National Legal Analyst (3 positions)

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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat dealing with trade, investment, and development issues. The organization’s goals are to maximize the tradeinvestment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis.

Throughout the recent two decades, the Republic of Tajikistan’s Government has undertaken significant reforms to open the economy and introduce the market mechanisms. At present, the country’s leadership is willing to continue and deepen the structural transformation, particularly in the areas of transport infrastructure development and export diversification. Therefore, there is an urgent need for modernized and transparent Customs procedures to promote Tajikistan’s positioning as a land-linked transit country and a pro-active player in the regional trade and economic processes. 

Under the World Bank funded Program, UNCTAD has recently signed an agreement with the Customs Services under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan (CSGRT) for Reforms, Automation and modernization of Customs processes and procedures by implementation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World under the Phase Four of the Central Asia Regional Links Program (CARS-4) Project of ASYCUDA Component. Administrative measures are taken to prepare the environment for implementing new Customs regimes and procedures to ensure transparency in the Customs clearance process and to fight Customs Corruption on one hand and to have simplified procedures on the other. 

To fulfill the requirements for the full implementation of ASYCUDA World, a National Legal Analyst will be hired to work closely with international experts and relevant Customs Services official representatives.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNCTAD National Project Manager, the National Legal Analyst will be responsible to develop draft regulatory legal acts in compliance with the recommendations proposed by UNCTAD for the Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan. Additionally, ensure alignment with the outcomes of further analysis. The National legal Analyst will work in close collaboration with the project team and with the Project Implementation Group. 

In addition, the Administrative and all logistical arrangements of the project will be done through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; therefore, the process of recruitment will be managed through UNDP and the individual contracts will be issued accordingly

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
  1. Analytical work that includes a description, and analysis of national, and international legislation and practice, proposed methods and tools, the list of legal acts, and a comparative table on amendments and additions to existing regulatory legal acts.
  2. Drafted conclusions and recommendations for changing and harmonizing legal acts.
  3. Presentation of all results and drafting of final documents in Tajik and Russian. Close cooperation, with the working group and representatives of Tajikistan Customs Service and other relevant government bodies.
  4. Help in the correct assessment of Customs duties and taxes in the ASYCUDA system so that the due revenues are collected properly into the treasury of the state/government.
  5. Assessment of Air Cargo, Imports, Exports and Transit regimes Profiles in ASYCUDA World System as per the standards and requirements of the Customs Act and Tariff Book.
  6. Assist in preparation of relevant materials/documentation for implementation of new modules or update of existing modules in ASYCUDA World System. Provide inputs in the preparation and elaboration of work plan.
  7. Any other task as assigned by the line supervisor.
 
  1. Analytical work that includes a description, and analysis of national, and international legislation and practice, proposed methods and tools, the list of legal acts, and a comparative table on amendments and additions to existing regulatory legal acts.
  • Examinations and evaluation of both national and international customs and customs related legislation and practices.
  • Development of methods and tools for amendments to national customs and customs related legislation 
  • Development of list of legal acts subject to drafting and amendment. 
  • Development of comparative table highlighting any amendments or additions to existing regulatory legal acts.
     

      2. Drafted conclusions and recommendations for changing and harmonizing legal acts. 

  • Identify any inconsistencies, gaps, or areas in need of improvement. Recommendations should outline actionable steps for harmonizing and updating legal acts to ensure coherence and effectiveness in the regulatory framework. 
  • Drafting and documentation of proposed recommendations for changing and harmonizing customs and customs related legal acts.

      3. Presentation of all results and drafting of final documents in Tajik and Russian.

  • Close cooperation, as well as consultancy work, with the working group and representatives of Tajikistan Customs Service and other relevant government bodies.
  • Present results and drafting the final documents in both Tajik and Russian languages. This includes summarizing the findings, conclusions, and recommendations in a clear and concise manner for better understanding by relevant stakeholders. 
  • Close cooperation with the working group and representatives of the Tajikistan Customs Service and other relevant government bodies.  Consultancy work may also be provided to ensure that the final documents meet the needs and requirements of the stakeholders involved. Facilitate effective communication and implementation of the proposed changes in the legal framework.

     4. Help in the correct assessment of customs duties and taxes in the ASYCUDA system so that the due revenues are collected properly into the treasury of the state/government.

  • Aiding in the accurate assessment of customs duties and taxes within the ASYCUDA system, this includes ensuring that the correct rates and calculations are applied to imported and exported goods in compliance with the relevant regulations and laws.
  • Accurate assessment of customs duties and taxes, the due revenue collected properly and deposits into the treasure of the state government.

    5. Assessment of Air Cargo, Imports, Exports and Transit regimes Profiles in ASYCUDA World System as per the standards and requirements of the Customs Act and Tariff Book.

  • Evaluate profiles related to Air Cargo, Imports, Exports, and Transit regimes within the ASYCUDA World System. Conduct assessment in accordance with the standards and requirements outlined in the Customs Act and Traffic Book. 
  • Review and analyze these profiles to ensure the information and data stored in the system align with the legal framework and regulations governing customs procedures.
  • Maintain accuracy, consistency, and compliance with the Customs Acts and Tariff Book to facilitate smooth operations and efficient management of air cargo, imports, exports, and transit activities withing the ASYCUDA World System.

      6. Assist in preparation of relevant materials/documentation for implementation of new modules or update of existing modules in ASYCUDA World System. Provide inputs in the preparation and elaboration of work plan.

  • Support the team in preparation of necessary materials and documentation for the implementation of new models or updates to existing modules within the ASYCUDA World System.
  • Additionally, provide valuable insights and suggestions in developing work plans, outlining the steps, timelines, and resources needed for the successful implementation of the new modules and updates.
     
Competencies

Core-Behavioral Competencies:
 
Achieve Results:  LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 1: Look beyond conventional approaches and established methods.
Learn Continuously:  LEVEL 1: proactively seek feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experiences, both positive and negative.
Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 1:  Not give up in the face of adversity and setbacks: demonstrate resilience and composure.
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results.
Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.
 
Cross-Functional and Technical Competencies:
 
Business Direction and Strategy- Knowledge Generation- Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
Business Direction and Strategy- Business Acumen- Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome. Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.
Business Management – Results-based Management- Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity.
Business Management – Resource Management – Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
Business Management – Communication- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
Business Management – Evaluation- Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks. Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns. 
Business Management – Customer Satisfaction/Client Management – Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy. Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests. Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.
 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Law/ jurisprudence or fields adjacent to customs law or
  • A bachelor’s degree in the mentioned areas in combination of two years of experience will be given due consideration in lieu of master’s degree.
Experience:
  • Up to two years with a master’s degree or a minimum of two years   of proven work experience in Customs, Trade, or another relevant field is required.
  • Specialized training in border or customs control procedures would be an advantage.
  • Proven experience in the usage of IT-based tools, processes, and MIS in support of Business process simplification and processes is highly desirable.
  • Previous experience in Tajikistan Public Sector especially with Customs or Trade related matters.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written in Tajik and Russian languages is a must.
  • Knowledge of English is an asset.
Disclaimer

 

 
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

 
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

 
Applicant information about UNDP rosters

 
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

 
Non-discrimination

 
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

 
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

 
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