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


Job Title:    Procurement Officer (Food

Organization: United
Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head
of Procurement

Grade: NOA


About WFP:

United Nations World
Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting
hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger
in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes
to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and
children, can access the nutritious food they need. In emergencies, WFP gets
food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict
and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to United help
communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million
people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the
global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships
necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions,
especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


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


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Lead the
food procurement team in WFP Uganda Country office, be an example of personal
integrity and professionalism, strict compliance to Organization’s policies and

and analyze market intelligence information, be on top of the regional market
trends, monitoring of the changes in harvest seasons, climatic patters
affecting crops in Uganda

Act as
the focal point with national agro market stakeholders, actively participate in
forums and contribute to development of policies on grain trade, country

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.

to analysis of data to provide recommendations for process improvement.

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.

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

training of WFP staff to take a strategic and proactive approach to the
procurement of food, for example designing and reviewing training materials.

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

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.

any other duties as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) Procurement Officer (Food Commodities) job placement must hold an
advanced University degree in Food Science and Technology, Agriculture,
Procurement, Economics, Commerce, Business Administration or other relevant
filed, or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or

At least
six (6) years of progressively work experience in procurement, particularly in
food procurement, with experience in coordinating procurement activities in
large operations gained from reputable organizations;

managing the physical purchase of commodities/products/services in complex

handling routine transactions/ purchase of commodities/goods/services;

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

experience coordinating procurement processes with other units/ teams.

working knowledge and experience in MS Office applications is a requirement;

knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procurement procedures
is desirable.

Fluency (level C). in English



& Contracting:
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).

working knowledge and understanding of the supplier network and business needs
to effectively select vendors that meet the selection criteria.

appropriate products and/or services in own area based on a basic understanding
of sources, country requirements, and public procurement principles/practices.

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

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


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) are encouraged to apply online at the link below




Deadline: 3rd February 2021


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