UN Procurement Officer Job Vacancies – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:              Procurement Officer

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Procurement

Grade: NOA

About US:

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary:   The Procurement Officer will collect, analyse and report on information to maximise efficiency of procurement operations and activities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·        Support procurement programs and operational activities, (e.g. issue tenders, evaluate offers and negotiate/award contracts), following standard processes and contributing to successful procurement of food and non-food commodities or services.

·        Contribute to analysis of data to provide recommendations for process improvement.

·        Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities, to contribute to a WFP wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders, leading to performance optimization.

·        Support auditing of procurement activities by collating the necessary information for recommendations to be responded to appropriately to ensure conformity with compliance rules.

·        Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts to align procurement activities with wider programmes and ensure a coherent approach to meeting food assistance needs.

·        Support training of WFP staff to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services, for example designing and reviewing training materials.

·        Guide and supervise a limited number of more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with simple analysis and queries.

·        Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

·        Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.

·        Establish and manage small contracts/portions of larger contracts that enhance the value WFP obtains from its engagements (e.g. Cost, Efficiency, Quality)

·        Collect, collate and report records relating to ethics and compliance to assist in the analysis of audit findings.

·        Other as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The ideal applicant for the United Nations WFP Procurement Officer job placement should hold an advanced degree in any of the following areas obtained from a recognised education institution: Food Science and Technology, Agriculture, Procurement, Economics, Commerce, Business Administration of any related area OR a first degree coupled with an additional professional qualification and work experience;

·        At least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, handling routine transactions/purchases of commodities/goods/services;

·        Experience in developing timelines and cost reports for suppliers (e.g. retailers, wholesalers and traders);

·        Good working knowledge and experience using MS Office Applications;

·        Knowledge of WFP procurement policies and rules, regulations and procedures is desirable.

·        Experience handling routine transactions/ purchase of commodities/goods/services.

·        Experience developing timelines and cost reports for suppliers (e.g. retailers, wholesalers and traders).

·        Demonstrated experience coordinating procurement processes with other units/ teams (e.g., logistics, ICT, Administration).


·        Tendering & Contracting: Demonstrates ability to establish and manage small contracts/ portions of larger contracts that enhance the value WFP obtains from its engagements (e.g., cost, efficiency, quality).

·        Vendor Management: Demonstrates working knowledge and understanding of the supplier network and business needs to effectively select vendors that meet the selection criteria.

·        Commodity/Product/Service Intelligence: Selects appropriate products and/or services in own area based on a basic understanding of sources, country requirements, and public procurement principles/practices.

·        Systems & Reporting: Demonstrates strong understanding of procurement systems, Corporate operating System and tools to conduct range of analyses and generate reports to drive decision making.

·        Ethics & Compliance: Demonstrates ability to collect, collate and report records relating to ethics and compliance to assist in the analysis of audit findings.

·        Procurement Execution-Commodity / Product / Service Intelligence

·        Procurement execution-ethics & compliance

·        Procurement execution-systems & reporting

·        Procurement execution-tendering & contracting

·        Procurement execution-vendor management

How to Apply:

All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

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Deadline:  28th February 2020

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