UN World Food Programme National Procurement Officer Kenya Jobs

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.

Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Procurement, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contribute towards the development of procurement plans and processes ensuring compliance with wider procurement policies and WFP standards;
  • Provide operational coordination and guidance to Area Office Staff and client units in Liaison Office through on-job training, coaching and oversight missions;
  • Liaise with other WFP Operational units and UN Actors to optimize supply chain of goods/ services required;
  • Support or manage procurement programs and operational activities, (e.g. issue tenders, evaluate offers and negotiate/award contracts);
  • Track and analyse data to provide recommendations for process improvement;
  • Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders;
  • Collate information and draft appropriate responses to recommendations to support auditing of procurement activities and ensure conformity with compliance rules;
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners including suppliers, superintendents, companies, etc to align procurement activities with wider programmes and ensure a coherent approach to meeting food assistance needs;
  • Support training of WFP staff to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services;
  • Guide and supervise staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries;
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed goods and services to affected areas at the onset of the crisis;
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance
  • Contribute to developing or modifying internal procedures, policies and guidelines in order to streamline, improve and increase efficiency in procurement processes;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced University degree in Procurement, Economics, Commerce, Business Administration or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses. CIPS certification in procurement minimum level II is a requirement.
  • Experience: Atleast three years of relevant experience in handling of tenders for high value and complex goods and services including construction projects, market research and client relationship management. Supervisory experience is a must.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is a requirement.

    Knowledge & skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the supplier network and business needs to effectively select vendors that meet the selection criteria;
  • Strong understanding of procurement systems and tools to conduct analyses and generate reports to drive decision making;
  • Ability to collect, collate and report records relating to ethics and compliance to assist in the analysis of audit findings;
  • Ability to establish and manage small contracts/ portions of larger contracts that enhance the value WFP obtains from its engagements (e.g., cost, efficiency, quality);
  • Hands on experience in UN or NGO supply chain is desirable.

    Application Instructions

    Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

    Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

    Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

    Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme National Procurement Officer Kenya Jobs

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