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Procurement Assoicate, Multiple positions

Yangon

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-26

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Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF), and acting as the Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure, and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs, and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.


Background Information - Job-specific

The Access to Health Fund aims to improve Health outcomes for vulnerable populations in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. The Fund works with Ethnic Health Organizations, national and international NGOs, the United Nations, and other partners to increase people’s access to health-services (maternal, newborn and child health, combating HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) and to strengthen health systems. The Access to Health Fund is supported by four donors - the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, and Switzerland. 

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the functional supervisor, the Procurement Associate is responsible for the effective delivery of procurement services reflecting best practices in international public procurement, compliance with UNOPS procurement rules and regulations, appropriate risk management and obtaining the best value for money. She/he analyzes and interprets the respective rules and regulations and provides solutions to a wide range of issues related to procurement.

Maintaining the highest degree of personal and professional ethics, the Procurement Associate maintains a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Business Unit.


Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key results area:

  1. Transactional Procurement Support services

  2. Procurement planning, requisitions and sourcing 

  3. Bidding and tendering processes

  4. Contract administration

  5. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing


1. Transactional Procurement Support services

Administers a range of transactional-procurement support activities, ensuring compliance with UNOPS rules, regulations, policies and strategies, including the following: 

  • Incorporation of necessary steps to embed sustainability in the procurement process.

  • Completeness of submissions to the Contract and Property Committees (CPCs).

  • Completeness of documentation for preparation/processing of Purchase Orders, Contracts, LTAs or their Amendments.

  • Provision of requested research/data on market supply by conducting routine market research to determine sources of supplies, using United Nations Global Market Place, and other external sources;

  • Set-up/enhancement and maintenance of the local supplier database, ensuring regular update of data.

  • Information databases, all procurement files and records updated and maintained.

  • Status reports generated, as required.

  • Availability of all supporting documents for audit and review purposes;

2. Procurement planning, requisitions and sourcing 

Administratively and technically supports the office’s planning, requisitions/procurement and sourcing support processes, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Collaboration with projects personnel and Managers in the preparation of their procurement plan, awarding, administering and monitoring of all matters related to procurement for the given geographical area / project activity.

  • Maintenance and update of procurement monitoring processes for projects and provision of feedback on purchase orders to requesting office;

  • Provision of proposals to requesting entity on modes for providing goods, works and services, including procurement deadlines for each stage;

  • Review of requisitions for completeness;

  • Preparation of proper and complete specification for equipment and materials, Job Profiles and Statement of Works for the preparation of RFP, RFQ and ITB, ensuring clearance/approval by respective units of the requests.

  • Constant liaison with vendors and consignee until safe delivery of goods is achieved. 

  • Drafting of letters, memoranda, faxes, email, etc.; monitoring of progress and liaison with vendors during the entire procurement cycle; investigation and resolution of post-order problems and of progress reports on procurement matters;

  • Oral/written responses to queries from projects, clients, companies, etc. regarding procurement related matters

  • Preparation of monthly reports on procurement matters;

  • Liaison with the logistics unit or projects on receipt of goods, equipments and services in view of obtaining proper delivery report, RIR (Receipt and Inspection Report), or relevant certificates and that proper inventory is taken;

3. Bidding and tendering processes

Undertakes or supervises technical support  to  bidding and tendering processes, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Preparation of shortlists of suitable contractors/suppliers for purchases of value over designated amounts for approval of designated officer;

  • Preparation and issuance of EOI, RFQ, ITB, RFP or other tender documents as required, ensuring their conformity with UNOPS approved templates or seeking legal clearance in case of required adjustments;

  • Together with the requesting programme/operations clients, support review and evaluation of bids or proposals received and preparation of analysis for less-complex, contract awards and for submission to the LCPC or other, statutory, designated body;

  • Preparation of HQCPC, or designated body, submission together with the requesting programme/operations component;

  • Organizing of LCPC (or desiganted, statutory body) meetings as may be required, and circulating at least 24 hours in advance documents for review; 

  • Maintenance of records of LCPC or designated, statutory body.

4. Contract administration

Supports efficient contract administration, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Follow-up signing of contracts by vendors;

  • Obligation of funds in Enterprise system and obtaining of appropriate signatures for approval;

  • Dissemination of contract advertisement and awards;

  • Maintenance of contracts and filing system;

  • Maintenance of databases/rosters of best suppliers, contractors and service providers, activities and statistics

5. Knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  • Organizes, facilitates and/or delivers training and learning initiatives for personnel on procurement

  • Provides sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in procurement

  • Collects feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively

Impact of Results
The effective and successful achievement of results by the Procurement Associate affect the performance of major aspects of the relevant business unit/s, project activities, procurement and contract management support services, impacting the timely and effective implementation of the respective services and deliverables.  This ensures client satisfaction and promotes the image and credibility of UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management. This enhances UNOPS’ competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country/region served.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education 
  • Secondary education diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy is an asset and may substitute some required years of work experience.
  • Relevant certification in procurement and supply chain management (CIPS or similar) is a distinct advantage.
Experience 
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant progressive experience in procurement and/or its related fields is required. 
  • Knowledge of UN and/or rules and regulations in procurement will be an asset. 
  • Basic understanding of Logistics and Incoterms 2020 required.
  • Good knowledge of international public procurement practices and experiences with market analysis in this field an advantage.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft procurement module and UN Web buy an advantage.
  • Good working knowledge of Google Suite applications is desirable
Language 
  • Intermediate Level of English Language and Fluency of Myanmar Language are required.

Competencies

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.

Contract type, level and duration

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


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

This vacancy is for Myanmar National only.

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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.

Diversity

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.


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