Senior Procurement Specialist at World Bank
Job #: req21863
Organization: World Bank
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania
Required Language(s): English
Closing Date: 4/10/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
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Eastern and Southern Africa (AFE) Region
We need the best and brightest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Home to about 700 million of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South. The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade! But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future.
More information about Eastern and Southern Africa (AFE) Region: https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/eastern-and-southern-africa
The Governance Global Practice (GGP) comprises a variety of different professional disciplines working on public institutions, including procurement, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption, and financial management.
GGP’s Procurement Department convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement, anti-corruption and open government. To enhance its capacity, the Department seeks to recruit/appoint a highly organized, energized and experienced professional, capable of operating effectively.
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 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to provide support for the Tanzania portfolio. The Senior Procurement Specialist will be working under the oversight and guidance of the Procurement Hub Coordinator based in Dar es Salaam who reports to the AFE Accredited Practice Manager based in Nairobi.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides technical fiduciary services on procurement activities and engage in policy dialogue to strengthen procurement systems in client countries.
• Advices and guides clients in achieving value for money (VFM) in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
• Reviews technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle
• 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
• Reviews procurement cases subject to Accredited Practice Manager and Operations Policy Review Committee (OPRC) level reviews and prepares relevant memos.
• Advises borrowers on procurement complaints handling and effective contract implementation management
• 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.
• Leads design and delivery of 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.
• Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. business administration, engineering, commerce, law, procurement, etc.)
• Minimum of 8 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 and working experience with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems will be an added advantage.
• Knowledge of Fragility, Conflict and Violence Context to apply it in operations and analytical tasks.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3-year term appointment.
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Closing Date : 7th April, 2023