United Nations Procurement Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Procurement Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • This position is located within the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) with duty station Nairobi. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of Unit in the Procurement Section.


  • Within limits of delegated authority the Procurement Officer P-3 will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Plans, develops and manages all procurement and contractual aspects of projects of significant complexity related to worldwide procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. information technology, electronic equipment and instruments, vehicles, medicines, foodstuffs, building maintenance materials, office supplies, construction, furniture, etc.), taking into account local economic and other conditions.

  • Advises requisitioning units and recipient entities on the full range of procurement issues, providing support and guidance at all stage of the procurement cycle.

  • Prepares/oversees preparation and distribution of invitations to tender and manages/ conducts all aspects of bid/proposal evaluations.

  • Formulates strategies and designs innovative solutions to resolve issues/conflicts for complex procurement projects.

  • Establishes and maintains work program and schedule for ongoing contracts and newly-planned ones.

  • Participates in negotiations with senior supplier representatives; signs procurement orders up to the authorized limit, and, in cases where the amount exceeds authorized signature authority, prepares submissions to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official.

  • Conducts market research to keep abreast of market developments; researches and analyzes statistical data and market reports on the world commodity situation, production patterns and availability of good and services.

  • Identifies new technologies, and products/ services, evaluates and recommends potential supply sources and participates in the incorporation of research results into the procurement program.

  • Oversees adherence to contractual agreements, recommends amendments and extensions of contracts, and advises concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations.

  • Prepares a variety of procurement-related documents, contracts, communications, guidelines, instructions, etc.

  • Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of internationally recognized procurement standards and of all phases of international procurement techniques and operations used in contracting for a diverse range of goods and services. Knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex contract issues. 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.

  • 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.

  • Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


    • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, commerce, engineering, law or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    • Professional certification such as Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply certification (CIPS Level 4) or equivalent is required.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Contract Management, or a closely related field is required.

  • At least two (2) of those years must be direct procurement or contracting in an international setting, is required.

  • Experience in supervising teams is required.

  • Advanced knowledge in the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems or a SAP enterprise software system, Business Intelligence (BI) Analytical tool and Transportation Management (TM or similar Track and Trace applications) is required.

  • Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting and/or field-based organization is desirable.

  • Experience in conducting procurement at the international level for an intergovernmental organization, government organization, or large multi-national organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Procurement Officer Jobs in Kenya

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