About the BPaC Program
The Building Pacific Capacity Program (BPaC) is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and managed by Cardno Emerging Markets. It provides Pacific Island Countries with a suite of flexible, fit-for-purpose options that support broad governance and stability development outcomes.
About the Partner Organisation
The Ministry of Finance and Sustainable Development (MoF) is an important Government of Nauru agency, mandated to oversee and coordinate the effective management of public finance and resources.
MoF’s mission is to ensure that the financial resources of the Republic of Nauru are managed in accordance with the law and are utilised in an efficient and effective manner.
The objectives of the Ministry of Finance and Sustainable Development include:
- Ensuring that legislative requirements that relate to the management of public money are adhered to.
- Providing policy advice and options to Government in relation to a wide range of fiscal, economic and development issues.
- Providing policy advice and support to improve the financial performance and oversight of SOEs.
- Coordinating the development of and monitoring and reporting on the annual Budget and the Development Fund.
- Improving the effectiveness of the administration of government revenues thereby improving Nauru’s domestic revenue collections.
- Coordinating development and review of the National Sustainable Development Strategy(NSDS), including ensuring that NSDS priorities are being given due attention in the annual budget.
- Obtaining and mobilising donor support for development projects and act as the point of contact for development assistance coordination.
About the Role
The Deputy Secretary of Customs Operations is an in-line Government of Nauru position, leading the Nauru Customs Service.
Commencing this role remotely is negotiable if deployment to Nauru is delayed due to travel and border restrictions. However, applicants should note that it is a requirement for this role to be based in Nauru on a long-term basis.
The Deputy Secretary of Customs Operations will work closely with the Deputy Secretary of Revenue (BPaC Adviser position) to build on the work of previous Advisers in the administration of current revenue regimes and ensure there is focus on strengthening the capacity of their respective divisional organisation and staff.
The Deputy Secretary of Customs Operations will have a specific focus on customs and border control and development of a new modernised customs regime. At the same time, the Deputy Secretary of Customs will continue planning for the development of the Nauru Customs Service.
Over the last 20 years, the Government of Nauru’s revenue base has been largely reliant on customs duties, fishing licenses and to a lesser extent, phosphate mining royalties and dividends. However, revenue is declining as Australian Regional Processing Centre scales down. Nauru seeks to balance its trade liberalisation interests with its reliance on customs duties, including in consideration whether to ratify the PACER Plus free trade agreement.
In recent years, the Government of Nauru has embarked on a program of taxation reforms to meet the loss of revenue as an initiative under their National Sustainable Development Strategy (2019-2030). Technical Assistance provided by both the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) and DFAT has assisted with the introduction of Phase 1 and 2 of the taxation reforms.
Phase 1 reforms involved the introduction of a Revenue Administration Act and an Employment & Services Tax Act, both of which became effective 1 October 2014. Following on from that, Phase 2 reforms, which involved the introduction of a Business Tax Act were introduced effective 1 July 2016.
The next Phase of reforms may include the introduction of a VAT, as well as reforms to customs duty and excise tax.
In order to improve effectiveness of revenue collection and facilitate modernisation and tax reform, Government has moved the operations of the Customs Division from the Justice Department to the Ministry of Finance.
This assignment and other key roles within the MoF complement the mutual commitment between the Governments of Nauru and Australia to address priority outcomes, including “support the development of an economy based on multiple sources of income”.
Relationship management, performance management and reporting
The Deputy Secretary of Customs Operations will report to and be accountable to the Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, and will be required to work closely with counterparts.
Key outputs and deliverables, as defined in the approved Workplan, are to be reported to Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, DFAT and the BPaC Team Leader.
The adviser must provide 6 monthly reports and monthly situational reports (verbal) as requested.
The adviser must develop a detailed Completion Report in collaboration with MoF outlining progress against objectives, capacity development results, sustainability of outcomes, lessons learned and follow-on support that may be required.
Role responsibilities and objectives
1. To monitor, evaluate and report against the current Customs framework for performance management.
- Review activities included within the Customs Reform and Modernisation Programme and make adjustments as appropriate
- Monitor key performance indicators and milestones against programme/project outputs and outcomes
- Report regularly on progress in delivering the customs administration workplan to various audiences
2. To ensure domestic customs laws are effectively administered.
- Develop strategic and operational plans and take responsibility for the achievement of key deliverables in the administration of the existing customs, border control laws.
- Continue the development of the transition project to enable Nauru Customs to adopt and trade under the Pacer Plus agreement
- Implement the transition project
- Review the Customs and Excise legislative framework and develop policy proposals to improve revenue mobilisation, duty collection operations and procedures, and to enhance procedures for the detection of revenue leakages.
3. To develop and implement improved systems and processes of customs and border control that accord with international standards.
- Developing regulatory policies and strategy for implementing the Government’s objectives with respect to efficient and effective customs and border control services; WTO valuation procedures and regional trade agreements.
- Provide support and engage with the National Project Team to fully implement ASYCUDA World in 2022/23.
- Chair the Customs Reform and Modernisation Committee (CRMC)
4. To review, update and modernise customs and border control laws and regulations to accord with international standards.
- Oversee the implementation of the customs modernisation program (ASYCUDA World).
- Provide legal and procedural advice in the development of customs manuals, public rulings and other educational material.
5. To further develop the professionalisation of the Customs Service
- Implement measures to safeguard integrity within the Customs Service, using the Nauru Public Service Regulations as a basis.
6. To promote public relations, community awareness and consultation about these major customs modernisation reforms.
- Work in partnership with industry and other stakeholders to respond to the changing nature of the environment and service expectations.
- Engage as required with the Oceania Customs Organisation, PACER Plus Implementation Unit, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and other relevant regional organisations and stakeholders.
7. To provide capacity development of NCS staff to effectively implement the improved customs administration.
- Provide leadership, strategic direction and guidance in the administration of the Customs and Border Control Division.
- Undertake regular formal and informal training to enhance the capacity of the Customs Service staff on core technical and strategic skills necessary to perform key functions.
8. Integration of GEDSI principles into the Division
- Ensure inclusive practices that enhance access for women, people with disabilities, and other marginalised populations are incorporated into policies and operations of the Customs and Border Control Division.
- Provide advice and guidance on these cross-cutting issues, as well as child protection, in line with relevant Australian aid policies such as DFAT’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy and Disability Inclusive Strategy.
Essential personal attributes of all BPaC Advisers:
- 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 analytical skills with the ability to demonstrate sound judgement and negotiate to achieve outcomes.
- A proven track record in, and a commitment to, mentoring and building knowledge and skills – particularly in a development context.
- Patience, flexibility, creative problem-solving skills, and a commitment to consultation
Essential qualifications and experience:
- Bachelor level degree or post-graduate tertiary qualifications in customs, finance, business management or related discipline.
- Demonstrated experience in senior executive roles, in a developing economy Customs department.
- A demonstrated capacity to implement reform programs that will impact positively on the performance of a national Customs agency.
- Demonstrated experience in Customs strategic management, including revenue collection enhancement and suppression of revenue leakage supported by performance and environment assessments, annual operational plans, monitoring and evaluation capacity.
- Good working knowledge of the legislative, organisational, and regulatory environment for customs administration, including other non-customs laws commissioned to customs, such as excise law, and cooperation with tax administration.
- A strong technical and practical knowledge of the full range of core customs administration functions, including systems (e.g. ASYCUDA), processes and techniques (tariff, origin, customs valuation, intelligence and fraud investigation, risk management, post clearance audit, etc.), as well as a good knowledge of international instruments and conventions on customs management, operations, governance, and accountability (e.g. World Customs Organisation (WCO), World Trade Organisation (WTO)).
- Good understanding of Customs corporate services, notably, information and communication technologies and data management and analytics to support efficient and effective customs management and operations.
- A commitment to capacity development with experience in a range of different approaches, including conducting on-the-job training, mentoring, and the development of procedures and manuals.
- An understanding of and commitment to incorporating cross cutting development issues such as gender, anti-corruption and disability.
Desirable qualifications and experience:
- Experience living and working in the Pacific region.
- A minimum of five years’ experience in managerial positions responsible for the management of human resources to achieve organisational outcomes.
How to Apply?
We welcome your interest in joining the BPaC Program as an adviser.
Please review the Terms of Reference before applying: https://bit.ly/3F3Viue
Please also take the time to look at the BPaC information sheet: https://bit.ly/31wlPkc
All applications must be submitted via the Cardno website (https://clientapps.jobadder.com/41217/cardno/3900480
), and include the following:
- Your CV, including the names and contact details of 2 professional referees
- A cover letter, describing how your skills and experience are applicable to the selection criteria (no more than 250 words per criterion).
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 25th May 2022 (11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Kindly note that applications that do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, LGBTQ+, women, mature age workers and people with different abilities.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com
Please note that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions this position is classified as unaccompanied. Applicants will need to undergo psychometric and medical screening prior to deployment. Housing, mobilisation, and demobilisation airfares will be provided as part of the overall remuneration package.
Amendments to the position’s Terms of Reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required. Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.
Cardno is equal opportunity employer
Cardno encourages women to apply. Cardno recognises the moral and legal responsibility to provide an equal opportunity workplace by ensuring that all recruitment and selection decisions are based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine inherent requirements of the position.