IOTA International Taxation Expert seconded by IOTA member tax administration


Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA)

Organisation info:

Date posted:

19 December 2023


Budapest, Hungary (incl. short-term assignments abroad)

Full time / Part time:

Full time

Application submission deadline:

15 February 2024

Start of secondment:

1 September 2024


3 years fixed term secondment (with possibility to renew for a further
3 year period, subject to mutual agreement between IOTA and the sending tax administration) OR 2 initial + 2 + 2 years

Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA)

The Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA) is a non-profit Organisation that provides a forum to assist members in the European region to improve tax administration. The Secretariat of the Organisation is located in Budapest, Hungary. To date, the Organisation has got 43-member tax administrations, offering technical events and publications on the variety of topics related to the tax administration operations.

We are looking for an experienced expert from IOTA member tax administration with solid experience in indirect taxation (VAT). An outstanding individual with a strong commitment to delivering a high-quality service and the potential to bring a significant contribution to the expansion of the operations of the Organisation.

The successful applicant will be seconded to IOTA in order to support the IOTA Secretariat in the process of facilitating knowledge sharing and exchange of practice on a range of tax administration issues and ensuring the effective delivery of the annual technical activities programme of the Organisation. He/she will report directly to the IOTA Work Programme Manager and to the Executive Secretary of IOTA.


  • Ensure effective planning, organisation, management and delivery of the IOTA technical activities programme, including seminars, workshops, forums, area group and project/workgroup activities of IOTA;
  • Facilitate co-operation and exchange of information and experience between the IOTA member tax administrations;
  • Liaise on bilateral co-operation initiatives with other organisations active in the European region in relation to tax administration issues (e.g. European Commission, OECD, IMF, CIAT, etc.);
  • Contribute to operational and strategic planning and the formulation of IOTA work programmes, policies and strategies.


Required qualifications
  • University degree or equivalent qualification in finance or related area;
  • At least 5 years relevant professional experience related to the tax administration issues;
  • Significant experience in indirect taxation;
  • Practical knowledge about capacity building and training of tax officials;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Strong IT skills, proficient in all areas of Microsoft Office and other computer program applications necessary for producing reports, questionnaires, survey forms, charts, graphs, presentations and general office correspondence and memos;
  • Practical experience in project management, as they relate to the execution of tasks within a project;
  • Experience in the field of international co-operation regarding tax administration issues is an asset.


Required abilities and skills
  • Analytical thinking, diplomatic sensitivity, strategic networking and teamwork would be particularly important;
  • Strong IT Skills, proficient in all areas of Microsoft Office and other computer program applications necessary for producing reports, questionnaires, survey forms, charts, graphs, presentations and general office correspondence and memos;
  • Need to be flexible and have the ability to work on his/her own initiative but within a multicultural team;
  • Effectively plan, organise and manage time and activities to provide a high quality service;
  • To work in a professional, high quality way, taking responsibility for the assigned tasks and for the standard of own work performance;
  • Must be skilled in the delivery of presentations, chairing and moderating sessions at technical events and meetings, and official appearances;
  • Good interpersonal skills are essential, as are diplomacy, tact, and the ability to work well in a multinational team;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships, possess strong negotiation skills and develop arguments to persuade;
  • Need to be tolerant and able to cope with cultural differences and different approaches to problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Besides having well balanced personality and good communications skills, the applicant should enjoy cultural diversity. Prior experience in a cross-cultural work environment is an asset.


Work regime

The IOTA Secretariat understands that seconded experts need to work in a way that reconciles their personal and professional life, and therefore has considered several options of the working regime to facilitate this.

  • Full-time work
  • Teleworking – telework/remote working regime is allowed with a maximum of 10 days per month (either scattered or taken in one or two periods in a month).


Secondment conditions

During his/her assignment in IOTA, the secondee will remain an employee of the Sending Organisation and will not be considered as an official or employee of IOTA. In particular, he/she will not benefit from the exemption from taxation provided for under the Seat Agreement of IOTA applicable to employees and members of the IOTA on salaries, allowances and indemnities, etc. paid to him/her by the Sending Organisation.

In case of full-time secondment of the expert, IOTA will pay a monthly lump-sum of €1.000 on a quarterly basis to the Sending Organization for the general costs of the secondment. IOTA will also cover the moving costs to and from Budapest up to €4.000, travel costs when taking up duties and when leaving the IOTA, and 3 tourist class return tickets per year (Budapest – City of employment in the Sending Organization). During his/her secondment, the IOTA will provide medical check-up coverage for the secondee.

Except as otherwise stated in the secondment agreement, the secondee will remain subject to the staff regulations, rules and instructions applicable to officials or employees of IOTA. He/she will carry out his/her daily tasks under the authority of IOTA, while at the same time honouring his/her obligations as a staff member of the Sending Organization.

All the other conditions will be specified in the secondment agreement agreed and signed between IOTA and Sending Organisation.

Selection Policy

Secondees are selected solely on merit. While recruiting only the qualified and technically competent candidates from IOTA members, we strive for balance between those with experience and practical knowledge of tax administration issues and those specialising in tax professional development programmes (workshops, forums, workgroups, projects, etc.) and having an excellent command of English. The pre-selected candidates will be asked to hold the recruitment interviews with an Interview Board, consisting of members of Executive Council of IOTA and the Executive Secretary of IOTA, which is responsible for the final appointment of the post-holder.

Duration of appointments

IOTA does not offer permanent expert appointments. In order to keep the collective knowledge of our staff current and at the highest levels, and to ensure the regular injection of new ideas from outside, IOTA generally accepts secondment of experts on a two- or three- year, fixed-term basis. In some cases, an appointment to a further secondment contract is made, if the expert’s performance meets the required standards and if the Sending Organisation agrees to extend such secondment. Maximum duration of the secondment is 6 years.

Submission of applications

All applications must be submitted on the Application and CV form template attached to this announcement. Together with the Application, the candidate should send a document signed by the Director General of the Sending Organisation supporting his/her candidacy. All applications should be sent to IOTA only by e-mail to [email protected]. The deadline for submission is 15 February 2024.

Critical dates
  • 19 December 2023 – Opening date for submission of applications;
  • 15 February 2024 – Closing date for submission of applications;
  • 29 February 2024 – Selection of the shortlisted candidates;
  • 12 March 2024 – Interviews with the shortlisted candidates and final selection;
  • 22 March 2024 – Announcement of the recruitment results;
  • 3 May 2024 – Agreement about the contract details with the selected candidate;
  • 1 September 2024 - Taking up the post at the IOTA Secretariat