South Sudan: STATE ADMINISTRATOR – LAKES STATE – SOUTH SUDAN

CCM (Comitato Collaborazione Medica) is an Italian NGO operating in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, South Sudan, Somalia and implementing a variety of health-related projects.

CCM has just been granted different projects focused on the support of primary and secondary health services in Warrap and Lakes States

Location: Yirol and Awerial Counties (Lakes State) – South Sudan with coordination periods in Juba

Contract duration: 6 months (with extension).

Start date: May 2016

Closing date for applying: 6th April 2016

Duties and Responsibilities

Aims and general characteristics

The State Administrator supports the State Coordinator to ensure a proper administrative and financial management of the projects in the target area. In particular:

· (S)he validates the book-keeping entries made by the project staff and ascertains the proper allocation of costs upon verification of the invoices and other administrative documents.

· (S)he prepares and/or consolidates the weekly cash books, providing to the Head Office evidences of the payments and timely submission of the invoices and other administrative documents.

· (S)he records the incomes and expenditures (cash books of projects) in CCM accounting software and ensures that all the accounts are reconciled.

· (S)he files all payment/expenditure documents separated by project and month.

· (S)he provides monthly budget follow-up and ensures that the expenses are in line with the fund request, the procurement plans and the NGO administrative practices.

· (S)he supports the project staff in the elaboration of the annual budget and the fund request to the Head Office in Juba according to CCM procedure and deadlines;

· (S)he supports the Head office in Juba in the preparation of the draft of financial reports related to (her)his area of competence (as assigned by the Country Administrator) according to the contracts signed with the Donors and CCM’s internal procedures.

· (S)he checks and submits for approval to the Head Office in Juba the monthly payrolls of local staffs at all projects, keeping record of the payrolls for future reference.

· (S)he keeps track of and monthly update records of NSSF deductions from local staff salaries and CCM contributions.

· (S)he participates to the elaboration of the procurement of goods, services and equipment.

· In strict cooperation with the field logisticians, (s)he oversees the administration, supervision and management of assets acquired by each project and of CCM field offices,

· (S)he oversees the contracts and procurement procedures of goods and services complying strictly with donor and CCM requirements, in strict coordination with the State Coordination, field logistician, procurement officer and Country Administrator.

Job profile

Requirements

  • Relevant academic background for the position
  • Proven administrative skills and experience in budget management and accounting;

· Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role and at least 1-year experience in less development countries or emergency area.

· Experience in the elaboration of financial reports with several donors (UE, UN, etc…)

· High level skills in program coordination, management and supervision;

· Previous experience and understanding of South Sudan is advisable;

· Excellent communication and negotiation skills;

· Proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and availability to stay in a remote context;

· Proven leadership, problem solving and organizational skills with flexibility and patience;

· Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel,

  • Fluency of both written and spoken English;
  • Knowledge of the Italian language is added value.
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Europe keeps up the pressure

With help from Heather Caygle and Toby Eckert

YOU WANT FIREWORKS?: Well, hopefully you were in Brussels for Tuesday’s European Parliament hearing featuring Apple and other corporate heavyweights.

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Apple’s case, according to POLITICO Europe’s Nicholas Hirst, as it battles allegations that it has a sweetheart tax deal with Ireland: No one in the world pays more than we do. Julia Macrae of Apple said the company’s worldwide tax bill was around $14.7 billion, though she declined to give a figure for Europe or any individual countries on the continent.

Google and McDonald’s also talked up the size of their tax bills, but members of Parliament seem unimpressed. “Do you exploit to the maximum all the loopholes in legislation?” asked Elisa Ferreira of Portugal.

All in all, it’s another sign that the European tax investigations — which House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady called a “fairly naked revenue grab” this week — are going to continue to put pressure on American policymakers even as the U.S. remains in the throes of the presidential election.

IT’S WEDNESDAY. One more day to get your NCAA bracket in. (Not on company time of course!)

Send us your tax tips and feedback. Email: bbecker@politico.com, teckert@politico.com, bfaler@politico.com, kodonnell@politico.com. Twitter:@berniebecker3, @tobyeckert, @brian_faler, @katyodonnell_ , @POLITICOPro and @Morning_Tax.

ABOUT EUROPE: The Business Roundtable, citing an economy it still sees as performing below full throttle in this year’s first quarter, called once more for “modernizing America’s outdated business tax system.” But asked specifically about the current efforts at international tax reform, BRT Chairman Doug Oberhelman brought up the string of corporate inversions in recent months and the difficulties companies have in accessing foreign profits. “We ought to put all the pieces on the table and solve it,” said Oberhelman, the Caterpillar chief executive.

So what exactly does that mean? Remember that Oberhelman brushed aside the idea of international reform last month, while a lobbyist for a BRT member company suggested to Morning Tax on Tuesday the group isn’t doing enough to engage congressional leaders and tax writers on the issue. Matt Miller, a BRT vice president, further clarified to Morning Tax that the “full solution” on taxes needs to be a comprehensive business overhaul, but that the roundtable was also working with the Hill on international matters right now. “We’re not closing any doors,” Miller said. “We’re working with them on everything.”

BUDGET OUTLOOK: Cloudy. Very cloudy, ahead of today’s House committee markup. “The patient is not totally dead – but it’s fair to say the shock plates are firmly implanted on its chest. Top Republicans believe the GOP will be able to advance the 2017 budget out of Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) Budget Committee, but whether it will ever be able to make it to the House floor is an open question,” POLITICO’s Jake Sherman and Lauren French report. http://politico.pro/1UeHkKH

And about that budget: Ben Weyl and Matthew Nussbaum report it’s pretty boilerplate when it comes to taxes — a general call to arms on the “lowering of rates and a consolidation of tax brackets,” and a move to a territorial system, for instance. http://politico.pro/21uijdz

Finally, a reminder that Ways and Means will be considering the related measures today that, among other things, wring savings out of keeping undocumented workers from claiming the child tax credit.

A JUICY STORY … FROM THE FDIC?: Not an everyday occurrence. But the WSJ reports that the FDIC’s watchdog is knocking the agency for an “abusive” approach that led to three banks no longer offering customers the chance to borrow against their tax refund. The inspector general’s report, to be discussed more fully at a House hearing today, found that one since-departed attorney “abusively threatened” the banks. The FDIC responds that its response was justified due to those loans’ risks. More from WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/1pmpatg

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE FAA?: Pro Transportation’s Heather Caygle has the preview of today’s Senate markup, where Commerce Committee leaders from both parties want to escape with little drama. The Senate bill would give the FAA at least a year’s reprieve, and the House stopgap plan to extend aviation taxes for longer than aviation policy could allow for an extension to originate in the Senate, Heather writes.

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch said Tuesday he could live with any solution from the Commerce Committee. But there are some pockets in the Senate questioning whether pushing back aviation taxes for an entire year and separating the taxes from the policy, like the House does in its stopgap, will put enough pressure on Congress to get a longer-term fix in place.

** A message from Intuit Tax and Financial Center: Across the nation, there’s a growing urgency for a more sweeping overhaul that simplifies the tax system and compliance for individuals, families and small business. Tax simplification should lead the tax reform agenda. It’s in our national interest. More: http://bit.ly/1UsJkO3 **

EXPECT DELAYS: And we’re not talking about the Washington Metro here, people. Every state that has an income tax — and that’s all but seven — are facing delays in sending out refunds, Tax Analysts reported, in just the latest sign that identity theft is only growing as a problem for tax administrators. Those delays haven’t gone unnoticed either, with Tax Analysts noting that hundreds of Twitter users have been complaining online about not getting their refund.

Our Brian Faler looked at this same issue more than a month ago, for those who want a refresher: http://politico.pro/1NUD6PG

NOT A GOOD TIME TO BE VALEANT: The pharmaceutical company, already facing a federal investigation, announced Tuesday that it was changing its tax reporting standards — in a way that will drag down its per share earnings, according to the WSJ. Company officials put on a brave face after saying that Valeant would stop taking into account tax credits when reporting its taxes. But as the WSJ noted, Robert Willens, a tax consultant, said “the move suggests the company is no longer confident in its ability to generate taxable income.” http://on.wsj.com/1XtuIgX

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

BLACK GOLD LOSES LUSTER: Kuwait has become just the latest Mideast oil producer to propose sweeping economic reforms as a result of low oil prices, including a 10 percent corporate tax. The proposal is included in a document outlining other reforms, including the privatization of some government-run services, the AP reports. “Government revenue fell by 60 percent last year due to lower oil prices. Kuwait projects a $40 billion budget deficit for the coming fiscal year,” the story noted. The plans surely won’t sit well with the average Kuwaiti. “The reining in of generous benefits is sensitive in the Gulf, where citizens are accustomed to free health care, tax-free incomes and government subsidies that keep prices low.” http://bit.ly/1WolAtI

STATE NEWS —

ROUGH RIDE FOR NORTH DAKOTA: Don’t worry, Kuwait. You’re not alone. An oil industry official is warning North Dakota that more bad news is on the way when it comes to the effects of slumping oil prices on state revenue. Gov. Jack Dalrymple had already ordered budget cuts to help tackle a projected $1 billion shortfall. Now, state tax revenues are more than $6.4 million below projections for January and February, after oil price plunged to $40 a barrel, the Grand Forks Herald reports. Ron Ness of the North Dakota Petroleum Council told lawmakers they’ll soon be dealing with another $10 drop in the price. “I think it’s going to be more dramatic than what we’ve seen, and the next round’s going to be rough,” he said. State Rep. Chet Pollert estimated the state would be facing a shortfall of around $750 million in 2017. “So I guess we’ll have to hang onto the saddle.” http://bit.ly/1pJJx4f

WHAT’S IN A NAME? A lot, according to DraftKings, FanDuel and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, which are facing an effort in New Jersey to impose the same 9.25 percent tax on their gross revenues that Atlantic City casinos pay on their winnings. The tax legislation doesn’t say whether the sites offer “games of skill” or “games of chance,” which would classify them as gambling, according to CBS New York. “And because of that, the companies oppose the bill, said A.J. Sabath, a representative of the firms and the trade industry. He said the bill as currently written would ‘create a significant level of uncertainty about the future of our industry in New Jersey.’” The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. James Whelan, is a former mayor of Atlantic City. He said he’s “not smart enough to know if it’s gambling or skill.” http://cbsloc.al/1RjEnbl

KILLJOYS: First a soda tax, now a candy tax. Some California lawmakers want to put a sales tax on candy and snack food, the Bay Area’s ABC 7 reports. That would reverse a 1992 proposition that repealed a similar tax. “Supporters suggest that by not taxing candy, the state is a de facto enabler of childhood obesity, diabetes and dental decay.” (Berkeley, of course, is the first — and so far only — city in the nation with a soda tax.) To be enacted, the legislation would not only have to pass the state Legislature with a two-thirds majority. It would also have to be approved by voters, channel 7 says. http://abc7ne.ws/22gSyzE

QUICK LINKS

— New study: A universal child allowance could cut poverty by more than half in the U.S. http://bit.ly/1R1FeYI

— 2015 tax changes bottom line: $652 billion on to the deficit. http://politico.pro/1pn2zwP

DID YOU KNOW? Jamestown, N.D., is home to the world’s largest monument to the buffalo — 26 feet tall, and 60 tons.

** A message from Intuit Tax and Financial Center: There is a strong consensus that better tax policies are needed to encourage economic growth, create more jobs and make the United States more competitive. We agree, but the discussion shouldn’t stop there. Virtually no one believes the bloated tax code is in good shape and doesn’t need to be slimmed down. Its complexity undermines important national economic policy objectives for our country, starting with better financial health for individuals and families. A system that helps all taxpayers and small businesses truly understand their taxes and make better financial decisions will ultimately help grow our economy. An engaged public will also make our system of voluntary tax compliance more successful and effective. Let’s at least start by simplifying tax compliance for the average citizen. It would make a meaningful difference in the lives of every American. More: http://bit.ly/1UsJkO3 **

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12:16 Wirtschaft fordert zu schneller und entschlossener…

Die Spitzenverbände der Wirtschaft in Frankreich und Deutschland fürchten wegen der Flüchtlingskrise ein Scheitern Europas und fordern mit Blick auf den bevorstehenden EU-Gipfel von ihren Regierungen einen deutsch-französischen Vorstoß. Es sei höchste Zeit, dass Europa wieder zusammenrücke und in die Offensive gehe, mahnen Deutschlands Arbeitgeberpräsident Ingo Kramer, der Präsident des Bundesverbandes der deutschen Industrie (BDI), Ulrich Grillo, und der Präsident des französischen Unternehmerverbands (MEDEF), Pierre Gattaz, in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung, die der “Welt” vorliegt. “Darum ermuntern wir unsere eigene politische Führung – Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und Staatspräsident Hollande – eine schnelle, entschlossene und außergewöhnliche Initiative zu ergreifen.”

Kein Staat für sich könne die mit Krieg, Terror und Völkerwanderung einhergehenden Probleme lösen, dazu brauche es die ganze Schlagkraft der EU. Nach Ansicht der Wirtschaftsverbände sollte die geforderte bilaterale Initiative die Lösung der Flüchtlingskrise mit einer gleichzeitigen Vertiefung der Wirtschaftsbeziehungen verbinden. “Beide Ziele müssen erreicht werden, um das Ansehen des europäischen Projekts wieder zu stärken und all jene zu überzeugen die sich enttäuscht von der Europäischen Union abgewendet haben”, heißt es in dem Papier.

Zunächst müsse der Flüchtlingszustrom “wieder unter Kontrolle gebracht und spürbar reduziert werden”, fordern die Arbeitgeber- und Industrieverbände. Die Verhandlungsergebnisse mit der Türkei sollten schnell konkretisiert und umgesetzt werden. Die Verbände mahnen zugleich alle EU-Mitgliedstaaten, ihrer Verantwortung bei der Aufnahme und Integration von Flüchtlingen gerecht zu werden. “Staaten, die dies ablehnen oder gar auf nationale Alleingänge setzen, können auch für sich selbst nicht die Solidarität der Europäischen Union einfordern.”

(dts Nachrichtenagentur)

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Challenge of global change

A great global transformation is going on. When the Cold War ended, people everywhere expected that globalism would take root, bringing political stability and economic growth, and making progress in social welfare. Instead, risks are now mounting in many aspects.

First, governance risks are rising in international politics. Serious confrontation is continuing between Western countries and Russia over the Ukraine issue while no solution is in sight for the problems of Syria and the Islamic State group among parties concerned, including surrounding countries like Turkey.

The United States, Japan, South Korea and China reached a compromise over a long-range rocket launched this year by North Korea and its nuclear and missile development programs, leading to the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution on new sanctions against Pyongyang. But the impact of the sanctions is unpredictable.

In the Islamic world, the confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is causing grave concern. Sectarian frictions persist and terrorist activities are prevalent elsewhere in the region.

The global leadership of the U.S., which in the past assumed a pivotal role in ensuring international order, has declined while the U.N.’s ability to enable the world’s security system to work adequately has weakened. No calls have been made by U.S. presidential candidates for America to play a leading role in maintaining world order and sentiment in favor of a return to isolationism appears to be on the rise.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing no attitude of changing his hard-line stance against Western countries. Concerns are even being expressed over the possibility of the advent of a new cold war. Under the circumstances, the international community must evoke the spirit of the U.N. Charter and intensify efforts to establish globalism.

Second, the world’s growth potential is declining. The International Monetary Fund has lowered its economic growth projections successively with its latest estimate going down to 3.4 percent. After the turn of the year, stock markets became bearish and foreign exchange markets started to widely fluctuate. Factors lying behind these developments include the slumping of oil markets, the stagnation of European economies, the burden of accepting refugees, fears about the so-called China risk and the sputtering of the U.S. economy. The impact of the agreement reached at the Group of Twenty conference held Feb. 27 has yet to be seen.

The chief factor responsible for this situation is the waning of discipline in the economic management of leading countries. As seen in the U.S.’ Lehman Brothers shock and the European crisis, the economic management of major countries has tended to go for expansion through fiscal and monetary measures under mounting pressure of populism. As a result, excessive liquidity has been injected into markets and speculative tendencies have increased. Thus traditional stimulus measures have been unable to produce the desired effects. The world economy is now at a crossroads and must find a new growth model.

The Bank of Japan has been forced to introduce a negative interest rate as the economy in the fourth quarter of 2015 suffered a 0.4 percent decline from the previous quarter. The Abenomics strategy is facing its greatest test because consumption as well as housing and equipment investments have not grown as expected.

Third, general interest in the World Trade Organization has waned and moves toward mega free trade agreements are gaining momentum. Typical mega FTA examples are the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The ASEAN Economic Community was inaugurated at the end of last year. Agreement was reached for establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership last October.

The TPP is an epochal free trade agreement since it represents about 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product and covers a wide range of fields from trade to standards and labor. If this partnership expands, the liberalization of the world economy will be greatly promoted. But there exist some worries as to whether the U.S. and other nations will smoothly ratify the pact.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the U.S. and the EU, the Japan-China-South Korea FTA and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which includes ASEAN plus the six countries with which it has free trade agreements, are also under negotiation. All these partnerships are designed to promote free trade. But because of their different mechanisms regarding origin certification, state trading, and standards and conformity assessment, there is a fear that they might fall into regionalism unless those mechanisms are standardized and unified.

Fourth, as a positive development, rising trends of seeking innovations are worthy of strong attention. Thanks to the revolutionary progress of information and communication technology, cloud computing and big data processing are being increasingly put into practical use, bringing about major changes in the economy, industry, politics and society. It is encouraging that Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are drawing attention from the business community. The question is whether mankind can gather its wisdom and achieve the fourth industrial revolution by utilizing those technologies to pave the way for new growth.

Fifth, also encouraging is the fact that the Asian economy is continuing to maintain its growth potential. The fundamental conditions of the Asian economy are stable despite some concerns about the China risk, declining oil prices and the confusion in stock markets. Since the Chinese government is well aware of the seriousness of the problems it is facing and is strongly promoting structural reforms, it will be able to find a way to achieve stable growth before long.

In the Asian region, value chains for processing industry are being widely established. Contributing Asian values such as diligence, discipline and economizing are being soundly maintained. TPP members including Japan, Singapore and Vietnam will surely play a leading role in promoting these values and growth will be accelerated with the expansion of the TPP and the creation of the RCEP. In this connection, China’s cooperation is important.

As mentioned, negative and positive factors are mixed together in the world. If positive factors could be increased and negative ones rectified, we will be able to lay the foundation of a new age. The wisdom of humanity is being tested.

Shinji Fukukawa, a former vice minister in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and president of Dentsu Research Institute, is currently senior adviser to the Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute.

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Wirtschaft: Deutsche und französische Wirtschaft fordert EU-Flüchtlingslösung

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Vor dem EU-Gipfel zur Lösung der Flüchtlingskrise haben deutsche sowie französische Industrie- und Arbeitgeberverbände eine rasche europäische Lösung angemahnt. In einer am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Erklärung appellierten die drei Spitzenverbände an Kanzlerin Angela Merkel und Präsident François Hollande, “eine schnelle, entschlossene und außergewöhnliche europäische Initiative” zu ergreifen.

“Es muss schnell gehen, denn der Migrationsdruck nimmt weltweit rasant zu”, schreiben die Präsidenten Ingo Kramer (BDA), Ulrich Grillo (BDI) und Pierre Gattaz (MEDEF). Sie fordern ein Ende der aktuellen Grenzkontrollen in der EU. “Eine dauerhafte Beschädigung oder gar Zerstörung des Schengen-Systems hätte dramatische wirtschaftliche und politische Folgen.”

Die EU-Chefs wollen auf dem Gipfel am Donnerstag und Freitag über das geplante Abkommen mit der Türkei zur Bewältigung der Flüchtlingskrise beraten. Es sieht unter anderem vor, syrische Flüchtlinge aus Griechenland wieder in die Türkei zurückzubringen.

Aus Sicht der Wirtschaftsverbände muss zuerst der Zustrom in EU-Staaten unter Kontrolle gebracht und spürbar reduziert werden. Die Verhandlungsergebnisse mit der Türkei müssten schnell umgesetzt werden. Die EU-Grenzschutzbehörde Frontex müsse mehr Kompetenzen und Mittel erhalten: “Eine funktionierende Kontrolle der EU-Außengrenzen ist auch deshalb dringend geboten, weil wir nicht zulassen können, dass im Gebiet der EU wieder Binnengrenzen errichtet werden.”

Die Verbände fordern alle EU-Staaten auf, Flüchtlinge aufzunehmen und zu integrieren: “Staaten, die dies ablehnen oder gar auf nationale Alleingänge setzen, können auch für sich selbst nicht die Solidarität der Europäischen Union einfordern.”

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