Central Support Services
Associate Procurement Officer, Grade 14 / LDC
Vacancy Announcement Number
Deadline for Applications
22 June 2019
Fixed-Term Appointment for 3 years (applies to
internal candidates on Fixed-Term contract only);
including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of
further extension, subject to the availability of funds,
satisfactory performance and continuing need.
Limited Duration Contract for 1 year (applies to
external candidates and internal candidates on
LDC); renewable; Appointment subject to funding
Department Central Support Services
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UNwide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working
across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed professionals wishing to make a
UNRWA’s strategic objectives
The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human
development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the
Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international
law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is
reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d)
Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e)
Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental
health. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states,
regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most
vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. In this role, you will
be responsible to the assigned Procurement Officer.
The main responsibilities include:
Planning procurement actions for assigned projects, which involve the procurement of a
variety of goods and services of a general nature, and some technically complex
commodities; reviewing and analyzing technical specifications to ensure completeness,
accuracy and competitive qualities, and identifying optional courses of action; supervising,
assigning tasks to, and assessing the performance of his/her subordinate staff and providing
them with coaching, mentoring and training;
Advising staff, including Requisitioning Units, in matters regarding procurement policies and
procedures, technical specifications, pricing and product/service availability, as well as
appropriate substitutes or alternative options to reduce costs;
Conducting market research to keep abreast of market developments; researching and
analyzing statistical data and market reports on the situation, patterns and availability of
goods and services;
Developing vendor evaluation criteria; preparing and conducting solicitations and evaluation
of bids/proposals/quotations to ensure overall competitiveness, quality, and conformity to
specified requirements; ensuring that the recommended award(s) are made in the best
interest of the Agency;
Compiling, verifying and presenting procurement data; preparing and reviewing all relevant
supporting documents and recommends approval of the contract or purchase order;
authorizing purchases in line with delegated authority, and, in cases where the amount
exceeds authorized signature authority, preparing submissions to the Contracts Committee
for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official;
Following up and ensuring timely delivery of goods and services in coordination with
contractors and Requisitioning Units; overseeing adherence to contractual agreements;
advising concerned parties on contractual rights and obligations; monitoring contract cycle
management; ensuring that contracts are closed and filed in a timely manner; reviewing
contract performance evaluations; addressing vendors’ performance issues in coordination
with Requisitioning Units;
Preparing and reviewing a variety of reports, correspondence, and documents (e.g.
purchase orders, contracts and amendments) on procurement-related matters;
Conditions of service
Option One: Fixed Term Appointment, Grade 14
Monthly basic salary JD 849.80 plus special occupation allowance of 8.40% of the basic
salary Other benefits include monthly Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by
the Agency), compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave, and dependency
allowance (if applicable).
Option Two: Limited Duration Contract (LDC- Band F)
Monthly basic salary starting from JD 977.20 depending on the professional knowledge and
experience. Other benefits include compulsory medical insurance, 30 days of annual leave prorated to the duration of the contract where less than one year, and family allowance (if applicable).
To qualify for this position, you will need:
Education University degree from an accredited educational institution in business
administration, public administration, procurement, supply chain
management, contract law, or related area.
Who we are
For almost 70 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has
been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank
and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine
refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this
assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human
development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety,
dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing
education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement,
microfinance and emergency assistance.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
At least four years of relevant experience in procurement, contract
management, supply chain management or related area.
Language(s) Excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic.
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity apply by default.
Planning and Organizing;
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
How to apply
Applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.org by creating a personal profile and
completing an UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees
from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through
http://jobs.unrwa.org will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only
applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted via e-mail only. Please ensure that the email address indicated in your Personal History Profile is accurate.
The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
testing, interviewing, etc.). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related
to bank accounts.
This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. As an Area post, preference
will be given to local candidates already based in the duty station of the post.
UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest
standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for
diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are
expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully
and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA
is a non- smoking work environment.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower
grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they
have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they
have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international
human rights law or international humanitarian law.
Date of issue: 09 June 2019/AD
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