Senior Procurement Specialist  Job – World Bank Group (WBG)

Job Title:   Senior Procurement Specialist   

Organisation: World Bank Group (WBG)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants to developing countries. These support a wide array of investments in such areas as education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management. Some of our projects are co-financed with governments, other multilateral institutions, commercial banks, export credit agencies, and private sector investors.

Job Summary:  The Africa East and Southern (AFE) unit of the GGP-Procurement Department is largely decentralized and based in the 25+ country offices. The Procurement team in AFE is managed by an Accredited Practice Manager (PM) who is based at Nairobi. AFE GGP Procurement Department seeks to recruit a locally hired Senior Procurement Specialist to be based in Kampala, Uganda  to provide support for the Uganda portfolio. The Senior Procurement Specialist will be working under the oversight and guidance of the Procurement Hub Coordinator based in Nairobi who reports to the AFE Accredited Practice Manager based in Nairobi.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical fiduciary services on procurement activities and engage in policy dialogue to strengthen procurement systems in client countries.
  • Supports clients in achieving value for money (VFM) in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
  • Understands relevant procurement markets using analytical tools and approaches to define more effective procurement strategies.
  • Participates in missions and plays a key role in developing practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues.
  • Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
  • Develops and promotes innovations in Bank procurement policies to improve Bank project and sector work while serving as a recognized authority on operational procurement, advising management and procurement staff on strategy and long-range interventions on procurement policy systemic issues and related operational issues across sectors.
  • Contributes to the Bank’s efforts in promoting procurement reform dialogue, working in close collaboration with Governance sector colleagues and in professionalizing the function of procurement. Makes significant contributions to the development of client country procurement systems, including supporting the assessment of systems, creating country capacity, influencing the design, reform and strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities and monitoring the reform initiatives in client countries
  • Handles procurement cases subject to Practice Manager and Operations Policy Review Committee (OPRC) reviews and verifies that they are properly prepared and presented for clearance.
  • Ensures the use of electronic tools, e.g., Systematic Tracking of Exchanges in Procurement (STEP) to track exchanges with the clients and performance of key fiduciary metrics covering the operations portfolio, as well as the unit’s own work program deliverables.
  • Designs and delivers capacity building workshops for Bank staff and borrowers.
  • Carrying out the responsibilities of the Senior Procurement Specialist, will involve interaction with TTLs, program leaders and practice managers, and with government officials, counterparts in other international organizations and Governance-Public Sector and -Financial Management specialists. The Senior Procurement Specialist, is a key player in building and maintaining relations with both internal and external parties, including sectors, CMUs, and government officials. This is particularly important when considering the responsibility to engage the governments in advancing policy dialogue on public procurement reform.

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Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the World Bank Group Senior Procurement Specialist job must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. business administration, engineering, commerce, law, procurement, etc.)
  • At least eight years of relevant experience in carrying out technical duties in public procurement or Donor/MDB financed project procurement
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices governing international procurement, with the ability to translate concepts into operational work, such as VFM, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing, market analysis, contract management, etc…
  • Ability to deal sensitively in a multi-cultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • High levels of integrity.
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Knowledge on institutions and procurement reforms in Borrower’s countries.
  • Good knowledge of concepts, principles and approaches to international procurement and of public procurement systems.
  • Knowledge of Fragility, Conflict and Violence Context – Applies to operations and analytical tasks a substantive understanding of fragility, conflict and violence, etc.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below 

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Deadline:  15th March 2023

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