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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/GSC/FT780
Title: Procurement Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 22 December 2016
Application Deadline: 10 January 2017 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Organization unit: HQ/GSC Global Service Centre (HQ/GSC) /
HQ/GPL Global Procurement and Logistics (HQ/GPL)
The WHO Global Service Centre provides administrative services to all staff and all WHO offices worldwide in respect of human resources, payroll, procurement, accounts payable and support of specific corporate IT applications. The aim of this Centre is to serve as the global processing and administrative platform for the swift and reliable delivery of a comprehensive array of products and services covering all these fields.

The objective of the Global Procurement and Logistics (GPL) is to develop global policies and procedures on contracting and procurement; to set standards for the goods and services contracted or procured as well as control and oversight of the adherence to applicable rules, procedures and standards associated with such procurement. GPL is also responsible for market research, purchasing of and evaluating suppliers for a vast range of commodities and services for WHO's technical programmes and projects. Finally GPL provides administrative services to all staff and all WHO Offices worldwide in respect of purchasing and shipping of both goods and services.
Description of duties:
The Procurement Officer is responsible for managing the operations of a sub-unit within GPL responsible for the procurement of a wide variety of goods and services in support of WHO programmes and initiatives worldwide.

The Procurement Officer specializes in the procurement of goods or services in one or more of the following areas: Information Technology (IT), office supplies, laboratory equipment and supplies, medicines, vaccines and diagnostics, environmental supplies, cold chain, vehicles, hospital equipment and supplies, contracting of utilities, shipping and insurance services.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the GPL Coordinator, the incumbent in continuous collaboration and coordination with other colleagues in GPL, colleagues in the Global Finance (GFI) Team, Contract and Procurement Services (CPS) /HQ, Regional Offices and WHO Technical Units, Programmes and Partnerships performs the following duties within the areas of procurement assigned to him/her:

1. Procurement Forecasting.
- Assists technical units in preparing their procurement forecasts, the Procurement Officer prepares the global procurement history of goods based on the procurement performed for a programme during the year using pertinent data from the Global Management System (GSM) and other sources.
- Market information is also used for preparing the procurement forecast. Based on the procurement forecast plan, executes procurement activities like Requests for Quotations (RFQs), long-term agreements etc. with the suppliers as required.

2. Sourcing/Purchasing Strategy.
- The Procurement Officer analyses characteristics of products and develops adequate global sourcing/purchasing strategy to implement strategic procurement with the aim to achieve Best Value for Money.

3. Managing Catalogues.
- Based on negotiated agreements, quotations and expiry, the required item categories are defined and item lines created and maintained up to date in the GSM Global Catalogues that can be viewed and used for purchasing globally by all WHO offices (HQ, Regional, Country).
- Items in the GSM catalogue are created with information such as a short description, a long, specific description, pictures, weight, volumes, etc.
- The Procurement Officer is being the Catalogue Manager responsible to establish, manage and maintain Long Term Agreements (LTAs) as well as WHO online catalogues in the respective area.

4. Request for Price Estimates (RPE).
- If the item is not in the GSM catalogue the requestor may raise a request in GSM for a price estimate and the Procurement Officer processes the RPE that follows with assistance of the technical unit, if required and liaises with providers throughout the process.
- The Procurement Officer sources providers of the requested goods and ensures that all details are available for recording in the GSM to enable the requestor to complete the requisition.

5. Request for Quotations (RFQ).
- The Procurement Officer, based on experience and knowledge of the specialty, decides which form of RFQ is required.
- When the RFQ process is required, the Procurement Officer performs an analysis and selection of the offer, representing the best value for money from the quotations received and seeks approval from the Contract Review Committee (CRC) if required.
- The Procurement Officer conducts routine and complex negotiations alone or in conjunction with senior level WHO partners.

6. Works in close collaboration with colleagues in the Global Finance (GFI) for matters relating to supplier management, encumbrances and payments.

7. Other duties as needed.
- University degree in Business Administration, Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or an equivalent academic qualification.

- Certified training in procurement, especially under United Nations (UN) procurement certification programme or a related subject area .

For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. The list can be accessed through the link:
- A sound knowledge of best practices of procurement and guidelines provided by leading procurement entities.
- Technical knowledge of the different types of supplies and goods such as those purchased by WHO for Headquarters, Regional Offices and field projects.
- Proven problem-solving and statistical analyses capacity.
- Ability to manage and prioritize among projects.
- Ability to work independently and especially under pressure in emergencies.
- Ability to take a leadership role and to supervise staff while maintaining a motivated team.
- Ability to use computer systems pertaining to the treatment and processing of procurement.
- Persuasive and clear communication and interpersonal skills and knowledge of presentation software.

- Knowledge of WHO procurement policies, procedures, rules and technical guidance notes.
- Knowledge of International Contract law.

WHO core competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- At least 5 years experience in the area of procurement, including supervisory experience preferably in a large organization.
- Experience in commercial practices; solid experience in the practical application of price/costs analysis techniques and processes.

- Experience in purchasing within an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) environment.
- Experience of procurement in WHO or other International Organization.
- Excellent knowledge of English, both written and communication.

- Knowledge of French or another WHO official language would be an advantage.
Additional Information:
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice; including those of a temporary nature of a period 12 months.
- A written test may be used for screening purposes.

WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates.

Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

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This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 57,379 at single rate
USD 61,470 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 23.5 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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