Director,Transit and Trade Facilitation

  Ministry of Commerce and Industries
  Afghanistan Unspecified 355
Date Posted:Dec 14, 2010
Closing Date:Dec 26, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Economic Growth
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
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Job Summary:

The Director,Transit and Trade Facilitation will lead the development of the policies, infrastructure and synergies needed to ensure efficient transit arrangements in Afghanistan and to facilitate international trade.

The work of the Director will focus on promoting effective management of non-physical barriers to trade and transit by assisting the Ministry with harmonisation of applicable laws and regulations, and simplification of administrative and commercial formalities, procedures and documents. The Director will also encourage the further development of private sector transit related services, particularly freight forwarding.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Within six weeks of joining he/she shall develop an action plan for revamping the system in accordance with rules and regulations for better quality services delivery and also a work plan in agreement with his/her supervisor (Minister or Deputy Minister).
2. Develop a policy to address land and airs based cargo issues and review the current national legislation and secondary legislation (government or ministerial directives) to identify discriminatory practices against transit traffic.
3. Establish private transit services, utilizing the improved physical infrastructure and regulatory systems and serve on the secretariat for the Afghan Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee (AFPRO)
4. Work with the International Trade Directorate to update and implement transit agreements, by negotiating the extension of Private Sector Transit services through the region.
5. Lead and manage the establishment of Border Transit Facilitation (BTF) Bureaus at each border entry to oversee cross-border traffic management
6. Manage the TTFD team in the introduction of a transit management system and oversight arrangements including ASYCUDA and Single Administration Document (SAD).
7. Establish a working group involving private industry for the purpose of identifying key issues for discussion during future transit agreements negotiations and overseeing implementation of agreements after signing.
8. Prepare for the accession of Afghanistan to the five remaining international conventions, recommended by ESCAP which provides a framework for rapid cross-border movements of goods and commercial vehicles.
9. Develop general principles and guidelines for negotiating and renegotiating bilateral transit agreements based on new approaches to promote cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries:
10. Develop initiatives that encourage public and private industry partnerships aimed at creating inland terminals or dry ports, freight and logistics centers.
11. Engage with the Divisional Deputy Minister and Policy and Strategy Unit (PSU) on mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation (M and E) to include data gathering, analysis and reporting, that meet the needs of the Division.
12. Ensure that he/she transfers knowledge and skills to other individuals and working teams in an effective regular manner in order to improve managerial ability, motivation and confidence.

Results expected
1. An appropriate action plan is developed and implemented.
2. Policy and strategy development managed.
3. Private transit services, utilizing the improved physical infrastructure established.
4. Establishment of Border Transit Facilitation (BTF) Bureaus at each border entry guided and controlled.
5. Proper reporting, analysis and briefing mechanisms are established.
6. Proper work processes are established within the department.
7. An effective internal and external coordination system is in place.
8. A proper system of transfer and maintenance of skills and knowledge within the directorate is in place.

Reporting obligations

The Director, Transit and Trade Facilitation will report to the Deputy Minister for Trade.

Job Requirement:

– Minimum requirements

1. Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Management Trade and Commerce, or any other related fields with 3 years of relevant experience. Or a Bachelor degree in the mentioned subjects with 5 years relevant experience.
2. Excellent Communication skills both written and verbal in Dari or Pashto and English languages.
3. Computer skills in MS. Office are required.

-Desirable attributes

1. Knowledge and understanding of competition and consumer protection issues in Afghanistan and familiarity with international best practices in this field.
2. Strong analytical skills and ability to suggest a range of possible solutions to problems.
3. Good verbal and written communication skills.
4. Strong and proven leadership skills and the ability to motivate and lead a team or a group of professional staff.
5. Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations.
6. Planning and organisational capabilities – able to set priorities and monitor work plans against objectives.
7. Able to produce reports and other documents up to a professional standard.
8. Ability to use Microsoft office applications and the internet.
9. Must be reliable, honest, objective and hard working.

Notice of revision

These terms of reference may be revised subject to operational needs.

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