Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Background Information - Job-specific
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.
Under its broader reconciliation and transitional justice agenda, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) through the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation intends to construct permanent housing units for conflict affected and displaced people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Given the urgent need for housing in order to facilitate the return and resettlement of conflict-affected families, this project is a crucial step towards national reconciliation.
Within the context of the Government’s commitment towards reconciliation and sustainable development for the populations in the Northern and the Eastern parts of the country, the objective of the project is to design and construct 25,000 housing units. The project led by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will bridge recent relief activities implemented by GoSL and other humanitarian partners with a long-term development focus anchored in the concept of self-reliance and resilience.
UNOPS is entrusted to implement the project for construction of 17,000 permanent houses for conflict affected displaced families in the Northern & Eastern province in Sri Lanka by GoSL. It is agreed to implement this project in five districts namely Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee & Batticaloa.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of Project Manager, the Procurement Officer is responsible for effective delivery and implementation of strategic and effective procurement services, for a select group of technically complex goods, services and works, within the specific geographical area and/or project. These services reflect best practices in international public procurement, compliance with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations and procurement policy, rules, regulations and procedure, ensuring appropriate risk management and obtaining the best value for money.
He/she analyzes and interprets the respective rules and regulations and provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement.
His/her work is focused in transactional procurement including all steps of the procurement process.
Maintaining the highest degree of personal and professional ethics, the Procurement Officer promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Business Unit.
The Procurement Officer works in close collaboration with the Operations, Programme and project teams in the relevant geographical area or business unit, UNOPS HQs colleagues and Government officials, to successfully deliver procurement services.
Implementation of transactional procurement
In close cooperation with the Project Managers, under the guidance of Procurement and Project Support Officer, and reporting to the management on central issues related to procurement activities, implements operational strategies and manages procurement, contract, and sourcing transactions, actions and processes for goods, services, and works, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Management of procurement processes
Manages and guides procurement processes for a select group of technically complex goods, services within a given geographical area and/or Business Unit, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Implementation of sourcing strategy and e-procurement tools
Implements sourcing strategy and e-procurement tools focusing on achievement of the following results:
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
The key results directly affect the overall efficiency of the relevant business unit/s and project activities in procurement management, impacting the timely availability of effective goods and services for UNOPS’ programmes. Timely, market-aware, and accountable delivery of goods and services, contribute to office performance, efficiency and client satisfaction, which promote the image and credibility of the team and office as an effective service provider in project services and management. This enhances UNOPS’ competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country/region served.