Procurement Officer at Christian Aid (CA)

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Procurement Officer at Christian Aid (CA)

Christian Aid (CA) is a UK-based international NGO, partnering with others to end poverty in Africa. At the heart of this vision is the transformation of the lives of people who live in poverty, empowering them to have a brighter future. Christian Aid works in more than 30 countries and has been operating in Nigeria since 2003. The Nigeria Country programme focuses on Community Health and HIV, Accountable Governance including humanitarian response and Gender.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Procurement Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Contract Length: 11 months
Contracted hours: 35
Department: International
Reports to: Senior Operations Coordinator
Salary Band: G
Competency level: 2
Travel: Expected travel per annum Up to 30 days
On call / Unsocial Hours : On call / unsocial hours No
Surge capacity for emergency responses No

Role Definition

  • To be responsible for Christian Aid’s Procurement in the Northeast and across other locations where Christian Aid is implementing projects.
  • The role is key in supporting and implementing the procurement guidelines and ensuring that procurement processes are well documented and in line with donor requirements
  • The role plays a key role in vendor and contractor engagements and ensures that all contractual processes are adhered to.

Role Context

  • The role will be based in Maiduguri, be part of the Operations Team and the wider Nigeria Country team
  • The post holder will support the Head of Operations to deliver on the procurement mandate of the team working closely with the Procurement Committee to ensure that funds spent on commercial goods and services across the various country programme activities achieve value for money and risks are well managed.
  • The role is key in supporting and implementing the procurement guidelines and ensuring that procurement processes are well documented and in line with donor requirements. The role plays a key role in vendor and contractor engagements and ensures that all contractual processes are adhered to.

Role Purpose

  • The Procurement Officer reporting to the Senior Operations Coordinator will work closely with the Procurement Committee to ensure effective procurement processes in the Humanitarian Response.
  • The role holder will support Christian Aid’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria with special focus on procurements.
  • She/he will support Christian Aid’s procurements across funded programmes which are implemented by Christian Aid and her partners in Borno, other states in the northeast and other Christian Aid project locations.
  • The role holder will assist in the implementation and documentation of all procurement processes.
  • She/he will work closely with programme leads to ensure that procurements on each project are done in a timely manner.
  • She/ he will ensure transparent vendor engagements in line with Christian Aid’s procurement guidelines and ensure that value for money is achieved with every transaction.
  • The role holder will ensure transparent and open communication in respect of procurement and be accountable for the delivery of the procurement processes.
  • The role holder will supervise the Procurement Assistant.

Key Outcomes

  • Ensure that all procurement processes are properly documented, and that engagement of contractors and vendors are in line with Christian Aid’s procurement guidelines.
  • Track status of procurement requests and provide updates through procurement request status reports.
  • Maintain a Vendor List with updated information on different categories of goods and services and performance ranking based on recent post-delivery evaluations.
  • Support tendering processes, opening of bids and selection of qualified contractors/ vendors. Ensure the contractual processes are in line with Christian Aid’s contractual guidelines.
  • Work closely with the Senior Operations Coordinator and Project Leads to have up to date procurement reports across all projects.
  • The Procurement Officer reporting to the Senior Operations Coordinator will work closely with the Procurement Committee to ensure effective procurement processes in the Humanitarian Response.
  • The role holder will support Christian Aid’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria with special focus on procurements.
  • She/he will support Christian Aid’s procurements across funded programmes which are implemented by Christian Aid and her partners in Borno, other states in the northeast and other Christian Aid project locations.
  • The role holder will assist in the implementation and documentation of all procurement processes.
  • She/he will work closely with programme leads to ensure that procurements on each project are done in a timely manner.
  • She/ he will ensure transparent vendor engagements in line with Christian Aid’s procurement guidelines and ensure that value for money is achieved with every transaction.
  • The role holder will ensure transparent and open communication in respect of procurement and be accountable for the delivery of the procurement processes.
  • The role holder will supervise the Procurement Assistant. Key outcomes
  • Ensure that all procurement processes are properly documented, and that engagement of contractors and vendors are in line with Christian Aid’s procurement guidelines.
  • Track status of procurement requests and provide updates through procurement request status reports.
  • Maintain a Vendor List with updated information on different categories of goods and services and performance ranking based on recent post-delivery evaluations.
  • Support tendering processes, opening of bids and selection of qualified contractors/ vendors. Ensure the contractual processes are in line with Christian Aid’s contractual guidelines.
  • Work closely with the Senior Operations Coordinator and Project Leads to have up to date procurement reports across all projects.

Role Agility

  • In order to respond to ever changing demands within the environment, Christian Aid operates within an agile framework (both in workforce and operational) that requires from all employees, a high level of responsiveness and adaptiveness to processes and structures making flexibility and a project based working approach the norm.
  • To sustain this system, managers may/will agree further details of specific tasks and duties as part of the performance agreement
  • Any reasonable duty may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility, and employees may be required to change the focus of their role from time to time.

Person Specification
Applied Skills / Knowledge and Expertise:

Essential:

  • BA / B.Sc. Degree in Supply and Purchasing Management or related field such as (Logistics or Administration), from a recognized institution.
  • Good commercial awareness
  • At least 3 years relevant procurement experience in a similar organisation including the use of comprehensive evaluation techniques is essential.
  • Is Proven ability to prepare reports and maintain complete files and records.
  • High level of computer literacy (Word and Excel essential)
  • Ability to prioritize within a multi- tasking environment
  • Prior experience in a similar role in an INGO is required.
  • Member of a professional procurement body is an added advantage
  • Demonstrable ability to handle high volume and complex procurement processes
  • Ability to work as a team and have good inter-personal skills
  • Ability to multi – task, result oriented and dependable.

Desirable:

  • Familiar with different procurement and logistics context across the country especially in the northeast Nigeria.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in Hausa and English language.
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to identify solutions, and implement resolutions
  • Membership of a professional purchasing organization is an advantage
  • Knowledge of framework agreement and contract drafting.

Other Requirements:
Relationships:
External:

  • Build strong relationships with partners, vendors, contractors, donors and stakeholders as may be required.

Internal:

  • Build strong relationship with staff in the humanitarian response, the country office especially the Operations and Finance team and across all project states.

Decision-Making:

  • Budgetary / savings responsibility Make decisions in order to support team effectively, from definition of product specification to product delivery in addition to day-to-day management of vendors.
  • Also providing technical input on all procurement and logistics issues. Day to day decision to ensure partner portfolio projects are running effectively and higher levels decisions on supporting the projects informed by Christian Aid’s strategy and strategic focus areas. Make suggestions around project proposals, so they are prepared and comply with reporting requirements.
  • Contribute to shaping and implementing logistics and procurement strategy, making sound decisions to support this.

Analytical Skills:

  • The post holder will have the ability to apply logical thinking and common sense to gathering and analysing information.
  • Tasks involve analysis and choosing between options, where the solution is not always obvious and where considerable initiative and judgement is required.
  • They will be working in a conscientious, consistent, and thorough manner. Integrate and interpret broad and complex information.
  • Analyse spend data, track and report savings and cost avoidance Work on complex specialist / technical issues.
  • Required to develop new ways of doing things to better meet program goals requiring substantial creative or analytical ability.

Developing Self and Others:

  • The post holder will be expected to manage and prioritise their own work and be proactive. Working alongside the Senior Operations and Procurement Coordinator, they will give advice to programme staff in country regarding procurement and supplier management.
  • Develop capacity to manage high value and complex procurements develop working knowledge of contract terms and conditions. Help teams to effectively manage suppliers.

Application Closing Date
9th February, 2022.

Interview Date
21st February, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

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