Senior Procurement Specialist Job Placement - World Bank

Job Title:        Senior Procurement Specialist
Organization: World Bank
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job #: 161743

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.

Job Summary: The Senior Procurement Specialist will offer support for the Uganda portfolio. The incumbent will be assisting the World Bank staff, Ugandan Government and other agencies in implementing World Bank-financed programs by providing critical procurement advice and support and Public Procurement Reforms.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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.
  • Supports clients in achieving value for money in the Bank financed operations and public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
  • The incumbent 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 substantive 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.
  • The jobholder 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.
  • Works closely with management and counterparts across the Bank as well as with counterpart officials in government, multi-national organizations, donor and other agencies.
  • Develops and executes training modules on complex procurement topics.
  • Works in liaison with the other senior procurement specialist in the country office under general direction of Accredited Practice Manager and under direct supervision of Procurement Hub Coordinator, and guides and mentors more junior staff.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the World Bank Senior Procurement Specialist job placement should hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification relevant to this position
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in carrying out technical duties in procurement and contract management.
  • The ideal candidate would combine a deep understanding of project procurement in different sectors with a considerable knowledge of the budget execution issues in developing countries.
  • S/he will have demonstrated operational and analytic skills and will possess strong knowledge and understanding of project procurement management and Public Procurement.
  • Knowledge and working experience with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems and Supply Chain Management will be an added advantage.
  • State-of-the-art knowledge of public procurement principles, systems, process and planning, and approaches to international procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched analyses of complex procurement issues and problems.
  • Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of all major facets of Bank procurement policies and practices as applied across a wide range of Bank lending operations at all phases of the project cycle, and ability to address broader issues at sector/country level.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Bank operational policies and practices related to project/sector work.
  • Seasoned knowledge of public procurement systems including legal framework and institutions.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of critical linkages and relationships among clients' business drivers, business operations and objectives and Procurement processes.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects.
  • Ability to promote client commitment to ensuring implementation and longer-term sustainability of projects/programs.
  • Excellent communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a matrix management environment, both as a team leader and team member.
  • Ability to lead a team of professionals in the execution of major projects.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • Knowledge and working experience with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems and Supply Chain Management will be an added advantage.
  • Language Requirement: English (Essential)

Personal Competencies:
Delivers Results for Clients:
  • Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients
  • Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes
Collaborates Within Teams and Across Boundaries:
  • Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect
  • Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due.  Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes
  • Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind
Lead and Innovate:
  • Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions
  • Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and mission
  • Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context
Create, Apply and Share Knowledge:
  • Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners
  • Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others
  • Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff
  • Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks

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: 15th August 2016

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