National Individual Consultancy to Review UNICEF local VAT Portfolio for six months
Job Number: 527174 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Middle East and North Africa: Sudan
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan’s, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.
How can you make a difference?
The National VAT Consultant is expected to support the office efforts to be in a better position to recover all outstanding VAT amount submission and to prepare submission of pending claims to recover all reimbursable VAT amount that could be re-programmed for the direct benefits for Sudan children. The consultancy will provide technical support to the office on recovery of pending VAT payments particularly the long outstanding payments dating as far back as possible to date. This will be done by review of related original evidential documents and invoices and submission to taxation department for refund through the ministry of Foreign affairs.
Basic objectives of consultancy/contractor (assignment) services
Working closely with supply and finance staff support the office to strengthen procedures for accounting, monitoring, and reconciling VAT payments and refunds and updating the current balance of the miscellaneous receivable accounts by:
Ensuring all VAT payments and receipts of refunds to date are accurately recorded and reconciled to identify outstanding items and accuracy of refunds received;
Ensuring requests for VAT refunds are prepared systematically, ensuring that refunds are requested for all VAT paid, and filed in a timely manner;
Supporting the establishment of a system for managing and monitoring the processes related to VAT payments and refunds ensuring adequate system of control;
Providing technical advice to UNICEF supply and finance staff on effective means or ways on VAT administration and compliance, particularly on legal requirements for registration of suppliers and contractors;
Supporting the office to establish a system to systematically find out and understand the reasons for VAT refund total or partial disallowances;
Following up with the taxation department on regular basis on decision made concerning UNICEF refunds to ensure that claims are processed within the shortest time allowable from the date of submission.
Prepare the VAT outstanding claims starting the period of 2018 and any previous missed out claims to be submitted to the TAX authorities and follow up on reimbursements are made to UNICEF accordingly
Reconcile the actual VAT records with the Finance Reconciliation. Assessment of any claims that have been rejected for purposes of resubmission of such claims top TAX authorities.
Minimize the VAT exposure of UNICEF by using effective VAT management strategies and advice on the best practice for preparation and submission of documents to the TAX authorities.
Evaluation of reasonableness of assumptions made in VAT calculations and determine facts to arrive at conclusions supported by Sudanese law.
To prepare submission of VAT claims to the TAX department for review and endorsement by the Deputy Representative Operations prior to submitting to the authorities.
Monthly report listing all cases of submission of pending VAT Claims from the previous years to date
Monthly Reconciliation Report of actual VAT records with the Finance reconciliation records
Monthly Report of all cases – re-submission of any VAT claims that have been rejected to the TAX authorities
Submission of consolidated monthly progress report.
Evidence of Effective VAT management tool/strategy established
Comprehensive report of outstanding VAT amount levied of UNICEF
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or in a similar relevant field.
Proven skills in submission of Tax claims and experience of working with local TAX authorities in Sudan.
At least 5 years experience as a VAT expert or related field. Understanding and/or experience of the VAT management in the context of Sudanese taxation regime.
Language skills required: Arabic and English
Note: please submit your financial proposal for completing the assignment under this consultancy
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Thu Oct 31 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)