Director Customs Employment Opportunity – East African Community (EAC)

Job Title:    Director Customs
Organisation: East
African Community (EAC)
Reports to:  Director
General (Customs and Trade)
Duty Station: EAC
Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania
REF: EAC/HR/2020-21/01
NB: Open
to Ugandan Nationals
About US:
The East African
Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic
of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic
of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan, and the Republic of Uganda with its
Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC mission is to widen and deepen
economic, political, social, and cultural integration to improve the quality of
life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value
added production, trade, and investments. This is an exciting opportunity
for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East
African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan
and Uganda) to apply for the following position .
Job Summary:  The Director Customs will coordinate and
manage the development, implementation and monitoring of regional customs
programmes and projects in the EAC for the effective realization of a
functioning Customs Union
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Initiate,
coordinate and manage the development of EAC customs policies and strategies
under the strategic leadership of the Director General(Customs and Trade);
·       
Lead and
guide the development and monitor implementation of EAC Customs laws, procedure
manuals and guidelines including providing technical interpretations of such
instruments ;
·       
Provide
direction and in the implementation and consolidation of the Single Customs
Territory (SCT) in liaison with Customs administrations of Partner States
including but not limited to strengthening interconnectivity of systems,
sensitization and training and full roll out of SCT;
·       
Coordinate
the development and implementation of consolidated annual work/operations plans
and ensure complimentarily of synergies and cooperation within the sectors
under supervision;
·       
Manage
and guide the undertaking of research and studies in priority programme areas
for the sectors under the directorate’s supervision;
·       
Establish
and maintain close working relationship with public and private sector agencies
and government bodies of Partner States in the implementation of the Single
Customs Territory;
·       
Liaise
with relevant bodies such as WCO, WTO, UNCTAD on matters pertaining to customs
and trade in the region and ensure dissemination and implementation of
international standards and practices;
·       
Provide
technical direction and input on customs matters in trade negotiations where
EAC may be engaged;
·       
Provide
managerial support and technical advice related to the sectors and staff under
the directorate’s supervision;
·       
Coordinate
the convening of technical meetings and present reports to the Policy organs
for consideration including providing technical guidance during the meetings.
·       
Manage
the development of the budget for the Directorate and in liaison with Director
Trade discuss the same with the Director General(Customs and Trade) for consolidation,
rationalization and finalization prior to presentation to the next level;
·       
Liaise
with Staff under supervision of the directorate to develop specific,
measureable, accurate, realistic and time bond (SMART) performance indicators,
monitor and evaluate individual Staff performance by ensuring that the EAC
performance evaluation/appraisal and feedback process is applied to all staff
under    the directorate’s supervision;
·       
Coordinate
implementation of Council decisions and consolidate progress and annual reports
on status of implementation of the Council decisions/directives assigned to
directorate;
·       
Make
periodic reports and accountability on the performance of the directorate to
the Director General (Customs and Trade) and agree on the areas to be prioritized;
·       
Ensure
close working relationship with the Directorate of Trade to promote team work,
enhance optimal utilization of resources, efficiency and build synergies;
·       
Perform
any other duties as may be assigned by the Secretary General or Director General
(Customs and Trade) from time to time.



Qualifications and Experience:
·       
The
applicant for the East African Community (EAC) Director Customs job must hold a
Master’s Degree in Economics, Customs, International Trade, Law, Commerce,
Business Administration or a related field. Must have undertaken specialised
training in Customs;
·       
Minimum
fifteen (15) years’ experience in a customs work, 8 years of which should be at
senior management level in customs related environment. International exposure
in customs matters will be an advantage.
·       
Must be
able to provide technical and team leadership to the Directorate of Customs,
create a conducive and empowering work environment which promotes creativity
and innovation among staff, coach, mentor and motivate staff, manage diversity,
conflict and change; write proposals and conduct Research, effectively
communicate, have presentation, conceptual, analytical, Planning, Negotiation,
Networking, Judgement and decision making skills. S/He must able to think and
interact strategically and innovatively while exercising sound judgment.
Capable of dealing with others appropriately and effectively.
·       
Computer
skills are a must while research, networking, planning, teambuilding,
management, leadership, analytical and negotiation skills are desirable.
Eligibility for applications: Applicants from all EAC Partner States are eligible to apply for
the above position.
Fringe Benefits:
The established
posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport
allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.
Equal Opportunity: The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female
candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those
candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.
How to Apply:
All interested
candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above
mentioned position are advised to :
  • Fill in the application form attached (download
    from here
    );
  • attach their application letter, a
    detailed CV, Copies of certified academic certificates, and a copy of
    National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one
    (1) file.
  • Please quote the respective reference
    number on both the application letter and envelope.
  • For electronic submission, please quote
    the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to
    the address given below.
Please note:
1.        
You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not
both.
2.        
Applications which do not :
    • have EAC application form;
    • indicate nationality and age;
    • have the reference number;
    • or have an application letter attached;
    • have certified copies of their academic
      degrees and other professional Certificates;
    • or fail to provide three referees will
      be disqualified.
3.        
Only qualified candidates will be contacted
4.        
EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55
years of age.
Please note that EAC
does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All
invitations for interviews will be done in writing.
A due diligence will
be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic
certificates (certification by a recognized higher education body in the
respective Partner States) and employment records .
The Secretary General
East African Community
P. o Box 1096
Arusha – Tanzania.
Tel: +255 27 2162100
Fax: +255 27 2162190
E-mail: vacancies@eachq.org
Deadline: Friday, 21st August 2020.
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