Jan 2017 Career Employment DFS  For Chief of Procurement in Kenya

Career Vacancy: DFS  For Chief of Procurement in Kenya

 

Job Employment: DFS  For Chief of Procurement in Kenya

 

Special Notice

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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The position is based in Nairobi with the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) with the likelihood of the position being relocated to Mombasa at a later stage. The incumbent will report to the Chief Supply Chain Management.

The United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) was established as per Security Council Resolution 2245 of 9 November 2015 which replaces the former United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section, Procurement may be responsible for the following duties

  • Plans develops and manages the procurement activities of a discrete unit (e.g. a section or equivalent) involving multi-million dollar expenditures for worldwide procurement of a broad range of commodities and services.
  • Serves as principal advisor to senior officials; provides authoritative 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 significant 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.
  • Directs, manages and conducts planning, solicitation, negotiation, and, if necessary, termination of contractual and procurement action.
  • Approves up to authorized limit, or recommends approval of procurement contracts / purchase orders.
  • Develops proposals on revisions to procurement policies and procedures; develops and recommends strategy for the effective implementation of procurement policies and reforms.
  • Represents the organization in key meetings with senior officials internally and government officials, and in negotiations with senior executives of various commercial organizations for the purpose of concluding major contracts.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of all facets of international procurement, including state-of-the-art knowledge of procurement and contract principles, techniques, practices, regulations, as well as current knowledge of broader economic and market perspective. Able to work and cooperate with a Regional Procurement Office in view of achieving greater regional sourcing and economy of scale with other field Missions. Knowledge of and experience in cost analysis evaluation techniques, combined with knowledge of administrative and management principles relevant to the direction of procurement operations of significant complexity, volume and financial and/or operational impact. Ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives. Ability to apply independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major procurement issues and problems. Ability to negotiate, persuade and influence others to reach agreement on complex and sensitive issues. 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
  • 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
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education

  • 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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Recognized qualification in procurement and contracting is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible and recent experience in procurement, contract management, administration or related area is required, of which at least five years should be directly related to procurement at the international level. Working experience in international organizations, peace operations and/or military operations is desirable.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on ‘The Application Process’ and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Manuals’ hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Apply here: https://goo.gl/YGKQsB







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