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Procurement Specialist / Manager


  • Distrito Central, FM
  • sep 11º, 2020 - oct 1º, 2020
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Procurement Specialist / Manager

Application period: 09-Sep-2020 to 27-Sep-2020


In the Latin America and the Caribbean region, UNOPS has operations in 13 countries. The objective of this call is to create a pool of prequalified candidates for the role of Procurement Specialist / Manager at ICS10 level. Individuals who successfully pass the competitive process will be included in a pool of pre-qualified candidates and will be contacted whenever there is an opportunity in this role and level in any of the 13 countries where UNOPS operates in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, English / Dutch Caribbean Countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Mexico, and if required also in any other place globally.

For more information on UNOPS' role in Public Procurement, please read the attached file "UNOPS and its main results in Public Procurement"

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Support Services, the Procurement Specialist / Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and effective procurement services reflecting international public procurement best practices, compliance with UNOPS procurement policy, rules, regulations and procedures, ensuring appropriate risk management and obtaining the best value for money for the acquisition of goods, services and the contracting of works. 

He/she analyzes and interprets the respective rules and regulations and provides advice and solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement. The role requires deep understanding of procurement policy and processes and the Procurement Specialist should be able to apply them to the appropriate situations.

In addition to responsibility for the deliverables of the work team, the incumbent’s work is focused on strategic relationship building and demand management, mainly referred to aggregation and dealing with complex organizational structures, preparation of business cases and understanding of the supply market, as well as sharing knowledge with projects in order to achieve reductions of costs and savings.

Maintaining the highest degree of personal and professional ethics, the Procurement Specialist promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Business Unit.  
The Procurement Specialist works in close collaboration with the programme/project colleagues in the given geographical area and with UNOPS HQ personnel, particularly with the Procurement Group (PG), as well as the Government officials, to successfully deliver procurement services. 

The Procurement Specialist will work in close cooperation with the Business Unit and Project Managers and report to the management on central issues related to procurement activities.  S/he supervises and leads procurement personnel to deliver work results, in close cooperation with the leadership team in the given geographical area. 

Key functions include:
  1. Development and Implementation of  procurement strategies 
  2. Management of procurement processes
  3. Implementation of sourcing strategy and e-procurement tools
  4. Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  5. Team Management

For a detailed description of functions read the attached terms of reference (TOR)

  • Advanced degree (equivalent to master's degree) preferably in Procurement and / or Supply Chain Management, Law, Commerce, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics, Engineering, or related fields. and five (5) years of relevant experience
  • A first-level university degree (equivalent to a bachelor's degree) and seven (7) years of  relevant experience.
  • Academic degrees or certifications in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, the Chartered Institute of Supply and Management (CIPS) or a similar international certification is a clear advantage.

  • Based on academic degrees, a minimum of five to seven years’ professional experience at the international and  national level, in advising on, implementing policies and procedures to deliver a range of procurement programmes and services.
  • Personnel supervisory experience in procurement;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (Google Suite or MS Office, alternatively).
  • Procurement experience in health projects is desirable.
  • Procurement experience in infrastructure / construction projects is desirable.
  • Experience using Procurement Rules and Regulations of the UN and/or other International Cooperation and Development Organizations is a clear advantage
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in Spanish is required. 
  • An intermediate level of English is required.
  • Fluency in French or Portuguese is an advantage.


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