Risk Advisor For Domestic Tax

Immediate Opportunity
Consultant, Long Term, Full-Time
Commensurate with Experience 
Immediate Opportunity


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.


The Risk Advisor will work with the Priority Area Team overseeing the Compliance Priority Area.


The major responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical support on the following Year 1 initiatives under the Compliance Priority Area (note that this list may be revised/changed in Year 2-5 and the Advisor will be expected to work according to those revised initiatives): 
    1. Develop risk register and compliance improvement plans
    2. Effectively implement existing risk criteria, enhance as needed
    3. Up skill in data analytics & matching
    4. Develop effective risk engine
    5. Tax fraud detection and investigation capability building 
    6. Improve VAT performance & Refund system
    7. Undertaking a detailed risk analysis and profiling practices and putting forward recommendations for its improvement, achieving improved identification of risk cases which would increase the productivity of audit and investigation and also improve manage overall institutional risk
  • Developing data interface with internal systems and relevant third parties in coordination with the IT Advisors, coordinators and IT staff of the MoR to build an effective risk engine
  • Building an effective mechanism for intelligence data gathering and analysis feeding into the risk analysis and profiling model the Advisor will help develop in coordination with the IT Advisors, coordinators and IT staff of the MoR.
  • Supporting the Risk Directorate on the interrogation of data being fed into the risk engine to evaluate data quality and Work closely with the IT/Data Advisors, coordinators, MoR IT staff,  other relevant directorates and branches to improve the quality of data fed into the risk engine
  • Providing technical support on the detailed design of the To-Be Business Process Maps in relation to the initiatives listed in (1) above; in preparation for the procurement of a new ITAS
  • Analysing issues around each of Priority Area initiatives, providing technical guidance and work with the Priority Area Team, the MoR counterparts, operational directors and branches to resolve issues in order to bring the transformation to successively higher level
  • Building the technical capacity of MoR Coordinators through on-the-job coaching/mentoring, sharing best practices and conceptual developments published in current studies and research
  • Building the technical capacity of the MoR counterparts in a sustainable way in relation to the agreed upon initiatives, including practical on-the-job training/coaching/support of counterparts
  • Conducting technical analysis of what is working/not working and suggesting/recommending improvements for the design and delivery of initiatives, including new initiatives (where they fit with the MoR counterparts’ needs and are consistent with the objectives of the transformation programme)
  • Ensuring the technical needs of the MoR counterparts are listened to and addressed in a manner that is consistent with the objectives of the transformation programme
  • Ensuring the technical robustness of the initiatives’ delivery and implementation
  • Inputting into monthly/quarterly reports to DFID and the GoE
  • Performing other related activities that may be assigned to her/him by the TTO management

Key Performance Indicators

The Advisor’s deliverables are exactly the same as the Priority Area Team in relation to the agreed upon initiatives. The Priority Area Team, which includes the Advisor, are jointly responsible to deliver on the initiatives as set out in the detailed work plan adopted by the MoR and DFID. Key performance indicators are defined for each initiative and milestones in the workplan and the performance of the Priority Area Team and the Advisor will be measured against these indicators.

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.

The objective of the performance review will be to measure formally:

  • Progress against the ToRs, including successful execution of role & responsibilities and key competencies;
  • Achievement of workplans and KPIs;
  • The Advisor’s demonstration of team ethic and effective communication with Directorates, Branches and programme’s counterparts.


The Advisor will report to the Priority Area Manager overseeing this Priority Area. 



  • A Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in economics/accountancy/taxation or similar field

Minimum Experience:

  • At least 5-10 years of experience working in tax audit 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
  • Experience in risk analysis, tax intelligence and investigation within revenue administrations both regionally and internationally

Essential Skills:

  • Strong competency in data analytics
  • 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
  • Exposure to automated tax systems and experience in developing countries is desirable

Employment conditions:

The Advisor is expected to be based in the MoR in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and his/her engagement is expected to run for the duration of the contract.


Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

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.

Application deadline is on February, 6th.


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