Senior Customs Officer - Legal and Compliance Career Placement - East African Community (EAC)

Organisation: East African Community (EAC)
Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania
Reports to: Principal Officer – Compliance and Enforcement
REF: EAC/HR/2016-17/17

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 Senior Customs Officer - Legal and Compliance will provide support and assist in the development and implementation of EAC Customs compliance programmes and review of customs laws to strengthen enforcement.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Undertake studies on Customs preventive services, investigation and enforcement in EAC.
  • Oversee the development, monitoring and implementation of the EAC Customs enforcement programs;
  • Coordinate the harmonization of risk assessment framework applicable in the Partner States.
  • Coordinate the development, review of regional guidelines and regulations on preventive measures, investigation on counterfeits and illicit trade;
  • Actively facilitate the Trade Remedies Committee in the implementation of anti -dumping, countervailing measures and Rules of origin disputes as per the EAC Customs Management Act 2004.
  • Initiate and identify areas for review in the Customs laws of the Community and work closely with CTCs office in the review of the respective laws;
  • Tasked with advising and providing legal, technical and administrative interpretations of the customs law of EAC to Partner States;
  • Build and maintain a database on enforcement in the EAC;
  • Initiate requirements and coordinate the training of customs officers  on compliance and enforcement;
  • Render support in the publication of the EAC gazette;
  • Plan and implement enforcement and investigations operations for suppression of customs offences, ability to analyze information and data.
  • Perform any other official duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the East African Community (EAC) Senior Customs Officer - Legal and Compliance job opportunity must hold a Master’ degree in Law. Enrolled to Practice Law in any of the Partner States
  • At least eight years of relevant experience with three years being at a senior level preferably in customs related environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of regional integration and trade policy issues in the Regional Integration.
  • Should have demonstrable knowledge of customs and trade laws applicable in EAC.
  • Practical skills in enforcement, investigations and preventive work.
  • Highly analytical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Good research skills
  • Good computer skills and meeting tight deadlines.
  • 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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