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Customs Adviser Job in Ethiopia

Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a Customs Senior Advisor, Human Resources/Capacity Building.

Our Business
Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is a U.S. incorporated international development company providing technical assistance and training to improve health outcomes, governance and economic growth, as well as direct supply chain services. CA-USA is part of the Crown Agents international group, which works for the public and private sectors in more than 100 countries, as well as for international donors and development institutions. Crown Agents has over 1,000 employees in more than 35 countries.

USAID continues to support Ethiopia with WTO accession. An intrinsic part of any strengthening of Ethiopia's trading environment is an effective Customs service. Two long term in-country Customs experts will be expected to work with a Team Leader to deliver a wide range of technical inputs in response to a new project issued by the USAID Mission in Addis Ababa. The project is aimed at enhancing and facilitating Ethiopia's trading capabilities, not only by working with Customs but also with the private sector.
The work is expected to start at the beginning of 2012.

The advisor:

    * Will undertake technical inputs as deemed necessary by the Team Leader to successfully deliver the project's objectives within given timeframes;
    * Will be expected to manage small teams of Short-Term Technical Advisors (STTAs) throughout the life of the project;
    * Will be highly visible and proficient in interacting at all levels, not only within the Customs areas, but also with public and private sector stakeholders who have an interest in the project; and
    * Will be extremely pro-active and hands-on, working alongside counterpart Ethiopian Customs officers.


    * Practical experience in the provision of technical assistance to Revenue and Customs administrations involved in the modernization process, preferably in East Africa
    * Proven experience of managing small teams of consultants/advisors
    * A comprehensive understanding of Human Resource Development and Capacity building within a Customs environment
    * Proven record of capacity to design and deliver Customs workplace training
    * A comprehensive knowledge of Customs legislation, procedures and methodologies, as well as current international best practices (At a minimum this should include an understanding of Valuation, Classification, Rules of Origin, Post Entry Audit and Exemptions as well as the effective use of information technology tools to support these technical areas.)
    * An understanding of Regional Integration, Single Window and WTO Accession
    * An understanding of working in a donor funded environment, particularly with USAID projects
    * A clear understanding of regional and Ethiopian challenges to doing business
    * Preferable
    * Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
    * Previous work experience in Ethiopia
    * Working knowledge of the Amharic language

Application Process
To apply to this position, please email cover letter and CV to

Include your name, along with the title of the position you are applying for, in the subject line. Visit our website at for more information about our company. No phone calls, faxes or walk-ins please. Crown Agents USA, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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