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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Job vacancy in the World Bank Office in Tbilisi, Georgia: Procurement Specialist

The World Bank Procurement Unit (ECSO2) of the Europe and Central Asia now invites applications for Procurement Specialist to be located in the World Bank Office in Tbilisi, Georgia for providing efficient handling of procurement work.

The parent unit for this position is the Operational Services and Quality Department (ECSOQ) of the Europe and Central Asia Region, which is charged with providing support to the Region’s borrowers and internal clients in the areas of procurement, financial management, and quality/portfolio management. The Procurement Specialist will be a member of the ECSO2 procurement team managed by the Regional Procurement Manager who currently heads a staff of 32, consisting of 14 procurement staff based in headquarters, and a further 18 procurement staff located in 15 country offices. The incumbent Procurement Specialist will report to the Regional Procurement Manager (RPM) and carry out the full range of procurement fiduciary, service and knowledge functions as further described below. Carrying out the responsibilities of the Procurement Specialist will involve a frequent interaction with TTLs, and Manager in the country office, and with government officials.

Closing Date: Thursday, 28 April 2011

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Job Title
Procurement Specialist
Job Family
Tbilisi, Georgia
Local Hire
Job Posted
Closing Date
Language Requirements
English [Essential]; Georgian [Essential]

Duties and Accountabilities
•Works independently on procurement matters in specific sectors in the performance of the Bank's fiduciary and service functions, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior procurement staff.
•Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
•Works across countries/sectors, and be responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle, including analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
•Provides operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement.
•Participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable action plans and procurement plans.
•Participates in country procurement assessments, prepares background analysis, collaborates on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors instruments to meet specific client needs.
•Negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints from government officials and bidders on bidding and contract award issues.
•Designs and conducts workshops of procurement training for the Bank staff and borrower agencies on the Bank's philosophy and approach to procurement, the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures and processes, as well as on specialized procurement topics. •Prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports.
•Handles appropriate interaction with country counterparts on sector, organizational, human resources management, financial, economic and regulatory practices.
•Provides guidance and training to junior level procurement staff.
•Work implies frequent interaction with the Managers and Technical Specialists in the work unit and staff from other agencies, donors, consultants and borrowers.
•Provides support to Country Unit on procurement related subjects.

Selection Criteria. Technical:
•Good knowledge of all concepts and principles of and approaches to international procurement, and of public procurement systems.
•Knowledge of procurement systems, practices and agencies in Georgia.
•Specialized knowledge of and significant experience in 2-3 substantive areas/aspects of procurement (e.g. commodities; finished goods; machinery and industrial plants; various forms of construction contracts; selection/contracting of consultant services; preparation of bidding/contract documents for the international procurement of goods, works, services; technical specs in design and construction of facilities; public procurement policies, practices, institutions in developed and/or developing countries).
•Proven analytical and evaluative skills, including the ability to independently provide well researched analyses of key procurement issues and problems.
•Knowledge and understanding of technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement at all phases of Bank lending operations.
•Understanding of Bank business objectives, policies and practices related to project/sector and critical links to procurement.
•Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects. General Competencies:
•Masters degree (or equivalent) with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce)
•Minimum Years of Relevant Experience: 5
•High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a high level of quality and timeliness in delivering the work.
•Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, discussing and resolving difficult issues, both orally and in writing.
•Excellent English and Georgian language skills required.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide junior level procurement staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
•Ability to function effectively and deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective business relationships with clients and colleagues.
•Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment.
•Excellent computer skills.
•Tolerance for peak workloads and tight deadlines and readiness to travel frequently when required. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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