Senior-level Local DRM Consultant (Bangladesh)

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 2 September 2020
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Closing on 2 October 2020
  • Current

Job Description

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.

FAST is a task-driven project that supports rapid, sustainable, and equitable economic growth in USAID-assisted countries by enabling USAID to bring a systems approach to addressing PFM (public revenue, budget, expenditure, and debt), trade capacity building, macroeconomic planning and policies, and other economic governance issues, such as regulatory reform, and by supporting missions to improve the following: a) host-country capacity to mobilize revenue and provide public services; b) policy climates for investment that generate more productive employment and inclusive growth, including consideration of issues specific to women and other disadvantaged populations; c) host-country ability to recover from, prevent, and/or mitigate the impact of conflict, natural disasters, or fiscal crises; d) host-country institutional capacity to identify, design, advocate, and implement better economic policies to enhance inclusive growth and gender equity. DevTech is the prime implementer of the FAST project.

Overview

Benchmarking the Bangladesh Tax System is a task under FAST. The purpose of this task is to prepare a report on the Bangladesh tax system using the tax benchmarking methodology applied in several other countries as sponsored by USAID. The most recent application of this methodology was in Liberia in 2017, which serves as a major reference point for this task. FAST has already produced a “Tax System at 30,000 Feet” report for Bangladesh, with accompanying tables and charts, many of which will form part of this benchmarking report.

DevTech and USAID have requested the National Bureau Revenue (NBR) to provide a focal point (an interlocutor) to work with the Tax Benchmarking Team to ensure liaison with NBR, MOF, and other Government of Bangladesh (GOB) counterparts, assist with scheduling and gaining access, and to help formulate data requests.

The entire team comprises the supervisor (FAST Chief of Party); two international tax experts; and two local tax system experts.

Scope of Work
  • Collect and review information related to DRM (Domestic Resource Mobilization) in Bangladesh, including documents, statistics, organization
  • Collaborate among the team and the NBR focal point.
  • Participate in opening meetings with USAID/Bangladesh, for orientation and other guidance
  • Provide assistance to international experts to: ensure their understanding of domestic resource mobilization in Bangladesh, appreciate the technical and non-technical aspects of DRM, and prepare memos about DRM in Bangladesh
  • Identify persons with whom the team must communicate, and arrange virtual meetings between international experts and counterparts in Bangladesh
  • Conduct interviews, remotely and in person, in Bangladesh with individuals or groups of persons from:
  • National Bureau of Revenue, both domestic tax and customs, and separate interviews with offices that lead in the following areas:
  • Audit
  • Taxpayer registration
  • Collections (enforced collections or debt management)
  • Fraud
  • Information Technology
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Private sector representatives
  • Tax professionals
  • IMF, World Bank, and other donors supporting DRM in Bangladesh
Qualifications
  • University degree in economics, public administration, or related discipline, required.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience related to DRM (taxation) in Bangladesh, required.
  • Experience working within or with the NBR in Bangladesh, highly desirable.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
Deliverables, Level of Effort, Schedule

The estimated duration of this activity for the consultant is up to 30 days.

About the Organization

NOTE: This position description should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or other status protected by applicable law.

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