The Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) has 23 independent, self-governing nations and territories that are autonomous Customs jurisdictions in the Pacific. Established in 1986, its mandate is to promote effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations in the harmonization and simplification of Customs procedures, facilitation of trade, law enforcement and building the capacity of members in meeting the development objectives of their Governments.

OCO is partnering with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) through the EDF11 funding to improve trade facilitation through the regions trading potential and enhancing export competitiveness, reduce costs of essential imports and improve transparency.

Expressions of Interest are invited for the position of Customs Legal Advisor.

The Role
The Customs Legal Advisor is required to conduct the Legal Revision of all existing legislation and policies in consultation with Experts under the IMPACT project regarding, import, export and transit procedures in order to align with Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) General Annex and WTO TFA Priority Measures.

Key Responsibilities
• Conduct an Inventory of the Legal Gaps in the existing Legal Framework in the 15 PACP countries;
• Develop a Roadmap for Legislative Reforms;
• Draft amendments or new legislation to align with the WTO TFA, RKC and EPA;
• Raise awareness on the benefits of implementing the Legislative Reforms, Policies, Guidelines, and rules drafted and approved;
• Have an Increased knowledge of relevant stakeholder, including Customs Officers, on the amended or new legislation.
• Ensure that consultation is conducted with all Experts under the IMPACT Project.

Required Competencies
• The Customs Legal Advisor should have a Relevant Qualification from a recognized Tertiary Institution and/or having an Extensive Experience in practicing law in a common law jurisdiction with expertise in preparing draft laws relating to customs.

To apply kindly upload a cover letter responding to the key responsibilities of the position and CV including two referees on the Tender Section of our website by 4pm (Fiji time) Monday 15th May 2023.

Terms of Reference indicating the details of the consultancy work can be obtained from here.

For any clarification, please contact: Mr. John Sam on

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