Vacancy: Procurement Specialist, Central Procurement Unit


Duty station: New York, USA

Deadline: 23 January 2013



The Procurement Support Office (PSO) within the Bureau of Management is responsible for managing the procurement function in UNDP. The Central Procurement Unit (CPU) established under Procurement Support Office provides services for HQ Business Units and COs. CPU is managing high volume and complex projects and in 2011 procurement volume reached approximately $55 ml. One of essential and complex projects CPU engaged is to provide services to the Security Office based in HQ.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief of CPU, the Procurement Specialist is responsible for management of the security related procurement portfolio and effective delivery of required services assuring the best value for money. He/she acts as a 'one-stop shop' for all procurement requirements of the UNDP Security Office, including liaising with the Global Procurement Unit (GPU) in Copenhagen. He/she manages various security related projects and provides solutions to a wide spectrum of complex issues related to procurement. He/she promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Unit.


The Procurement Specialist supervises and leads the support and professional staff of CPU. He/she works in close collaboration with the Management Support and Business Development, EO/UNDSS; CO Operations and Programme; and other external stakeholders (including WFP, DPKO/DFS) in order to standardize and collaborate on the procurement of security equipment and services.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Elaboration and implementation of operational strategies;
  • Efficient management of procurement processes;
  • Elaboration, introduction and implementation of sourcing strategy and e-procurement tools;
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
  • Prepositioning stock of security related goods;
  • Assets Management.


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