USAID/OTI Central America Regional Initiative
Procurement & Logistics Officer
Title Procurement & Logistics Officer
Department CIT Employee Status Full Time
Reports to Regional Program Manager Date: October 2021
Location San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Creative Associates International Inc. is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 30 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
In close coordination with the U.S. Embassy and USAID, the initial goal of the USAID/OTI program will be to contribute to the USG response to address the root causes of migration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This includes increasing community and institutional resilience to negative shocks.
The Procurement & Logistics Officer will be responsible for reviewing overall procurement processes, tracking procurements of goods and services through the procurement cycle, ensuring that adequate competition is achieved for procurements, and providing regular procurement mentoring to staff to support project implementation.
REPORTING & SUPERVISION
The Procurement & Logistics Officer reports the Regional Program Manager, for day-to-day matters, and will receive technical supervision from the Procurement and Logistic Officer based in Tegucigalpa.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Implement procurement processes and logistics operations for the program including grants, strictly following all rules and regulations as well as all stipulations established by USAID, Creative Associates and Honduran law. Rule and regulations include:
- ADS (Automated Directive System)
- FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations)
- CFR (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations)
- AAPD (Acquisition & Assistance Policy Directive)
- Local Honduran Law
- Manage/maintain a registry and file system for procurements to allow for efficient document and process audits. The PLO will ensure that all procurement files, including proposals, evaluations, award documents, official contracts, and correspondence, are stored on Creative’s online procurement and file storage systems on a real-time basis.
- Provide training on procurement and delivery of goods and services to program team, grantees, and beneficiaries as it pertains to established protocols by the program and local law.
- Manage account status for all credit accounts established with vendors.
- Supervise and verify the procurement of materials according to the context and or/needs of the beneficiary, community and/or activity.
- Develop and analyze technical specifications of materials, with consideration for investment, loss, and associated value; review and adjust budgets, as needed.
- Support the program team to design and prepare Terms of Reference and/or technical specifications for materials, goods, and services, for contracts, acquisitions, and procurements, in collaboration with the program team. Ensure presentation of sufficient selection that meets requirements of quality assurance, delivery, and transparency.
- Work with local, national, and international vendors of goods and services to ensure quality, maintain professional distance required to ensure high ethical standards.
- Ensure competitive procurements by attracting potential vendors for the purchase of goods or services either through direct, bid invitation, or other mechanisms that ensure high standards of transparency.
- Conduct market research of vendors in multiple sectors through Expressions of Interest or Requests for Information.
- Develop Blanket Purchase Agreements on a rolling basis to update vendor costs.
- Designate or participate in evaluation committees for proposals submitted by the various vendors, according to the solicited terms of reference and regulations.
- Verify quality and quantity of products according to the context and/or needs of the beneficiary, community, and/or project.
- Process procurements according to respective rules and regulations.
- Maintain strict control of grant budgets, and financial expenditures.
- Coordinate delivery logistics with program team and/or grantees to obtain the required permits including delivery receipts.
- Coordinate transportation, permits, authorizations, insurance, loading and unloading of goods/materials, and financial allocation or related expenses under grants.
- Communicate all delivery schedules corresponding to grant and operations procurements, including the projection of related expenses.
- Verify deliverables are complete and done in a timely manner.
- Inventory Management: Responsible for maintaining inventory and producing accurate inventory reports in line with Creative and donor policies.
- Vehicle Management: Coordinate and maintain the office fleet management and efficient use of project vehicles and other transport services in support of program objectives.
- Travel Arrangements: Coordinate travel bookings for the state office – flights, hotel, airport pick up/drop off.
- Arranging regular maintenance of electrical equipment and safety devices.
- Perform other tasks, as assigned by the OM or the Chief of Party.
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- High school diploma required. University Degree in management, business administration, law, or related field desired.
- At least 4 years of general work experience with at least 2 years of procurement experience.
- Prior USAID or another donor experience is highly desirable.
- Experience with budgeting and cost analysis.
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to develop tracking systems.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to function well in a team setting.
- English language skills strongly preferred.
- Fluency in Spanish.
- Demonstrated ability to solve challenging and complicated administrative issues.
- Must have existing work authorization for Honduras.