United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Job Recruitment – Procurement Group

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners around the world.

We invite applications for:

Job Title: Director, Procurement Group

  • Duty Station:  Copenhagen

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply

Background Information – PG

The Procurement Group (PG) forms part of the Implementation Practices and Standards (IPS) function, which is responsible for the UNOPS delivery practices. The Group leads UNOPS procurement and supply chain practice, through the following core functions:

  • Providing strategic direction and leadership of UNOPS sustainable procurement and supply chain practices.
  • Driving innovative procurement policies, processes, tools and digitalisation of procurement; providing strategic advice; and strengthening the knowledge, skills and competencies of procurement practitioners.
  • Furthering UNOPS position as a leader in sustainable public procurement, by driving cutting edge knowledge, innovation, digitization and best practices.
  • Positioning UNOPS as a value-added partner in the global human development environment and strengthens its competitive position as leader in sustainable public procurement and supply chain practices.

Background Information – Job specific

Reporting to the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards, the Director Procurement Group:

  • Is part of the Implementation Practices and Standards Management Team and supports the Director IPS in providing corporate governance, corporate risk management, decision making, and setting strategic direction of UNOPS.
  • Leads thought leadership and the value proposition of UNOPS sustainable procurement services and the creation of an enabling environment for prompt and consistent implementation of initiatives that help position UNOPS as a leader in sustainable and public procurement.
  • Role models UNOPS values and behavioral competencies, and provides strategic leadership in business and organisational culture development, in order for UNOPS to build a motivated workforce and an inclusive, collaborative and agile work environment, conducive to enhancing organizational capacity for UNOPS to serve and to prosper.
  • Sets the strategy for the Procurement Group and is accountable for its overall results.
  • Contributes to the strategy of the Implementation Practices and Standards function, to enable quality, effectiveness and sustainability of UNOPS portfolio delivery and excellence of implementation practices.
  • Provides leadership, guidance and oversight for the Procurement Group and ensures it effectively and efficiently contributes to the UNOPS purpose, goals and objectives.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Strategic and people leadership

  • Under the guidance and oversight of the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards, establish the strategy and annual work plan for the Procurement Group in collaboration with key stakeholders, set objectives, performance measurements, standards and results expected.
  • Monitor implementation of the Procurement Group annual work plan, ensure progress and the delivery of results as planned and according to expectations.
  • Assess the performance and efficacy of the Procurement Group and take decisions and/or recommend to the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards appropriate changes in operations to enhance/maximise results.
  • Establish comprehensive management procedures for sustainable procurement and systematically evaluate the performance of the global practice to ensure compliance with UNOPS standards of performance, ethics and integrity and accountability framework.
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration by providing the Procurement Group with clear direction, objectives and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
  • Plan, recruit and develop a flexible workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance, and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed.

2. Corporate leadership

  • Provide strategic advice to the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards, the Director of Regional Portfolios and Regional Directors on procurement and supply chain issues, including risks and performance analysis. Lead relevant corporate initiatives for the achievement of the UNOPS strategy, including the digitization of procurement.
  • Contribute to the formulation of UNOPS overall strategies and policies by advising the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards, and participation in senior management deliberations on current and future business operations and strategy development and planning as it relates to procurement and supply chain.
  • Ensure the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards is kept informed of issues, trends, and changes in procurement and supply chain which are relevant to UNOPS strategic positioning or impact on UNOPS results.
  • Advise the Director of Implementation Practices and Standards and other Senior Managers on critical issues regarding the performance of UNOPS sustainable procurement practitioners at headquarter and across global field offices and opportunities and challenges to integrate findings in development planning.
  • Collaborate with, and provide expert advice to the Infrastructure and Project Management Group on procurement and supply chain issues related to UNOPS infrastructure projects.
  • Lead the evolution of digitalization, innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable procurement and supply chain practices.
  • Leads the provision of authoritative interpretation of procurement and supply chain policies to internal stakeholders where required.
  • Establish and maintain a collaborative dialogue with UNOPS colleagues, internal and external partners and/or governing bodies to promote a shared commitment to professionalization and career development and learning in sustainable and public procurement practices.

3. Sustainable procurement standards and knowledge management

  • Guide, monitor and evaluate the implementation of UNOPS standards for competencies, education and experience requirements for sustainable procurement practitioners.
  • Assess the impact of changes in and the relationship between the global human development environment and sustainable public procurement, and determine/recommend the strategy and approaches to ensure the continuing professionalization and performance of practitioners.
  • Keep abreast of, and be adept in, innovative procurement techniques and practices as they impact on development objectives.
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and organization of capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders in the area of procurement.

4. Representation, business development and partnerships

  • Provide strategic advice and support to the Director of Regional Portfolios, the Director of Partnerships & Liaison Group and the respective Regional Directors, to assist in project development/negotiations with project implementing partners and clients.
  • Drive opportunities to position UNOPS at the forefront of sustainable public procurement and ensure UNOPS is contributing to industry and sector knowledge e.g. through briefs, white-papers etc. on relevant topics of information.
  • Contribute to UNOPS positioning within the United Nations as an expert in the field of procurement and demonstrating the role of procurement in sustainable development.
  • Represent UNOPS in senior inter-agency meetings, to promote the organization, influence policy discussion and to identify potential areas for UNOPS partnership and engagement.
  • Represent UNOPS in public forums and the development sector to advocate for transparent, effective and sustainable procurement practices and to collaborate and build alliances with partners and stakeholders.
  • Represent UNOPS in inter-agency and external meetings/bodies (such as the Procurement Network) and academic and professional institutions to keep current on best practices on procurement and techniques and industry practices and/or to harmonize approaches policies, practices and approaches to ensure UNOPS remains a competent and recognized expert organization in international development and project services.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should:

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Application Deadline: 5th May 2020


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