United Nations Procurement Assistant Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Procurement Assistant Jobs in Ethiopia


Posting Title:Procurement Assistant, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Procurement Assistant

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

[Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Job Opening Number: 19-Procurement-ECA-126543-J-Addis Ababa (R)

Staffing Exercise N/A

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Org. Setting and Reporting

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent's development challenges.

The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.Org. Setting and Reporting.

This positions is located in the Procurement Unit within the Supply Chain Management Section of the Division of Administration. The incumbent will report to the Procurement Officer or head of section/unit.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Procurement Officer and the overall supervision of the Chief of Supply Chain Management Section, the Procurement Assistant is required to carry out the following several procurement activities in accordance with the UN Financial Rules and Regulations as well as the Procurement Manual:

  • Provides procurement, logistical and administrative support to a team of Procurement Officers in the acquisition of a wide variety of goods and services.

  • Reviews, records and prioritizes purchasing requests and obtains additional information/documentation as required; determines the availability of vendors and funding sources.

  • Monitors status of existing requisitions, maintain contact with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of goods and services, coordinates shipment of goods/commodities/equipment to HQ and field missions, verifies receipt and inspection of deliverables and accurately reports, as and if required.

  • Produces tender documents (e.g. Invitations to Bids, Requests for Proposals and Requests for Quotation) based on the nature of requirements and cost of procurement involved.

  • Prepares abstracts of offers and compile data contained in quotations, proposals and bids to determine which supplier can deliver the required goods/services at the best terms and lowest costs possible under the guidance of Procurement Officers.

  • Finalizes purchase orders and contracts for approval by the Procurement Officer; may authorize purchases in line with delegated signature authority, and, if required, prepares submission to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official.

  • Assists relevant officers in more complex, higher value purchasing operations; coordinates distribution of pertinent documents to concerned parties, ensures appropriate follow-up action, etc.

  • Maintains relevant internal databases and files; keeps track of any contractual agreements, systems contracts, etc. and informs affected users of contractual rights and obligations.

  • Researches, retrieves and presents information from a variety of internal and external sources on sources of supply, vendors by commodity, etc., as well as obtain specifications for new products and equipment on the market.

    Drafts routine correspondence.

  • Provides office and administrative support to the Unit:
  • Monitors processes and schedules related to the Unit’s outputs, products, tasks, etc.; where applicable, assists in the verification of receipt and accuracy of requisite documents , approvals, signatures, etc. to ensure compliance with the relevant legal, financial and other requirements.
  • Maintains procurement files (both paper and electronic) and databases for work unit
  • Assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology/software
  • Maintains calendar/schedules; monitors changes and communicates relevant information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit

    Undertakes the following miscellaneous duties as required:

  • Provides guidance to less experienced staff on general office processes and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Procurement, Finance, Logistics and Administrative Officers and other
    staff in the immediate work unit and across DM, DFS, other Departments and Offices within the Secretariat, Field Missions, UN Offices away from Headquarters and the Commissions, Vendors and suppliers.

    Results Expected:

  • Provides effective support of the procurement process, in particular efficient processing, tracking and monitoring of procurement requisitions and coordination of shipment/delivery of goods. Consistently applies appropriate policies, guidelines, procedures and processes. Effectively and timely liaises with concerned parties at all stages of the procurement process.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of procurement policies, processes and procedures generally and, in particular, those related to the purchase of supplies and services. Knowledge of financial rules and regulations and ability to research and gather information from a variety of standard sources and to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.


  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

    Work Experience

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement administration or
    related areas is required
  • Three (3) years of experience in the UN common system or in an international public
    organization. At least two (2) years of procurement experience is desirable. Experience in
  • Contract Management and/or Contract Administration is also desirable. Experience working
    with an ERP system in the area of purchasing and/or supply chain is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • Temporary appointment to this position is limited to 31 December 2019 as it may be impacted by GSDM. The extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the
    funding of this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

  • Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis. Priority consideration for this job opening will be given to the staff members of the United Nations Secretariat who serve in the duty station
    specified in the job opening, and hold a fixed-term appointment without service limitation to a specific entity or with service limitation to the entity advertising this position. Other candidates who are
    exceptionally considered and selected for this job opening may only be employed on the basis of a temporary appointment. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for
    recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA,
    ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

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    United Nations Procurement Assistant Jobs in Ethiopia

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