Programme Director – Tax

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  • Sector:

    Corporate Tax

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  • Salary:

    £36-£40,000 depending on experience + benefits

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    6 months ago

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Programme Director – Tax

Salary range: £36-£40,000 depending on experience + benefits

Based: Central London with some international travel expected

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week

Implement your tax expertise and help strengthen the rule of law

ISLP-UK is a UK charity whose mission is to foster just and accountable development that is sustainable, supports human rights and strengthens the rule of law. We do this by mobilising our unique network of highly skilled and experienced pro bono lawyers to advise civil society and governments. We have, together with our sister organisation in the States, worked in over 80 countries in the 13 years of operation with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The ISLP-UK team is seeking an experienced professional with a background in law or development to join our small but enterprising team. You will be involved in leading the tax and development work which entails developing projects with a range of clients and partners. These include governments and government bodies (such as revenue authorities) as well as international agencies and NGOs.  These projects seek to promote fairer and more effective taxation to help meet development goals, including enhanced rule of law and sustainability.

With particular focus on project development and implementation, this is your opportunity to exercise your thought leadership to build networks and design projects that will have real impact.  You will also be involved in deploying and collaborating with volunteer lawyers in ISLP’s network who deliver the projects. This wide-ranging role encompasses the full project cycle which requires, for example, focus on assisting in obtaining funding for these projects, in fulfilling compliance obligations including budgets as well as in dealing with the evaluation of, and learning from, those projects.

Key Responsibilities

• Play an integral role in building ISLP’s project portfolio with particular focus on tax

• Develop an understanding of the most effective interventions

• Liaise with government representatives and civil society to identify needs

• Map and develop relationships with regional and international development entities and other technical assistance providers and identify: potential partners among them, needs and countries in which to work

• Deepen ISLP’s knowledge and understanding of the situation on the ground in various regions and countries

• Build relationships with highly experienced volunteer lawyers

• Ensure effective project delivery and evaluation of impact.

Relevant skills and experience

  • Substantial experience as a qualified lawyer or in another relevant discipline (accountancy, economics, international development, political science, international relations or related field)
  • Relevant experience and knowledge relating to tax systems preferably in an international and/or development context
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills
  • Demonstrable project management skills and experience
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with a range of stakeholders, including donors, civil society organisations and government representatives, on an international basis
  • Experience or demonstrable ability in donor management, both in managing existing relationships and in raising funds for future projects and activities
  • Familiarity with or understanding and enthusiasm for the concept and practice of pro bono legal assistance
  • Experience in developing countries and/or transitional economies desirable
  • Understanding (either from previous work experience or study) of key issues in international development, including an understanding of aid desirable 
  • A reasonable degree of fluency of French or Spanish in addition to English is an advantage
  • Comfortable working independently as well as part of a small team
  • Strong administration and coordination experience
  • IT proficiency including knowledge of MS Office
  • Commitment to international development.

In addition to the salary stated, we offer benefits including Employer Contribution Pension Scheme, Childcare Voucher Scheme, 25 days’ holiday, and flexible working hours.

If you are interested in this position and believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please apply with covering letter and CV (maximum 2 sides of A4 each), explaining how you meet the criteria of the role (competencies, skills and experience) to:

Full and concise details about this position can be found on the attached Job Description.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to James Reynolds, the current Programme Director for Tax who will be available from week commencing 7th January (contact details on Job Description).

Closing date for applications is 18th January 2019 and Interviews will be conducted within the following fortnight.

This opportunity is available immediately but ISLP-UK can be flexible about the start date for the best candidate. There could also be a degree of flexibility about hours or working from home for part of the week.

ISLP-UK is an equal opportunities employer

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