Job Opening

Posting Title: Procurement Officer, P3
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 23 July 2018 - 21 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Procurement-UNODC-100655-R-Nairobi (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. The incumbent will operate under the broad authority of the Chief of Procurement of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and the direct supervision of the ROEA Representative.

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Within assigned authority, the Procurement Officer will assist in the implementation activities as set out in the UNODC projects, including infrastructure activities. This position requires travel to Somalia. The incumbent must have successfully completed the Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) training or be willing to undertake it for this purpose.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

•Serve as procurement and contracting expert with responsibility for the procurement of technically and legally complex procurement operations of a wide variety of supplies and services; plan, develop and manage all procurement and contractual aspects of projects related to procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. information technology, electronic equipment and instruments, medicines, foodstuffs, building maintenance materials, office supplies, furniture, etc.), taking into account local economic and other conditions; manage the procurement work of the Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA).

•Plan, develop and manage all procurement of significant construction projects within ROEA.

•Manage the preparation and implementation of procurement according to the rules of the United Nations Secretariat. When applicable lead the preparation of procurement to be processed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) according to UNDP rules and regulations.

•Provide technical advice on procurement activities to officials of the regional office during all phases of the procurement cycle; analyse and evaluate procurement requests and ensure appropriateness of technical specifications.

•Develop and prepare complex contracts for procurement of non-routine and technologically advanced commodities or long-range services; long term agreements; issue international tender invitations; evaluate responses to tender, and make recommendations for finalization of purchases and award of contracts; sign procurement orders up to the authorized limit, and, in cases where the amount exceeds authorized signature authority, prepare submissions to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official.

•Formulate strategies and design innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement projects, particularly of construction projects in cooperation with the UNODC architect, engineer and other experts, as well as closely liaising with the National authorities in conforming with local construction laws.

•Establish and maintain work programme and schedule for ongoing contracts and newly-planned ones.

•Establish approaches for negotiations and conduct or coordinate all phases of negotiations with all concerned parties, including the negotiation of disputes arising from contracts.

•Prepare a variety of procurement-related documents, contracts, communications, guidelines, instructions, etc.

•Provide guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.

•Perform other work-related duties as required.


•Professionalism: Has knowledge of internationally recognized procurement standards and of all phases of international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for a diverse range of goods and services. Has knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex contract issues. Has knowledge of quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity systems and ability to identify sources of supply, market trends and pricing. Has ability to shape and influence agreements with requisitioning units and vendors. Is able to apply technical expertise to resolve a range of issues/problems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, architecture, civil engineering, law, commerce or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in procurement, contract management and administration or related area is required. Procurement experience in the conduct of procuring architectural and construction services is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Nairobi is classified as a B and family duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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