Working at the World Bank
Background / General description:
Our institution is
The Global Directorate for
The Latin America and
The procurement team (i)
The Extended Term Consultant / Senior Procurement Specialist will be a member of the SIP-LAC
The Extended Term Consultant / Senior Procurement Specialist reports to the Practice Manager,
Scope of Work:
* Work independently on any procurement matter in specific sectors seeking guidance from the Practice Manager, as appropriate.
* Employ appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues working across countries/sectors. Responsible for reviewing and handling technical, commercial, and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle. This includes analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
* Provide operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies, and procedures for international and local procurement.
* Participate in missions as sole procurement expert on complex projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers, and develops suitable procurement plans.
* Participate in country procurement assessments, prepare background analysis, collaborate on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors’ instruments to meet specific client needs.
* Negotiate and resolve difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handle questions/complaints from senior officials and contractors on bidding and award issues.
* Design and conduct workshops to educate procurement professionals in the Bank and in borrower agencies on the Bank’s philosophy and approach to procurement. As well as the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures, and processes, and on specialized procurement topics.
– Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent qualification relevant to this position.
– Minimum of eight (8) years of direct relevant professional experience in procurement and contract management.
– Excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Independently preparing a variety of written outputs and editing technical reports.
– Solid understanding of the concepts, principles, and practices governing international procurement, with the ability to translate concepts into operational work, including but not limited to VFM, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing, market analysis, contract management, etc.
– Understanding of State-of-the-art knowledge of public procurement principles, systems, process and planning, legal frameworks and institutions and approaches to international procurement.
– Good understanding of critical linkages and relationships among clients’ business drivers, business operations and objectives and Procurement processes.
– Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and ability to work in teams in a multi-cultural environment.
– Ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically with internal/external contacts at all levels; work independently, prioritizing work, taking initiative, and solving problems; adapt to changing business needs by continuous learning/training.
– Recognized ability to exercise good judgment and in handling confidential and sensitive information.
– Demonstrate ability to function under time pressure and handle multiple tasks in a fast- paced environment of changing priorities, with initiative and resourcefulness.
– Excellent administrative, organizational skills and attention to detail.
– Knowledge of technology skills, particularly in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
* Client-driven and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a technical quality and timeliness.
* Ability to solve complex problems involving multiple stakeholders and constraints.
* Analytical skills to recognize patterns, extract conclusions and strategies out of information coming from multiple sources and in a variety of forms.
* Results-oriented to act as a trusted, strategic advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results.
– Knowledge on institutions and procurement reforms in Borrower’s countries.
– Understanding of the World Bank’s business objectives, products, and project cycle.
– Understanding of political economy, public policy, public systems, and public management.
– Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies.
– Ability to manage complex, multi-functional, cross-regional projects/programs including managing relationships with stakeholders & counterparts.
– Good understanding of risk management.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.