United Nations UN MINUSCA Jobs – Procurement Officer

Job Title:    Procurement Officer
Organization: United Nations
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African
Republic (MINUSCA)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Job Opening Number: 15-PRO-MINUSCA-48082-F-ENTEBBE
Report to: Procurement
Officer/Team Leader
The Security
Council established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated
Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by its
resolution 2149 (2104) of 10 April 2014 and requested the Secretary-General to
subsume BINUCA in the new mission as of the date of the adoption of that
resolution.  It further requested the
Secretary-General to ensure a seamless transition from BINUCA to MINUSCA.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within limits
of delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Team Leader and
the overall guidance of the Chief of the Regional Procurement Office, the Procurement
Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Plans, develops and manages all procurement and
contractual aspects of projects of significant complexity related to worldwide
procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. information technology,
electronic equipment and instruments, vehicles, medicines, foodstuffs, building
maintenance materials, office supplies, construction, furniture, etc.), taking
into account local economic and other conditions.
Guides the requisitioning units and receipt entities
on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all
stage of the procurement cycle.
Prepares/oversees preparation and distribution of
invitations to tender and manages/conducts all aspects of bid/proposal
The incumbent formulates strategies and designs
innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement
Establishes and maintains work program and schedule
for ongoing contracts and newly-planned ones.
Actively participates in negotiations with senior
supplier representatives; signs procurement orders up to the authorized limit,
and, in cases where the amount exceeds authorized signature authority, prepares
submissions to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by
the authorized official.
Carries out market research to stay abreast with market
developments; researches and analyzes statistical data and market reports on
the world commodity situation, production patterns and availability of good and
Identifies new technologies, and products/services,
evaluates and recommends potential supply sources and participates in the
incorporation of research results into the procurement program.
Manages adherence to contractual agreements,
recommends amendments and extensions of contracts, and advises concerned
parties on contractual rights and obligations.
Prepares a variety of procurement-related documents,
contracts, communications, guidelines, instructions, etc.
Provides technical guidance to, and may supervise,
new/junior staff.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:          
The ideal candidate for the United Nations
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African
Republic (MINUSCA) Procurement Officer career opportunity should hold an advanced
university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration,
public administration, commerce, engineering, law or a related field.  A first-level university degree in
combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted
in lieu of the advanced university degree. A certification in procurement is
At least five years of progressively responsible
experience in procurement, contract management, contract administration or
logistics and supply chain management is required.
Two years of experience directly related to
first-hand procurement or contracting is required.
First-hand experience in conducting procurement at
the international level for an intergovernmental organisation(s), governmental
organisations(s), or large multi-national organisations(s) is desirable.
Procurement experience in peacekeeping missions and/
or field duty stations within the UN system would be an asset.
Languages: English and
French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the
positions advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working
knowledge of French is required.
Personal Competencies:
Professionalism: Knowledge of
internationally recognized procurement standards and of all phases of
international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for a
diverse range of goods and services.  Knowledge
of contract law and expertise in handling complex contract issues. Knowledge of
quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity systems and ability to
identify sources of supply, market trends and pricing.  Ability to shape and influence agreements
with requisitioning units and vendors. 
Ability to apply technical expertise to resolve a range of
issues/problems.  Shows pride in work and
in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject
matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing
deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than
personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or
challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for
incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women
and men in all areas of work. 
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear
goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority
activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks
and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. 
Client Orientation: Considers all
those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see
things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive
partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies
clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing
developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and
anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in
projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any
stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing,
or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on
applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations
Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African
Republic (MINUSCA) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest
by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 30th September, 2015

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