Senior Procurement Specialist Job Placement – World Bank

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