Posting Title: CHIEF OF UNIT, PROCUREMENT, P4
Job Code Title: PROCUREMENT OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA
Posting Period: 27 April 2022 - 11 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Procurement-UNMIK-179921-F-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Procurement Unit of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. The Chief of Unit, Procurement reports to the Chief Supply Chain Management.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Unit, Procurement will be responsible for the following duties: Plans, develops and manages the procurement activities of mission involving multi-million dollar expenditures for procurement of a broad range of commodities and services.; Advises the senior officials; provides technical and policy advice on all aspects of procurement; develops and disseminates best practices.; Leads and directs a procurement work team.; Plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.; Analyzes unusually complex and/or critical procurement proposals of financial or operational impact; determines appropriate strategy/approach to best serve institutional interests, and ensures implementation, including the authorization of exceptions to established rules, practices and procedures, as necessary following consultation with specialist procurement expert.; Directs, manages and conducts planning, solicitation, negotiation, and, if necessary, termination of contractual and procurement action.; Approves up to authorized limit within delegated authority, or, in cases where the amount exceeds the authorized limit, recommends approval of procurement contracts/purchase orders through submissions to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official.; Develops proposals on revisions to procurement policies and procedures.;
Develops and recommends a strategy for the effective implementation of procurement policies and reforms.; Represents the organization in critical meetings with senior officials internally and government officials and in negotiations with senior executives of various commercial organizations to conclude major contracts.; Provides direction and guidance to more junior staff.; Acts as OIC Supply Chain Management pillar when required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internationally recognized procurement standards and of all phases of international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for highly complex and technologically advanced goods and services. Knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex procurement and 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 complex and/or sensitive issues/problems. Ability to develop procurement policies, procedures and new programmes. 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.
MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.
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.
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 recognized qualification certification in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Level 4 (or equivalent) is required.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management, contract administration or logistics and supply chain management in the public or private sector, of which five (5) years experience should be directly related to first-hand procurement and/or contracting within the Supply Chain management is required.
Experience managing the procurement function in a complex environment is required.
Hands-on experience in procurement of commercial real estate is desirable.
Proven experience in procurement and financial management systems is desirable.
Experience in the end-to-end supply chain, including demand and acquisition planning, is desirable
Experience in managing a peacekeeping Procurement Unit/Section or related supply chain pillar is desirable
Experience supporting mandate implementation is desirable.
A recognized qualification certification in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Level 4 (or equivalent) is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language may be an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal assessment exercise.
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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