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Procurement Associate

Posted on December 4, 2018 by UNOPS


Deadline for registration: December 19, 2018

The UNOPS office in Panama is looking for national candidates and residents (who have a work permit) from Panama.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Procurement Officer, the Procurement Associate ensures the provision of efficient and timely support services in procurement and contract administration to the different programmers in a relevant geographical area. He/she promotes a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach and provides support to the relevant procurement personnel. In the discharge of her/his duties, the Procurement Associate works with minimal supervision and liaises with UNOPS Programme Support Officers, Chief Technical Advisors, Portfolio Managers and Portfolio Assistants in order to ensure best support.

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. Team Management
  6. 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.

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.

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;

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;

5. Team Management

  • Facilitates the engagement and provision of high quality results and services of the team supervised through effective work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Provides oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.

6. 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

To access the full list of roles and responsibilities, pelase download the terms of references attached to the announcemnet.

Please apply through the following link https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=16923