UNON Procurement Assistant Jobs in Kenya

UNON Procurement Assistant Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN Headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.

  • We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services. (www.unon.org).

  • This post is located at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Procurement Section at the Nairobi duty station.

  • Within delegated authority and under the general guidance of the Chief, Procurement Section and the direct supervision of the Procurement Officer, the incumbent will perform the following:

    Responsibilities

    • 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.

    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    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.

  • 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.

  • CLIENT ORIENTATION Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

    Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary courses of additional training in procurement is highly desirable.

  • 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.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement or related area is required.

  • Experience working with Umoja or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems 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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNON Procurement Assistant Jobs in Kenya


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