Senior Procurement Analyst

UNOPS, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th May, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

In 2016, Sri Lanka was declared eligible to receive a Millennium Challenge Compact, a large-scale five-year grant program ($480 Mn.) MCC is developing the compact in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote inclusive economic growth, reduce poverty and increase economic opportunities for the people of Sri Lanka. The compact will be funded completely through grants by MCC and the focus areas will be Transportation and Land Reform.

Based on an analysis of Sri Lanka’s economy and the constraints that are holding back private investment and growth, MCC expects to invest in projects proposed by the Government of Sri Lanka in the transport and land sectors.

  • Transport: Improve road networks and the bus system in the Colombo Metropolitan Region, and improve road connectivity between the central region and ports and markets in the Western Province. It would also upgrade more than 300 kilometers of urban and interprovincial roads.
  • Land: Improve land administration, and strengthen land rights and tenure security.

UNOPS would have a significant value add in terms of its experience in procurement, recruitment and fiduciary advisory services, not for profit nature, transparency and accountability and local presence and is desirous of being considered by the MCC for this purpose. While the proposed MCC Sri Lanka Compact is in the final stage of development , MCC requires a Senior Procurement Analyst to support the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA - an accountable entity responsible for compact implementation, overseen by MCC when a compact is awarded)

Functional Responsibilities

  • This position is prospective in nature. Candidates will be assessed and selected through UNOPS formal selection process. However, contract offer is contingent upon successful outcome of UNOPS’ bid submission on the project.
  • Estimate and establish cost parameters and budgets for purchases
  • Create and maintain good relationships with vendors/suppliers
  • Maintain records of purchases, pricing, and other important data
  • Review and analyze all vendors/suppliers, supply, and price options
  • Develop plans for purchasing equipment, services, and supplies
  • Negotiate the best deal for pricing and supply contracts. Ensure that the products and supplies are high quality
  • Maintain and update list of suppliers and their qualifications, delivery times, and potential future development
  • Support the Procurement Manager in procurement activities such as the tender process, grant requirements, supplier relationships and contract management for goods and services
  • Ensure that procurement rules and regulations are followed
  • Ensure transparent, accountable, competitive and value for money procurement.
  • Conduct supplier verification and mystery shopping as required
  • Facilitate vendor registration and vendor evaluation
  • Support logistics and material receipt process
  • Process all necessary documentation
  • Assist MCA-Sri Lanka in providing prompt and fair response to bid challenges about the procurement activity; and
  • Assume other operational, and functional duties as determined by the Procurement Manager.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Senior Procurement Analyst directly impact on the availability of UNOPS’ financial resources to effectively develop and implement the organization’s programmes and projects. It enhances the organizations financial and programme performance, demonstrating UNOPS’ effective stewardship of donor and partner funds. These promote the credibility of the organization as an effective service provider in project services and management.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s Degree in procurement, business administration, economics, finance, public administration, or other related field;
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu.
  • Professional procurement and logistics qualifications or specialized training in at least one or more of the following areas: transportation projects/land tenure and investment projects is an advantage

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 - 4 years of procurement experience working in supply chain or logistics, or a combination of both in South/ South East Asia
  • Knowledge of international best practices in procurement procedures especially for goods, works, and services and experience working within FIDIC guidelines desired;
  • Familiarity with procurement concepts;
  • Experience in procurement related projects for MCC, USAID, and/or World Bank is desirable.
  • Must have good computer skills including use of accounting packages;
  • Experience working on donor-funded projects in developing countries is an advantage

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English, excellent communication and presentation skills.


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