• Public Resource Mobilization and Management to provide policy advice and support to institutions and processes across the entire cycle of public financial management, both to countries and to WBG operations.
• Public Integrity and Openness to provide policy advice, institutional support, assistance and capacity building for more transparent, honest and accountable governments.
• Public Service Performance to support a continuous and sustainable improvement in the delivery of public goods and services both from central government, local governments, SOEs, PPPs and through regulation.
• Governance and Inclusive Institutions to support countries in building sustainable, inclusive and trustworthy governance systems, including institutions beyond the executive branch of government.
The GGP interventions range from diagnostics, technical assistance and advisory services, knowledge management and sharing, creating peer learning platforms, lending and reform project implementation, and monitoring and reporting. An important part of its responsibilities is to deliver operational support to other Practices, including through inputs for policy-based operations, hands-on implementation advice and direct fiduciary due diligence of investment financing.
The Public Integrity and Openness (PIO) Department convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement, anti-corruption and open government. In that context, the PIO Department supports governments and non-governmental actors in institutional strengthening and capacity building, improvement and modernization of procurement and information systems, ensuring efficiency of transactions, to ensure improved governance and enhanced development outcomes. The PIO Department advances these efforts across sectors and across all regions of the world.
• Provide technical advice on procurement fiduciary activities and lead policy dialogue on procurement with client countries
• Support client countries in achieving value for money in public procurement to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity
• Create the space for procurement/governance innovation to happen
• Establish proactive processes to identify and deploy knowledge to solve specific problems, and improve development outcomes in client countries
• Facilitate and join global platforms to share knowledge and practices across the world.
The Senior Procurement Specialist reports to the Accredited Procurement Manager (APM) in the Governance Practice, who delegates coordination responsibilities to the Coordinator for the concerned CMU. This position will be based in Buenos Aires country office.
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.
• Makes significant contributions in evaluating and developing improvements to borrower’s procurement regulations/practices, including influencing the design, reform and establishment of national and subnational public procurement systems and strengthening of institutional capacity within borrower entities.
• Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues
• Plays a substantive role in improving Bank procurement practices and approaches; generates “concept notes” and best practices papers and develops innovative solutions to particularly difficult procurement and related issues.
• Leads missions and supervises major projects as a technical expert; interacts with clients at the policy level.
• Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
• Develops and executes training modules on complex procurement topics.
• Works independently under general direction of unit manager or equivalent, and guides and mentors more junior staff.
• 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.
• Working across countries/sectors, 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.
• 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.
• Provides guidance and training to junior procurement staff at grades GE and GF.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following
• Senior management of the Vice Presidency and counterparts across the Bank.
• Counterpart officials in government, multi-national organizations, donor and other agencies.
• Minimum Education: MA/MS (An advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce).
• Eight years of relevant experience in procurement;
2. General Competencies
• Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, discussing and resolving difficult issues, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects.
• Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective business relationships with clients and colleagues.
• Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment.
In addition to the above, the successful candidate must demonstrate the following competencies:
1. Procurement Principles – Possesses solid knowledge of public procurement principles, regulations and approaches to international procurement with proven ability to independently provide well researched analyses of complex procurement issues and problems.
2. Procurement Transactions – Possesses broad experience in procurement process and planning, including bidding documents, evaluation reports and contracts.
3. Ability to carry out capacity assessment, risk mitigation design plan and procurement arrangements for relatively non-complex operations.
4. Public Procurement Systems & Reform – Has adequate knowledge and experience to contribute to procurement analytical work.
5. Operational Project Management – Demonstrates broad knowledge of project management tools & methodologies; identifies key risks and mitigation measures; interprets background analysis and proposed solutions.
6. Client Orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests or needs, working to remove obstacles that may impede execution or overall success.
7. Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal organization to do so. Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
8. Knowledge, Learning and Communication – Actively seeks knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
9. Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyses facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
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.
Note: applicants must be able to travel frequently.