Short Term Tax Policy Advisor

Consultant, Short Term, Full-Time
05-21-2020
Home Based & Ethiopia
Commensurate with Experience 
Job stage: Immediate Opportunity Wage: Commensurate with Experience
Position Type: Consultant, Short Term, Full-Time
Closing On: 06/30/2020
Posted: 05/21/2020
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SUMMARY ABOUT THE PROJECT

TTP is a 5-year programme, which commenced in 2019 and will end in 2024. It focuses on customs, domestic tax and tax policy. The beneficiary institutions are the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Revenue, and the Customs Commission. The programme is unique, in that it adopts an accelerated delivery approach; technical assistance is channelled through the Tax Transformation Office (TTO), a delivery unit embedded in the Ministry of Revenues, of which TTP has assumed the management responsibilities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Short-Term (ST) Tax Policy Advisor will support the in-country Lead Tax Policy Advisor and Legal Tax Policy Advisor. S/he will work to support the Tax Policy Priority Area on the agreed initiatives for Years 1-5 of TTP, as outlined below. Note that these may change over the course of the years. The main counterpart for these initiatives is the Tax Policy Directorate (TPD) in the MoF.

Major initiatives and responsibilities include:

  1. Revenue Forecasting
    • Establish ‘community’ to embed economic monthly receipts model for in-year forecasts
    • Reporting of forecasts & assumptions to Tax Task Force, Treasury (cash management), public / stakeholders
    • Review performance of previous years’ forecast against outturn; make adjustments to improve model(s)
    • Support community to prepare annual revenue forecast using improved economic model, incl. sensitivity, policy changes and administrative measures
    • Review & improve method of allocation of annual revenue forecast across administrative units
    • Collaborate with the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) TAXDEV programme
  2. Tax Expenditure Monitoring and Reporting
    • Coordination and support for quarterly and annual tax expenditure reporting to Tax Task Force and National Budget documents, including data quality strengthening and data sharing protocols between MoF, MoR and other MDAs.
    • Develop an inventory of tax expenditures granted via proclamation, regulation, directive or other discretionary authority
    • Develop and operationalise models/tools for estimation and forecasting of tax expenditures
    • Develop programme of evaluation (cost-benefit analysis) of tax expenditures (those not covered by World Bank & IMF)
    • Collaborate with the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) TAXDEV programme
  3. Policy Development
    • Develop joint medium-term work programme and policy partnership principles for tax policy reforms (with HMRC)
    • Establish and support operations of a tax policy consultation forum
    • Introduce regular tax policy performance reporting to Ministers
    • Capacity building and support to embed tools and data management for estimation of policy changes
    • Support to embed a programme of evaluation of policy changes
    • Flexible (to be confirmed): responsive policy analysis, design/ drafting support for new policy issues arising and/or implementation support for specific recommendations from studies
  4. Cross-cutting capacity building
    • Training of trainers’ course
    • Tax policy analysis training course(s)
    • Regional networking events / peer-to-peer support, lesson sharing
    • Excel skills training 
    • Legal analysis and drafting skills (potentially with HMRC and local expert(s))

In addition, the ST Tax Policy Advisor is expected to:

  • Support the design and delivery of the activities as listed above;
  • Provide ongoing advice on how Ethiopia can address tax policy gaps and/or weakness both from a policy and legislative perspective;
  • Actively support and guide the creation of a policy partnership forum that brings together key actors within the tax policymaking sphere (i.e. MoF, MoR, Prime Minister’s Office and others) at both a political and technical level; 
  • Assess and quickly respond to requests for technical inputs from the TPD in MoF;
  • Undertake all activities with a view to building the capacity of the TPD and/or Actively support capacity building initiatives;
  • Work closely with other TTP team members to ensure the development of tax policy that reflects tax administration realities;
  • Engage with other programme experts/donors to ensure a coordinated and harmonised approach to programme delivery, especially IFS and IMF, including the Programme Manager in such conversations wherever relevant;
  • Throughout the Advisor’s work, bring up-to-date knowledge of the latest taxation and development research and evidence; the ability to channel this towards the relevant initiatives and identify supporting expertise (to be raised with the TTO Priority Area Manager and TTO Deputy Head);
  • Input into monthly and quarterly reports for DFID and the GoE, as required/requested;
  • Any other project-related requirements as identified by the TTO Priority Area Manager and/or Programme Manager.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education:

  • A Master’s degree in economics or similar field

Minimum Experience:

  • 5-10 years of experience working in Tax Policy in international contexts, including other developing contexts
  • Demonstrated experience in donor-funded tax transformation/reform programme in other developing countries where revenue is important aspects of the reform 
  • Experience in developing the technical capacity of counterparts, including strong mentoring/coaching/training skills, where sustainable knowledge and skills transfer is prioritised
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to build effective relationships with counterparts and colleagues from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and challenging environments
  • Ability to work effectively as a team-player
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Employment conditions:

Reporting

The Tax Policy Advisor will report to the Priority Area Manager in the TTO covering Tax Policy

Performance Management

The Advisor will participate in quarterly performance management reviews to be conducted by their line manager and TTP Programme Manager. Feedback/input will be gathered from the rest of the team in TTO including the TTO Head, as well as GoE counterparts (Minister and State Ministers/Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners/Directors). Performance reports will be shared with the TTO Head and TTP Programme Director for joint discussion. Final decisions regarding the outcome of the performance management process will be taken by the TTP Programme Director.

  • Roles & responsibilities, and competencies;
  • The Advisor’s own workplan and KPIs;
  • The Advisor’s demonstration of a team ethic and effective communication with the team and key programme counterparts (DFID and MoF)

Duty Station / Rotational Schedule

The ST Tax Policy Advisor is expected to be based in their home country with travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a rotational basis – as soon as international travel is permissible and safe given the current COVID-19 pandemic. Work may commence remotely at first.

The rotational schedule will be determined in consultation with the Tax Policy team and the TTP Programme Manager, taking into account the workplan and the budget.

Duration:

The LoE is up to 110 days per year for an August 2020 start-date.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This job posting will close on June 30, 2020.

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.


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