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Consultancy – Customs Tax Expert (Tax Inspectors Without Borders), BPPS/SDG Finance
|Location :||Onsite/Homebased (mission to South Africa)|
|Application Deadline :||12-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||18 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||18 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 170 countries and territories, supporting solutions to development challenges in these countries and developing national and local capacities that will help them achieve human development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP's policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP's Strategic Plan.
The OECD is a global economic forum working with 38 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social, and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.
The TIWB Secretariat is based in OECD Paris. Within UNDP, TIWB is managed under the Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH) - a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP’s private sector strategy and other initiatives. SFH is an integral part of both the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), as well as part of the GPN. TIWB is managed under the Sustainable Finance Hub, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York with resource persons embedded in the UNDP offices in Pretoria, Bangkok, and Amman and a back office in Istanbul.
TIWB aims at a unique approach to capacity building through hands-on technical assistance on actual tax audits and related international tax issues. Specifically, the deployed expert will work with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) S) auditors on real audit cases to increase the tax administration's capacity to collect the taxes due by multinational enterprises, thus enhancing domestic resource mobilization and combating base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Under TIWB, tax experts work alongside local officials of developing country tax administrations on tax-related issues, delivering practical solutions by working on confidential matters while operating under strict oaths of secrecy/ confidentiality agreements. With 106 completed and ongoing programmes (including 21 South-South programmes), TIWB has contributed to over USD 1.7 billion in additional revenues and tax assessments of USD 3.9 billion in programmes across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). For further information on TIWB and the partnership between the OECD and UNDP, please visit the TIWB website.
Building on the success of the TIWB model and recognizing the needs of tax administrations, TIWB has expanded to provide support in other tax areas. To support this new phase UNDP is having a call for a tax expert in customs to support SARS.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The UNDP is looking for a customs tax expert to work as a TIWB expert. The main responsibility will be to provide technical assistance to the SARS in the customs sector. During the missions (on-site and remote), the Expert will provide support to local auditors focused on understanding and analysing the customs sector transfer pricing, in addition to the associated risks. This will include:
The Customs sector expert will be expected to demonstrate extensive professional experience in the sector. The assignments require close collaboration with the TIWB Secretariat, the UNDP, and SARS. The role may require traveling to South Africa to deliver up to 5 missions In between on-site TIWB missions, there is a component of TIWB remote assistance. In times of restrictions on travel due to COVID-19, TIWB assistance is being provided remotely.
Expected outputs and deliverables:
The representative set of duties and responsibilities listed below is not exhaustive, and the terms of reference of each assignment will dictate the exact scope of the work. Key areas of support and activities will include:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Weight = 20 %; Maximum Points: 20.
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three/four shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of UNDP - Project Manager, TIWB and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.