Director Customs Job Placement - East African Community (EAC)

Job Title:         Director Customs
Organisation: East African Community (EAC)
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Reports to: Director General (Customs and Trade)
REF: EAC/HR/2016-17/14

About US:
The East African Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC mission is to widen and deepen economic, political, social and cultural integration to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.

Job Summary: The Director Customs will oversee and manage the development, implementation and monitoring of regional customs programmes and projects in the EAC for the effective realization of a functioning Customs Union

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Initiate, coordinate and manage the development of EAC customs policies and strategies under the strategic leadership of the Director General (Customs and Trade);
  • Lead and guide the development and monitor implementation of EAC Customs laws, procedure manuals and guidelines including providing technical interpretations of such instruments ;
  • Provide direction and  in the implementation and consolidation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT) in liaison with  Customs administrations of Partner States including but not limited to strengthening interconnectivity of systems, sensitization and training and full roll out of SCT;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of consolidated annual work/operations plans and ensure complimentarily of synergies and cooperation within the sectors under supervision;
  • Manage and guide the undertaking of research and studies in priority programme areas for the sectors under the directorate’s supervision;
  • Build and maintain close working relationship with public and private sector agencies and government bodies of Partner States in the implementation of the Single Customs Territory;
  • Work closely with relevant bodies such as WCO, WTO, UNCTAD on matters pertaining to customs and trade in the region and ensure dissemination and implementation of international standards and practices;
  • Provide technical direction and input on customs matters in trade negotiations where EAC may be engaged;
  • Offer managerial support and technical advice related to the sectors and staff under the directorate’s supervision;
  • Coordinate the convening of technical meetings and present reports to the Policy organs for consideration including providing technical guidance during the meetings.
  • Oversee  the development of the budget for the Directorate and in liaison with Director Trade discuss the same with the Director General(Customs and Trade) for consolidation, rationalization and finalization prior to presentation to the next level;
  • Work closely with Staff under supervision of the directorate to develop specific, measureable, accurate, realistic and time bond (SMART) performance indicators, monitor and evaluate individual Staff performance by ensuring that the EAC performance evaluation/appraisal and feedback process is applied to all staff under  the directorate’s supervision;
  • Oversee the implementation of Council decisions and consolidate progress and annual reports on status of implementation of the Council decisions/directives assigned to directorate;
  • Prepare periodic reports and accountability on the performance of the directorate to the Director General (Customs and Trade) and agree on the areas to be prioritized;
  • Ensure close working relationship with the Directorate of Trade to promote team work, enhance optimal utilization of resources, efficiency and build synergies;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Secretary General or Director General (Customs and Trade) from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the East African Community (EAC) Director Customs career placement must hold a Masters Degree in Economics, Customs, International Trade, Law, Commerce, Business Administration or a related field. Must have undertaken specialised training in Customs;
  • At least fifteen (15) years’ experience in a customs work, 8 years of which should be at senior management level in customs related environment. International exposure in customs matters will be an advantage
  • Ability to provide technical and team leadership to the Directorate of Customs, create a conducive and empowering work environment which promotes creativity and innovation among staff, coach, mentor and motivate staff, manage diversity, conflict and change;
  • Skilled in writing proposals and conducting research
  • Effective communications skills
  • Good presentation, conceptual, analytical, planning, negotiation, networking, Judgement and decision making skills.
  • Ability to think and interact strategically and innovatively while exercising sound judgment.
  • Capable of dealing with others appropriately and effectively.
  • Computer skills are a must while research, networking, planning, teambuilding, management, leadership, analytical and negotiation skills are desirable.
  • Age: Below 55 years.
Job Benefits: The established posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three (3) referees, and a copy of National Identity Card, Birth Certificate or Passport showing the date of birth. Please quote the respective reference number on both the application letter and the envelope. For electronic submissions, please quote the respective reference number on the subject of the email and forward to the address given below.

  • Please submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not both.
  • Applications which do not: indicate nationality and age; the reference number; an application letter attached; have certified copies of their academic degrees and other professional certificates; or fail to provide three referees shall be disqualified.

The Secretary General,
East African Community,
P. O. Box 1096 Arusha - Tanzania.

E-mail to:

Deadline: Friday, 21st July 2017 by 5:00pm

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