About the World Bank Group:
Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with nearly 15,000 staff located globally.
The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions and thirteen Global Practices to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.
Overall Work Context
The Governance Global Practice brings together professionals in procurement, financial management, taxation, public management, regulatory policy, transparency, digital governance, law and development, anticorruption, and social accountability to develop innovative, integrated solutions to pernicious institutional problems. It is currently organized in two global departments, namely: Procurement Group (EPRDR) and Public Sector Group (EPSDR).
The Global Department for Procurement (EPRDR) is integrated by a group of practitioners focused on advancing innovations in the field of procurement. The work if this department is focused on supporting governments in institutional strengthening and capacity building, improvement and modernization of procurement systems and ensuring efficiency of transactions for improved governance and enhanced development outcomes. To this end, the department counts on eight teams organized in regions that provide technical advice on procurement fiduciary activities and lead policy dialogue on procurement reform in client countries.
LCC7 Procurement Team Scope of Work and Staffing
Within the Latin-American Procurement team (ELCRU), the LCC7 procurement team: (i) works closely with clients to support the development of their public procurement systems and (ii) ensures that procurement under Bank-financed projects is conducted in accordance with loan agreements and fiduciary standards and obligations. For that purposes, LCC7 PT provides services to internal and external Clients in the CMU countries and is responsible for procurement related work concerning project preparation, implementation support and project supervision. The team is also responsible for providing procurement input to knowledge products.
The LCC7 PT provides support to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and is currently staffed by one Procurement Team Coordinator (Lead Procurement Specialist) and four Procurement Specialists staff (APS).
Procurement Analyst main Duties and Accountabilities
The Procurement Analyst will work in collaboration with the LCC7 procurement staff working in the Buenos Aires Country Office.
The responsibilities of the Procurement Analyst include a mix of the following:
- Operates and keeps updated procurement information tools and systems for reporting purposes (e.g., Procurement Post Reviews). Produces progress and timely reports.
- Contributes to the preparation of procurement post reviews, giving support to the Procurement Specialists in their missions and final delivery of reports to the Task Team Leaders.
- Delivers training and on demand support on STEP (Systematic Tracking of Exchanges in Procurement) to Implementing Agencies and Bank Staff.
- Provides administrative support to the team in matters concerning procurement training and seminars, supervision missions, and supporting procurement consultants for organization and conducting of PPR missions.
- Participates and assists in the design of procurement arrangements for new operations, including the completion of capacity assessments, risk mitigation plans and procurement arrangements for relatively non-complex operations.
- Participates in missions in straight forward projects or as a junior team member; to discuss the project objectives and understand the implementation environment.
- Assists Procurement Specialist in reviewing a broad range of procurement issues and documents in all phases of operations.
- Proposes modifications to Borrowers' draft bidding documents to address issues of adequacy, clarity and qualifications of bidders, sufficiency of time, bid clarifications, substantial responsiveness, evaluation criteria, currency and payments, price adjustments, award criteria, arbitration, application of domestic price preference, etc.
- The Procurement Analyst will provide continued support to team every working day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The selected candidate will work under the guidance of the Procurement Team Coordinator and will perform other duties as required and assigned by the Procurement Team Coordinator.
Work implies frequent interaction with:
- Internal Contacts: Bank staff in all locations, locally and internationally.
- External Contacts: Government Officials, Consultants and External Organizations.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. accounting, finance, laws or public policy).
- Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills in English/Spanish; able to independently prepare a variety of written outputs and edit technical reports.
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills as well as attention to detail.
- Knowledge of technology skills, particularly in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated basic understanding of public procurement principles, regulations, processes and practices.
- Flexibility and willingness to work overtime at short notice.
- Demonstrated ability to function under time pressure and handle multiple tasks in a fast- paced environment of changing priorities, with initiative and resourcefulness.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and ability to work in teams in a multi-cultural environment.
- Ability to: deal sensitively and diplomatically with internal/external contacts at all levels; work independently, prioritizing work, taking initiative, and solving problems; adapt to changing business needs by continuous learning/training.
- Recognized ability to exercise good judgment and in handling confidential and sensitive information.
- Demonstrates basic understanding of Bank Policies and Procedures. Demonstrates basic understanding of Bank procurement policy and procedures, and how they apply to Bank operational situations.
- Demonstrates basic experience in reviews designed to ensure compliance with relevant documentation, policies and procedures. /Knowledge of [interest to] portfolio and activities in Latin-American countries.
- Demonstrates basic understanding of the Bank's ASA (Advisory Services and Analytics) tool, and exposure to reform elements and familiar with PFM, PEFA, and CPAR.