Senior Procurement Specialist
The operations and country procurement services, in the Africa Region of the World Bank, are provided by the Africa Region Procurement Group (AFTPC) that is part of the Operational Quality and Knowledge Services Department (AFTQK).
AFTQK also includes the Financial Management Services Group, the Results and Learning Group, the Operations Support Group, and the ACTAfrica Group (AIDS Campaign Team for Africa).
AFTPC has the overall responsibility for the management of the procurement function in AFR.
AFTPC invites applications for the position of a Senior Procurement Specialist (Procurement Hub Coordinator) initially to be based in Maputo, Mozambique to support operations in Angola, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Southern African Countries.
Plays a leadership and advisory role to clients and colleagues in handling complex procurement tasks and issues, which frequently cut across sectors, countries and/or work units.
Makes significant contributions in evaluating and developing improvements to borrower's procurement regulations/practices, including influencing the design, reform and establishment of national and sub-national public procurement systems and strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities.
Plays a substantive role in improving Bank procurement practices and approaches; generates concept notes and best practices papers and develops innovative solutions to particularly difficult procurement and related issues.
Leads missions and supervises major projects as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level.
Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
Develops and executes training modules on complex procurement topics.
Works independently under general direction of the RPM, and guides and mentors more junior staff.
An advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce).
A minimum of 8 years of direct relevant experience including broad expertise in the management of public procurement in the public or private sector.
Candidates who have worked (or currently working) in the World Bank (or other Multilateral Development Bank) financed Projects will be an added advantage.
State of the art knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices which govern international procurement, the contracting of consultant services, technical specifications in design, engineering and construction of facilities, the development of public procurement policies, etc.
Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of all major facets of Bank procurement policies and practices as applied across a wide range of Bank lending operations at all phases of the project cycle, and ability to address broader issues at sector/country level.
In-depth understanding of Bank operational policies and practices related to project/sector work.
Knowledge of developing country conditions generally and of procurement-related legislation, systems and practices.
Good understanding of critical linkages and relationships among clients' business drivers, business operations and objectives and Procurement processes
Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects.
Ability to promote client commitment to ensuring implementation and longer-term sustainability of projects/programs.
Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in writing in English and (Portuguese or French).
Ability to operate effectively in a matrix management environment, both as a team leader and team member.
Ability to lead a team of professionals in the execution of major projects.
Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.
Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Deadline: 30th June
For more information and application, visit: Senior Procurement Specialist Website