Senior Procurement Specialist Job at World Bank Group

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and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and
extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty,
increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that
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improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable
results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and
improving access to development information and data.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Procurement Specialist

Job Number: 161741
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Grade: GG
Job Family: Procurement
Job Type: Professional & Technical
Recruitment Type: Local Hire
Language Requirement: English [Essential]
The Governance Global Practice (GGP) comprises a variety of different
professional disciplines and has the following three thematic areas:  

  • Solutions and Innovations in Procurement (SIP) Group focuses on
    advancing modern and open procurement systems, integrity in procurement,
    as well as its fiduciary management functions of Bank-funded
  • The GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical
    assistance, and advisory services, learning, innovation and knowledge
    management and sharing, creating peer learning platforms, lending and
    reform project implementation, and monitoring and reporting.  An
    important part of its responsibilities is to deliver operational support
    to other Practices, including through inputs for policy-based
    operations, hands-on implementation advice and direct fiduciary due
    diligence of investment financing.
  • The Solutions and Innovations in Procurement (SIP) Department
    convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing
    cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement. In
    that context, the SIP Department supports governments and
    non-governmental actors in institutional strengthening and capacity
    building, improvement and modernization of procurement and information
    systems, ensuring efficiency of transactions, in order to ensure
    improved governance and enhanced development outcomes. The SIP
    Department advances these efforts across sectors and across all regions
    of the world.
  • Financial Accountability and Reporting (FAR) Group focuses on
    transparency, financial accountability, and financial Reporting in the
    private and public sectors. This will include accountability of
    institutions, oversight bodies and regulators, as well as financial
    management functions of Bank-funded operations.
  • Public Sector and Institutions (PSI) Group focuses on key areas
    that underpin public sector and institutional reform. Some of the high
    priority cross-cutting issues are revenue mobilization, global tax
    issues and fiscal decentralization, open government, and justice for the

The Key Themes of the SIP Group are as follows:

  • Provide technical advice on procurement fiduciary activities and lead policy dialogue on procurement with client countries
  • Support client countries in achieving value for money in public
    procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development
    outcomes with integrity
  • This position is geared to assisting the World Bank staff,
    Nigerian Government and other agencies in implementing World
    Bank-financed programs by providing critical procurement advice and
  • The ideal candidate would combine a deep understanding of
    project procurement in different sectors with a considerable knowledge
    of the budget execution issues in developing countries.
  • S/he will have demonstrated operational and analytic skills and
    will possess strong knowledge and understanding of project procurement
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge and working experience
    with design and implementation of e-Government Procurement Systems and
    Supply Chain Management will be an added advantage.
  • Create the space for procurement/governance innovation to happen
  • Establish proactive processes to identify and deploy knowledge
    to solve specific problems, and improve development outcomes in client
  • Facilitate and join global platforms to share knowledge and practices across the world.
  • The Africa unit of the Solutions and Innovations in Procurement
    (SIP) Department of GGP seeks to recruit a locally hired Senior
    Procurement Specialist to be based in Abuja, Nigeria to provide support
    for the Nigeria portfolio.
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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plays a leadership and advisory role to clients and colleagues
    in handling complex procurement tasks and issues, which frequently cut
    across sectors, countries and/or work units.
  • Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
  • Plays leadership role in the design and implementation of e-Government Procurement system.
  • Leads missions and supervises major projects as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level.
  • Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
  • Develops and executes training modules on complex procurement topics.
  • Works closely with other procurement specialists in the country
    office under general direction of Accredited Practice Manager and under
    direct supervision of Procurement Hub Coordinator, and guides and
    mentors more junior staff.
  • Works closely with management and counterparts across the Bank
    as well as with counterpart officials in government, multi-national
    organizations, donor and other agencies.
  • Supports clients in achieving value for money in public
    procurement and in Bank funded operations in order to enhance service
    delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
  • Makes significant contributions in evaluating and developing
    improvements to borrower’s procurement regulations/practices, including
    influencing the design, reform and establishment of national and
    subnational public procurement systems and strengthening of
    institutional capacity within borrower entities.
  • Plays a substantive role in improving Bank procurement practices
    and approaches; generates “concept notes” and best practices papers and
    develops innovative solutions to particularly difficult procurement and
    related issues.
  • Supports the strengthening of borrower procurement institutions and systems.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification relevant to this
    position and minimum of 8 years relevant experience in carrying out
    technical duties in procurement and contract management.
  • In-depth understanding of Bank operational policies and practices related to project/sector work.
  • Seasoned knowledge of public procurement systems including legal framework and institutions.
  • Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle
    accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a matrix management environment, both as a team leader and team member.
  • State-of-the-art knowledge of public procurement principles,
    systems, process and planning, and approaches to international
    procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched
    analyses of complex procurement issues and problems.
  • Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of all major facets
    of Bank procurement policies and practices as applied across a wide
    range of Bank lending operations at all phases of the project cycle, and
    ability to address broader issues at sector/country level.
  • Ability to lead a team of professionals in the execution of major projects.
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
  • Language Requirement: English (Essential)
  • Knowledge and working experience with design and implementation
    of e-Government Procurement Systems and Supply Chain Management will be
    an added advantage.
  • Good understanding of critical linkages and relationships among
    clients’ business drivers, business operations and objectives and
    Procurement processes.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and implement major projects.
  • Ability to promote client commitment to ensuring implementation and longer-term sustainability of projects/programs.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading discussions with top government functionaries on public procurement reforms.
  • Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting,
    negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in
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Required Competencies
Delivers Results for Clients:

  • Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how
    clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially,
    environmentally and socially sustainable
  • Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the
    client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients
  • Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes

Collaborates Within Teams and Across Boundaries:

  • Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect
  • Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any
    conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions,
    giving credit where credit is due.  Leverages expertise of all team
    members to ensure successful outcomes
  • Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind

Lead and Innovate:

  • Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions
  • Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes
    others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost
    morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and
  • Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context

Create, Apply and Share Knowledge:

  • Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners
  • Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to
    deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior
  • Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks
  • Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by
    WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge
    products of others

How to Apply
Interests and qualified candidates should:
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  • If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member
    with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her
    Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year
    term appointment.
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in
    terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.
    Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All
    applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Application Deadline 15th August, 2016.

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