International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC)

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking a revenue administration advisor for a position in the IMF Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Center (PFTAC) located in Suva, Fiji. Reporting to the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) in IMF headquarters, the advisor is responsible for managing the regional revenue administration capacity development (CD) activities for PFTAC member countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). The appointment term will initially be for a period of one year, with an extension option subject to satisfactory performance.

FAD and PFTAC support the PFTAC member countries with their revenue administration reform initiatives and the revenue administration advisors assist member countries with the ongoing development and implementation of their reforms. The advisor’s general responsibilities will be to deliver the regional component of the IMF’s CD program designed in coordination with the PFTAC member countries and FAD. Specifically, the advisor’s responsibilities are to: (1) consult with revenue authorities of member countries on their CD needs; (2) develop, manage, and deliver the revenue CD workplans for member countries and the PFTAC training program according to the agreed PFTAC budget and integrated with FAD’s other revenue CD work in the region; (3) organize and deliver revenue administration capacity building events, such as workshops and training programs; (4) organize and provide support to short term revenue administration experts visiting the PFTAC countries to work on targeted reform activities; (5) provide CD to member countries; (6) coordinate with other development partners working with PFTAC countries; and (7) report on progress in delivering the revenue administration workplan and results to various audiences (including the PFTAC center coordinator and Steering Committee) at regular intervals.

The technical skills and qualifications required for the position include a high level of knowledge and experience in tax administration, with a general understanding of customs administration, in the following areas:

  • the legislative and regulatory environment for revenue administration (direct and indirect taxation);
  • organization, strategic planning and management of revenue administration agencies;
  • 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; and
  • policies and activities in the fields of tax compliance management, audit, and collection enforcement.

Applicants should have extensive practical experience in the above areas in a senior management position within a revenue 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 Pacific 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 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 national authorities, as well as donors, and to handle sensitive issues with discretion in a multicultural environment; and
  • willingness to undertake significant travel within the region.

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. A staff member appointed to PFTAC 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.

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, management audit, payroll, project management, tax administration