Lead on or provide technical advice and oversight to procurement field operations of high complexity, partnering with key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries.
Job holders require a high level of experience and knowledge to credibly influence supply chain strategies at senior levels across functions and with local partners.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1. Participate in the development and implementation of country sourcing strategies or specialist procurement initiatives that support effective and cost optimising purchase decisions.
2. Provide oversight, guidance and support with / to COs with complex procurement needs (such as involving high value commodities, a wide range of programmes, combination of specialised nutritional foods) on implementing best practice procurement policies and procedures, ensuring a strategic, forward purchasing approach to procurement in compliance with wider WFP policies, standards and regulations.
3. Lead the implementation of highly complex procurement projects in COs to ensure successful procurement of food and non-food commodities or services.
4. Develop and maintain strong relationships with all relevant suppliers in order to improve service delivery and resolve supplier related issues.
5. Manage and coordinate effective relationships with inspection and superintendent firms to ensure quality control, specification conformity, volume assessment, monitoring and verification of deliveries.
6. Work in close collaboration with senior cross functional colleagues to align procurement activities and promote an integrated supply-chain approach to food assistance.
7. Oversee the preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities to contribute to a WFP wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders leading to performance optimization.
8. Manage or oversee all auditing of procurement activities ensuring recommendations are responded to appropriately to ensure conformity with compliance rules.
9. Lead and motivate a large or highly specialized procurement team providing coaching, training and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
10. Provide expert advice and guidance to WFP staff and external partners and governments, building capacity to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services.
11. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
12. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of procurement specific risks.
13. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
14. Other as required.
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS
Education : Advanced University degree in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Engineering, Legal or Accounting or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional relevant work experience and / or training / courses.
Language : Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language : Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and / or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.