The Customs Advisor will work closely with stakeholders on the Nigeria NEXTT program to modernize customs and trade initiatives while enhancing revenue and border protection, facilitating legitimate trade, and improving national trade flows.
As the primary Crown Agents USA point of contact in Nigeria, the Customs Advisor will assist in the overall management of the program to include oversight, coordination, and direct contributions on an as needed basis including, but not limited to:
Provide training on benchmarking the effectiveness of trade facilitation measures against existing metrics.
Facilitate meetings on the implications of benchmarking for customs modernization activities.
On an annual basis, assess the capacity and effectiveness of trade facilitation and customs.
Conduct needs assessment for the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on legislative processes.
Facilitate working group series with members of the inter-ministerial and legislature on finalization and passage of the NCS act.
Conduct capacity building workshops for NCS officials in developing an efficient and effective risk management system.
Participate in the organizational strategic plan for improved risk management procedures.
Provide recommendations on the development of a tariff and valuation unit.
Conduct consultative workshops between NCS and the private sector on risk management and process design in automated customs clearance processes.
In conjunction with team members, assess and carry out training needs on automated customs clearance.
Draft implementing regulations procedures for authorized economic officers and preferred traders.
Provide technical assistance to the NCS to disseminate training to the trading community.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or a related field required.
Master’s Degree preferred.
Seven or more years related experience in the design and implementation of customs regulations, procedures, and processes.
Proven skills in representation, liaison, and collaboration with government, and private organizations; familiarity with the national customs service in Nigeria preferred.
Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and facilitate customs activities in a multi-cultural environment.
Related work history training, mentoring and advising peers on customs procedures.
Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Extensive, related experience managing customs and trade facilitation processes issues including implementing effective policies, procedures, and best practices.
Experience and knowledge of the organizational set up of a national customs administration.
Former experience implementing customs and trade facilitation reform projects in Nigeria preferred; knowledge of customs and trade facilitation reform projects on the African continent considered.
Knowledge of performing updates to ASYCUDA or similar electronic customs clearance systems.
Experience and knowledge of USAID funded programs preferred.