Specifically, the Consultant is expected to 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:
• Assess the Fast Track Clearance process operating in Lagos Port and evaluate as a pilot in the transition to implementation of AEO.
• 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 and procedures; familiarity with the fast track clearance process required.
• Understanding of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) regulations and procedures required.
• Familiarity with the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) act and legislative 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