Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief (Procurement) - Temporary, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Vienna
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 11 September 2020 - 24 September 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Procurement-UNOV-140829-J-Vienna (R)
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 Procurement Unit (PU) of the General Support Section (GSS) of the Division for Management (DM), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, General Support Section, Division for Management of UNOV in Vienna, Austria.


Within the delegated authority, the Chief, Procurement Unit, will be responsible for the following duties:

•Serve as a senior procurement and contracting expert with responsibility for the supervision of a team carrying out world-wide procurement of a wide variety of supplies and services associated with highly complex (technically and legally) contracts and procurement activities, in accordance with the United Nations Established Procurement Procedures and the United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations. Plan and lead the procurement activities for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and for UNOV.
•Provide policy procurement guidance to the Chief of the General Support Section as well as technical advice on procurement strategic activities to all levels of officials of substantive units during all phases of the procurement cycle.
•Analyze, evaluate and procurement requests and ensure that technical specifications are thorough in terms of completeness; also ensure appropriate evaluation criteria that would be measurable and in accordance with best value for money policies.
•Monitor and supervise the development and preparation of highly complex contracts for procurement of non-routine and technologically advanced commodities or long-range services; monitor the issuance of international tender invitations; supervise the evaluation of responses to tender, and make recommendations for finalization of purchases and award of contracts; sign procurement orders up to the authorized limit, monitor the signature of lower delegations of procurement authority, 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.
•Develop new strategic and tactical approaches to contracts, as well as new methods for their application, based on market research.
•Supervise the implementation of institutional procurement policies and procedures; monitor and ensure the development of standards and criteria for the evaluation of goods, services, supplier capacity, etc.
•Supervise the identification, review, qualification and registration of potential suppliers; evaluate the productive capacities and performance of manufacturers to identify supply sources. Approve Source Selection Plan for Formal Procurement cases.
•Establish approaches for negotiations and conducts and/or coordinate all phases of negotiations with all concerned parties, including the negotiation of disputes arising from contracts.
•Carry out capacity building and fact-finding missions to UNODC field offices.
•Manage the work and supervise the staff of the Unit; distribute the workload amongst staff through the Procurement Tracking System, ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, enhance the on-going automation of office procedures.
•Contribute to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate.
•Manage, guide, develop and train staff under her/his supervision. Carry out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring the performance parameters and critical indicators, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates; recruit staff taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
•Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive expertise on issues; also holds organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Perform other work related tasks, as required.


•Professionalism: Knows internationally recognized procurement standards and all phases of international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for highly complex and technologically advanced goods and services. Knows contract law and expertise in handling complex procurement and contract issues. Knows quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity systems and ability to identify sources of supply, market trends and pricing. Is able to shape and influence agreements with requisitioning units and vendors. Is able to apply technical expertise to resolve a range of complex and/or sensitive issues/problems. Is able to develop procurement strategies, policies, procedures and new programmes. 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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
•Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, commerce, law 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management, administration or related area, is required.
Relevant working experience in the UN or similar International Organizations is desirable.
Working experience with field office locations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency/proficiency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency, is required. Working knowledge of German to effectively deal with vendors is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 October 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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