Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism 2 (PACTAM2)



Job Type


Closing Date

21st Jun 2019


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— Description —

Deputy Secretary Custom Operations

Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism 2 (PACTAM2)


 Adviser Remuneration Framework (ARF) – D4

 12 month role

 Based in Nauru


The role

The Secretary for Finance will have overall policy and administrative responsibility and report directly to the Minister for Finance. The Secretary will delegate much of the operational responsibility and decision making to the Deputy Secretary for Customs and Revenue and have overall responsibility for managing the business of their respective divisions. The Heads of each Service Divisions will provide direct support to the Deputies under a “service agreement” but they will also report directly to the Secretary. The Secretary and Deputies will drive the modernization and reform program.


You will be accountable to, and managed by the Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Finance, Government of Nauru.

This role is expected to commence in August/September for a period of 12 months.


Key objectives:

 To ensure domestic customs laws are effectively administered

 To develop and implement improved systems and processes of customs and border control that accord with international standards

 To review, update and modernise customs and border control laws and regulations to accord with international standards

 To promote public relations, community awareness and consultation about these major customs modernization reforms

 To provide capacity development of NCRO staff to effectively implement the improved customs administration


Selection criteria:



Bachelor level degree or post-graduate tertiary qualifications in customs, taxation, accounting, finance, business management or related discipline.


Skills and Experience

 A minimum of 10 years’ experience in customs and border control administration

 Demonstrated experience in senior executive roles, including senior level experience in a developing Customs department; relevant work experience in a Pacific Island country will be an advantage.

 A demonstrated capacity to implement reform programs that will impact significantly on the performance of a national Customs Agency


An ability to:

 Understand and analyse complex technical issues;

 Interpret and apply customs and border control laws.

 A strong technical and practical knowledge of the systems, processes and policies used to administer customs and border control laws including:

o World Customs Organization (WCO) and World Trade Organization (WTO);

o Risk management strategies

o Proven project management skills

o Experience in the development and implementation of on-the-job training including the development of relevant procedures and manuals

o Strong professional leadership and effective communication skills


Personal attributes

 High level analytical skills with the ability to demonstrate sound judgement and negotiate to achieve outcomes

 Well-developed administrative, organisational and coordination skills

 A proven track record in, and a commitment to, mentoring and transferring knowledge and skills – particularly in a development context

 Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences and a good understanding of cultural sensitivities

 High level interpersonal, leadership, representation and communication skills

 Patience and flexibility

 Ability to live and work in a new cultural setting

 A preparedness to work with limited resources within a challenging environment


The benefits:

 Remuneration in line with the ARF – D4

 Mobility and special location allowances

 Flights, medicals, and insurance

 Pre-departure briefing and in-country orientation

 Ongoing assignment monitoring and support


Scope Global – Engaged in the present to develop the future


Scope Global is a specialist project management company with people as the focus of its program delivery. We have a history of successfully managing projects in the international development and international education sectors.


The Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism Phase 2 (PACTAM2) is an Australian Government initiative, funded through the Australian aid program and managed by Scope Global. It places highly skilled Advisers with Partner Governments in participating Pacific Island countries to build capacity and to meet identified human resource needs. If you are interested in other PACTAM2 opportunities and would like to receive updates, please register your interest.


To apply:

Scope Global recruitment operates under equal employment opportunity principles and laws. We encourage appropriately qualified and experienced people to apply regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, physical ability or beliefs.

Applications will only be accepted via our online application system. For more detailed information on the position and to apply online, please visit http://www.scopeglobal.com/pactam2


Applications close midnight ACST 21st June 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

In country interviews will be held in Nauru during the week 29th July 2019


For more information contact a member of our team at recruitment.PACTAM2@scopeglobal.com