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Senior Procurement Officer P5 - Khartoum, Sudan

Khartoum (Sudan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-12

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.



Procurement operation involve high value/volume of goods and services, including construction activities and projects (UN common premises, guest houses, modern food distribution centers, water & sanitation related activities etc.), CBT interventions, local purchases of food in Sudan including the production of nutritious commodities both for Sudan and nearby country, namely South Sudan.



In Sudan, WFP working with various development partners focuses on crisis response, resilience building, capacity strengthening and service delivery as part of its humanitarian mandate and support to the Government to enable it to meet its medium-term development plan under the broader Vision 2030 project. WFP-Sudan is one of the largest field operations and Procurement is supporting the successful implementation of CSP of about US$ 400 million per annum.  



The Procurement Officer (Head of Procurement unit) shall report to Deputy Country Director and will lead on and provide technical advice and oversight to the procurement team, partnering with key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  1. Lead and motivate a large and specialized procurement team providing coaching, training and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  2. Lead and guide WFP staff and external partners and governments, building capacity to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services.
  3. Build relationship and collaborate cross-functionally with the key stakeholders to promote an integrated supply chain approach to food assistance.
  4. To define an overall strategy for local procurement of food commodities in close consultation with CO supply chain, HQ procurement and South Sudan.
  5. To establish close collaboration with the Government institutions and explore the possibility of purchases, loans, donations from strategic stocks.
  6. To assess the needs of the Government and facilitate purchases on behalf of the Government, whenever applicable.
  7. To define the CO strategy on the implementation of the pro-smallholder farmer procurement process in collaboration with HQ Smallholder and Food Systems Support Unit (PRO-F) within the framework of WFP’s overall Local and regional food procurement policy.
  8. To manage complex supply chain operations (including coordination with logistics).
  9. Oversee and facilitate an effective relationship with inspection companies to ensure quality control, specification conformity, monitoring and verification of deliveries.
  10. Define strategy to ensure timely and cost-effective availability of goods and services required to meet food assistance needs.
  11. Partner with key suppliers and private sector organizations in order to improve service delivery, incorporate procurement industry best practices and resolve supplier related issues to ensure service optimization.
  12. Act as an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs; Other as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Supply Chain, Procurement, Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Engineering, Legal or Accounting or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/certification. 

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.



  • At least 10 years’ experience in managing complex supply chain operations (including coordination with logistics).
  • Experience in developing frameworks and implementation protocols related to procurement.
  • Experience in designing and implementing programmes.
  • Experience in managing resources.
  • Experience participating in commercial disputes resolution process.
  • Experience in managing and tracking commodity quality issues in coordination with the Food Quality Unit.


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year. 


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit



12 October, 2020


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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