Resident Tax Administration Advisor for Malawi

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The International Monetary Fund is seeking an expert to fill a resident tax administration advisor position based in Blantyre, Malawi. The advisors’ primary responsibilities will be to: (1) assist the Malawi Revenue Authority to implement reform to strengthen tax administration functions; (2) mentor and coach management and staff on international good practices in tax administration; (3) deliver tax administration capacity building events such as training workshops and seminars; (4) provide support to headquarter missions and short-term tax administration expert assignments; and (5) coordinate with other technical assistance providers. The technical and operational skills and qualifications required for this position include a high level of knowledge in the following areas:

  • The legislation and regulatory environment for tax administration.
  • Organization, strategic management and planning, and performance management in tax agencies/departments.
  • International good practices in tax administration including developing and implementing a comprehensive compliance risk management program.
  • Policies and activities in the operations of all core tax administrative functions including registration and taxpayer services, collections and returns processing, audit, collections enforcement, objections and appeals and rulings and interpretations.
  • The effect of the structure of tax policy, and changes in the design of the major taxes, on tax administration.
  • Options for and capabilities of integrated tax administration systems (ITAS) to support tax operations.
  • Use and analysis of tax administration data.
  • Microsoft office tools and software. Knowledge in analytical software tools such as IDEA and ACL and database management would be an advantage, as would knowledge of new digital tools and applications to facilitate tax administration and taxpayer compliance
  • Effective project management including planning, budgeting, and reporting.

The appointment term would initially be for a period of one year, with an extension option for one to two additional years, subject to satisfactory performance.


Applicants should have extensive practical experience in the core operations of a tax administration and have spent a minimum of 5 years in a senior management position within a tax administration. Preference will be given to applicants who have broad experience in managing both income-based tax and consumption-based  tax operations; have a good understanding of the relationship between tax administration and tax policy; have participated in developing and implementing tax administration reform programs within their administrations or internationally; have experience in technical and operational capacity building in tax administration, such as participating in relevant technical assistance activities, developing and conducting training interventions (including seminars, workshops, and online training) and mentoring tax administration staff; have experience in managing or overseeing technical assistance delivery and coordinating with other technical assistance providers and donors; a good understanding of the link between tax and customs administration, with a view to obtaining improvements in compliance based on collaboration between these agencies; and are aware of the issues and challenges facing tax administration reforms in the African and other regions.

General requirements for candidates include:

  • A university degree in a relevant field and extensive experience in administration and management of income-based and consumption-based taxes including VAT.
  • Strong management and organizational skills, and ability to respond in a timely manner to action and information requests from multiple sources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Maintaining effective and cooperative relations with national authorities and with technical assistance providers and donors.
  • Full proficiency in English.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including sound presentational skills to conduct and oversee convincing and credible training events.
  • The ability to use office software (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) efficiently.

Assumption of duty is expected to be at an agreed time during January 2022.

Special Eligibility Provisions for Internal Applicants

A staff member whose open-ended appointment decision has been approved is eligible for consideration. This is a long-term expert position (contractual) not covered by the new RCDC policy. If the selected candidate is a staff member, he/she would need to take LWOP/IOF to provide Capacity Development and switch to a contractual appointment for the duration of the assignment. In the event an external or a contractual candidate is selected for this assignment, the candidate will be hired on a contractual appointment basis, and the provision under the Handbook for Experts on Long-Term Assignments will continue to apply.



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The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including age, creed, culture, disability, educational background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, nationality, race, religion and beliefs, and sexual orientation.

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