Customs Officer (Tariff & Valuation) Jobs at East African Community

Customs Officer (Tariff & Valuation)

(REF: EAC/HR/2015-2016/041)

The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, 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 a highly motivated and result-driven professional who is a citizen of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) to apply for the following position tenable at East African Community - Secretariat:
Organ / Institution: The Secretariat
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Job Grade: P1
Job reports to: Principal Valuation Officer

Job Purpose:

To provide technical input and facilitate work in the development and implementation of EAC customs tariff, valuation and application of rules of origin.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical input in guiding the implementation on Customs Tariff and Nomenclature;
  2. Undertake research on customs tariff, valuation and rules of origin;
  3. Make proposals and technical input in the review of the EAC tariff regimes based on the policy requirements and WCO updated versions of the harmonised description and coding system.
  4. Interpret developments on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems (HS) and ensure the decisions of the WCO regarding classification of goods is promptly disseminated to the Partner States;
  5. Assist in development of strategies and plans on EAC tariff regime and valuation system consistent with WTO/WCO Agreements and Conventions;
  6. Collect and analyse customs data/ trade flows and participate in the development of EAC Trade Reports;
  7. Assist in the development of systems for exchange of information on administrative rulings on classification and valuation of goods between Partner States Customs administration
  8. Analyse and disseminate guidelines on international trends related to Customs Valuation (WTO/WCO) to Partner;
  9. Assist in the development Customs Valuation guidelines and maintain a master valuation database for reference purposes;
  10. Develop training and sensitization programmes and train/sensitise officials and stakeholders on customs valuation, classification and rules of origin;
  11. Develop and review user manuals on tariff, valuation and rules of origin;
  12. Assist in the administration and implementation of EAC Rules of Origin in EAC including circulation of signatures, verification and investigation processes, arbitration and provision of technical input;
  13. Proof read, edit and make a follow up on the publications of EAC Customs tariff documents;
  14. Facilitate meetings related to Customs technical aspects on valuation, classification and Rules of origin;
  15. Assist in the necessary investigations, collections of information in collaboration with Partner States Revenue Authorities, on violations of rules of origin; and
  16. Assist in the preparation of progress and annual reports.

Qualifications and Experience:

A Bachelors degree in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Statistics, Information Technology, Law or an equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institution. Specialized training in Customs is a necessary requirement for this position.
Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in Customs.

Skills and Competencies:

Proficiency in computer applications with hands-on skills in a Customs Computer system; Management skills, planning skills, negotiations skills, networking skills, research skills, supervisory skills, monitoring and evaluation skills.

Education Qualifications and Relevant Working Experience:

Education Qualifications:
All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.
All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.
Relevant Work Experience:
Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.


Applicants from all five (5) Partner States are eligible to apply for this position.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years renewable once and is subject to the application of the EAC Quota System.

Fringe Benefits:

This post offers 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:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three (3) referees, and a copy of National Identity Card, Birth Certificate or Passport showing the date of birth.
Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and the envelope. For electronic submissions, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and forward to the address given below.
Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than Monday 15th August 2016, 17:00Hrs.

Please note:
  1. You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
  2. Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional Certificates; or fail to provide three referees shall be disqualified.
  3. Only qualified candidates will be contacted
  4. EAC Staff Rules and Regulations prevent consideration 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 shall be done in writing
The Director, 
Executive Selection Division
Deloitte Consulting Limited
10th Floor PPF Tower
Cnr of Ohio Street & Garden Avenue
P O Box 1559 Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Fax +255(22) 2116379
E-mail: esd@deloitte.co.tz

Application Deadline:

Monday, 15 August 2016 - 5:00pm
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