Job Opening

Posting Title: PROCUREMENT OFFICER (PROJECT POST), P3
Job Code Title: PROCUREMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI; NAIROBI;
Posting Period: 05 April 2019 - 04 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Procurement-UNON-114532-R-Nairobi (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN Headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. (www.unon.org).

This position will be focused on all procurement activities related to the Replacement of Office Blocks A to J project at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, which is a multimillion-dollar, multi-year undertaking that would entail construction of a building development that replaces the existing office blocks A to J and includes the implementation of flexible workspace strategies at all remaining office blocks located on the Gigiri Complex. This position is located in the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Procurement Section at the Nairobi duty Station..

Under the supervision of the Chief, Procurement Section and within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for all procurement activity related to the design and construction of the Replacement of Office Blocks A to J project while adhering to the strict deadline as mandated by the General Assembly. The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Responsibilities

• Plans, develops and manages all procurement and contractual aspects of projects of significant complexity specifically related to major construction and renovations of buildings within the UNON complex through a worldwide procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. works, services, information technology, electronic equipment and instruments, building maintenance materials, office supplies, construction, furniture, etc.) taking into account local economic and other conditions.
• Advises requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the procurement cycle.
• Provide technical advice on procurement activities to officials of substantive units during all phases of procurement cycle.
• Supervise/oversee preparation and distribution of invitations to tender and manage/conduct all aspects of the tender exercise.
• Utilise establishment procurement procedures to clarify and solve procurement-related queries from requisitioners.
• Establish and maintain work program and time frames for processing requests in accordance with the procurement manual.
• Develop and prepare contracts for the procurement of goods and services; Issue international tender invitations; Evaluate responses and make recommendations for the finalisation of purchase and award of contracts; Approve procurement orders up to the authorised limits and prepare draft submissions for the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) before presentation to the committees on contacts for review and subsequent approval by the authorised official.
• Conduct market research via internet and trade publications to keep abreast of market developments; Research and analyse statistical data, market reports and availability of goods and services.
• Oversee adherence to contractual agreements, recommend amendments and advise vendors and requisitioners on contractual rights and obligation; Conduct or coordinate all phases of negotiation of disputes arising from contacts.
• Prepare a variety of procurement-related documents, contacts, communication and guidelines.
• Performs any other duties as requested by the Supervisor.

Competencies

• Professionalism: 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. Knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex contract issues. In-depth grasp of leading-edge procurement techniques, practices and operations; Ability to address broader issues of procurement in terms of impact at the programme and institutional level; Good working knowledge of best value for money concept and methodology, Strong analytical skills and good knowledge of quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity and commercial offers; Extensive knowledge of sources of supply, market trends and pricing; Excellent negotiating skills in resolving conflict and ability to shape and influence agreement with requisitioning offices and vendors; Discretion and sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work

• Planning & 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 efficiently.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in supply chain management, procurement, business administration, commerce, engineering, law or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in procurement or contract management, of which at least three years should be direct first-hand procurement experience is required. Experience in managing large procurement cases for goods and services in large international organizations is desired. One (1) year experience supervising a procurement team is also desired. Experience working with a Systems Application and Products (SAP) system or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is an advantage.

Languages

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

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate 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 staffs are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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

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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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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