This position is located in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), El Fasher. The Requisition Assistant will report to the Acquisition Planning Officer.
The incumbent participates in requisitioning processes of significant complexity related to the worldwide procurement of diverse services and commodities (e.g. information technology and communication equipment, vehicles, medical equipment and supplies, food rations, fuel, construction and building maintenance materials, stationery and office supplies etc.) in accordance with the Mission Acquisition Plan and in support of the mission mandate. She/he will assist in monitoring the overall supply chain plan, raise requisitions/shopping carts, and follow up with technical units regarding the technical specifications for the requirements, e.g. Statement of Work (SOW), Terms of Reference (TOR), etc. to ensure resources are used in an optimal way to meet client
Within delegated authority, the Requisitions Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Prepares requisitions for diverse services and commodities (e.g. information technology and communication equipment, vehicles, medical equipment and supplies, food rations, fuel, construction and building maintenance materials, furniture and fixtures, stationery and office supplies etc.) in a timely manner in accordance with the mission’s acquisition plan and monitors status of requisitioning and procurement processes of assigned categories;
• Prioritizes requisition preparation as per guidance of Requisitions Officer, taking into an account changing priorities and emergencies, resulting into an optimal delivery schedule to meet mission’s requirements;
• Liaises with counterparts in acquisition planning unit or UNGSC on items availability prior to raising requisitions to acquire new items and raises internal (transfer) orders for items to be supplied from existing inventory of Strategic Deployment Stock (SDS) or surplus stock in other missions.
• Maintains relevant databases and files to keep track of any contractual agreements, and updates the various stakeholders regarding the assigned categories;
• Selects correct items from the Material Master when raising shopping carts to buy items from catalogues related to global or regional systems contracts;
• Prepares requisitions for service contracts requirements and maintenance plans in accordance with the contract terms;
• Verifies that all requisitions for goods have accompanying requisitions for freight forwarding, as appropriate, and includes guidelines for suppliers for detailed packing instructions and delivery plan by destination;
• Applies adequate lead times from requisitioning so that realistic foreseen delivery dates are duly inserted in the requisitions; also ensures that all requisitions are in compliance with contract terms and agreed delivery schedules;
• Works in close collaboration with internal stakeholders, such as the technical units within Service Delivery and Supply Chain Services/Sections, and assists in the preparation of the technical specifications, e.g. Statements of Work (SOWs), Terms of Reference (TOR), etc. for various services and commodities not available from existing stock or systems contracts, ensuring completeness of the requirement and technical evaluation criteria;
• Liaises with Procurement Section regarding the procurement process for raised requisitions, contributes to the development of the Source Selection Plan and maintains relevant internal databases and overviews to keep track of outstanding requisitions and keeps the various stakeholders informed of their status;
• Alerts Requisitions Officer and acquisition planning unit of any recurring or duplicated requirements to optimize the requisitioning and supply chain management process;
• Implements mission policies and procedures, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines and instructions, governing the requisitioning and procurement process;
• Implements internal control systems including maintenance of accurate and complete accounting, reporting and all electronic/hard copy records for quality control purposes and ensure proper audit trail;
• Provides work direction and guidance to national GS staff; manages and coordinates the activities in his/her area of responsibility.
• Performs other duties as requested by the Requisitions Officer.
-Demonstrated knowledge of and exposure to a substantive field of work in the areas of supply chain management, requisitioning, warehousing, inventory management, distribution and procurement.
-Shows pride in work and in achievements;
-Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
-Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
-Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
-Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
-Remains calm in stressful situations;
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
High School or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in at least one of the following areas is required: logistics, supply chain management, business administration and procurement or related areas.
A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in supply chain, inventory management, logistics, procurement, administration or related area is required. Experience providing logistics and supply chain support services in a volatile, conflict or post conflict environment is desirable. Experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as UMOJA or similar in the areas of scheduling, inventory control, procurement and/or logistics processes is desirable. Experience working with Microsoft office, such as Excel and Word is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this vacancy, fluency (both oral and written) in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2018. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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