UN Women: Procurement Specialist

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Application Deadline :27-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security.

Under the overall guidance of the Director of DMA and under the direct supervision of the Head of Procurement, the Procurement Specialist provides operational and transactional support and effective delivery of procurement services to UN Women Headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices. The incumbent is primarily responsible for the planning, implementation and managerial oversight of the functional areas ensuring consistency in service.

The Procurement Specialist is expected to provide solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement, promote a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the section, work in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders both at Headquarters and field levels for the successful delivery of procurement services

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee the implementation of procurement and operational strategies:

  • Ensure full compliance of procurement activities with UN-Women regulations, rules, policies, and internal control mechanisms;
  • Support and implement  strategies to ensure effective implementation of procurement activities in headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices, including sourcing strategy, quality management, customer relationship management, e-procurement introduction and promotion, suppliers’ performance measurement;
  • Analyze business requirements and formulation and implementation of proposals for increased transparency, accountability cost reduction;
  • Implement internal control systems, and systematize the management of clients’ service requests, ensuring that procurement activities are promptly carried out following the UN Women policies and procedures  with a dedicated focus on clients’ needs;
  • Provide technical support in all activities aimed at enhancing business processes, such as improving existing documents/templates/systems/tools, or developing new ones where necessary, including identifying  opportunities for innovation in transaction processing;
  • Provide technical inputs to business process mapping and elaboration of internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Ensure Audit recommendations are implemented, and risk register is up to date.

Plan and oversee procurement actions for acquisition of a range of goods and services and/or establishment of Long Term Agreements (LTA’s):

  • Prepare, implement and monitor procurement plans for Headquarters, monitor goals, objectives, and achievements and, regularly update stakeholders and clients, analyze procurement needs and historical procurement data;
  • Oversee the preparation and consolidation of headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices procurement plans and monitor their implementation;
  • Consolidate business requirements to identify the need for the establishment of strategic/long-term agreements at the institutional level;
  • Provide technical support and guide   clients in the development of technical specifications, Terms of Reference, Scope of Works, resolving business or contract related issues to ensure smooth contract fulfillment, and implementing measures to ensure effective contract management;
  • Conduct market research to keep abreast of market developments and practices  and keep Headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices informed;
  • Maintaine supplier rosters, in particular, women-owned businesses roster, improve systems for supplier selection, evaluation, quality, and performance measurement;
  • Lead the logistical aspect of procurement activities to ensure safe deliveries of goods and services are validated according to existing procurement policies and procedures;
  • Formulate strategies and design innovative solutions for complex procurement projects/activities.

Ensure proper Contracts and Agreements administration:

  • Ensure adherence to proper contractual modalities in the headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices;
  • Provide technical support in negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts, its terms and conditions of contractual modalities favorable business terms for UN Women, and as needed, consult consult  with the Legal Section of UN Women;
  • Record and maintain all contracts and agreements details (organization-wide) to ensure real-time data availability to all stakeholders;
  • Effectively and systematize the Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and Client Relationship Management (CRM) .

Lead and/or conduct procurement for Headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices -for their qualified activities in line with the Procurement Workplan-:

  • Defining needs;
  • Select the best method and type of solicitation;
  • Issue Invitation To Bid/Request For Proposal/Request For Quotations;
  • Support the evaluation, review, and award processes;
  • Issuance of contracts/purchase orders;
  • Contract administration (including the process of payments, suppliers' performance evaluation, etc.);
  • Logistics;
  • Monitor product developments and deadlines and integrate Supply Chain stakeholders;
  • Facilitate the exchange of information on a variety of procurement processes and transaction issues to clients;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant market developments and report preparation;
  • Keep Headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices informed of relevant market and practice developments.

Ensure knowledge building and knowledge sharing:

  • Enhance personnel capacity and learning skills through coaching, training, mentoring, and other innovative measures for the team the incumbent supervises;
  • Provide technical inputs with practical cases and examples to the development and maintenance of procurement-related regulations and rules, procedures, systems, tools, and learning initiatives aimed to facilitate the business requirements of UN-Women and capacity building of personnel;
  • Synthesize lessons learned and best practices in procurement;
  • Provide technical support to the operational capacity of the Procurement Policy Support Unit as and when required.

Manage from the business side the implementation of procurement-related functionalities of the new Oracle Cloud ERP System:

  • Perform quality assurance and carry out user acceptance testing exercises, including through coordination of such exercises with HQ and Field offices, to ensure user-friendly and requirement-driven functioning of the system;
  • Review and provide inputs to functional and technical specifications, user stories, use cases, and workflows on UN Women procurement processes, and provide functional advice to all involved stakeholders to improve and optimize procure-to-pay business processes;
  • Carry out assessments of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, gaps, risks, and mitigation measures  concerning the roll-out of the procurement-related Oracle Cloud ERP modules;
  • Provide inputs to the development and standardization of solicitation documents and relevant annexes in alignment with the new ERP system, provide quality management support and guidance to Headquarters and Regional/ Multi-Country and Country Offices on their application.


Key Performance Indicators:

  • Effective management of day-to-day activities of the HQ Procurement Operation Unit and its team members;
  • Procurement activities are implemented promptly to the satisfaction of clients, according to UN-Women regulations, rules, policies, and internal control mechanisms;
  • Proper functioning of a client-oriented procurement management system;
  • HQ and Regional Procurement Plans are of high quality, and their implementation is montoried throughout the planning cycle;
  • Proper implementation of Oracle Cloud ERP System Supply Chain Management system in all UN Women offices;
  • Up-to-date Rosters of Women-Owned Businesses;
  • Timely and quality support and advice to clients.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Has a strong understanding of the main processes and methods of work regarding to procurement;
  • Possesses knowledge of  procurement policies and procedures relating applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Client- oriented; Strong problem-solving skills; Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Ability to gather and present information on best practices in organizational change;
  • Knowledge of data gathering and implementation of management systems;
  • Strong procurement intelligence analysis skills

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Public Administration, Operations, Supply Chain Management, or related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Procurement Certification from internationally recognized institutions (e.g. CIPS-Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) is an asset.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, contract management, supply chain management or related area. 
  • Experience in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system (PeopleSoft or equivalent) and IPSAS is desirable.
  • Experience at both field and global level in international organizations is an advantage.
  • Experience in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system (PeopleSoft, Oracle or equivalent) and IPSAS is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language is an asset



All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.) 



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