Senior Procurement Specialist Career Opportunity – World Bank

Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Practice Manager, PIO-Africa Procurement Hub Coordinator

About World Bank:
The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

About PIO:
The Public Integrity and Openness (PIO) Department convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement, anti-corruption and open government. In that context, the PIO Department supports governments and non-governmental actors in institutional strengthening and capacity building, improvement and modernization of procurement and information systems, ensuring efficiency of transactions, in order to ensure improved governance and enhanced development outcomes. The PIO Department advances these efforts across sectors and across all regions of the world. The theme will:
·         Provide technical advice on procurement fiduciary activities and lead policy dialogue on procurement with client countries
·         Support client countries in achieving value for money in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity
·         Create the space for procurement/governance innovation to happen
·         Establish proactive processes to identify and deploy knowledge to solve specific problems, and improve development outcomes in client countries
·         Facilitate and join global platforms to share knowledge and practices across the world.

Job Summary: The Senior Procurement Specialist will support the World Bank in the implementation and further development of Public Integrity and Openness (PIO)  activities in Uganda with regard to Public procurement. S/he will serve as a procurement expert on projects; including support the Practice Manager, PIO-Africa in the full range of procurement service, fiduciary and knowledge functions. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Under the overall supervision of the Practice Manager, PIO-Africa and the guidance of the Procurement Hub Coordinator, the incumbent:
·         Works independently on procurement matters in specific sectors in the performance of the Bank's fiduciary and service functions, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior procurement staff.
·         Offers operational assistant to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement.
·         Designs and conducts workshops to educate procurement professionals in the Bank and in borrower agencies on the Bank's philosophy and approach to procurement, the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures and processes, as well as on specialized procurement topics.
·         The incumbent will deploy appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues
·         Works across countries/sectors, is responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle, to include analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
·         Actively participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable procurement plans.
·         Takes part in country procurement assessments, prepares background analysis, collaborates on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors instruments to meet specific client needs.
·         The job holder negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints from senior officials and contractors on bidding and award issues.
·         Prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports.
·         Manages appropriate interaction with country counterparts on sector, organizational, human resources management, financial, economic and regulatory practices.
·         Provides guidance and training to junior procurement staff at grades GD and GE.
·         Plays a leadership and advisory role to clients and colleagues in handling complex procurement tasks and issues, which frequently cut across sectors, countries and/or work units.
·         Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
·         Makes significant contributions in evaluating and developing improvements to borrower's procurement regulations/practices, including influencing the design, reform and establishment of national and subnational public procurement systems and strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities.
·         Plays a pivotal role in improving Bank procurement practices and approaches; generates "concept notes" and best practices papers and develops innovative solutions to particularly difficult procurement and related issues.
·         Leads missions and supervises major projects as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level.
·         Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
·         Develops and executes training modules on complex procurement topics.
·         Works independently under general direction of unit manager or equivalent, and guides and mentors more junior staff.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the World Bank Senior Procurement Specialist should have skills and experience in supporting staff, Uganda Government and other agencies
·         The ideal candidate should have detailed knowledge and understanding of project procurement in different sectors with a considerable knowledge of the budget execution issues in Uganda.
·         Exceptional operational and analytical skills
·         Possess strong knowledge and understanding of project procurement management.
·         Fluency in English is required.

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the World Bank in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to send their applications Online by reviewing details at the web link below and clicking Apply Now on getting a broader insight of vacancy.

Deadline: 19th November 2015

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