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16 Apr 2018

National Procurement Officer

Job Description

Date of Issue: 16th April 2018                               Closing Date: 29th April 2018

Organizational Background

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates only. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and ResponsibilitiesUnder the direct supervision of the National Procurement Officer and overall supervision of the Head of Procurement and Administration Services, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Support procurement programs and operational activities such as issue tenders, evaluate offers and negotiate/award contracts, procurement of food and non-food commodities or services;
  • Contribute to analysis of data to provide recommendations for process improvement.
  • Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reports that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
  • Support auditing of procurement activities to ensure conformity with compliance rules;
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts to align procurement activities with wider programmes and ensure a coherent approach to meeting food assistance needs;
  • Support training of WFP staff to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services;
  • Guide and supervise junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with simple analysis and queries;
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Perform other related tasks as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Supply Chain, Legal or Accounting or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses. CIPS Certification minimum level II is a must.

Experience: At least one year of postgraduate professional experience in procurement. Supervisory experience as well as experience in developing or modifying internal procedures, policies and guidelines inorder to streamline, improve and increase efficiency in procurement processes is a must.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Sound understanding of country requirements and public procurement principles and practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage contracts;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the supplier network and business needs to effectively select vendors that meet the selection criteria;
  • Ability to collect, collate and report records relating to ethics and compliance to assist in analysis of audit findings;
  • Hands on experience in UN administrative regulations and policies in the area of work is a plus.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

Please find attached WFP Somalia vacancy announcement for the position of National Procurement Officer, 80383, FT NOA, VA 009/2018 based in Nairobi.

Interested applicants are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment, according to the following procedures:

Internal candidates: 

External candidates:

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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