UNDP – United Nations Development Programme is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP’s policy and programme work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Key Duties and Accountabilities
Strategic and Multi-stakeholder Engagement:
- Lead the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative in Southern Africa. Specifically, the Regional Specialist is expected to work with the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, South Africa, U.R. Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (hereinafter referred to as the “Countries”).
- Lead implementation and multi-stakeholder engagement for the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative in Southern Africa including engaging with tax experts, bilateral, regional and multilateral organizations, governments and UNDP Country Offices (COs) in the region.
- Among the different partnership, the Regional Tax for SDGs Specialist for Southern Africa will lead the Tax for SDGs partnerships with The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).
- Support UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa and COs in building strategic alliances and partnerships with governments, think tanks, academic institutions, development partners and others in Southern Africa to expand UNDP’s work on tax and fiscal policy.
- Work with the rest of the Tax for SDGs team to support UNDP COs in designing and implementing Country Engagement Plans (CEPs) and in their broader engagement on tax and fiscal policies.
Policy and Programme Support:
- Engage with UNDP Country Offices to analyze local context and identify potential synergies with UNDP’s policy and development work in-country at national/federal/ sub national level and map out emerging trends and opportunities for the region.
- Provide technical advice to support the implementation of the activities under the Tax for SDGs project and to backstop experts working under the project.
- Create demand and facilitate the setting up of TIWB programmes under the project as well as coordinate their implementation as per standard operating procedures, including knowledge capture from past programmes.
- Identify potential synergies between the tax and fiscal policy work of RBA, the Pretoria Regional Hub and UNDP COs with the project.
- Engage with policymakers on tax and fiscal policy matters and further develop the role of UNDP in taxation in the African region.
Required skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree in taxation, law, economics, finance, public policy or related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in said fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
- At least 5 years (with Master’s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible work experience in a position directly related to taxation is required.
- Experience in advising international institutions and/ or governments on public finance management, taxation and financing for development in Africa is required.
- Experience in project management is required.
- Experience of working in or with different developing countries, other than home country, in African region is desired.
- Knowledge of current trends & debates regarding development financing and taxation issues in Africa is desired.
- Experience in policy research and writing for different audiences is desired.
- Experience with UNDP or UN-system is an advantage.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
- French is desirable.