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Revenue Collections Adviser - International

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Planning and Financial Management Capacity Building Program (PFMCBP)
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste
Last Date: June 10, 2011
Email: pfmcbp@mof.gov.tl (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

 Planning and Financial Management Capacity Building Program (PFMCBP)

Terms of Reference

Contract No.        DGRC

 

Position                 Revenue Collections Adviser - International

 

Objectives

Assist in strengthening the operational capacity of the Collections Unit of the National Directorate of Domestic Revenue (NDDR), by providing technical support; operational assistance; and undertaking training and capacity building initiatives in debt recovery and non-lodgement processes.

 

Reporting             Director General for Revenue and Customs through the Senior Management Adviser (SMA), Revenue and Customs

 

Counterpart         National Director, NDDR

                              Small & Large Business Department Heads

                              Compliance Section Manager

 

Duration               1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012

 

Location               Ministry of Finance, Dili, East Timor

 I.  Selection Criteria 

·         A Bachelors Degree in Accountancy, Finance or Economics (a post graduate degree is preferred e.g. an MBA or an MSc in Accounting or Finance) together with a professional recognized accounting qualification (e.g. CPA, ACCA, CMA, CA etc.);

·         At least 12 years’ experience in tax debt recovery and non-lodgment processes.

·         Experience in World Bank/IDA-assisted project in the government sector would be a distinct advantage;

·         Demonstrated computer literacy skills in the operation of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and related accounting software;  

·         Demonstrated work experience in a developing country context and in a multi-cultural setting;

·         Familiarity with the operations of central government bodies financial and accounting procedures would be an advantage;

·         Demonstrated understanding of government systems and processes, including integrity systems, customer service culture, and systems and processes to promote accountability and transparency;

·         Demonstrated knowledge and skills in capacity building methodologies, including preparing and running training sessions and workshops, and providing structured on-job training;

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills and proficiency in English and willingness to learn Tetun, Portuguese or Bahasa.

 

II. BACKGROUND 

The Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is looking to recruit a Collections Revenue 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 be extended until 30th November 2012. PFMCBP 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 agreements. 

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 collection enforcement policies and procedures to help reduce the level of outstanding debt and to identify recalcitrant taxpayers who fail to comply with lodgment requirements of the tax laws. The Review recommended (i) conduct a comprehensive review of collection enforcement policies and procedures; (ii) develop a Collection Enforcement Procedures Manual, and (iii) develop a Collection Enforcement Training Program.

The review of collection enforcement procedures has been conducted; new procedures and a training program have been developed. The Collections 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 powers, including collection powers, is currently before government.

 

III.            DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

A.    Scope of Work 

The Revenue Collections Adviser will work with the Director General for Revenue and Customs, National Director of Domestic Revenue (NDDR), the Senior Management Advisor for Revenue and Customs, Lead Domestic Revenue Adviser, relevant National staff within the NDDR, and other Advisers across the Ministry on the following:

 

  1. Primary Function: Capacity Building of counterpart

·         Capacity building of counterparts through on the job training, formal training, coaching and mentoring;

·         Evaluation of capacity building outcomes and adjustment of strategies as required.

  1. Secondary function: Capacity building directed at the NDDR level

 

·         Strategic plan for NDDR is implemented

·         Conduct formal and on-the-job training for NDDR Collections staff in procedural matters;

·         Provide assistance and mentoring in capacity building Collections staff in the areas of professionalism, accountability and transparency;

·         Implement performance indicators and standards to measure the progress of capacity building.

  1. Tertiary function: Undertake line functions as necessary, supporting the Director General of Revenue and Customs and the NDDR in their day-to-day management of the Directorate.

·         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.

B.                 Deliverables

·         Prepare and agree on an Assignment Work Plan, with specific timelines and expected outcomes within 4 weeks of commencement.

·         Prepare Quarterly Progress Reports against the agreed Work Plan for presentation to the National Director of Domestic Revenue, the Senior Management Adviser (R&C) and the Senior Program Manager - PFMCBP.

·         Assist with the integration of an integrated collections area as recommended by the Mid-Term review.

·         Support and mentor staff in developing their capacity to efficiently carry out debt recovery activities and non-lodgment procedures.

·         Provide assistance and support in operational tasks including debt recovery and non-lodgment procedures.

·         Develop/modify model processes for dealing with non-lodgment and debt recovery in conjunction with NDDR staff.

·         Implement strategies to train staff to address issues associated with non-lodgment of tax returns, forms and associated documentation and non-compliance with formal requests for information.

·         Train National staff to prepare files for referral to Tax Counsel for litigation.

·         Support senior management in making any approved organization structure changes, developing staffing proposals, duty statements etc.

·         Support senior management and staff to review, simplify and streamline operating procedures and user manuals, and to modify manuals when new legislation is passed.

 

The Adviser will provide an End of Assignment report to the Senior Program Manager and Senior Management Adviser, with a copy to the National Director of Domestic Revenue, no later than 10 working days prior to the end of contract.

 IV.            PERFORMANCE EVALUATION 

Performance of the Revenue Collections 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 a probation period of three months. 

    V.            APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

Please visit our website at www.mof.gov.tl/  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, pfmcbp@mof.gov.tl, no later than 17:00 hours (Timor-Leste time) on Friday, 10 June 2011.  

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 etc. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contact

Competency Framework for the Collections Revenue Adviser (International)

 

Competencies

Please describe how you have met these

Competencies

At least a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy, Finance or Economics (a post graduate degree is preferred e.g. an MBA or an MSc in Accounting or Finance) together with a professional recognized accounting qualification (e.g. CPA, ACCA, CMA, CA etc.).

 

 

 

At least 12 years’ experience in tax debt recovery and non-lodgment processes.

 

Experience in World Bank/IDA-assisted project in the government sector would be

 a distinct advantage.

 

Demonstrated computer literacy skills in the operation of Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and related accounting software.   

 

 

Demonstrated work experience in a developing country context and in a multi cultural setting. 

 

 

Familiarity with the operations of central government bodies financial and accounting procedures would be an advantage.

 

 

 

Demonstrated understanding of government systems and processes, including integrity systems, customer service culture, and systems and processes to promote accountability and transparency.

 

 

 

Demonstrated knowledge and skills in capacity building methodologies, including preparing and running training sessions and workshops, and providing structured on-job training.

 

Excellent oral and written communication skills and proficiency in English and willingness to learn Tetun, Portuguese or Bahasa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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