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 Senior 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 SPS will work closely under the supervision of the Country Procurement Coordinator (CPC) for the Maghreb and Djibouti, stationed in Washington, DC, and in close collaboration with other procurement staff in the region, in particular those based in other Francophone countries of the region in Tunis and Rabat.
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.
2. Contributes to the effective roll-out and implementation of the World Bank’s New Procurement Framework (NPF), assuming responsibility over application of the Systematic Tracking of Exchanges in Procurement (STEP) system, training of clients, and effective application of the new Policy, including providing Hands-on support when needed.
3. Under the guidance of the Practice Manager and the Maghreb Country Procurement Coordinator (CPC), assists with the reform and modernization of the procurement function in Djibouti, strengthening the national country system, building institutions and procurement capacity in the context of the expected surge in IDA funding.
4. Organizes and conducts the preparatory work in support of new projects by actively assisting the clients in drafting Project Procurement Strategy for Development (PPSD), participates to procurement assessments, carries out prior and post-reviews of procurement as well as contributing to procurement sections of Bank documents, including Project Appraisal Documents, Legal Agreements, Quality Enhancement Review Documents DPL and Board Papers that require procurement input and verifies that all cases subject to Practice Manager’s clearance are properly prepared and presented, and collaborates with the Practice Manager and the Maghreb CPC to ensure consistency in the procurement approach across the region.
5. Plays a key role in developing innovative, practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues at the regional, county and/or sector levels.
6. Assists the CPC in the preparation of the budget under his/her responsibility and supports the use of electronic tools to track performance of key fiduciary metrics covering the operations portfolio as well as the unit’s own work program deliverables.
7. Plays a significant role within the procurement function in guiding/mentoring and establishing a framework and approach to knowledge dissemination and is a key contributor in design of professional and operational training or development of knowledge products in procurement.
Carrying out the responsibilities of the SPS 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 SPS 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 Manager in Djibouti and 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.
• Sound understanding of international procurement policy and procedures, in particular of other donors such as AfDB, EBRD, EIB, ISDB, KFW, EU and AFD.
• 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.
• Advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce) plus a minimum of 8 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 French 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.