Procurement Associate - For Afghan National Only (Those who previously applied do not need to re-apply)



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Location : Kabul with travel to Provinces, AFGHANISTAN
Application Deadline :27-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :GS-6
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :One 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.


Background

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Afghanistan is one of the world’s most complex emergencies, and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Afghan people are grappling with the impact of conflict, poverty, economic decline, and natural disasters. In this context, Afghan women and girls face unique vulnerabilities and require urgent support as gender inequality is interwoven with conflict dynamics and humanitarian needs. It is essential that Afghan women and girls can continue to shape the development of their country, and that their gains are protected. UN Women remains fully committed to supporting Afghan women and girls and to putting them at the center of the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

UN Women has been in Afghanistan for two decades. UN Women’s programming approach is informed by analysis of the political, economic and humanitarian situation, risks to and capacities of partner organizations, and needs of Afghan women and girls. UN Women Afghanistan currently has four key programme priorities: (1) Gender in Humanitarian Action, (2) Ending Violence Against Women, (3) Women’s Economic Empowerment, and (4) Women, Peace and Security.

Under the overall guidance of the Operations Manager, the Procurement Associate ensures execution of transparent and efficient procurement services and processes consistent with UN Women rules and regulations. The Procurement Associate promotes a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach and support: (i) compliance with UN Women policies and regulations; (ii) effective systems to support programme delivery and growth; (iii) accountability to organizational values and principles; and (iv) an enabling workplace environment in which staff potential is maximized. The Procurement Associate  also works in collaboration with operations staff in other UN Agencies, UN Women Regional Office (RO) and HQ staff and Government officials to successfully deliver procurement services.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Implement procurement strategies in accordance with UN Women rules, regulations, policies and strategies
  • Provide substantive inputs to procurement related reports and analyses; research and draft responses to enquiries for clearance by the Operations Manager;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the implementation of procurement management policies and strategies on cost saving and reduction;
  • Follow up with internal and external audits;
  • Contribute to the development of sourcing strategies.

       2. Organize procurement processes for the ACO

  • Prepare procurement plans for programmes/projects;
  • Review procurement requests and initiate procurement procedures for office and projects equipment, supplies and services;
  • Organize procurement processes including the preparation of Request for Quotations (RFQs), Invitation to Bids (ITBs) or Request for Proposals (RFPs) documents, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals;
  • Perform Buyer role in Atlas; prepare/close Purchase Orders (POs) and contracts in and outside Atlas;
  • Prepare submissions to the Procurement Review Committee (PRC).

       3. Organize contract management process for the ACO

  • Review/ process contracts for the ACO
  • Develop and update the rosters of suppliers, and support implementation of supplier selection and evaluation.

      4. Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Provide substantive input and support to the development of training materials, webinars and other education materials;
  • Organize trainings for the operations/projects staff on Procurement;
  • Synthesize lessons learnt and best practices.

       5. Organize logistical services

  • Organize hotel and event arrangements for all official UN Women meetings/ functions, engagements, ensure that all requirements are catered for as required;

       6. Perform other administrative tasks as assigned by supervisor.

       Key Performance Indicators

  1. Timely coordination, facilitation and implementation of procurement activities based on procurement plans and available budget
  2. Timely and quality processing of purchase orders
  3. Timely delivery of services by administration team
  4. Proper and accurate maintenance of files and databases, documents are easily retrievable
  5. Timely organization of logistics activities


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies

  • Good knowledge of procurement process, systems; administrative rules and regulations;
  • Good knowledge in the use of spreadsheets and database packages;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to extract and interpret data;
  • Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Strong IT and web based management skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certificate:

  • Completion of secondary education is required;
  • Specialized training in Procurement; or a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration or related field is an asset;
  • Procurement Certification from an internationally recognized provider such as CIPS (level 2) is an asset;
  • Willingness to take UN Women internal procurement certifications is required.

Experiance:

  • At least 6 years of progressively responsible experience in procurement, administration or related at the national or international level;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc);
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems, such as Atlas is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Dari is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

Application:

Note:

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.

Inclusion Statement:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits employ, 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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