time, it is very strange, where and in the performance of what authorities the Civil Oversight Council will be able to involve the Secretariat.
We read about the authorities of the Council in the Regulations on the Civil Oversight Council and go in the opposite direction:
- The Civil Oversight Council receives information on the NABU’s work, implementation of plans and tasks. Apparently, the Secretariat’s workers cannot be engaged in these activities, because then it is not clear at all why the reports will be heard by others if we have a current composition of activists whom we elected.
- The Civil Oversight Council studies the NABU reports and adopts conclusions on those reports; similar to the previous paragraph.
- The Civil Oversight Council elects two representatives of its number to become members of the NABU Disciplinary Commission; there is no need to discuss this paragraph, because it is the exclusive right of the members of the Civil Oversight Council, with no exceptions.
- The Civil Oversight Council elects representatives to become members of internal committees conducting competition for positions available at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, up to a maximum of three representatives for one competition committee; the exclusive right of the members of the Civil Oversight Council, with no exceptions.
- The Civil Oversight Council promotes public discussions of draft legal acts and enactments concerning the work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine; theoretically, it is possible to involve someone from outside as advisers. But, excuse me; wasn’t it just for this purpose that the activists were elected to the composition of the Civil Oversight Council?
- The Civil Oversight Council conducts discussions on the issues of openness and transparency of the NABU’s work, preventing attempts to discredit the NABU and its employees involving NGO representatives, mass media and Ukrainian citizens; gives recommendations on these issues; so far without comment.
- The Civil Oversight Council expresses as appropriate its position on the documented violations of the law, rights and liberties of individuals and citizens committed by the NABU employees.
Regarding the last item, we have very little hope that the Council is recruiting the staff for the Secretariat for the very purpose of expressing a position on violations of rights and freedoms by the NABU employees. A striking example is a very weak reaction of the Council to the beating of a woman lawyer by the NABU detective; and indeed throughout the entire period of the activity of the Civil Oversight Council, there is nothing to hear about any loud case of violations by the NABU employees.
Read also: The Civil Oversight Council at NABU is on the warpath: but with whom and against whom?
Therefore, it turns out that the Secretariat is elected only and exclusively for the implementation of the paragraph 6 of Article 5 of the Regulations – that is, in order to prevent attempts to discredit NABU? This is rather weird, isn’t it?
But let’s move on. I would like to ask Roman Maselko on the basis of what regulation he announced these vacancies in general. Because in accordance with the Regulations, the head of the Civil Oversight Council only organizes the activities of the Civil Oversight Council; convenes and presides at meetings of the Civil Oversight Council; represents the Civil Oversight Council in its relations with state bodies, local self-government bodies, public associations, enterprises, institutions and organizations. Nothing is said about any labor relations with anybody. Nevertheless, it is Maselko Roman who is indicated as a contact person in vacancies.
- the Secretariat ensures the implementation of the media strategy of the Civil Oversight Council;
- the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council receives citizens;
- the Secretariat ensures the involvement of experts in the implementation of the project;
- the Secretariat prepares for the Civil Oversight Council interim and final control reports on the work of the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council and of the Civil Oversight Council.
Form of employment: labor contract with a work book for 1 year.
Send your CV to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Vacancy_Head of_the Project”.
The deadline for filing applications: December, 1, 2017.
Contact person: Maselko Roman 050 33 55 344.
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And here it is necessary to take a closer look at where exactly the advertisements for the vacancies are placed. And they lead somehow to the site https://www.prostir.ua, where these advertisements were posted by Slava Serhiychuk https://www.facebook.com/slava.serhiychuk.
Why weren’t they placed on NABU website? We’ll know about it just below.
“We are waiting for people who have already joined or are intended to join these processes because they are not indifferent to what is happening in the state. The work in the Secretariat will allow you to devote all your time fully to this matter without the need to look for other sources of living. This will be an official job for 12 months with the payment of all taxes. Send a resume with a motivational letter to the address: email@example.com before 04.12.17″, – writes Roman Maselko.
So, we became interested whom exactly the head of the Civil Oversight Council was looking for.
Roman is looking for talented people with two higher education, because the position of a head of the Secretariat requires from a person knowledge in the field of “project management” and “law”. But project management is a title of the Master’s subject at the department of enterprise strategy (economic direction), that is no lawyer can simply master this subject unless he has studied simultaneously at two faculties. We will not analyze what competences Roman Maselko expects to see but we just note that he is looking for the good if not the best specialists in the labor market. Instead we will pay more attention to the duties of the Secretariat staff.
The head of the Secretariat: fulfillment of the instructions of the head of the Civil Oversight Council (no one doubts that Maselko needs not workers, but slaves); ensuring the implementation of the media strategy of the Civil Oversight Council (as we mentioned above); ensuring the reception of citizens by the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council (they are reluctant to do even such kind of work), ensuring the involvement of experts in the implementation of the project (it is not clear, but let it be), providing preparation for the Civil Oversight Council interim and final control reports on the work of the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council and of the Civil Oversight Council. Here is the first hint – the preparation of control reports on the work of the Civil Oversight Council! That is the members of the Civil Oversight Council do not even want to independently prepare reports on their work. And then it gets worse: it turns out that the head of the Secretariat will provide, among other things, the preparation of official statements (!) on the instructions of the Civil Oversight Council, legal and analytical work of the Civil Oversight Council (!!) and the representation of the Civil Oversight Council in legal proceedings (!!!).
And this is the complete bottom of incompetence. Pardon me, dear or not very members of the Civil Oversight Council, but why were you elected then?
The position of a media manager is also interesting. His duties include: to organize and hold presentations, press conferences, briefings, round tables and meetings with the participation of the leadership and members of the Civil Oversight Council; to provide organizational and methodical assistance to the mass media in the creation of materials on the activities of the Civil Oversight Council; to create and participate in the production of information materials (posts on Facebook, press releases and announcements, articles, specialized programs and publications, videos) and provide their placement (TV, radio, Internet, printed mass media, etc.); to prepare interviews, live broadcasts, speeches of the leadership and members of the Civil Oversight Council in the media; to maintain a journalists’ information database (!).
Does it just seem to us that Roman Maselko really wants to launch the Second Information Front to defend NABU?
Moreover, it is here that the activists should once again carefully read the Article 15 of their main document – the Regulations on the Civil Oversight Council, which states that “The organizational support of the activities of the Civil Oversight Council is carried out by the unit of the central office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine which is determined by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine”. That is, organizationally you are provided with everything; just do what you have to do!
And if it still doesn’t seem funny to you, then you should read the requirements for the lawyers whom Roman Maselko is looking for. Firstly, a lawyer’s certificate is desirable (considering how NABU relates to lawyers, as they say, we’ll see). But secondly, among other things this lawyer still has to provide “oral and written advice to the staff of the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council and Civil Oversight Council (!) and to perform other functions within his competence on instructions from the head of the Civil Oversight Council“.
We repeat for those who did not understand: members of the Civil Oversight Council, who seem to be acting lawyers, want to hire a lawyer who will provide them with written advice and represent their interests in the court. And it is neither the leader of the Secretariat who will give orders to the lawyer, nor the official employer who pays the salary, but personally Roman Maselko… Well, honestly, guys, you cannot so frankly show your weakness.
The case turns out to be completely different. For we have forgotten to write about another very important duty of the head of the Secretariat – “to participate in the preparation of the project budget, and to agree it with the head of the Civil Oversight Council”.
And now add up 2 + 2. Keywords from the vacancy: “project budget”, “without the need to look for other sources of living”, “official employment”, “in accordance with the instructions of the head of the Civil Oversight Council”. Here are the comments written by Maselko himself under the post: “The post has links to profiles of vacancies and of the public organization which will provide employment“, “All members of the Council continue to perform their functions solely on a voluntary basis”, “The Secretariat will function as a public organization, which is called – “the Secretariat of the Civil Oversight Council”, “we have received funding from the European Endowment for Democracy for the launch of the Secretariat”.
And now we read all this once again, but this time we read correctly: “Attention! In order to ensure transparency and civil control over the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Roman Maselko creates a public organization that will receive a truckload of money from European grants that will allow the staff of the public organization to work officially without the need to look for other sources of living, but with the obligation to coordinate the budget expenditures of the public organization with the head of the Civil Oversight Council, who works exclusively on a voluntary basis”.
This is all that you need to know about the public control at NABU.
Although, no, there’s something else.
Two days earlier, Roman Maselko was a bit rushed to write about the establishment of the Secretariat, because “there is a great need for systemic monitoring of court hearings on cases conducted by NABU. However, it is almost impossible for the current composition of the Civil Oversight Council to perform such activities in connection with the lack of necessary resources for this, in the first place – time and human resources”.
At first, we wanted to make our own conclusion, but then we saw a wonderful comment of the user of Facebook Tonia Marinina: “The Civil Oversight Council at NABU is not a supervisory board, but a council of PR, praise and justification of NABU. And it has been repeatedly proving that during its years of activity. And you are right, these so-called future employees of this strange and unexpected Secretariat will carry out two functions – public organizations and the Center for Combating Corruption will withdraw their grant funds to them, and in such a way they will help to collect and leak information not only about the persons involved in NABU cases, but also about judges, employees of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigations, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention. Everything is obvious. Except for this, they will work as bots in social networking, and write how cool NABU is”.
There is really nothing to add to these words.