Job Opening

Posting Title: PROCUREMENT OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: PROCUREMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 30 December 2020 - 13 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Procurement-MINUSCA-147119-F-Bangui (M)
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 United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), P-3 level duty station, Bangui. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Procurement Section.

Responsibilities

Within the limits of delegated authority, the Procurement Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Plans, develops and manages all procurement and contractual aspects of projects of significant complexity related to worldwide procurement of diverse services and commodities
(e.g. information technology, electronic equipment and instruments, vehicles, medicines, foodstuffs, 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 stages of the procurement cycle;
•Prepares/oversees preparation and distribution of invitations to tender and manages/conducts all aspects of bid/proposal evaluations;
•Provides inputs in formulating strategies and designs innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement projects;
•Establishes and maintains work program and schedule for ongoing contracts and newly planned ones; Participates in negotiations with senior supplier representatives; within
delegated authority approves and signs procurement orders up to the authorized limit and prepares submissions to Chief of Mission Support or to the Contracts Committees for
review and subsequent approval by the authorized official for cases where the amount exceeds authorized limit;
•Conducts market research to keep abreast of market developments; researches and analyzes statistical data and market reports on the world commodity situation, production patterns and
availability of goods and services;
•Provides substantive inputs to identifying new technologies, and products/services, evaluates and recommends potential supply sources;
•Oversees adherence to contractual agreements, recommends amendments, extensions and termination of contracts, and further advises concerned parties on contractual rights and
obligations;
•Prepares a variety of procurement-related documents, contracts, communications, guidelines, instructions, etc.;
•Provides guidance to and may supervise staff at the lower level.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to provide seasoned effective specialized advice with procurement related procedures to Chief of Service, Chief of Mission Support/Head of Mission, and other senior mission staff;
Ability to ensure adequate preparation of procurement related reports. Shows pride in work and 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.

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

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

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce, Engineering, Law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional certification by an internationally recognized procurement certifying authority (CIPS Level 4 or equivalent) is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years with a master's degree and seven (7) years with a bachelor's degree of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management, administration or related field.
Working knowledge of Umoja or similar ERP system in the area of purchasing and/or supply chain is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

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No Fee

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