UNON Procurement Assistant Job

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  • Reviews, records, and prioritizes purchasing requests and obtains additional information/documentation as required; assists requisitioners in preparing the scope of work and specifications of goods and services; proposes product substitutions consistent with requirements to achieve cost savings; determines the availability of funding sources.
  • Identify and recommend sources of procurement; interview potential suppliers.
  • Produces tender documents (e.g. Invitations to Bids, Requests for Proposals, and Requests for Quotation) based on the nature of the requirements and cost of procurement involved.
  • Prepares abstracts of offers and compiles data contained in quotations, proposals, and bids to determine which supplier can deliver the required goods/services at the best terms and lowest costs possible with due consideration to quality, delivery time, prompt payment, and other discounts, transportation costs, etc.
  • Enters into the negotiation of terms and conditions of orders under the guidance of Procurement Officers; obtains credit and other information on proposed suppliers.
  • Finalizes purchase orders and contracts for approval by the Procurement Officer; may authorize purchases in line with delegated signature authority, and, if required, prepares submission to the Contracts Committee for review and subsequent approval by the authorized official.
  • Resolves issues/problems related to delivered goods, including discrepancies between purchase orders and items/quantities shipped or received; prepares and signs Return to Vendor forms for unacceptable and damaged goods received.
  • Maintains relevant internal databases and files; keeps track of any contractual agreements, direct provisioning contracts, etc., and informs affected users of contractual rights and obligations.
  • Researches, retrieves, and presents information from a variety of internal and external sources on sources of supply, vendors by commodity, etc., as well as obtain specifications for new products and equipment on the market.
  • Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning, and decision making.
  • Assists with visualizations and updating information such as web pages or brochures.
  • Drafts a variety of correspondence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of procurement policies, processes, and procedures and purchasing and accounting techniques; knowledge of financial rules and regulations and ability to research and gather information from a variety of standard sources and to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; the ability to perform analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data in support of decision-making; shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts by final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Specific Qualification


  • Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Supplementary courses or additional training in procurement functions is highly desirable.
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS) Level 4 or equivalent professional certification is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement or related areas of which at least two (2) years of work experience in the acquisition of strategic, high-value, and varying complexity that supports the needs of multiple organizations such as United Nations Entities is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced by two years for candidates who possess a first-level University degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative procurement of goods/services that serve the common needs of multiple organizations such as UN Entities is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in participating in procurement working group or similar network that involves multiple organizations such as UN Entities is desirable.
  • Experience working with a Systems, Application, and Products (SAP) system or another Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is desirable.
  • One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related areas is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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