CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world as well as to other UN Offices, Agencies Funds and Programs.
This position is located in the Field Contract Management Team, within Supply Chain Service, of the United Nations Global Service Centre, Brindisi, Italy.
This position reports directly to the Chief Field Contract Management.
Under the responsibility of the Chief Field Contract Management, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
• Assist in the management of contractual and procurement aspects of procurement project; establish and maintain work programme and schedules for on-going contracts and newly planned ones.
• Review procurement requests submitted by projects, substantive units, or field offices to ensure completeness, and adequacy of the goods, services, and related procurement and contract specifications.
• Ensure adherence to contractual agreements for material, equipment and production costs, performance requirements and delivery schedules by periodic and ad hoc checks.
• Provide assistance to the Field Contracts Management Team with the interpretation of UNHQ field mission system contracts with a view to resolve contractual and performance issues in Field Missions.
• Contribute to the development and presentation of contract management best practices, tools, guidelines, manuals, policies, and lessons learned for us by Field Missions.
• Assist in the daily monitoring, updating, and reporting of the UNGSC Supply Chain Planning Tool activities and preparation and coordination of the yearly UNGSC Supply Chain demand plan.
• Assist in the market research to keep abreast of significant market developments, research and analyze statistical information, and market reports on the world commodity situation, production patterns and availability of the goods and services to be contracted; identify new technologies, products or services as well as new potential supply sources for the programme serviced; participate in the incorporation of the research and study results in the procurement programme; and identify, evaluate and recommend potential suppliers and manufacturers.
• Draft relevant audit responses. Maintain contract related electronic and hardcopy files and records to ensure proper accountability. Implement Contracts Management work program.
• Administration of office, managing and liaising with vendors, assisting with budgetary reporting, and reconciliation of invoices.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of policies, practices, and regulations on management of supplies, purchasing and logistics and ability to apply them in an organizational environment. Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports on a wide variety of data. Knowledge of the Organization’s financial rules and regulations, as well as budgetary, administrative procedures, policies, and directives, with respect to specialized tasks in supply management, logistics and transport operations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.Job - Specific Qualification
A certificate in the Supply Chain planning is desirable.
A training in Contract Management is desirable.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in logistics, administrative services, or related area, is required.
Experience in contract management and supply chain planning is desirable.
Experiencing using an Enterprise Resource Management System is desirable.
Experience in the use of Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook email, Teams, etc.) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening, and it may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Applicants for the General Service and related positions must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located.
A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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