Policy Lead – Fair and Equitable Taxation at Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) -Kenya

By | February 15, 2018

Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA)
Title of Position: Policy Lead – Fair and Equitable Taxation
Deadline for submission of application: 28 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: This is a new post that merges TJNA’s work on inequality and the need to align the organisation’s work around the global movement for fairer and equitable tax policies and systems.
The post will be responsible for building on TJNA’s work on inequality and fair tax aimed at achieving the organisational strategic objective of more inclusive and equitable tax systems in Africa by 2020.
The post is responsible for coordinating and implementing the research and policy analysis work agenda of the TJNA’s fair and equitable Taxation area as well as optimise the evidence base of TJNA’s tax justice advocacy work.
As part of the Policy and Research Unit, the post shares in the responsibility towards bringing about changes in the policies, programs, systems and practices of duty bearers, stakeholders and other target groups; keeping the strategic focus of TJNA; and building the credibility of TJNA in external settings through high quality and topical research and analytical products.

  • Provide leadership among TJNA members in the process of developing the TJNA long-term perspective and strategy in working on inequality while ensuring a high level of understanding and expertise in fair tax issues.
  • In liaison with the Deputy Executive Director, lead in the understanding of fair and equitable taxation and inform the view of TJNA on progressive and equitable tax policy matters within Africa ensuring an ability to share and publicise these views with key stakeholders, government, the media and other organisations and at meetings and conference.
  • Keep abreast with global initiatives within the Tax Justice campaign and the international tax agenda and wherever possible, apply them in TJNA’s research and policy analysis work.
  • Undertake analysis and empirical research on fair tax issues in close collaboration with colleagues and collaborators such as members, consultants, national peer review teams.
  • Review, edit and provide quality oversight to TJNA commissioned research reports and documents.
  • To lead and coordinate TJNA’s work on the Fair Tax Monitor tool that enables cross country comparisons on of fair tax systems. This includes (but not limited to) further development and refining of the tool, organising the work and play an important role in the further development and refinement of the methodology.
  • To coordinate fair tax studies in selected developing countries.
  • To coordinate the fair tax work, meetings, Skype calls and other relevant fair tax work activities.
  • Produce meeting/workshop minutes.
  • Manage external consultants and also directly deliver delegated policy and research projects on fair taxation themes as identified in the annual work plan.
  • Contribute to relevant international fair tax policy debates and discussions ensuring TJNA has increasing policy influence.


  • Policy analysis and research
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with partners
  • Programme Planning, Coordination and Reporting
  • Supporting Communications, Campaigns and Outreach and communications needs


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy or a development-related discipline.


  • Five or more years work experience in the areas of international development, economic Justice, poverty reduction, development financing , development economics, trade, analysis and research on fiscal policy 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 and development 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
  • At least five years of related work experience in an NGO or CSO working at regional level.
  • Knowledge of finance and programme budget monitoring and tracking.
  • Ability to communicate and work in both English and French.
  • Willingness to travel for at least 25% of the time.

Interested candidates who meet the requirements above are requested to submit their detailed CVs alongside a letter of motivation to the following email address by Monday 28th February, 2018 to recruit@taxjusticeafrica.net