Senior Procurement Specialist

The World Bank Group seeks to recruit a locally hired Senior Procurement Specialist to be based in Nairobi, Kenya to provide support for the Kenya portfolio.

Application deadline: 30th August, 2021

This position is geared to assisting the World Bank staff, Kenyan Government and other agencies in implementing World Bank-financed programs by providing critical procurement advice and support and Public Procurement Reforms.

The ideal candidate would combine a deep understanding of project procurement in different sectors with a considerable knowledge of the budget execution issues in developing countries.

S/he will have demonstrated operational and analytic skills and will possess strong knowledge and understanding of contemporary project procurement management and Public Procurement. Competency  in English language is required.

Knowledge of core public procurement principles and working experience with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems and Supply Chain Management will be an added advantage.

Duties and Accountabilities:

Scope of Work (summary of major job accountabilities at the full working level)

  • Works independently on procurement matters in specific sectors in the performance of the Bank’s fiduciary and service functions, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior procurement staff.
  • Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
  • Supports clients in achieving value for money in the Bank financed operations and in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
  • Supports borrowers in upfront project design, market research and analysis, market sounding and designing fit for purpose procurement strategies. and assisting in preparation of Project Procurement Strategy for Development with an understanding of project context and  relevant procurement markets information;
  • Support clients in developing appropriate  analytical tools and approaches to define more effective and informed risk management  and procurement strategies .
  • Is responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle, to include analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
  • Provides operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement.
  • Advice borrowers on procurement complaints handling and effective contract implementation management;
  • Participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable Project Procurement Strategy for Development and procurement plans.
  • Participates in country procurement assessments, prepares background analysis, collaborates on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors instruments to meet specific client needs.
  • Negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints from senior officials and contractors on bidding and award issues.
  • Designs and conducts workshops to educate procurement professionals in the Bank and in borrower agencies on the Bank’s philosophy and approach to procurement, the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures and processes, as well as on specialized procurement topics.
  • Prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports.
  • Handles appropriate interaction with country counterparts on sector, organizational, human resources management, financial, economic and regulatory practices.
  • Works closely with the other senior procurement specialist in the country office under general direction of Accredited Practice Manager and under direct supervision of Procurement Hub Coordinator, and guides and mentors more junior staff.
  • Works closely with management and counterparts across the Bank as well as with counterpart officials in government, multi-national organizations, donor and other agencies.

Selection Criteria

Specialized Skills/Knowledge/Competencies

  • Good knowledge of all concepts and principles of and approaches to international procurement, and of public procurement systems.
  • Knowledge of procurement systems, practices and agencies in borrower countries, especially in Kenya.
  • Specialized knowledge of and significant experience in 2-3 substantive areas/aspects of procurement and contract management (e.g. various forms of construction contracts; selection/contracting of consultant services; preparation of bidding/contract documents for the international procurement of goods, works, services; technical specs in design and construction of facilities; public procurement policies, practices, institutions in developed and/or developing countries; e-procurement etc.).
  • Experience in upfront project design, market research and analysis, market sounding (vendor conference) and designing fit for purpose procurement strategies.
  • Experience in handling complaints and resolving it in a timely manner
  • Experience in supporting contract management of large civil works/supply & installation and goods contracts.
  • Proven analytical and evaluative skills, including the ability to independently provide well researched analyses of key procurement issues and problems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement at all phases of Bank lending operations.
  • Understanding of political economy, public policy, public systems and public management.
  • Understanding of Bank business objectives, policies and practices related to project/sector and critical links to procurement.

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum Education: An advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce. Master’s degree in any relevant areas.
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct relevant experience in carrying out technical duties in procurement involving both National and International Bidding and contract management.
  • Knowledge and working experience with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems and Supply Chain Management will be an added advantage.
  • High level integrity.
  • Language Requirement: English (Essential)

General Competencies

  • Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, discussing and resolving difficult issues, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective business relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment.

Qualified and interested?Apply via the link below.

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