Job Summary

The expert is responsible for managing GIZ support to the ECOWAS Commission in the area of regional economic integration on matters relating to domestic tax reforms and harmonization of the tax legislations of ECOWAS Member States (MS).

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Tax Advisor - Fiscal Harmonization and Domestic Taxation

Min. qualification: A Master’s /MSc in Economics, Business Administration, Law or equivalent qualification in taxation or a related fit.

Organization: GIZ ECOWAS – WATIP II

Place: Abuja, Nigeria

Salary: According to GIZ salary scale for Band 5


GIZ. Solutions that work.

We provide services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

(BMZ) is our main commissioning party, but we also work with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

All these commissioning parties place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. Since we are a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work.

This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust.

Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible and effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2019, we generated a business volume of around EUR 3.1 billion. Our 22,199 employees, almost 70 percent of whom are national staff, work in around 120 countries. As a recognized development service provider, we currently have 556 development workers in action in partner countries. Furthermore, in 2019, the Centre for

International Migration and Development (CIM), which is run jointly by GIZ and the German Federal Employment Agency, placed 262 integrated experts and 515 returning experts with local employers in our partner countries, or provided them with financial support, advice or other services.*

*Personnel and business figures as at 31 December 2019 


GIZ has since 2006 been supporting the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the trade and customs reforms.

GIZ has since 2018 been assigned by the EU to implement the Action Promoting Trade in West Africa II (WATIP II) under the TFWA Programme. The Trade Facilitation West Africa (TFWA) program is a multi-donor initiative. The Programme aims to improve the free and efficient movement of goods in the region and internationally by reducing the time and cost of trade borne by the private sector in West Africa, and by strengthening regional trading networks’ ability to take advantage of these improvements.

Specifically, the programme aims to achieve this objective through three (3) key result areas/components: Improving trade facilitation measures in West Africa and implementing them more efficiently;

Improving the movement of goods along selected corridors; and Reducing barriers for small-scale traders and other key stakeholders, especially women, with trade facilitation reforms and programs.

To consolidate the gains made under WATIP I in the area of fiscal reforms and harmonization, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has committed to continue supporting the ECOWAS Commission in the implementation of the Fiscal Transition Programme to ensure that the fiscal reforms result in an enhanced business environment and increased private investment in the region, and subsequently increase revenue for economic development and poverty reduction. This new component will complement the activities under Result 1 and be included in WATIP II, which forms part of the larger TFWA Programme.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

A. Responsibilities

The expert is responsible for managing GIZ support to the ECOWAS Commission in the area of regional economic integration on matters relating to domestic tax reforms and harmonization of

the tax legislations of ECOWAS Member States (MS).

  • He/she is fully responsible for planning and implementing the activities of the sub-component (“Effective and harmonized fiscal policies in place”) in close cooperation with the ECOWAS Commission and other project stakeholders.
  • He/she further assists project initiatives to provide professional advisory services to the partner and to cooperate with a broad range of target groups using innovation and knowledge management.
  • He/she reports on activities planned and conducted as well as outputs and results achieved to the GIZ Head of Component Trade Facilitation.

B. Tasks

  • Plans and monitors the development and implementation of project plans and activities for his sub-component in close consultation with partners and in line with GIZ rules and regulations;
  • Develops regional fiscal policies and guidelines on code of ethics;
  • Assists with the implementation of adopted fiscal policies in the region;
  • Deals with the design, preparation and implementation of regional workshops, seminars and other events on the ECOWAS Fiscal Transition Programme;
  • Draft terms of references for specialized short-term experts; hires and manages the short-term experts, including quality control of their outputs, in line with GIZ regulations
  • Suggests necessary changes and improvements to existing Regulations and concept note relating to the implementation of the ECOWAS Fiscal Transition Programme;
  • Assists with general project planning as demanded and develops project concepts including preparation, organization and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation;
  • Assists with day-to-day project management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting);
  • Provides regular updates to the Head of Component on the progress of activities;
  • Actively participates and contributes to GIZ team meetings, cluster meetings and any other GIZ events as requested
  • Undertakes other related tasks as assigned by the Head of Component.

Required qualifications, competences and experience:

Academic qualification

  • ECOWAS citizens with a minimum of Masters/MSc in economics, business administration, law, or equivalent qualification in taxation or a related fit.

Professional qualification

  • A minimum of eight (8) years relevant professional experience in taxation at the national and/or regional level in West Africa;
  • Professional consulting experience, preferably in an international context, would be highly desirable;
  • Established contacts to relevant ECOWAS actors and networks are regarded as assets.

Additional professional competences

  • Excellent language skills in English and French (close cooperation with both ECOWAS and UEMOA required)
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills in English and French
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a multilingual and multicultural environment.
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office);
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed;
  • Active in acquiring new skills and to respond to upcoming tasks within the scope of the project
  • Willingness to undertake regular travel throughout the ECOWAS region.

GIZ Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer; both men and women are encouraged to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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