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Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs.
Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.
In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved.
Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.
Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/western-and-central-africa
Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Practice Group
Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group (PG) support economic policies and legal, regulatory, and institutional reforms to enable equitable and sustainable growth and to reduce poverty.
The Governance Global Practice
More than half of the global population expresses distrust in government institutions. The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens. Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services. For more information:
More information: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/governance
The Procurement Team in the AFW Region works with client countries on two major tasks: i) fiduciary assurance and implementation support to Bank-financed projects and ii) strengthening country procurement systems. The areas of focus in these countries include strengthening procurement institutions, procurement legislation, professionalization of procurement staff, procurement data analytics, sustainable/green procurement, SME development and improving procurement transaction efficiency.
The majority of the EAWP1 procurement team is decentralized and based in country offices. Procurement team members supporting the country programs in the AWCF2 countries (Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo) and seven other countries in AFW are managed by an Accredited Practice Manager (PM) who is based at the World Bank Office in Dakar, Senegal.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The Senior Procurement Specialist will help support and further develop EAWP1’s work program, with a specific focus on the Cote D’Ivoire portfolio. He/she will participate and play a key role in the operational, analytical and advisory activities of the unit. This requires strong knowledge of both economic and public-sector governance issues, as well as extensive experience in operations. He/she will also have diplomatic skills to engage effectively with the many stakeholders involved inside and outside the Bank. He/she will have demonstrated ability to work effectively with counterparts in government as well as with multilateral and bilateral institutions. He/she is also expected to establish and maintain good working relationships with a variety of international and national partner organizations (academia, civil society groups, local research centers).
He/she will work with a team comprising one Senior Procurement Specialist/Hub Coordinator based in Washington DC, a Procurement Specialist based in Abidjan and a few STCs to provide a complete range of procurement services to the Cote D’Ivoire portfolio and work with institutions to improve service delivery and public expenditures management through more effective and efficient procurement and contract management. In Cote D’Ivoire 27 projects are under implementation with a total commitment of $5.4 billion and about 4 projects ($0.81 billion) are in the lending program. One of the key tasks for the Senior Procurement Specialist will be to lead the dialogue with authorities in Cote D’Ivoire on public procurement reform as well series of other initiatives and continue to strengthen country procurement systems with the objective of using elements of the country systems under the Bank-financed projects.
The selected candidate will undertake the following tasks:
1. Works independently under general direction of the Practice Manager. Organizes and delivers procurement services, ensuring appropriate fiduciary and quality controls, and consistent application and interpretation of policy in making procurement decisions. Plays a leadership and advisory role to clients and colleagues in handling complex procurement tasks and issues, which frequently cut across sectors and/or work units. Likewise, the selected candidate would substantially support the country dialogue in regard to reform and modernization of public procurement system, to strengthen legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks and build procurement capacity.
2. Develops and promotes innovations in Bank procurement policies to improve Bank project and sector work while serving as a recognized authority on operational procurement, advising management and procurement staff on strategy and long-range interventions on procurement policy systemic issues and related operational issues across sectors.
3. Support client countries in achieving value for money (VFM) in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
4. Contributes to the Bank’s efforts in promoting procurement reform dialogue, working in close collaboration with Governance sector colleagues and in professionalizing the function of procurement. Makes significant contributions to the development of client country procurement systems, including supporting the assessment of systems, creating country capacity, influencing the design, reform and strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities and monitoring the reform initiatives in client countries.
5. Independently, organizes and conducts reviews of procurement aspects of Bank documents, including Project Appraisal Documents, Legal Agreements, Quality Enhancement Review Documents, Development Policy Financing (DPF) operations and Board Papers that require procurement input and prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports. Contributes together with other procurement colleagues and under the guidance of the Practice Manager ensures consistency in the procurement approach across the region.
6. Handles procurement cases subject to Practice Manager and Operations Policy Review Committee (OPRC) reviews and verifies that they are properly prepared and presented for clearance.
7. Leads and participates in ground breaking or precedent setting missions, and plays a key role in developing innovative, practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues at the regional, country and or sector levels.
8. Ensures the use of electronic tools, e.g., Systematic Tracking of Exchanges in Procurement (STEP) to track exchanges with the clients and performance of key fiduciary metrics covering the operations portfolio, as well as the unit’s own work program deliverables.
9. Plays a significant role within the function in guiding, mentoring and establishing a framework and approach to knowledge dissemination, and is a key contributor in the design of professional and operational training or development of knowledge products in procurement.
10. Designs and delivers capacity building workshops for Bank staff and borrowers.
Carrying out the responsibilities of the Senior Procurement Specialist, will involve interaction with TTLs, Program Leaders and Practice Managers, and with government officials, counterparts in other international organizations and Governance-Public Sector and-Financial Management specialists. The Senior Procurement Specialist, is a key player in building and maintaining relations with both internal and external parties, including sectors, CMU, and government officials. This is particularly important when considering the responsibility to engage the governments in advancing policy dialogue on public procurement reform.
• Master’s degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce) plus a minimum of 8 years of experience as Procurement Specialist or responsibilities with a substantial content in the procurement area.
• State-of-the-art knowledge of public procurement principles, systems, processes and planning, and approaches to international procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched analyses of complex procurement issues and problems.
• Excellent communication skills with ability to defend orally and in writing difficult issues and positions to Bank management, government officials, etc.
• High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving quality and timeliness in delivering the work program of the PM office.
• Strong managerial and organizational skills, including proven track record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide staff and clients and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
• Ability to function effectively and deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective relationships with clients and colleagues.
• Familiarity with Bank’s Office suite: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
• Oral and written mastery of English is required.
• Advanced technical qualifications and broad expertise in all aspects of procurement, including proven experience in designing, managing and delivering large scale and complex procurement operations.
• Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of major facets of Multilateral Development Banks procurement policies and practices, including notions of the new concepts under the 2016 Procurement Framework. In-depth knowledge of Bank operations and demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate procurement-specific knowledge with broader operational policies, research objectives, etc.
• Public Procurement Systems & Reform – Has adequate knowledge and experience to contribute to the broader analytical Governance work
• Proven track record of designing, managing and delivering relatively complex, large-scale procurement operations, policy work, etc.
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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