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The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN Headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. (www.unon.org). This post is located at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Procurement Section at the Nairobi duty station. Under the supervision of the Chief, Procurement Section, the incumbent 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
• Advises requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the procurement cycle.
• Formulates strategies and designs innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement projects and establishes and maintains work program and schedule for ongoing contracts and newly-planned ones.
• 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.
• Conducts market research to keep abreast of market developments; researches and analyzes statistical data and market reports on the world commodity situation, production patterns and availability of good and services 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.
• Oversees adherence to contractual agreements, recommends amendments and extensions of contracts, and advises concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations and oversees adherence to contractual agreements, recommends amendments and extensions of contracts, and advises concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations.
• Perform other related duties as required.
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 combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Internationally recognized professional certificate such as CIPS level 4 by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply or equivalent is an advantage.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, of which at least three (3) years should be direct first hand procurement experience is required.
Experience in managing procurement of high value and complex requirements in support of development programmes with multiple thematic areas, and operational requirements such as health and security, is desirable.
Experience supervising a procurement team is desirable.
Experience working with a Systems, Application and Products (SAP) system or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is desirable
English and French are the working Languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date 01 October 2020.
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.