Principal Customs Officer (Compliance & Enforcement) - East African Community

Principal Customs Officer (Compliance & Enforcement)

(REF: EAC/HR/2015-2016/025)

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: P3
Job reports to: Director, Customs

Job Purpose:

To co-ordinate, guide, advise and monitor customs preventive work, investigation and suppression of customs offences and other related offences including tax frauds, drug trafficking, money laundering and other trans-border security risks

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Supervision of staff, planning of activities and development of budgets for the Compliance and Enforcement Department;
  2. Formulate proposals for studies and carry out research in areas of strategic importance that translate into enhancement of Customs laws and compliance and enforcement in EAC;
  3. Develop policies, strategies, programs and work plans on Customs Compliance and enforcement in EAC;
  4. Coordinate, guide and monitor the development, review and implementation of customs laws and regulations of EAC.
  5. Advise and provide technical and legal interpretations related to implementation of customs laws and regulations.
  6. Prepare for publication gazette notices related to customs
  7. Liaise with the Legal Draftsman to prepare draft legal instruments and reports for consideration by the Council and EALA.
  8.  Coordinate and guide implementation of work plans on customs compliance and enforcement for the full attainment of a Single Customs Territory 
  9. Coordinate in liaison with Partner States Customs Authorities to undertake customs investigations on cross border matters that require a regional approach.
  10. Facilitate the trade Remedies committee on customs related disputes as specified in the Protocol Establishing the EAC Customs Union.
  11. Coordinate the development and implementation of EAC Counterfeit laws, regulations and procedure manuals
  12. Provide technical input and participate in trade negotiations on customs matters at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
  13. Facilitate the exchange of information on Customs offences at the regional and international level.
  14. Facilitate Policy organs and technical meeting;
  15. Implement Council decisions relevant to the Sector; and
  16. Prepare progress and annual reports.

Qualifications and Experience:

A Masters Degree in Law, Economics, Business Administration or an equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institution. Specialized training in Customs law and enforcement will be necessary. Training in prevention and combating of illicit trade and other trans-border security risks is desirable.
At least 10 years’ experience in the Customs Services, five (5) of which should be at a Senior level.

Skills and Competencies:

Proficiency in computer applications, investigation skills, analytical skills, report writing skills, team building and supervisory 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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