Procurement Associate

December 19, 2022

Job Description

  • Lagos

the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations. 
We are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Procurement Associate
Vacancy code: VA/2022/B5316/25098
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Job categories: Administration
Department/office: AFR, GHMCO, Nigeria
Contract type: Local ICA Support
Contract level: LICA-6
Duration: Open-ended
Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA)
Contract level:  LICA 6/ ICS 6
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance'.
Job Specific

Under the direct supervision of the Procurement Senior Officer, GHMCO – Ghana  and under the guidance from the Head of Support Services, the Procurement Associate ensures the provision of efficient and timely support services in procurement and contract administration to the different programmers in a relevant geographical area.
He/she promotes a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach and provides support to the relevant procurement personnel. In the discharge of her/his duties, the Procurement Associate works with minimal supervision and liaises with UNOPS Programme Support Officers, Chief Technical Advisors, Portfolio Managers and Portfolio Assistants in order to ensure best support.

Functional Responsibilities
Summary of Key results area:

Transactional Procurement Support services
Procurement planning, requisitions and sourcing
Bidding and tendering processes
Contract administration
Team Management
Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

Transactional Procurement Support services:
Administers a range of transactional-procurement support activities, ensuring compliance with UNOPS rules, regulations, policies and strategies, including the following:

Incorporation of necessary steps to embed sustainability in the procurement process.
Completeness of submissions to the Contract and Property Committees (CPCs).
Completeness of documentation for preparation/processing of Purchase Orders, Contracts, LTAs or their Amendments.
Provision of requested research/data on market supply by conducting routine market research to determine sources of supplies, using United Nations Global Market Place, and other external sources;
Set-up/enhancement and maintenance of the local supplier database, ensuring regular update of data.
Information databases, all procurement files and records updated and maintained.
Status reports generated, as required.
Availability of all supporting documents for audit and review purposes;

Procurement planning, requisitions and sourcing:
Administratively and technically supports the office’s planning, requisitions/procurement and sourcing support processes, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Collaboration with projects personnel and Managers in the preparation of their procurement plan, awarding, administering and monitoring of all matters related to procurement for the given geographical area / project activity.
Maintenance and update of procurement monitoring processes for projects and provision of feedback on purchase orders to requesting office;
Provision of proposals to requesting entity on modes for providing goods, works and services, including procurement deadlines for each stage;
Review of requisitions for completeness;
Preparation of proper and complete specification for equipment and materials, Job Profiles and Statement of Works for the preparation of RFP, RFQ and ITB, ensuring clearance/approval by respective units of the requests.
Constant liaison with vendors and consignee until safe delivery of goods is achieved.
Drafting of letters, memoranda, faxes, email, etc.; monitoring of progress and liaison with vendors during the entire procurement cycle; investigation and resolution of post-order problems and of progress reports on procurement matters;
Oral/written responses to queries from projects, clients, companies, etc. regarding procurement related matters
Preparation of monthly reports on procurement matters;
Liaison with the logistics unit or projects on receipt of goods, equipments and services in view of obtaining proper delivery report, RIR (Receipt and Inspection Report), or relevant certificates and that proper inventory is taken;

Bidding and tendering processes:

Undertakes or supervises technical support  to  bidding and tendering processes, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Preparation of shortlists of suitable contractors/suppliers for purchases of value over designated amounts for approval of designated officer;
Preparation and issuance of EOI, RFQ, ITB, RFP or other tender documents as required, ensuring their conformity with UNOPS approved templates or seeking legal clearance in case of required adjustments;
Together with the requesting programme/operations clients, support review and evaluation of bids or proposals received and preparation of analysis for less-complex, contract awards and for submission to the LCPC or other, statutory, designated body;
Preparation of HQCPC, or designated body, submission together with the requesting programme/operations component;
Organizing of LCPC (or desiganted, statutory body) meetings as may be required, and circulating at least 24 hours in advance documents for review;
Maintenance of records of LCPC or designated, statutory body.

Contract administration:

Supports efficient contract administration, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Follow-up signing of contracts by vendors;
Obligation of funds in Enterprise system and obtaining of appropriate signatures for approval;
Dissemination of contract advertisement and awards;
Maintenance of contracts and filing system;
Maintenance of databases/rosters of best suppliers, contractors and service providers, activities and statistics.

Team Management:

Facilitates the engagement and provision of high quality results and services of the team supervised through effective work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
Provides oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.

Knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

Organizes, facilitates and/or delivers training and learning initiatives for personnel on procurement
Provides sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in procurement
Collects feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively

Impact of results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Procurement Associate affect the performance of major aspects of the relevant business unit/s, project activities, procurement and contract management support services, impacting the timely and effective implementation of the respective services and deliverables. 
This ensures client satisfaction and promotes the image and credibility of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management. This enhances UNOPS’ competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country/region served.

Education / Experience / Language requirements

Completion of secondary school is required.
First University Degree in Procurement and/or Supply Chain Management, Law, Commerce, Business Administration, or related areas is desirable but not required.
Relevant certification in procurement and supply chain management (CIPS or similar) is a distinct advantage.

Work Experience:

A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in providing procurement support services in national and/or international public or corporate organizations is required.
Experience in procurement support services is desired.
Experience in working with a range of stakeholders in developing countries is desired.
Some experience in UN system organizations is desirable.
Proficiency in computers and office software packages (MS Office) and/ or Google Suite applications
and experience in handling of web-based management systems is required.
Experience in use of Enterprise systems including OneUNOPS is desirable.

Language Requirements:

Full working knowledge of English language is required.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Application Closing Date
2nd January, 2023.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

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