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UN Jobs - Procurement Officer at United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)

Job Title:   Procurement Officer
Organization: United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Job Opening Number: 52393
Report to: Chief Supply Chain Services (CSCS)

The Security Council, by its resolution 1990 PDF Document of 27 June 2011, responded to the urgent situation in Sudan’s Abyei region by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Security Council was deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement. The operation will monitor the flashpoint border between north and south, and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei. UNISFA’s establishment came after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and let Ethiopian troops to monitor the area.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Within limits of delegated authority and under the direct supervision of Chief Supply Chain Services (CSCS), the Procurement Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Serves as a senior procurement and contracting expert in the Procurement Office with responsibility for the world-wide procurement of a wide variety of supplies and services associated with highly complex (technically and legally) contracts and procurement activities.
  • Offers timely technical support on procurement activities to officials of substantive units during all phases of the procurement cycle.
  • Keenly review and analyze the existing procurement procedures at the Procurement Office and identify areas of risk to the finances and reputation of the Organization with emphasis on governance, ethics and integrity; make recommendations for corrective action and implement new measures to strengthen internal controls in procurement by the Procurement Office, having particular regard to the areas of governance, ethics and integrity. Identify potential areas of vulnerability and risk to compliance; propose and implement strategies for the resolution of problem areas identified; and provide general guidance for the avoidance or handling of similar situations in the future.
  • Respond to alleged violations of the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules, procurement policies and practices, Administrative Instructions and applicable Standards of Conduct by evaluating the data pertinent to the alleged violations and recommending the initiation of investigative procedures or other appropriate corrective action. Monitor compliance by the Procurement Office with the Resolutions of the General Assembly.
  • Develops new tactical approaches to contracts, as well as new methods for their application, based on market research.
  • Prepares a variety of procurement-related documents, correspondences and reports, analyzes the existing practices and procedures and contributes to development of institutional procurement policies and procedures; develops standards and criteria for the evaluation of goods, services, supplier capacity, etc.
  • Maintains under constant examination production patterns in exporting countries; evaluates the productive capacities and performance of manufacturers to identify supply sources.
  • Establishes approaches for negotiations and conducts or coordinates all phases of negotiations with all concerned parties, including the negotiation of disputes arising from contracts.
  • May carry out consultancy missions to the field.
  • Provides direction and guidance to more junior staff.
  • Perform any other duties as and when required.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Cost effectively delivers assigned procurement programs.
  • Develops and adjusts procurement strategies and approaches to address especially difficult procurement matters that may lack precedent.
  • Prepares concise reports, assessments and rationales that facilitate decision-making on policy and other issues.
  • Forms strong partnerships with stakeholders in the procurement process; resolves conflicting situations and influence parties to accept compromise solutions to achieve objectives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Procurement Officer career opportunity should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, commerce, supply chain, law or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management or administration in the public or private sector, of which at least five years should be directly related to first-hand procurement preferably at the international level, is required
  • Languages: Fluency in English (oral and written) is required.

Personal Competencies:
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of internationally recognized procurement standards and of all phases of international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for highly complex and technologically advanced goods and services. Knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex procurement and contract issues. Knowledge of quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity systems and ability to identify sources of supply, market trends and pricing. Ability to shape and influence agreements with requisitioning units and vendors. Ability to apply technical expertise to resolve a range of complex and/or sensitive issues/problems. Ability to develop procurement 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.
  • 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 efficiently.
  • 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 4th May 2016

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