Head of Unit (Field Procurement)


Head of Unit (Field Procurement)

Contextually, the Procurement Service (PS) is expected to deliver an improved service to clients such as HQ organizational units and UNHCR operations around the globe. Thus, PS must ensure that high quality procurement is combined with faster turnaround of end-to-end procurement actions (from planning to contract / order placement). To this end, PS was recently reconfigured and now comprises of two sections. Namely, the Procurement HQ Section and Procurement Field Support Section. The Procurement HQ Section supports and conducts procurement of goods and services based on requests of various HQ's organizational units, i.e. DIST, DFAM, DPSM, DHRM, DER, Bureaux, etc. whilst the Procurement Field Support Section assists UNHCR operations to conduct procurement of services and goods and covers other policy and capacity building activities on behalf of the entire Supply Chain in UNHCR.

The Field Procurement Unit, under the Procurement Field Support Section aims to conduct and/or support the procurement processes in a timely and cost effective manner in conformity with UN/UNHCR's procurement rules and regulations. The incumbent will lead a procurement team whilst discharging her/his duties and in doing so s/he will supervise staff in the international professional and general service category. S/he is responsible to lead the development of complex goods and services contracts which will enable effective vendor management clearly defining terms and conditions, ensuring best value for money and pro-actively managing associated risks.

This is an expert position, as such the incumbent will provide expert procurement functional advice to UNHCR's Field Offices as and whenever required. Further, s/he is expected to finalize complex frame agreements and provide expert functional inputs to the upgrade of operating systems/tools as well as procurement policies and procedures.

S/he reviews and clears procurement cases to be presented to the HQ's Committee on Contracts and steers the development of effective procurement strategy, in cooperation with requesting units.

Profound and extensive functional procurement expertise is essential to enable effective procurement processes that deliver the best outcomes for UNHCR in compliance with rules and regulations.  A combination of excellent technical and soft management skills including an extensive experience in negotiations is a further requirement.

The incumbent maintains impartial, ethical and customer-oriented relations with suppliers and Partner organizations; exchanges information with counterparts in other UN agencies and International Organisations within the limits established by UN /UNHCR Procurements Rules and manages joint procurement actions if, as and whenever necessary.

- UNHCR has an effective and efficient procurement function that meets Organization¿s world-wide needs in goods and services, complex procurement contracting and vendor management.
- UNHCR's HQ units and country operations enjoy effective support to their procurement activities including the provision of advice and guidance on their procurement submissions to the respective Committees on Contracts.
- Relevant UN/UNHCR Financial rules & regulations are observed, UNHCR has effective procurement strategy and its operations are guided by coherent, timely and cost-effective procurement standards.
- UNHCR¿s procurement system has integrity and is guided by a global procurement framework. 
- Adherence to contractual agreements, performance requirements and delivery schedules are monitored and analysed.
- New suppliers are identified to increase competition as well as greater quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

- Design and continuously improve procurement planning tools and procedures to be used by UNHCR and partner Organizations.
- Establish strategic procurement plans to improve value for money, and monitor procurement forecasts versus actual requirements.
- Develop procurement and supply chain strategies for important commodities and services, and ensure adequate capacity to respond to emergencies.
- Make recommendations to improve contract clauses and processes in order to ensure the best delivery and service terms.
- Coordinate, manage and support the procurement process to ensure timely, cost-effective and adequate delivery of goods and services to support operational needs.
- Ensure adequate research of markets to identify, assess and select vendors based on their capability for delivering goods and services.
- Ensure vendor and item master databases are properly maintained.
- Monitor the quality and accuracy of supply chain related data in relevant business systems.
- Analyse statistical information; identify trends and developments in procurement related matters that will assist in decision making.
- Manage staff performance and coordinate procurement activities ensuring broad understanding and adherence to the relevant and prevailing procurement rules and procedures.
- Develop relevant contacts and build constructive relations with partner Organizations, UN Agencies and other external counterparts to foster mutual cooperation for timely delivery of goods and services.
- Ensure effective information flow in the supply chain.
- Disseminate and monitor compliance with UNHCR's global policies, standards and guidance on supply chain management.
- Monitor infrastructure and ensure that it is optimally aligned with the operational needs.
- Implement practical projects to improve supply performance that has clear objectives, timescales, tasks and resources defined and monitors the project execution against the plans and takes action when actual implementation deviates from plans.
- Any other responsibility relevant for this function.

- Approve and sign contracts and purchase orders, as well as frame agreements according to delegated authority.
- Clear and approve relevant tendering documents for procurement of goods and services up to delegated authority.
- Clear and approve relevant submissions to the HQ Committee on Contracts. 
- Negotiate and conduct interviews with suppliers as required.

- Advanced University degree in Procurement, Supply or Logistics, Business Administration, Law or equivalent relevant degree.
- Minimum of 10 years of job experience relevant to the function.
- Minimum of 5 years in an international capacity, and 5 years in a leadership role, and 3 years field experience in UNHCR or a comparable environment.
- Strong theoretical background and substantive experience in contracting for goods and services, excellent working knowledge of business administration and contractual laws.
- Experience in handling complex contract issues in the context of public procurement.
- Expert knowledge of best practices of procurement and subject matter expert in public procurement.
- Proven problem solving and statistical analysis capacity.
- Proven ability to lead a team.
- Proven proactive and customer service oriented attitude.
- Experience in contracts negotiations; ability to provide technical guidance to subordinate staff; ability to plan and organise work assignments, often under close deadlines.
- Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks with speed, in a courteous and service-oriented manner.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Team player, flexible and adaptive in various situations, including multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments.
- Fluency in written and spoken English language.

- Combination of academic skills, procurement management and field supply experience.
- Technical knowledge of types of services and goods purchased by UNHCR's Headquarters as well as Regional and Field Offices.
- Relevant training, such as CIPS, IAPSO, UNJLC or other public procurement trainings.
- Knowledge of UN and UNHCR Financial Regulations and Rules.
- Experience and working knowledge of ERP systems, and UNHCR¿s MSRP Supply Chain Module.
- Knowledge of French language, written and spoken.

C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X003L3 - Technological Awareness Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in Add.1 to the September 2015 Compendium is Tuesday 17 November 2015 (midnight Geneva time).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Budapest
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-17

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