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Procurement Associate

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Administrative support
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-30

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Afghanistan

With more than 20 years of experience in the country, UNOPS Afghanistan focuses on providing maximum support to the Government and people of Afghanistan through delivery of projects and services in line with the government’s national priorities. The UNOPS Afghanistan Operations Center (AFOC) serves as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which UNOPS has been designated as the implementation agency. At present, UNOPS AFOC is implementing a number of projects in a range of sectors including infrastructure (roads, bridges, justice and security, health, and water supply) development, procurement services, HR services, capacity building, and humanitarian protection, amongst others, on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, the international donor community, and other UN agencies.

The functional objective of UNOPS AFOC is to contribute to the achievement of the development outcomes sought by the Government of Afghanistan. The aim of UNOPS AFOC is to provide efficient and cost-effective implementation services on behalf of all our partners to support the reconstruction and development of the country. UNOPS AFOC’s mission is to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders in the delivery of AFOC’s services, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances, in order to improve significantly the lives of all Afghans in need.

Functional Responsibilities

1. General Background

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission with a mandate to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. 

The purpose of RSHQ is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to protect its citizens in a sustainable manner and to manage/improve security enhancements with Kabul city. The purpose of the UNOPS/RSHQ engagement is to support NATO for both the ANA Trust Fund Office (NATFO) and Kabul Security Force (KSF) funding streams; for procurement of goods and services, contract management, maintenance of equipment(s), physical security enhancements, construction projects and construction work packages, as well as coordination and facilitation of RSHQ operations, programs and activities (non-kinetic only).

This is a complex engagement and during 2020 the programme will extend significantly leading to a large increase in procurement activity.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The Procurement Associate works under the overall guidance and supervision of the Procurement Specialist, and in close consultation with AFOC Procurement Unit, the Procurement Associate will perform the following duties and responsibilities, but not limited to:

    • In collaboration with the Procurement Specialist, undertake all activities related to procurement of goods, services and works for the RSHQ programme. 

  • Draft all bidding documents, including Request for Quotations (RFQ), Invitations to Bid (ITB), and Request for Proposal (RFP). Assist the Procurement Specialist in drafting the TORs and specifications for the requested goods, services and works.

  • Actively assist the Procurement Specialist in the development of works procurement plans and assist in the process of obtaining relevant approvals from donors, UNOPS headquarters procurement staff and other relevant authorities. 

  • Update the local and international vendors’ roster and database established and used by UNOPS AFOC.

  • Carry out regular market searches related to the programme operational requirements.

  • Prepare responses to donor and other key stakeholders’ queries in relation to bidding documents including preparation of Tender Documents, Bid Evaluation reports, and Contract Award documents. Organize and coordinate pre-bid meetings, inform bidders of procurement rules and regulations and respond to any queries from bidders.

  • Assist in arranging of Bid Opening and Evaluation sessions. As a Chairman or Member of the Bid Evaluation Committee play an integral role in the short-listing of bidders.

  • Responsible for obtaining technical clarification from bidders, when required and when permitted by donor's rules and regulations. Prepare the Bid Evaluation/Quotation Analysis reports.

  • Coordinate the processes of obtaining approvals from UNOPS headquarters for the contract award recommendations. Draft and process submissions to the HQCPC/LCPC “Review Committee” in Copenhagen.

  • Upon approval, coordinate with the selected bidder to ensure completion of administrative processes including provision of Performance Security, issuance of contract award notice and ensure that contract documents are distributed accordingly. 

  • Organize and undertake the process of the clearance of items and equipment to be dispatched to the field locations. Arrange the transportation of dispatched materials from and to the field of operations. 

  • Track the project procured materials from the suppliers to the end users. Check all invoices and attach all supporting documents before submitting payments to finance section.

  • Maintain and update all procurement files and records of corporate, service, maintenance and other contracts.

  • Ensure all completed Procurement Documents are archived efficiently and effectively. 

  • Prepare a range of procurement-related forms and documents (short-lists, LCPC/HQCPC submissions, Purchase Orders/Service Contract and Amendments, etc) and reports ensuring that all specifications, terms and conditions are according to UNOPS standards.

  • Collaborate with the procurement team in the development and implementation of a procurement management system in respect of planning, awarding, administering and monitoring of all matters related to procurement for the JICA Projects and the AFOC Procurement Support Unit. 

  • Maintain and update the procurement monitoring system and provide feedback on purchase orders to the projects’ teams.  

  • Together with the Procurement Specialist, Project Support Officer and project’s technical team, review and evaluate bids or proposals received and prepare analysis for contract awards and for submission to the appropriate procurement committee (LCPC or HQCPC). 

  • Responds to queries from projects, clients, companies, etc. regarding procurement related matters.

  • Liaise with the logistics unit or projects on receipt of goods, equipments, and services in view of obtaining proper delivery report, RIR, or relevant certificates and that proper inventory is taken.

  • Ensure availability of all supporting documents for audit and review purposes.

  • Conduct market research to determine sources of supplies by using United Nations Global Market Place, and other external sources.

  • Maintain effective liaison with contractors/suppliers to ensure timely delivery.

  • In close consultation with the project technical team and the QA/QC section, liaise with end users, contractors and suppliers on quality deficiencies and on appropriateness of goods and services. 

  • Timely and accurate completion of procurement processes.

  • Participate in negotiations to resolve difficult procurement issues and handle questions/complaints from contractors on bidding and award issues.  

  1. Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • All RSHQ programme procurement activities are conducted in accordance with UNOPS rules and regulations and are completed in a timely manner.

  • RSHQ programme procurement plan for works is updated regularly and contracts for works on RAIP projects are awarded in a timely manner.

  • Proper coordination with other UNOPS units is maintained at all times to achieve effective completion of procurement functions under RSHQ programme. 

  1. Final Product:

  • Effective management of the procurement functions on  projects

  • Bidding Documents and processes are completed according to Donors & UNOPS rules and regulations


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

A.  Education

  • High School Diploma, with 6 years of progressively responsible experience in procurement at the national level or Bachelor’s with two (2) years of progressively relevant working experience.
  • Good working knowledge of G Suit applications
  • Similar experience within the UN system will be a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of both written and oral English is required

B. Core Competencies

  • Knowledge of UN rules and regulations would be a distinct advantage.
  • Be able to uphold and respect procurement ethics and to conduct activities with integrity.
  • Is a team player who demonstrates patience, flexibility and honesty.
  • Is able to manage and mentor a team of procurement officers and supervise them in a participatory and capacity building manner. Be willing and able to meet tight deadlines and work long hours when required.
  • Is a self-starter, who is able to plan and manage his/her own work, takes initiative and strives to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local ICA Contract level: LICA-6
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA - Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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.

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