Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Mission Support Division, Supply Chain Management within the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC). The incumbent will report to the Chief Procurement Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Procurement Officer will be responsible for the following specific duties:
• Plan procurement actions for assigned projects, which typically involve the procurement of a select group of technically complex commodities or services, or for a variety of goods and
services of a general nature.
• Review and analyze technical specifications to ensure completeness, accuracy and competitive qualities, and identify optional courses of corrective action.
• Assist staff in matters regarding procurement policies and procedures, technical specifications, pricing, and product/service availability, as well as appropriate substitutes or
alternative options to reduce costs.
• Develop vendor pre-qualifying criteria, identify product sources, and evaluate vendor performance as regards quality, prices, delivery, equipment, etc.
• Solicit and evaluate bids/proposals/quotations to ensure overall competitiveness, quality, and conformity to specified requirements, as assigned by Chief Procurement Officer.
• Compile and present procurement data; prepare all relevant supporting documents and recommend approval of the contract or purchase order; may authorize purchases in line with
delegated authority, and, in cases where the amount exceeds authorized signature authority, prepare submissions to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the
• Coordinate timely delivery of goods and services.
• Conduct market and supplier research.
• Prepare a variety of reports, correspondence, and documents (e.g. purchase orders, contracts and amendments) on procurement-related matters.
• Develop procurement templates and prepare standard operating procedure as appropriate.
• Contribute as the prime contact person to develop and deploy procurement dashboards in line with established key performance indicators (KPIs) for compliance reviews and related
• Contribute with the collection and analysis of data as well as identifying trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization
methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Performs other work-related duties as assigned
Professionalism: Knowledge of internationally recognized procurement standards and understanding of procurement techniques and practices used in the private sector. Knowledge of market trends and sources of supply and equipment and of procurement/contract execution and administration. Understanding of requirement development and knowledge as requisitioner of a wide range of commodity. Knowledge and understanding of internal procurement policies, practices and procedures. Ability to conduct research and analyze data and information to develop recommendations on procurement contracts awards. Ability to clarify and agree on terms of contracts and/or specification requirements and to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, commerce, engineering, law or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar field in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
Job – Specific Qualification
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS) Level 4 or equivalent professional certification is desirable.
A minimum of two (02) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management, administration or related area is required. No experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of one (1) year of experience in data analytics, data management, report design or Power BI is desirable.
Experience in an international organisation, NGO or similar is desirable.
Experience using the procurement/ supply chain functionality of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (SAP or similar) is desirable.
Experience developing complex terms of references and working with technical evaluation committees is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.
This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-8SCkVjge3073SwTDG1VQf1oLTWfUQ4
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