Principal Customs Officer (Procedures & Facilitation) - East African Community

Principal Customs Officer (Procedures & Facilitation)

(REF: EAC/HR/2015-2016/024)

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 the development and implementation of harmonised and simplified Customs Systems and Procedures, monitor quality assurance in customs service delivery and guide interfacing of customs automation and exchange of information.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Supervision of staff, planning of activities and development of budgets for the Procedures and Facilitation Department.
  2. Coordinate, guide and monitor the development and implementation of regional policies, strategies, programmes and work plans on harmonisation of Customs procedures including the Single Customs territory;
  3. Coordinate the harmonization and simplifications of customs procedures, processes and documentation in line with WCO and WTO Agreements and recommendations to facilitate speedy clearance of goods in Customs;
  4. Monitor progress of the Customs Union process and identify implementation gaps and design appropriate solutions;
  5. Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the WTO Trade facilitation Agreement at the regional level.
  6. Formulate proposals for studies and carry out research in areas of strategic importance that translate into enhancement of Customs procedures and trade facilitation in EAC;
  7. Monitor and update Partner States on international trends related to Customs procedures and trade facilitation;
  8. Develop guidelines and work plans on customs integrity and model code of conduct for Customs administrations;
  9. Liaise with Principal Trade Officer (Internal Trade) in developing management instruments for identification and elimination of customs related NTBs
  10. Develop standards and monitoring and evaluation tools for quality assurance of systems in Customs;
  11. Coordinate, develop and implement corroborative mechanisms with other public and private sector organisations to enhance implementation of regional customs programmes.
  12. Facilitate Policy organs and technical meeting;
  13. Implement Council decisions relevant to the Sector;
  14. Prepare progress and annual reports;

Qualifications and Experience:

A Masters degree in the field of Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Law or an equivalent degree from a recognised University/Institutions. Specialized training in Customs is a must.
At least ten (10) years’ relevant experience in Customs, five (5) of which should be at Senior level.

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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