20 Customs Officer Job Opportunities - Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)

Organisation: Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: In-Charge or Station Head
Job Code: HRM/023/600

About US:
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) was established by the Uganda Revenue Authority Statute of 1991 and set up in September of the same year as a central body for assessment and collection of specified revenue, to administer and enforce the laws relating to such revenue and to provide for related matters. This statute incorporated all the laws that were in force then regarding tax collection. The new organization (URA) amalgamated the three tax administration departments that were responsible for all the taxes collected by the Central Government of Uganda.

Job Summary: The Customs Officer will primarily implement customs operations and provide support to customs clients at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) station to facilitate international trade and revenue collection.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Conduct verification of consignments and write a descriptive Verification Account to guide the assessment of customs taxes payable:
  • Check and verify the quantity, quality, weight, country of origin and other applicable details about the goods imported
  • Write detailed descriptive verification account indicating the findings from the verification process to guide valuation and tax assessment
  • Upload the Verification account onto the system to enable access by the Valuation/Assessment Officer
  • Secure and submit samples to the Valuation/Assessment Officer. 
Assess taxes payable and advise the clients on the payment process to enable collection:
  • Vet documents provided by the clients/taxpayers against physical goods to ascertain truthfulness in the declarations made to determine tax payable
  • Ascertain tax payable following appropriate Tax Assessment Methodology
  • Generate a Payment Registration Notice (PRN) or an amendment reflecting additional tax to be paid based on findings from the physical verification
Confirm compliance of clients/taxpayers to all requirements and release goods for exit:
  • Check and review the documents to ascertain completeness and accuracy to confirm the right attachments and taxes paid
  • Access/Recall the entry into the system, trigger select control, take appropriate action, generate a release order and Exit Note for the Client
Facilitate Transit monitoring and transit exit process to control dumping of goods:
  • Receive and vet Customs declarations from Clearing Agents and generate a Transit document (T1)
  • Inspect to confirm that Trucks have the necessary qualifications to do transit (Transit Goods License, ), write a Sight Account and generate transit documents
  • Receive and vet the accompanying documents (T1, Road User Recharge, etc) to confirm suitability
  • Compare contents of the documents against the physical truck (including its status of the seal, truck itself)
  • Endorse the T1 document, validate/terminate it in the system to generate Validation Reference Number
  • Capture all the details in the Manual Release
  • Generate periodic reports indicating work done
Receive and account for Cash Collections at the station to promote transparency:
  • Receive and review the empty Manifest or a Customs entry to ascertain the charges payable by incoming Trucks and pay the amount in the system
  • Reconcile daily collections, batch and bank collected amounts to the bank and keep a record of payment received from the banks
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reconciliations and submit the report to the Regional Administrative Officer and station In-Charge respectively for quality assurance and further submissions
  • Receive and verify assessment notices from Clearing Agents to ascertain taxes payable, collect, acknowledge receipt and effect payment in the system
Handle and clear incoming and outgoing Travellers to facilitate inter-state people movement:
  • Receive and verify appropriate documents (Exit Note, Logbook, Driving Permit and Identification Card)
  • Capture the relevant document details into the system (TEVIES) about the vehicle and the person and generate a C32 Form
  • Capture the Inward Registration Number
  • Receive, verify and capture details for Ugandans exiting the country (the same details as above)
  • Monitor Car Net vehicles entering or exiting and do further consultations with other staff at the Boarder to confirm exits
Manage the Exports Desk to facilitate trade:
  • Receive taxpayers with the respective documents about the exports and conduct a verification to ascertain whether what was declared is what is being exported
  • Confirm that all necessary requirements are attached (Export Certificate, Inspection, etc) write a Verification or a Sight Account
  • Print and issue a Release and Exit Order to the taxpayer

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Customs Officer jobs should possess Bachelor’s degrees in International Trade or any other field, obtained from a recognized academic institution
  • Specialised training in any of the areas of customer care, data analysis, or fraud examination is desired
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in carrying out field operations
  • he ideal person should have knowledge of the Customs Management Act 2004, Customs Guidelines and Procedures as well as the Tariff Classifications and Customs Valuation
  • Extensive knowledge of some Domestic Tax Laws such as Value Added Tax, With Holding and Income Tax
  • Ability to communicate effectively and relate with all kinds of people
  • Good team spirit with continuous learning and attention to trends as they emerge
  • Highly resilient and results oriented
  • Ability to work for long hours with minimum or without supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ideal person should be able to work well as part of a team
  • Respect for self and for others
  • Age: Between 28-38 years

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join URA should apply online by visiting the website below. Please go to Careers link, Click Here, ‘CAREERS -> EXPERIENTIAL HIRING -> Login (If new, register, else continue)’ to view detailed job description of the roles and responsibilities and other required competencies. All applicants are required to scan and attach copies of the required academic documents only e.g. Transcript, O’ Level, A’ level, Degree certificates. Each attachment should not exceed a limit of 1 MB and ONLY Portable Document Format (pdf) are allowed.

Note: The list of shortlisted and successful candidates will be published on the URA website. Academic documents for the successful candidates will be vetted and background checks conducted before they are considered for appointment into the Authority. Any applicants found with forged academic documents will be charged in the courts of law.

Deadline: 24th June 2017 at 11:59pm

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