Tax Justice Advisor for ActionAid Uganda

Job description

ActionAid Uganda (AAU) seeks an experienced Tax Justice Advisor, who is able to provide efficient capacity development to both national staff at the ActionAid office and its partner organisations. An overall objective of the placement is to provide technical advisory support on tax justice, policy analysis, research, campaigns and advocacy so as to hold government and corporate accountable in the implementation of tax policies. Specifically, the Advisor will support the tax power campaign focusing on improving transparency and accountability in the way government generate taxes, allocate and effectively utilize them.

ActionAid Uganda (AAU) is a Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to ActionAid International. AAU works directly with people living in poverty and their organizations by mobilizing, strengthening and connecting them to other solidarity platforms; and campaigning with them to challenge the structural causes of poverty and injustice. Currently AAU supports 72 Partners and has offices in 10 locations across the country.

Reports to: Head of Programs, ActionAid Uganda

Location: ActionAid Uganda Head office Kampala, Uganda

Role Definition:

The TJ Advisor will be working with key ActionAid Uganda staff and Uganda Tax Justice Network members (UTJN) in executing a Tax Justice campaign. The effort of the Advisor will be directed towards implementing a campaign plan, strategy and developing tactics for ensuring that a) campaign plan is understood and updated; b) actual campaign and advocacy work is undertaken; c) capacity is developed among staff and partners in tax issues; d) support in building and strengthening, nurturing, coaching and mentoring key individuals e) act as a communication conduit between ActionAid and other partners implementing Tax power campaign globally.

Key result areas

  • Train members of the Uganda Tax Justice Network (UTJN), traders unions, AAU staff, partners and Activista in basic tax justice concepts and skills, with focus on what can be achieved at the level where these actors are operating
  • Support Members of the UTJN, trade unions and LRPs to develop and implement tax campaign strategies for mobilization, evidence generation and effective engagement with local governments
  • Guide members of the Uganda Tax Justice Network, traders and teachers union in mapping, undertaking analysis of tax policy gaps in Uganda and ensuring that that engage duty bearers
  • Provide technical support to tax justice key stakeholder in developing, implementing a well-coordinated advocacy against tax avoidance and bad tax incentives at national and regional level
  • Provide capacity building to ActionAid Uganda staff and partners in data generation and analysis of tax policies for use on progressive taxation, advocacy and campaigning particularly in the context of Uganda
  • Based on research results, support and facilitate training, coaching and mentoring of key stakeholders at local national and international levels to enhance their capacity to handle taxation issues.
  • Support ActionAid Uganda in facilitating regional and international shared learnings on progressive taxation through seminars conducted over the internet and Skype meetings

Required qualifications:

  • The Advisor should possess a relevant master’s degree with 6 – 8 years of post-graduate work experience particularly related to tax justice, accountability, transparency and good governance
  • At least 3 years work experience should be from working in Sub-Sahara, preferably on accountability, advocacy and campaigns issues
  • Candidates must have experience with working on tax and governance capacity building within CSO
  • Experience in using campaign planning methodologies to produce a viable campaign plan and strategy is essential
  • Policy analysis skills and advocacy development are essential
  • Experience working with and building networks and alliance are a must
  • Must have advanced people skills in facilitating/training teams in the use of campaign planning tools and methodologies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the socio, political and economic situation in East and Southern regions is vital

Contract start:

Contract start is subject to approval of work and residence permit, which can be a lengthy process. Therefore, the expected start date is January 1st, 2016. The assignment is for 24 months, with the possibility for renewal.

More information:

A comprehensive job description is available for download at: The job description includes thorough information about the job content, basic salary, and background for the placement. All interested candidates are recommended to go through the detailed job description before applying. For more information on the People4Change program, please visit the ActionAid Denmark website: For information on ActionAid Uganda, please

The Tax Justice Advisor is placed through ActionAid Denmark’s People4Change program; a people-to-people programme providing development support to ActionAid Country Programs and there partner organisations. As People4Change is a cross-national program, aiming at building tolerance, respect and expertise across cultures and borders, this position is not available for permanent residents of Uganda. If you are a permanent resident of Uganda and find this job interesting, you are encouraged to apply for similar Advisor placements in other countries; and these are regularly advertised at:

For practical questions related the advertised position, please contact:

ActionAid Uganda Head of Programmes and Policy, Harriet Gimbo:

ActionAid Head of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Christine

How to apply

Application procedure and deadline:

Forward a letter of motivation and an updated CV by email to with a subject line Ref: Uganda – Tax Justice Advisor.

Deadline for application submission is: 5th of October, 2015

Due to the large number of applications received for these positions, it is not possible to provide feedback to all applications. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be notified at each stage of the recruitment process. If you have not received any reply to your application by October 15th, then should consider yourself unsuccessful for this position.

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