The SIP-MENA unit aims to serve its partner countries through empowered country teams, working around a country strategy developed in close cooperation with the concerned countries. SIP-MENA staff members are expected to be guided by values such as creating a supporting work environment based on teamwork, transparency, trust, and client service underlined by professional excellence as well as possess the following attributes:
• Collegiality, creativeness, resourcefulness
• Good listening and communications skills
• Intellectual and personal integrity and competence
• Willingness and ability to work in teams
• Commitment to clients
The Procurement Specialist will be a member of the SIP-MENA Unit that is managed by an (Accredited) Practice Manager (APM), based in Washington D.C. The PS will work in close collaboration with other procurement staff in the region.
Note: 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.
• Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
• Supports clients in achieving value for money in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
• Understands relevant procurement markets using analytical tools and approaches to define more effective procurement strategies.
• Is responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle, to include analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
• Provides operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement.
• Participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable procurement plans.
• Participates in country procurement assessments, prepares background analysis, collaborates on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors instruments to meet specific client needs.
• Negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints from senior officials and contractors on bidding and award issues.
• Designs and conducts workshops to educate procurement professionals in the Bank and in borrower agencies on the Bank’s philosophy and approach to procurement, the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures and processes, as well as on specialized procurement topics.
• Prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports.
• Handles appropriate interaction with country counterparts on sector, organizational, human resources management, financial, economic and regulatory practices.
Carrying out the responsibilities of the PS will involve interaction with Task Team Leaders (TTLs), Sector Leaders and Managers in Washington, as well as with government officials, counterparts in other international organizations, and Public Sector Management and Financial Management Specialists. The PS is a key player in building and maintaining relations with external and internal parties, including Bank Global Practices (GPs), Bank Country Management Units (CMUs), represented by Bank’s Country Director in Cairo, and government officials. This is particularly important when considering the responsibility to engage the governments in the CMU on public procurement reform.
• Advanced technical qualifications and broad expertise in all aspects of procurement, including proven experience in designing, managing and delivering large scale and complex procurement operations.
• Seasoned knowledge and specialized command of major facets of Multilateral Development Banks procurement policies and practices, including notions of the new concepts under the New Procurement Framework. In-depth knowledge of Banks operations and demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate procurement-specific knowledge with broader operational and policies, research objectives, etc.
• Proven strong conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills.
• Quality diplomatic and negotiating skills to handle complex technical issues in sensitive environments with considerable business interests at stake.
• Authority to ascertain clear procurement strategies, rules, and methodologies in implementation (e.g. to deal with cases such as the tendency of clients to mix national and Bank procurement policy).
• Proven track record of designing, managing and delivering relatively complex, large-scale procurement operations, policy work, etc.
• Ability to operate effectively in a large administrative environment such as the World Bank, and to work in teams, in close cooperation with TTLs Financial Management Specialists, other Governance Global Practice colleagues, to solve complex problems collaboratively, coordinate with managers, located at both Headquarters and in the field office(s), and work independently under the general direction of the APM.
• Experience in working with other multilateral or bilateral donors and solid knowledge of developing country conditions, and ability to develop joint operations in the context of the New Procurement Framework.
• Master’s degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce) plus a minimum of 5 years of experience as Procurement Specialist or responsibilities with a substantial content in the procurement area.
• Excellent communication skills with ability to defend orally and in writing difficult issues and positions (in a challenging environment as necessary) to Bank management, government officials, etc.
• High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving quality and timeliness in delivering the work program of the APM office.
• Strong organizational skills, including proven track record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide staff and clients and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
• Ability to function effectively and deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective relationships with clients and colleagues
• Familiarity with Bank’s Office suite: Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
• Oral and written mastery of English and Arabic is required.
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.