In 2016, the government launched comprehensive reforms to mainstream the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region, which until now has been governed by a special law (Frontier Crimes Regulation 1901), where the laws and rights enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan are not applicable to the residents of FATA.
The UN has played a leading role in advocating for and supporting government-led efforts to mainstream the FATA region. With the launch of the report of the Committee on FATA Reforms 2016, the UN system in Pakistan as well as the international community see significant tasks ahead in terms of supporting the government’s transition and recovery efforts in FATA.
In 2017, UNDP assisted the government and key stakeholders to translate the FATA Reform Agenda into action. This includes the Cabinet approval of the 26-
point reform agenda, the formation of a PM-level implementation committee, introduction and passage of key legislation, and planning support for implementation.
On 31st May the bill for merger of FATA with KP was passed by the Federal and Provincial Legislatures and signed by the President, merging FATA with neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
This transition represents one of the most fundamental political reforms in Pakistan since 1947, and the largest governance change for the residents of FATA since 1887.
UNDP will continue to provide high-level and strategic Technical Assistance to key national counterparts including the FATA Secretariat, Government of KP and Ministry of SAFRON to facilitate a peaceful transition.
In order to provide efficient implementation support to the FATA Governance Project (FGP), which sits under UNDP’s Democratic Governance Unit, the project is looking to hire an experienced Senior Operations Officer.
Under the direct supervision of Operations Manager, the Procurement officer position will provide high quality professional procurement expertise to assist in project operations which eventually will have a robust impact on the efficiency of the unit, helping in the delivering of key deliverables of the project in timely manner by adopting the policies and procedures of UNDP.
He / She will provide guidance and oversight role to ensure compliance with UNDP rules and regulations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Operations Manager, the Procurement Officer will provide high quality professional procurement expertise to manage project operations according to UNDP rules and procedures.
The following is required :
Responsibility for all procurement related matters in the project, across federal, provincial and fields offices focusing on achievement of the following results :
Act as the primary focal person for handling, on behalf of the project, of all procurement related issues;
Provide direct and advisory procurement services to PMU and FOs, including management of end-to-end procurement processes;
Responsible for compiling and consolidated annual procurement plans and follow with component leads for the timely initiation of procurement activity;
Ensure that UNDP and donor rules, regulations and procedures as they relate to procurement administration are fully adhered to;
Conduct regular research for up-to-date market knowledge on major items for procurement within the project;
Advises the requisitioning person on the full range of procurement issues, provides support and guidance at all stages of the procurement cycle.
Ensure through rigorous review of procurement documentation for enhancing internal efficiency and best value for money;
Responsible for development of all bidding documentation, in close consultation with project technical experts, programme and operations teams;
Assist with procurement activities and help identify most suitable procurement strategies to meet the identified equipment / service needs, in close liaison with UNDP operations team;
Conduct procurement processes leading to development of suitable procurement tools, systems, mechanisms and contracts that will ensure timely delivery of equipment / services to beneficiaries fulfilling the identified requirements;
Elaboration of proposals and implementation of cost saving and reduction strategies in consultation with office management.
Provision of researched information for formulation and implementation of contract strategy and strategic procurement in the project including tendering processes and evaluation, managing the contract and contractor, legal considerations and payment conditions, sourcing strategy, supplier selection and evaluation, quality management, e-
Ensures implementation of effective procurement strategies focusing on achievement of the following results :
Preparation of procurement plans for the office and project and their implementation monitoring.
Organization of procurement processes including preparation and conduct of RFQs, ITBs or RFPs, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, their evaluation, negotiation of certain conditions of contracts in full compliance with UNDP rules and regulations.
Elaboration of project SOPs in procurement, in line with corporate rules and regulations, and ensuring regular trainings to PMU and FOs;
Preparation of Purchase orders and contracts in and outside Atlas, preparation of Recurring Purchase orders for contracting of services, vendors’ creation in Atlas.
Buyers profile in Atlas.
Review of procurement processes conducted by project; submissions to the Contract, Asset and Procurement Committee (CAP) and Advisory Committee on Procurement (ACP).
Implementation of the internal control system which ensures that Purchase orders are duly prepared and dispatched. Timely corrective actions on POs with budget check errors and other problems.
Presentation of researched information on procurement in the project.
Preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the procurement services provided by UNDP to other Agencies.
Supervision of any assistant to be assigned.
Ensures proper control of project Assets focusing on achievement of the following results :
Preparation of inventory reports. Implementation of Inventory and physical verification control in project.
Ensures organization of logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results :
Organize travel including purchase of tickets, DSA calculation, PO preparation; arrangement of shipments; vehicle maintenance;
conference facilities arrangements. Timely conducted DSA, Travel Agencies, vehicle maintenance, hotel and conference facilities surveys.
Functional Competencies :
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 1.1 Maintaining information and databases- Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
Job Knowledge / Technical Expertise
Level 1.1 Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures
Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates same in own work
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Level 1.1 Presentation of information on best practices in organizational change
Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions.
Design and Implementation of Management Systems
Level 1.1 Data gathering and implementation of management systems
Uses information / databases / other management systems
Provides inputs to the development of simple system components
Makes recommendations related to work procedures and implementation of management systems
Level 1.1 Maintains effective client relationships
Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Responds to client needs promptly
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management
Level 1.1 Gathering and disseminating information
Prepares timely inputs to reports
Required Skills and Experience
Education : Master’s in Business or Public Administration with specialized training in procurement. Certification in Public Procurement with CIP level II will be an advantage.
Experience : 2 years of progressively responsible procurement experience is required at the national or international level.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), advance knowledge of automated procurement systems, experience in handling of web-
based management systems.
Language Requirements : Fluency in the English and Urdu required.