TJNA Policy Lead (Tax and the International Financial Architecture) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)

Title of Position: Policy Lead – Tax and the International Financial Architecture (TIFA)

Deadline for submission of application: 28th February 2018

Job Grade: E

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

Location: Nairobi

ABOUT US: The Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) is a Pan African organisation and member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice.

TJNA aims to promote socially just, accountable and progressive taxation systems in Africa. We advocates for pro-poor taxation systems and the strengthening of tax regimes to promote domestic resource mobilisation.

TJNA aims to challenge harmful tax policies and practices that favour the wealthy and those that aggravate and perpetuate inequality.

ABOUT THE ROLE: The position is responsible for leading, coordinating, and conducting analysis and research on the policy thematic area of Tax and the International Financial Architecture (TIFA).

As part of the Policy and Research Unit, the post shares in the responsibility towards bringing about changes in the policies, programmes, systems and practices of duty bearers, stakeholders and other target groups, keeping the strategic focus of TJNA and contributing to strengthening the credibility of TJNA in external settings through high quality and topical and relevant policy analysis and research products in this thematic field.


  • Lead and coordinate research on the state of tax systems as it relates to TIFA in order to establish evidence-based dialogues on based on international practices.
  • In liaison with the Deputy Executive Director, lead in the understanding of TIFA issues and inform the view of TJNA on TIFA policy matters within Africa and be able to share and publicise these views with key stakeholders, government, the media and other organisations and at meetings and conferences;
  • Provide leadership among TJNA members in the process of developing the TJNA long-term perspective and strategy in working on international tax while ensuring a high level of understanding and expertise in TIFA issues
  • Produce analytical and research outputs that: (i) inform TJNA positions on TIFA issues; (ii) direct advocacy campaigns; (iii) inform policy at national, regional, continental and global policy; and (iv) influence decision-makers.
  • Manage external consultants and also directly deliver delegated policy and research projects on the TIFA thematic pillar as identified in the annual work plan;
  • Develop and write policy papers and advocacy issue briefs on taxation in collaboration with relevant TJNA staff, members and partners.
  • Contribute to relevant international TIFA policy debates and discussions ensuring TJNA has increasing policy influence.
  • Provide overall TJNA leadership at national, regional, continental, and global processes on TIFA issues such the call for a Global Tax Body under the UN; Monitor and Track the OECD BEPs Process in Africa; Support TJNA’s input into the Financing for Development Process, Lead TJNA’s work in IFF definition via the High Level Panel on IFFs; Engage in national and regional processes on international tax matters in the context of IFFs and Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) and other related matters.
  • Lead TJNA’s participation and engagement on global platforms in advancing the Tax Justice and IFF agenda such as the Financial Transparency Coalition and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, in both of which TJNA is a leading organisation.


  • Policy Analysis and Research
  • Programme planning coordination and reporting
  • Developing and Maintaining Relationships with Partners
  • Supporting Communications, Campaigns and Outreach needs


  • Minimum – Master’s degree in political science, economics, development economics, international relations, international development, political economy, law or related fields from recognised institution.


  • Five or more years work experience in the areas of international development, human rights, poverty reduction, tax and development, and social justice, development economics, trade, analysis and research on international tax matters
  • Technical Knowledge of and experience dealing with international tax matters including covering issues such as transfer pricing, trade mispricing, double taxation agreements, Illicit Financial Flows, base erosion and profit shifting, off shore operations
  • Knowledge of and experience working on fiscal governance and taxation issues.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international financial and regional intergovernmental institutions.
  • Advanced knowledge of regional, continental, and global dialogues and processes in the International Tax Space e.g. Financing for Development process, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Tax Committees on Tax, HLP on IFFs, and so on
  • High level policy analysis skills. Strong communication, analytical, research and professional writing skills; writing must be easily adaptable to a variety of audiences.
  • Good public presentation skills and the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability; Flexibility, creativity, strategic thinker
  • In-depth knowledge of key African development and governance concepts, processes and institutions, especially in relation to: Development Finance, Tax & Development and Tax Justice.
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced and complex work environment. Ability to communicate cross-culturally.
  • Demonstrated advocacy and network building skills. Diplomatic and tactful in dealing with a variety of actors and influence targets
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in African countries.
  • Understanding of in at least one other African Union language such as French, Portuguese, Spanish or Arabic is desirable


Interested candidates who meet the requirements above are requested to submit their detailed CVs alongside a letter of motivation and Salary expectation to the following email address by Wednesday 28th February, 2018 to

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