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Procurement Associate

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-20

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Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally from the Primary Location area, which is where the office is located

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for RNE is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with offices and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

Main Purpose

The Procurement Associate provides and coordinates day-to-day procurement operations, including specialized and complex processes and functions, ensuring consistency, timeliness and conformity with relevant rules, procedures and practices. He/ she provides procedural guidance to clients and staff across the Organization regarding procurement rules and procedures.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Procurement Associate reports to the Procurement officer Work is performed largely autonomous, expressing initiative and independent judgment. Supervision received is focused on the quality of work outputs and is facilitating service delivery. The incumbent provides guidance and training to procurement support staff and advices clients throughout the Organization.

Working Relationships

The Procurement Associate maintains a wide range of contacts with managers, staff, and suppliers inside and outside the Organization, ensuring the quality and consistency of procurement support services and the compliance with relevant policies and procedures.

Key Functions/Results

  • Perform operational functions relating to the procurement process, including the preparation of documents related to assigned procurement actions, issuance of tenders and purchase orders, evaluation of bids, follow-up with suppliers, attendance at tender opening panel, draft simple amendments and/ or renewals to contracts and service orders under the guidance of the supervisor(s), applying in-depth knowledge of the procurement applications and regulations etc.;
  • Review purchase requisitions, orders, contracts and tenders to ensure that they are technically complete and in conformity with established FAO rules and procedures; approve transactions in the relevant systems up to a maximum amount as delegated;
  • Ensure that procurement actions are completed in a timely manner in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures; ensure timely information on the status of procurement activities and all related issues;
  • Maintain and monitor database records related to procurement actions undertaken, assigned tenders, and contracts; coordinate collection of statistical information on procurement actions and ensure that information maintained in the relevant systems is accurate and updated;
  • Prepare, review and analyze periodic monitoring reports making recommendations and taking action as instructed;
  • Participate in meetings with suppliers;
  • Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing across the Service through training of staff and briefing of colleagues on the use of the Oracle Procurement Module and other IT applications utilized in the Procurement Service;
  • Act as the procurement focal point for GRMS, UNGM and Intend;
  • Review current processes and make recommendations to improve purchasing systems and procedures;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Impact Of Work

The incumbent's work impacts on the quality, timeliness and efficiency of FAO's procurement operations. He/she plays a lead role in the coordination and provision of the procurement support services for the successful achievement of the Office's mandate

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CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary school education

Experience: Five years of experience in procurement support work

Languages: Working knowledge (Level C) of English and either Arabic or French

IT Skills: Very good knowledge of the MS Office package, Internet and office technology equipment

Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of the procurement regulations and procedures of any public or international entity or organization.
  • Good knowledge of the International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) and their application
  • Thorough knowledge of the ERP Procurement Module and ability to guide, direct and advise colleagues on its use and applications

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Thorough knowledge of UN system procurement regulations, policies and procedures
  • Certification on procurement delivered from an internationally recognized institution is an asset.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in iMIS reporting and monitoring tools
  • Thorough knowledge of FAO's administrative policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of other FAO languages (Spanish, Chinese or Russian) will be considered an advantage

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.

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FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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