Procurement Specialist

UNOPS, Mexico City, Mexico

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th April, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The Procurement Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and effective procurement services reflecting international public procurement best practices, compliance with UNOPS procurement policy, rules, regulations and procedures, ensuring appropriate risk management and obtaining the best value for money for the acquisition of goods, services and the contracting of works.

He/she analyzes and interprets the respective rules and regulations and provides advice and solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement. The role requires deep understanding of procurement policy and processes and the Procurement Specialist should be able to apply them to the appropriate situations.

In addition to responsibility for the deliverables of the work team, the incumbent’s work is focused on strategic relationship building and demand management, mainly referred to aggregation and dealing with complex organizational structures, preparation of business cases and understanding of the supply market, as well as sharing knowledge with projects in order to achieve reductions of costs and savings.

Maintaining the highest degree of personal and professional ethics, the Procurement Specialist promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Business Unit.

The Procurement Specialist works in close collaboration with the programme/project colleagues in the given geographical area and with UNOPS HQ personnel, particularly with the Procurement Group (PG), as well as the Government officials, to successfully deliver procurement services.

Functional Responsibilities

UNOPS is looking for international candidates, local candidates (nationals or residents in Mexico) are encouraged to apply and will be considered in this process. Please see the contract type applicable to international and locals in section "contract type, level and duration" below.

  • Functions / Key Results Expected
  • Development and Implementation of procurement strategies
  • Management of procurement processes
  • Implementation of sourcing strategy and e-procurement tools
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  • Team Management
  • For a detailed descritipon of the above please review the attached Terms of Reference

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced Degree (equivalent to Masters) preferably in Procurement and/or Supply Chain Management, Law, Commerce, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Economics or related field.
  • A First University degree in combination with a minimum of seven (7) years’ qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A Chartered Insitute of Supply and Management (CIPS) or Institute for Supply Management (ISM) or similar international Certification, is a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNOPS or other public international organizations Procurement Rules and Regulations is a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of the local legal framework for government procurement is a distinct advantage.


  • A minimum of five (5) years’ professional experience in advising on, implementing policies and procedures to deliver a range of complex procurement programmes and services in national and/or international public or corporate organizations.
  • Personnel supervisory experience in procurement is an advantage;
  • Experience in UN system organizations or other public international organizations, preferably in developing countries, is desirable.
  • Experience working in government procurement in Mexico is desirable.
  • Experience in the usage of ERP and office software packages (e.g. MS Office, G-suite)

Language Requirements

  • Fluent level Spanish is required
  • Intermediate level of English is required. Advanced level is an asset.


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