Technical Specialist

Contract Type
Accounting & Finance
Date Posted
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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Technical Specialist (Level 8) in the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ).

Job Purpose

To provide technical advice on a variety of issues including the development of TAJ’s positions and strategies in respect of technical issues arising from tax measures, tax policies or the administration of the tax laws; draft Practice Notes and Private Rulings in collaboration with TAJ attorneys; assist in the negotiation of international tax agreements and provide technical advice and support to TAJ staff on programmes/projects in respect of tax matters.


Key Responsibilities


  • Provides expertise in connection with the interpretation and application of technical aspects of statutes governing all tax types;
  • Performs the role of technical advisor to TAJ;
  • Conducts research and responds to queries from internal and external stakeholders;
  • Makes recommendations for the determination of technical issues arising from Objections and other interactions with taxpayers;
  • Assists the Tax Policy Unit of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in the design and development of annual tax measures;
  • Analyzes and assesses the potential administrative impact of new tax legislation, policies and measures;
  • Collaborates with TAJ attorneys on review of draft legislation;
  • Prepares the approval for Technical Notes for the guidance of stakeholders in respect of the implementation of tax measures;
  • Collaborates with TAJ attorneys to develop research-based interpretations and administrative policies for the drafting of Practice Notes and Private Rulings;
  • Prepares for Approvals, Circulars, Technical Bulletins, Advisories and other communication materials on legal and technical tax related issues;
  • Drafts and maintains technical manuals and other publications as necessary;
  • Assists in the development of model international tax agreements in preparation for negotiations;
  • Provides assistance to various support and operational areas of TAJ through extended placements in Divisions/Branches/ Sections/Units in need of technical/institutional strengthening;
  • Performs as advisor on technical issues relating to programmes in the respective functional areas;
  • Determines and provides Programme Director of specific areas for programme development in accordance with TAJ’s Strategic Objectives;
  • Provides technical advice to the Operations Division with respect to the implementation of approved programmes/projects;
  • Provides support in determining and recommending technical adjustments to programmes and projects based on the monitoring of results;
  • Provides support to various operational areas of TAJ through targeted training and consultancy;
  • Identifies weaknesses in TAJ’s practices and procedures and recommends legislative or administrative solutions;
  • Conducts research and special studies and makes recommendations to support the utilization of the most efficient and effective strategies in the implementation of programmes;
  • Contributes to technical tax workshops for staff as well as taxpayer organizations and other stakeholders;
  • Prepares and delivers presentations on tax related issues;
  • Participates in tax related forums of various types;
  • Makes recommendations for the development of new training programmes and assists in their development;
  • Performs other related duties assigned by the Deputy Commissioner General, Legal Support.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent  knowledge of Jamaica’s Tax Laws and regulations
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting principles, practices and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of Tax Administration Jamaica’s operations and functions
  • Comprehensive knowledge of commercial laws and practices
  • Knowledge of double taxation, international tax laws and practices
  • Sound knowledge of programme development and implementation
  • Working knowledge of Customs Laws and regulations
  • Working knowledge of computer systems and the relevant applications
  • Excellent analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good knowledge of training, presentation techniques and time management skills


Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • Master of Science Degree in Accounting, ACCA Level 3 or the equivalent qualification;
  • Post-graduate training in Accounting, Revenue Law or Tax Auditing;
  • Training in International Taxation, Business Management or Financial Management would be an asset;
  • Five (5) years’ experience as an Audit Specialist or Senior Tax Administrator.


Special Conditions Associated with the Job

  • Irregular and extended working hours at times;
  • Required to travel up to 25-30%.


Salary range $4,371,992 – 5,376,999 per annum and any applicable allowance(s)


Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted


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