Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser - International
Planning and Financial Management Capacity Building Program (PFMCBP)
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste
Last Date: June 3, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Planning and Financial Management Capacity Building Program
Terms of Reference
Contract No.: DGRC
Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser - International
To provide advice to the National Director Domestic Revenue
on tax administration with a special emphasis on capacity building and training
activities for national staff on tax administration and management; basic
accounting; taxpayer compliance; and tax audit.
Director General Revenue & Customs, through the Senior Management
Adviser Revenue and Customs
National Director Domestic Revenue
From 1st July 2011 to 30 November 2012
Ministry of Finance, Dili, East Timor
I. SELECTION CRITERIA
A Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or
alternatively a professional accounting qualification such as chartered
Accountant (CA) or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or similar.
At least ten (10) years work experience in tax administration,
compliance management and development & implementation of enforcement
strategies, preferably in a public sector environment.
Strong track record of working in a capacity building role, having demonstrated
the ability to build skills and transfer knowledge to counterparts in a
culturally appropriate and effective manner.
Excellent negotiation skills. Ability to manage complex stakeholder
relationships. A high level of emotional intelligence, and an ability to
establish consultative, constructive and supporting working relationships with
colleagues from different cultures.
Track record of implementing new structures and supporting and
managing restructuring and changes in business process.
Proven track record in promoting and implementing a customer service culture
including integrity, accountability and transparency mechanisms.
Fluency in English and willingness to learn Tetum or Portuguese.
Experience in tax administration reform and policy development.
Experience working in a developing country in a management and/
or advisory role.
The Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
is recruiting a Senior Budget Adviser for its Planning and Financial Management
Capacity Building Program (PFMBP). The PFMCBP aims to strengthen capacity in the
Ministry of Finance for prudent, effective, and accountable planning and
management of public finances to promote growth and poverty reduction.
Funded by a grant from the International Development Association and a World
Bank administered multi-donor trust fund (with contributions from AusAID, EC,
Irish Aid, New Zealand and Norway), the PFMCBP is a five year coordinated
program of targeted capacity building in planning and financial management. The
Program started in late 2006 and is scheduled to end on 30 November 2012
provides technical assistance to sustainably strengthen planning, budgeting,
public expenditure management and revenue administration for growth and poverty
reduction, with emphasis on efficiency, effectiveness, accountability,
integrity, service culture, and transparency.
PFMCBP has assisted the Government of Timor-Leste take forward an important
reform agenda. Key achievements include implementation of a major reorganization
of the Ministry of Finance; strengthening public expenditure management through
simplification and strengthening of treasury systems and processes, and
increased delegation of authority to line ministries; improved revenue
management, including increased transparency in tax administration and
reinforcing Petroleum Tax administration; and a gradual improvement in
macroeconomic planning. There are important challenges ahead as the Ministry of
Finance implements a strong reform program in a capacity constrained
environment. PFMCBP itself has a challenge to build capacity and enable an
increased transfer of responsibility to Timorese public servants.
The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the strategic management of PFMCBP,
through its Senior Management Committee chaired by the Minister of Finance.
There is a dedicated Program Implementation Unit that is responsible for
day-to-day program management and implementation
which has been integrated recently into the newly established Directorate
General Corporate Services. A Supervisory Committee of donors to PFMCBP,
also chaired by the Minister of Finance, provides regular oversight on program
implementation and achievements. The World Bank is responsible for program
supervision, to ensure it is aligned with agreed objectives and financing
A 2010 Mid-Term Review of the progress of the PFMCBP within the Ministry of
Finance, and a follow-up World Bank Mission to assist in formulating a strategic
plan for the General Directorate of Revenue and Customs, indicated that more
work is needed in strengthening the provision of taxpayer education so that
taxpayers understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws, and
improvements in intelligence gathering and the undertaking of compliance
activities. The Review recommended (i) the implementation of a Taxpayer Service
Charter (ii) development of Procedures Manuals, and (iii) development of an
Audit Training Program and Curriculum.
The development of a Taxpayer Service Charter has been completed; new audit
guidelines have been developed, and a Technical Reference Manual has been
produced. The Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser is expected to play a key role in
implementing the recommendations of the review and associated training. In
addition, draft legislation to enhance tax enforcement and access powers is
currently before government.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser will work with the Director General for
Revenue and Customs, National Director of Domestic Revenue (NDDR), and the
Senior Management Advisor for Revenue and Customs, relevant National staff
within the NDDR, and other Advisers across the Ministry on the following:
Capacity Building of counterpart
Capacity building of direct counterparts through on the job
training, formal training, coaching and mentoring;
Evaluation of capacity building outcomes and adjustment of
strategies as required.
function: Capacity building directed at the NDDR level
Provide assistance and mentoring in capacity building of NDDR
staff in implementing the Strategic Plan, recommendations of the Mid-Term Review
and work area plans
Assist with the development of staff in the areas of
professionalism, accountability and transparency;
Conduct formal and on-the-job training for NDDR Collections staff
in procedural matters;
Implement performance indicators and standards to measure the progress of
function: Undertake line functions as necessary, supporting the Director
General of Revenue and Customs and the NDDR in their day-to-day management of
Help ensure the efficient operations of the NDDR;
Perform such other supporting tasks, both administrative and
technical in nature, to enhance the operations of the NDDR, and as will be
required by the PFMCBP and the Ministry of Finance.
Findings of the Mid-Term Review of PFMCBP and the follow-up World Bank Mission
Strategic Plan for NDDR is implemented;
Quarterly report and assessment of progress in professional development and
capacity building of NDDR;
Area plans are developed and implemented;
Assist with Policy formulation for the administration of NDDR;
Ensure a revue of SIGTAS is undertaken with TOR prepared for a new system
Develop a taxpayer charter in consultation with NPDR staff and the taxpaying
Develop a compliance improvement strategy and Audit Plan for NDPR;
Develop a program for matching Ministry of Finance data (Customs and
Procurement) against tax data each year to identify compliance gaps.
the first four (4) weeks of the assignment
the Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser will prepare a Work Plan based on the
objectives of the assignment and specific functions for approval by the National
Director of Domestic Revenue and the Senior Management Adviser (R&C) and copied
to the Senior Program Manager – PFMCBP.
on the progress and/or
completion of the activities outlined in the Work Plan.
The Adviser will discuss and
submit an End of Assignment report to the Senior Management Adviser and the
National Director of Domestic Revenue, with a copy to the Senior Program
Manager, no later than 10 working days prior to the end of contract.
IV. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Performance of the Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser will be assessed by the
Director General for Revenue and Customs and the Senior Management Adviser in
collaboration with the Senior Program Manager - PFMCBP in accordance with the
performance review framework for advisers in the PFMCBP.
There is probation period of three months.
V. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please visit our website at
and go to ‘Employment Opportunity’ to learn about our recruitment process and
your application requirements including how to address the Selection Criteria in
your application. Applications need to be sent to our Programme Implementation
Officer-PFMCBP at email address,
, no later than 17:00 hours Timor-Leste time on Friday, 3rd June
Applications should include a covering letter and a detailed resume of no more
than 7 pages. All Applicants must also complete the Competency Framework Matrix
below delineating how they have met the requirements. We do not expect that you
would just cut and paste from your resume but rather explain concisely and
succinctly how you have met these competences, possibly providing brief examples
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Competency Framework for Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser
Please describe how you have met these
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or alternatively a
professional accounting qualification such as chartered Accountant (CA) or a
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or similar.
At least ten (10) years work experience in tax administration, compliance
management and development & implementation of enforcement strategies,
preferably in a public sector environment.
record of working in a capacity building role, having demonstrated the
ability to build skills and transfer knowledge to counterparts in a
culturally appropriate and effective manner
negotiation skills. Ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships. A
high level of emotional intelligence, and an ability to establish
consultative, constructive and supporting working relationships with
colleagues from different cultures.
Track record of implementing new structures and supporting
and managing restructuring and changes in business process.
record in promoting and implementing a customer service culture including
integrity, accountability and transparency mechanisms.
Fluency in English and willingness to learn Tetun or
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