Partnerships Specialist (EU negotiations Chapter 16 Taxation – VAT requirements, Retainer)

Job categories Administration, Project Management, Partnerships
Vacancy code VA/2022/B5132/24607
Department/office ECR, AUMCO, Austria MCO
Duty station Skopje, North Macedonia
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration 20 days, with possibility of extension
Application period 12-Sep-2022 to 04-Oct-2022

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

This vacancy is closed.

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.  

Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO)

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) is part of the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement 
  • Project Management (full service, back on track)
  • HR and Transactional Services
  • Grants Management 
  • Technical and Advisory Services
  • Project Information

Project Information

Under the framework of the multi-year project titled “Knowledge for Reform Action in the Western Balkans,” UNOPS is providing support in the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) with access to tailored expertise, knowledge and best practice to assist them with advancing their respective reform agenda. Learning and exchanges will be promoted across the Region, as well as from neighbouring countries which have joined the European Union (EU). The aim of the project is to strengthen institutional, administrative and legislative frameworks and practices.

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, and in close cooperation with beneficiaries, the Advisors on VAT Acquis - [Chapter 16 Taxation] will provide technical expertise to government authorities, primarily the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of North Macedonia that is responsible the negotiations of Chapter 16, in consultations with the Secretariat for European Affairs, as well as other institutions as appropriate, with regard to the VAT legislation within Chapter 16 of the EU. Experience from Montenegro and Serbia may be used in the process of working on the drafts of legislation including a training where experiences from Serbia and Montenegro will be shared.

The Law on VAT was amended  a while ago introducing a preferential tax rate of 5% on craft activities and a preferential rate of 10% on restaurants and catering services (excluding alcoholic beverages). Delays remain in the VAT refund process, since only 38% of claims are refunded within the legal deadline. Regarding direct taxation, a flat 10% rate applies to personal income tax. Interests on savings and capital gains on securities remain exempt. The Ministry of Finance started publishing a calendar on the planned changes in tax legislation as a tool for better transparency. 

The assignment will be carried out by three experts: 

  1. One Partnerships Advisor on VAT requirements

  2. Two Partnerships Specialists on tax inspection with practical regional experience

Technical Expertise Stakeholder Engagement 1. Technical Expertise P...

Education An advanced university degree (e.g. Masters) either in finances, ...

Contract type: ICA Contract level: I-ICA 2 Contract duration: Retainer, 20 days ...

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and ex...

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