Customs Administration Advisor, Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) based in Beirut, Lebanon
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking to fill a customs administration advisor position in its Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) located in Beirut, Lebanon. The advisor is responsible for managing the regional customs administration capacity development (CD) activities for METAC member countries, covering the fourteen jurisdictions of Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. The advisor’s appointment term will be for an initial period of one year, with an extension for at least one-year subject to performance evaluation.
The advisor’s general responsibilities will be to deliver the regional component of the IMF’s customs CD program for METAC member countries designed in coordination with the countries, METAC management, and the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD). A second METAC advisor is responsible for the regional tax administration CD activities and close coordination across the two CD programs will be needed to ensure an integrated country-based workplan.
Specifically, the advisor’s responsibilities are to: (1) consult with customs authorities of member countries on their CD needs; (2) develop, manage and deliver the CD workplan for each country under the technical supervision of FAD; (3) organize and deliver customs administration capacity building events such as workshops and training programs; (4) organize, manage, and provide technical and logistical support to short-term customs administration experts visiting (or working remotely for) the METAC countries to support their reform activities; (5) provide direct CD support to member countries and support FAD-led CD activities in the region; (6) coordinate with other donors and development partners of METAC countries; and (7) report regularly on progress in delivering the customs administration workplan to various audiences, including METAC’s director and steering committee.
The technical skills and qualifications required for the position include a high level of knowledge and experience in a senior management position in customs and/or revenue administration, with a strong understanding of customs administration, and expertise in the following areas:
- Customs strategic management, including revenue collection enhancement and suppression of revenue leakage, supported by performance and environment assessment, multi-year planning, development of strategic plan and annual operational plans, monitoring and evaluation capacity.
- The legislative, organizational, and regulatory environment for customs administration, including non-customs laws commissioned to customs administration, such as VAT law, excise law, management of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), and cooperation with tax administration.
- Full range of the core customs administration functions, including procedures, techniques (tariff, origin, customs valuation, etc.), tax incentive management and controls, as well as good knowledge of international instruments on customs management, operations, governance, and accountability.
- Customs administration modernization and reform approaches, and application of international standards and best practices.
- Customs corporate services, notably, information and communication technologies and data management and analytics to support effective and efficient customs administration operations and management, including risk management at corporate and operational levels.
- Policies and activities in the fields of trader’s compliance management, customs enforcement (including intelligence and fraud investigation), and post-clearance audit.
Applicants should have extensive practical experience in the above areas in a senior management position within a customs administration or revenue administration with international exposure. Preference will be also given to applicants who have an all-round experience in managing customs operations, who have knowledge of issues with revenue collection in the region, and who are aware of the challenges facing customs administration reforms in the region. Previous experience of international capacity building in customs administration (such as participating in CD activities and organizing and conducting training courses and workshops) would be an advantage. Familiarity with general IMF surveillance and financial support is desirable.
General requirements for candidates include:
- A university degree or above, or equivalent qualification relevant to the position.
- Demonstrated organizational and planning skills to manage multiple priorities and ensure on-time delivery of quality outputs.
- Full proficiency in English and, ideally, French. A working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly ability to compile timely and concise briefs in English.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a team, to maintain effective and cooperative relations with national authorities as well as donors, and to handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment.
- Willingness to undertake significant travel within the region.
The selected candidate is expected to start the position at the beginning of 2022.
Qualified applicants who are not selected for this position may be considered for other short-term or long-term CD assignments.
Special Eligibility Provisions for Internal Applicants
A staff member whose open-ended appointment decision has been approved is eligible for consideration. A staff member appointed to METAC will retain their staff employment status, remain on the Fund’s payroll, and move laterally for the duration of the assignment subject to the limit of staff assignments earmarked for this purpose. The selected staff will be eligible for overseas assignment benefits. At the end of the assignment, a staff member is expected to return to his/her home department in the Fund, unless other arrangements have been made (e.g., the staff member has applied and is selected in another department). In the event an external or a contractual candidate is selected for this assignment, the candidate will be hired on a contractual appointment basis, and the provision under the Handbook for Experts on Long-Term Assignments will continue to apply.
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