2 United Nations MINUSCA Career Vacancies – Procurement Officers

Organization: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated
Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Grade: P3
Job Opening Number: 14-PRO-MINUSCA-35750-F-ENTEBBE (M)
Report to: Team Leader, Engineering Unit (Logistics Supply,
IT & Services Unit)
About MINUSCA:
The Security Council established the United Nations Multidimensional
Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by
its resolution 2149 (2104) of 10 April 2014 and requested the Secretary-General
to subsume BINUCA in the new mission as of the date of the adoption of that
resolution.  It further requested the
Secretary-General to ensure a seamless transition from BINUCA to MINUSCA.
Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the
Security Council authorized MINUSCA to take all necessary means to carry out
its mandate, within its capabilities and its areas of deployment.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within limits of delegated authority and under the direct supervision of
the Team Leader, Engineering Unit (Logistics Supply, IT & Services Unit)
and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Regional Procurement Office, the
Procurement Officer will be responsible for 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.
  • Prepares/oversees
    preparation and distribution of invitations to tender and manages/conducts
    all aspects of bid/proposal evaluations.
  • Intuitively
    advises requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of
    procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the
    procurement cycle.
  • Actively
    participates in negotiations with senior supplier representatives; signs
    procurement orders up to the authorized limit, and, in cases where the
    amount exceeds authorized signature authority, prepares submissions to the
    Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized
    official.
  • Formulates
    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.
  • Performs
    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 good and services.
  • Prepares
    a variety of procurement-related documents, contracts, communications,
    guidelines, instructions, etc.
  • Identifies
    new technologies, and products/services, evaluates and recommends
    potential supply sources and participates in the incorporation of research
    results into the procurement program.
  • Manages
    adherence to contractual agreements, recommends amendments and extensions
    of contracts, and advises concerned parties on contractual rights and
    obligations.
  • Offers
    guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant should
    possess an 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 additional two years of qualifying
    experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
    Professional certification in procurement is desirable.
  • At least five years’
    progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management,
    contract administration or logistics and supply chain management is
    required. 
  • Two years of
    experience directly related to first-hand procurement or contracting is
    required.
  • Practical experience
    in conducting procurement at the international level for an
    intergovernmental organisation(s), governmental organisations(s), or large
    multi-national organisations(s) is desirable.
  • Prior procurement
    experience in peacekeeping missions and/ or field duty stations within the
    UN system would be an asset.
Language Proficiency: English and French are the working
languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised,
fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French 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 a diverse range of goods and services.  Knowledge of contract law and expertise
    in handling complex 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 issues/problems.  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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central
African Republic (MINUSCA) as one of the Procurement Officers should express
their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 19th June, 2014

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