Revenue Administration Advisor for Bosnia and Herzegovina
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking to fill a revenue administration advisor position in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to be based in Banja Luka. Reporting to the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) headquarters, the advisor will be responsible for managing and delivering FAD revenue administration capacity development (CD) activities to support the BiH revenue administrations. The appointment term will initially be for a period of one year, with an extension option available subject to various conditions, including satisfactory performance.
The revenue administration structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) comprises four administrations. The Indirect Taxation Authority (ITA) is a national level agency that administers the collection of the value added tax (VAT), customs duties, and excises in BiH. The Federation of BiH (FBiH), the Republika Srpska (RS), and the BrÄko District (BD) each have their own direct tax and social security contribution (SSC) systems managed through separate tax administrations.
FAD is already supporting the BiH revenue administrations with their reform initiatives and the advisor will assist the authorities with the ongoing development and implementation of these reforms. Specifically, the advisor’s responsibilities will be to: (1) provide direct CD advice and support to the authorities; (2) support the management and delivery of the revenue CD workplans for each administration and the training program according to the agreed budget and integrated with FAD’s other revenue CD work in the South East Europe (SEE) region; (3) organize and provide support, including quality control, to short-term revenue administration experts working on targeted reform activities; (4) organize and deliver tax administration capacity building events, such as workshops and training programs; (5) support the FAD project manager with reviewing CD needs and developing annual workplans; (6) coordinate with other development partners on CD support for BiH; and (7) report on progress in delivering the revenue administration workplan and results at regular intervals.
The technical skills and qualifications required for the position include a high level of knowledge and experience in tax administration, including in the following areas:
- Legislative and regulatory environment for revenue administration (direct and indirect taxation).
- Organization and strategic management of revenue administration, including strategic planning and performance management.
- Revenue administration modernization and reform approaches.
- The use of information technology to support effective and efficient revenue administration operations and management.
- The whole range of revenue administration functional procedures and controls, including compliance risk management, audit and arrears management.
Applicants should have extensive practical experience in the above areas in a senior management position within a tax administration. Preference will be given to applicants who have all-round experience in managing revenue operations; who have knowledge of revenue issues in a regional context; and who are aware of the issues and challenges facing revenue administration reforms in the BiH. 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 equivalent qualification in a field relevant to the position.
- Demonstrated organizational, planning, and project management skills to manage multiple priorities and ensure on-time delivery of quality outputs.
- Fluency in English with strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team to maintain effective and cooperative relations with authorities, as well as donors, and to handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment.
Qualified applicants who are not selected for a long-term advisor position may be considered for other short-term CD assignments.
Special Eligibility Provisions for Internal Applicants
A staff member whose open-ended appointment decision has been approved is eligible for consideration. This is a long-term expert position (contractual) not covered by the new RCDC policy. If the selected candidate is a staff member, he/she would need to take LWOP/IOF to provide Capacity Development and switch to a contractual appointment for the duration of the assignment. 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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