Commissioner of Customs & Border Control

at Kenya Revenue Authority
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted January 27, 2021
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency KES


The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was established by an Act of Parliament, Chapter 469 of the laws of Kenya , which became effective on 1st July 1995 . The Authority is charged with the responsibility of collecting revenue on behalf of the Government of Kenya. A Board of Directors, consisting of both public and private sector experts, makes policy decisions to be implemented by KRA Management. The Chairman of the Board is appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya . The Chief Executive of the Authority is the Commissioner General who is appointed by the Minister for Finance. PURPOSE OF KRA Assessment , Collection, Administration and Enforcement of laws relating to revenue.

Reporting to the Commissioner General, the Commissioner – Customs & Border Control will be responsible for setting the overall direction of the department and providing leadership within the context of the Authority’s overall strategic plan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership in driving the overall performance, transformation and change agenda in the Customs & Border Control Department;
  • Develop and implement strategies to effectively mobilise customs revenue due from cross border trading activities and counter tax evasion;
  • Facilitate trade by promoting efficient cross border movement of goods in line with Kenya’s stated international trade goals;
  • Develop and implement effective border control and management strategies to secure cross border trade, and interdict trafficking in illicit and harmful products;
  • Facilitate international trade by ensuring simplified and harmonized customs procedures to expedite clearance of goods;
  • Drive custom’s transactional risk management strategies, and enhance inter-agency collaboration;
  • Protect society and environment through enforcement of prohibitions and restrictions on illegal trade; and
  • Develop and manage departmental work plan and budgets, and oversee collection, collation and compilation of trade statistics on all imports and exports.

Person Specifications

  • Be a holder of a university Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Law, or related fields, from a recognized institution;
  • A Master’s Degree in related fields, and professional qualification and membership to a professional body shall confer added advantage;
  • Must have at least Fifteen (15) years’ relevant experience in Customs or Security Management Operations, with not less than ten (10) years  in a senior leadership role, within corporate management operations in a large public or private organisation;
  • Possess strong appreciation of customs practice, operations and reform agenda;
  • Have a high understanding of the dynamics of illicit trade and impact on both revenue and trade;
  • Must have demonstrable knowledge of the National Security management strategies and requirements; and
  • Have strong leadership, team building and communication skills, with ability to persuade and influence stakeholders.

This appointment is on contractual terms for a period of five (5) years renewable for one (1) further term, subject to relevant public service regulations governing staff tenure. Successful applicants will be required to undergo corruption and security background vetting in accordance with KRA and Government procedures.

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