Tax for SDGs Specialist – IPSA 11 – Home-based

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    1 month ago
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    Budget and Accounting, Environment and Natural Resources, Finance, Social and Inclusive Development
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Office/Unit/Project Description 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP established the Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH) in April 2019, aggregating UNDP’s existing work and expertise on financing the SDGs. With a focus on Tax for the SDGs, the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative is managed by the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS’s) Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), with resource persons embedded in the SDG Finance Teams in Amman, Bangkok, Istanbul, Panama, and Pretoria. The UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative has a particular emphasis on linking tax administration and tax and fiscal policies with the broader SDGs. Building on UNDP Country Office portfolios and already existing engagements with Ministries, UNDP will bring a stronger focus on the role of tax and fiscal policy in achieving Agenda 2030.

To achieve this along with the various teams and work streams under the Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative is seeking a qualified Tax for SDGs Specialist to coordinate and contribute tax aspects to its portfolio of work on taxation and SDGs. The Tax for SDGs Specialist will report to the Head of Tax for SDGs (Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH).

Duties and Responsibilities

To coordinate and contribute tax aspects to the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative’s portfolio.

Under the direct supervision of Head of Tax for SDGs, Finance Sector Hub and in close collaboration with members of the UNDP Tax team, the Tax for SDGs Specialist will be responsible for coordinating the Tax for SDGs initiative ensuring the highest level of efficiency in laying strong foundations for effective planning and delivery on deliverables; liaising with other providers of capacity development and building partnerships with different national and international institutions in the field of taxation and support Tax for SDGs initiative; working with the UNDP Country Offices and Regional Hubs to support governments in augmenting taxation capacities; supporting Ministries in aligning tax and fiscal policies with the achievement of SDGs.

  1. Strategic and Multi-Stakeholder Engagement:
  • Coordinate multi-stakeholder engagement for Tax for SDGs Initiative, including engaging with Tax experts, OECD and other Governments, UNDP Regional Hubs, Regional Bureaus and Country offices.
  • Generate demand for Tax for SDGs Initiative by engaging with UNDP Regional Bureaus and Country Offices.
  • Collaborate on funding proposals for mobilizing additional donor resources.
  • Work with the Regional Programme Specialists to create synergies for country-level focused capacity building and leverage expertise and experience across world regions.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and colleagues to implement the strategy for the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative, including promoting South-South cooperation.
  • Identify potential synergies for the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative within UNDP and other partners working on international financial accountability and taxation.
  1. Policy and Programme Support:
  • Lead in the development, planning and monitor the execution of the activities in the tax for SDGs initiative across all the thematic policy areas of focus including support in effectively managing workstreams timelines to ensure timely completion of project deliverables.
  • Engage with UNDP country offices to analyze global and cross-regional contexts, to identify potential synergies between the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative and UNDP’s in-country policy and development work in the context of public finance and taxation for the SDGs.
  • Provide support to shaping effective strategies in the communication of tax for SDGs policies aimed at influencing relevant policy targets.
  • Lead in setting UNDP research agenda on tax for SDGs by identifying emerging tax policy trends that require UNDP research interventions.
  • Liaise with UNDP country offices to engage substantively in expert deployments, including through providing expert advice, helping to formulate appropriate requests for assistance, assisting with briefing of experts before, during and after deployment.
  • Collaborate on UN’s policy papers/reports on tax under the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative.
  • Develop concept notes for technical workshops/webinars/side-events for UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative.
  • Develop internal UNDP briefing notes and talking points for Senior Management on the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative.
  1. Programme Coordination and Project Management:
  • Manage UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative programmes as per developed standard operating procedures.
  • Structure and collaboratively map-out emerging trends in international financial accountability and taxation synergies with other activities and opportunities across regions and globally.
  • Initiate and strengthen partnerships to engage and influence the leading economic institutions, in policy articulation and formulation on tax for SDGs and maintaining a close liaison with other UN agencies, partners, academia and civil society.
  • Coordinate setting up of UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative in country as required.
  • Coordinate the setting up of UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative projects in the different countries as required.
  • Coordinate evaluation and selection of tax experts and other experts for deployment worldwide, including overseeing their procurement and contracting as per UNDP standard operating procedures.
  • Manage reporting duties related to the Tax for SDG Initiative, including project budgeting and cash flow management, and oversee its maintenance as per UNDP standard operating procedures.
  • Collaborate on evidence collection and lessons-learned from country experiences, including promoting best practice sharing and peer learning through case-studies.
  • Collaborate on knowledge management between various stakeholders, including experts’ engagement platform.
  1. Outreach Engagement
  • Coordinate UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative communication efforts, including annual report, newsletters, videos, digital platforms engagement, amongst others.
  • Coordinate the organization of related events, including Governing Board Meetings, Technical Advisory Board Meetings, International Conferences, Side-events, amongst others.
  • Represent the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative at international forums, conferences, events on international financial accountability and taxation as required.
  • Perform other duties, as may be required by the Supervisor.


4.      Institutional Arrangement

  • The Tax for SDGs Specialist – IPSA 11 will be supervised by the Head of Tax for SDGs.
  • Will liaise / interact / collaborate / meet with colleagues within the UNDP Tax for SDGs Initiative and broader Sustainable Finance Hub.
  • Will be expected to use his/her own laptop and internet during this assignment.
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination:  LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition
Programme and Policy SDG Finance Public Sector Finance (Tax and domestic resource mobilization, public financial management and public expenditure)
Programme and Policy Governance Public Sector Reform
Programme and Policy Inclusive Growth Fiscal and SDG financing policy support in view of the socio-economic impact of COVID 19
Business Management Working with Evidence and Data Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making
Business Management Change Management Ability to prepare, support, and help individuals and teams in designing and implementing organizational change
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements Master’s degree in economics, law, political science, public policy, taxation, or related field is required.
Min. years of relevant work experience  At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience of working in taxation, economics, development, or related field.
Required skills 
  • Proven experience in working with the tax/fiscal policy, tax administration processes, public finance reforms and management is required.
  • Strong record in advising international institutions and/or governments on taxation and development and/ or international financial accountability and integrity is required.
  • Experience in current debates regarding taxation, financing for sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda in developing and transition economies is required.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Experience in writing concept notes, briefing notes, outcome reports, and other communication and analytical inputs is a distinct advantage.
  • Experience in working in and with developing countries on tax/fiscal policy, public finance in at least two regions is highly desirable
  • Experience of working with UNDP or UN-system on matters related to taxation and fiscal policies is desirable
  • A working knowledge of one or more UN languages (French/Spanish/Arabic/Russian/Portuguese) would be an asset.
Required Language(s)  Fluent in both oral and written English


a)    The position is home-based

b)      No travel is currently foreseen for this assignment. Any travel that is required would be processed according to UNDP regulations

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