The purpose of this procurement exercise is to relaunch the roster of Tax Experts to support the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Initiative. TIWB is a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched in 2015 to support developing countries strengthen national tax administrations. In 2017, UNDP established a roster of tax experts to undertake TIWB missions to host countries – the countries where the TIWB programme is being implemented. Over time there has been an increased demand for specific tax audit expertise as well as for TIWB expertise in other areas related to taxation. Accordingly, a new roster of tax experts is being launched.
The UNDP is the United Nation’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 170 countries and territories, supporting solutions to development challenges in these countries and developing national and local capacities that will help them achieve human development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
The OECD is a global economic forum working with 37 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Its mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social, and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.
TIWB is a joint initiative of the UNDP and OECD launched in 2015 to support developing countries strengthen national tax administrations. The TIWB Secretariat is hosted at the OECD in Paris. Within UNDP, TIWB is managed under the Finance Sector Hub (FSH) – a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP’s private sector strategy and other initiatives. FSH is an integral part of both the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), as well as part of the GPN. TIWB is managed under the Finance Sector Hub, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York with resource persons embedded in the UNDP offices in Pretoria, Bangkok, and Amman and a back office in Istanbul.
TIWB aims to strengthen tax administrations by transferring knowledge and technical skills to developing countries’ tax administrators. Under TIWB, tax experts work alongside local officials of developing country tax administrations on tax-related issues, delivering practical solutions by working on confidential matters while operating under strict oaths of secrecy/ confidentiality agreements. With 77 completed and ongoing programmes (including 13 South-South programmes) in 44 countries and jurisdictions, TIWB has contributed to over USD 532 million in additional revenues and tax assessments in excess of USD 1,750 million.
Building on the success of the TIWB model and recognizing the needs of tax administrations, TIWB has expanded to provide support in other tax areas. These include Tax and Crime Investigations, Effective use of Automatically Exchanged Information, Tax Treaty Negotiations and Implementation, Tax and Natural Resource Contracts, and Tax and Environment. To support this new phase of the TIWB Initiative, UNDP is launching a new TIWB roster. Further, as part of the UNDP’s capacity enhancement efforts, the new TIWB roster is being brought on an automated platform as part of the GPN/ExpRes Roster. The new TIWB roster will have the following six thematic areas.
A. Tax Audits;
B. Tax and Crime Investigations;
C. Effective Use of Automatically Exchanged Information;
D. Tax Treaty Negotiations and Implementation;
E. Taxation and Natural Resource Contracts;
F. Taxation and Environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work, responsibilities and description of the proposed work:
The UNDP is looking for tax experts to work as TIWB experts in different parts of the world. The main responsibility will be to provide technical assistance to tax administrations and other government agencies of developing countries in one of the thematic areas listed above. Experts will need to demonstrate extensive professional experience in the selected thematic area.
The assignments require close collaboration with the TIWB Secretariat, the UNDP, and the host administration in the developing country. The role will require traveling to developing countries to deliver four to six missions a year, each lasting one to two weeks. While a typical TIWB programme is on average 12 to 18 months long, the exact duration and frequency of missions depends on the programme. In between on-site TIWB missions, there is a component of TIWB remote assistance. In times of restrictions on travel due to COVID-19, TIWB assistance is being provided remotely.
Expected outputs and deliverables:
The representative set of duties and responsibilities listed below is not exhaustive, and the terms of reference of each assignment will dictate the exact scope of the work. Key areas of support and activities will include:
Required Skills and Experience
Candidates may only apply for one thematic area that best suits their expertise. The six thematic areas along with the required and desired qualifications are as under:
A. Thematic Area – TAX AUDITS (Total – 100 Points)
B. Thematic Area – TAX AND CRIME INVESTIGATIONS (Total – 100 points)
C. Thematic Area – EFFECTIVE USE OF AUTOMATICALLY EXCHANGED INFORMATION (Total – 100 points)
D. Thematic Area – TAX TREATY NEGOTIATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION (Total – 100 points)
E. Thematic Area – TAXATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES CONTRACTS (Total – 100 points)
F. Thematic Area – TAXATION AND ENVIRONMENT (Total – 100 points)
6. Evaluation process:
Contract Award and other arrangements:
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 – Thematic Area – Tax Audits Form
Annex 2 – Thematic Area – Tax and Crime Investigations Form
Annex 3 – Thematic Area – Effective Use of Automatically Exchanged Information Form
Annex 4 – Thematic Area – Tax Treaty Negotiations and Implementation Form
Annex 5 – Thematic Area – Taxation and Natural Resource Contracts Form
Annex 6 – Thematic Area – Taxation and Environment Form
Annex 7 – UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 8 – IC Contract Template
Annex 9 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 10 – RLA Template
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