Resident METAC Tax Administration Advisor, Beirut, Lebanon

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

IMF Beirut, Lebanon

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking to fill a tax administration advisor position in its Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) located in Beirut, Lebanon. The advisor will be responsible for managing the regional tax 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 the possibility of an extension for at least one more year subject to performance evaluation.

The advisor’s general responsibilities will be to deliver the regional component of the IMF’s tax 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 customs 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) build relationships and consult with tax authorities of member countries on their CD needs; (2) develop, manage, and deliver the CD workplan for each country according to the agreed METAC budget, integrated with FAD’s other revenue CD work in the region and under the technical supervision of FAD; (3) organize and deliver tax administration capacity building events such as regional workshops and training programs; (4) organize, manage, and provide technical and logistical support to short-term tax 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 tax administration workplan to various audiences, including METAC’s director and steering committee. FAD is directly supporting several of the METAC member countries with their tax administration reform initiatives, and the advisor will assist member countries with the ongoing development and implementation of their reforms, including by coordinating closely with any in-country long-term advisors.

The technical skills and qualifications required for the position include a high level of knowledge and experience in a senior management position in tax and/or revenue administration, with a strong understanding of tax administration, and expertise in the following areas:

  • The legislative and regulatory environment for tax administration (direct and indirect taxation).
  • Organization, strategic planning, and management of tax administration.
  • Tax administration modernization and reform approaches.
  • The use of information technology to support effective and efficient tax administration operations and management.
  • The whole range of tax administration functional procedures and compliance risk management.

  • Policies and activities in the fields of taxpayer registration, filing and payment, taxpayer service, audit, and verification.

Applicants should have extensive practical experience in the above areas in a senior management position within a tax administration or revenue administration with international exposure. Preference will be also given to applicants who have an all-round experience in managing tax operations, who have knowledge of issues with revenue collection in the region, and who are aware of the challenges facing tax administration reforms in the region. Previous experience of international capacity building in tax 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 towards the end of the first quarter of 2023.

Qualified applicants who are not selected for this position may be considered for other short-term or long-term CD assignments.

Department:

FADR1 Fiscal Affairs Department Revenue Administration 1

Hiring For:

A11, A12, A13, A14

The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including age, creed, culture, disability, educational background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, nationality, race, religion and beliefs, and sexual orientation.

Tags: capacity development, customs administration, indirect taxation, information technology, middle east, risk management, tax administration, west bank, west bank and gaza