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Chief Procurement Officer, P-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   18 Jul 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

This Generic Job Opening is issued for roster purposes. Successful candidates will be placed on a roster for potential consideration for future United Nations Secretariat job openings with the same function at the same level in multiple duty stations. Placement on the roster does not guarantee employment with the United Nations.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
If you are a passionate and committed professional, capable of working in an intense, high tempo operational environment and at times under hardship conditions, depending on the duty station, and want to make a lasting difference for people emerging from conflict, we would like to hear from you. In a Field Mission, the Procurement Section is responsible for the worldwide, regional and local purchase of a broad range of goods and services involving multi-million dollar expenditures in support of the Mission’s peacekeeping and peace-building operations. In carrying out this role, procurement staff work closely with program managers and clients/recipient sections and entities to ensure the timely procurement and delivery of such goods and services. The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is responsible for all matters relating to the section's timely purchase of goods and services for the mission in accordance with the United Nations' procurement rules, regulations and procedures. Specifically, the incumbent will: direct, plan, develop and manage the procurement activities of a procurement section involving multi-million dollar expenditures for worldwide procurement of a broad range of goods and services (e.g. electronic and information technology equipment and services, fuel, medicines, foodstuffs, building maintenance and construction, office supplies, furniture, catering and cleaning contracts, leases etc.), some of which will be associated with highly complex contracts; serve as the mission's principal expert and advisor on procurement matters to senior managers and client units, providing authoritative technical and policy advice and support on all aspects and phases of the procurement cycle; develop and disseminate best practices and ensure the highest levels of quality and accuracy of the section’s work; assist clients to ensure effective acquisition planning is in place in order to carry out successful procurement activities in a timely and efficient manner in accordance with all financial and procurement guidelines; lead and direct a procurement section plan and allocate work assignments; coach, mentor, train and evaluate staff; participate in recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs; analyze unusually complex and/or critical procurement proposals of significant financial or operational impact, conduct risk analysis, determine appropriate strategy/approach to best serve institutional interests and ensure implementation; direct, manage and conduct market surveys to identify sources of supply, involving conducting market surveys to identify sources of supply, develop procurement strategies, draft and issue solicitation documents and evaluation criteria, evaluate bids received, approve within the delegated authority or recommend contracts for award through contracts' committees contracts, draft and issue contracts liaising with legal services as required, termination of contracts and contract administration etc, develop and recommend strategy for the effective implementation of procurement policies, reforms and internal controls; develop proposals on revisions to procurement policies and procedures if warranted; represent the organization in key meetings with senior officials and government officials, and in negotiations with senior executives of commercial organizations for the purpose of concluding major contracts; carry out programmatic/managerial tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit/Section including budget preparation and staffing actions; Perform other duties as required.

Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications will be assessed against the following competencies: PROFESSIONALISM - In-depth knowledge of all facets of international public procurement and contract principles and practice and ability to address broader issues of procurement in terms of impact at the program and institutional level; good working knowledge of contract law and expertise in handling complex procurement and contracting of a diverse range of goods and services; ability to develop and recommend procurement policies, procedures and new programs; ability to integrate technical knowledge with broader strategic and policy objectives; good working knowledge of INCOTERMS and international business practices; clear understanding of the best value for money concept and methodology; strong analytical skills; knowledge of and experience in cost analysis and evaluation techniques; good knowledge of quantitative methods to measure supplier capacity; ability to conduct market research (including market trends and pricing), excellent negotiating skills and ability to shape and influence agreements with requisitioning units and vendors; ability to apply technical expertise, independent judgment and discretion to resolve complex and/or sensitive issues; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. LEADERSHIP - Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. JUDGEMENT/DECISION MAKING - identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; make tough decisions when necessary. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING - Demonstrated ability to coordinate and supervise the work of others, work to tight deadlines, juggle competing demands, handle multiple concurrent activities and work under pressure of frequent and tight deadlines. ACCOUNTABILITY - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Commerce, Engineering, Law or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Additional study or training in accounting, law, or a recognised qualification in procurement is desirable.

Work Experience
At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in purchasing/procurement, contract management, contract administration, logistics or supply chain management with a minimum of 5 years of direct purchasing/procurement experience and at least two years of supervisory experience. Proven experience of planning, managing and delivering complex procurement programs and services is required. Experience of working in public sector bodies and/or international organizations is desirable. Experience of peacekeeping or military logistics operations is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Other Skills
Eligible candidates will be requested to undergo a knowledge-based assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview depending on the result of the test.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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