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Procurement Officer P4 - Cairo, Egypt

Egypt (United States of America)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Egypt (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-15

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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.



These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaus (RBs), or Country Offices (COs). Job holders report to the Regional/Country/Division Deputy Director or the designate. Job holders are likely to operate in an environment where the complexity of managing procurement operations is high e.g. involving high value/volume, or a range of procurement needs such as cash and vouchers, small holder farmer procurement, local, regional and international procurement, and production and procurement of special nutritious foods.



WFP’s Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC) is one of six Regional Bureaux within WFP supporting, overseeing, and guiding 16 Country Offices across the Middle-East, Central Asia, and North Africa and serves around 27 million people, which constitutes almost one-third of WFP’s global beneficiaries. From 2011 onwards, WFP operations managed by RBC have seen a sharp increase in terms of operational scope and requirements. This is mainly attributable to emergency response serving those impacted by conflict, violence, and displacement. Most beneficiaries in the region are assisted through unconditional resource transfer activities such as general food distribution through in-kind and cash-based transfers, followed by school meals and nutrition activities.


RBC includes countries representing a range of political, economic, environmental, and social contexts, making it operationally very diverse and strategically very important. In 2019 RBC attained over 43% of WFP’s global funding, emphasizing the key role it is playing within the organization.



Lead on or provide technical advice and oversight to procurement field operations of high complexity, partnering with key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries. Job holders require a high level of experience and knowledge to credibly influence supply chain strategies at senior levels across functions and with local partners. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


1. Participate in the development and implementation of country sourcing strategies or specialist procurement initiatives that support effective and cost optimising purchase decisions.
2. Provide oversight, guidance and support with/to COs with complex procurement needs (such as involving high value commodities, a wide range of programmes, combination of specialised nutritional foods) on implementing best practice procurement policies and procedures, ensuring a strategic, forward purchasing approach to procurement in compliance with wider WFP policies, standards and regulations.
3. Lead the implementation of highly complex procurement projects in COs to ensure successful procurement of food and non-food commodities or services.
4. Develop and maintain strong relationships with all relevant suppliers in order to improve service delivery and resolve supplier related issues.
5. Manage and coordinate effective relationships with inspection and superintendent firms to ensure quality control, specification conformity, volume assessment, monitoring and verification of deliveries.
6. Work in close collaboration with senior cross functional colleagues to align procurement activities and promote an integrated supply-chain approach to food assistance.
7. Oversee the preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities to contribute to a WFP wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders leading to performance optimization.
8. Manage or oversee all auditing of procurement activities ensuring recommendations are responded to appropriately to ensure conformity with compliance rules.
9. Lead and motivate a large or highly specialized procurement team providing coaching, training and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
10. Provide expert advice and guidance to 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.
11. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
12. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of procurement specific risks.
13. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
14. Other as required.



• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience
• Experience in managing/coordinating supply chain operations (including procurement of food, goods, and services).
• Experience managing the physical purchase of commodities/goods/services in complex situations (e.g., evaluating offers and making recommendations).
• Experience managing suppliers including but not limited to retailers, wholesalers and traders.
• Experience supervising others.
• Experience of Vendor Management.
• Experience/familiarity with WFP or UN Procurement normative frameworks and guidelines is highly desirable



Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Engineering, Legal or Accounting or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


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.



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



15 December, 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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