EAC PSSIP Job in Arusha Tanzania – Procurement Specialist
Posted: Aug 26, 2013
EAC PSSIP Procurement Specialist Job in Arusha Tanzania
East African Community SecretariatEAC – Payment and Settlement Systems Integration Project (EAC – PSSIP)
Terms of Reference: Procurement Specialist
Reference: EAC – PSSIP – 02 /2013
Following a request from EAC Secretariat to the African Development Fund (ADF) for support to the areas of Payment and Settlement Systems Integration of the EAC – Financial Sector Development and Regionalization Project (FSDRP1), the ADF committed to provide a grant in support of the establishment of EA Payment and Settlement Systems Integration Project (EAC – PSSIP) in the EAC region.
The EAC-PSSIP is aimed at complementing the integration of the regional Financial Market Infrastructure to facilitate the undertaking of cross border funds transfers in support of the economies of the region as a whole, together with providing outreach to rural areas in order to encourage greater participation in the formal financial sector.
The objective of the EAC PSSIP is to develop a robust environment for both wholesale and retail payment and settlement systems and to facilitate market integration, support effective application of monetary policy and financial markets aimed at enhancing safety and efficiency in the overall payment and settlement systems.
This will ultimately contribute to the pursuit of sound macroeconomic policies and improve the functioning of regional integrated financial markets.
The project includes the following key components:
(i) integration of financial market infrastructure;
(ii) harmonization of financial laws and regulations; and
(iii) capacity building.
It is expected that integration of existing systems will be substantially completed by 2014 and that the regional technological platform will be in place by 2016.
2.0. Main purpose of the Assignment
The main objective of this assignment is to provide technical advice and manage all stages of the procurement process for Goods, and Consultancy Services undertaken by the EAC Secretariat with regard to the project implementation of the EAC-PSSIP.
The Procurement specialist will report to the Payment Systems Specialist/ Project Manager.
3.0. Duties and responsibilities of the Procurement Specialist
The Procurement Specialist will develop and implement a cost effective procurement management system for the EAC-PSSIP, including procurement plans in accordance with the AfDB Rules and Procedures.
The duties and functions of the Procurement Specialist will include, but not limited to:
a) Set up systems for procurement planning, implementation, monitoring and documentation for the EAC-PSSIP as per required standards;
b) Carrying out tendering processes for procurement of goods and services in accordance with the AfDB Rules and Procedures;
c) Initiation, preparation and update procurement plans in consultation with the EAC-PSSIP National Core Project Team;
d) Advice the project team at all stages of procurement process to ensure that the EAC-PSSIP procurement activities are carried out in accordance with the provision of the grant agreement and the Project Appraisal Report;
e) Guidance and coordination of the collection of inputs for preparing terms of reference (TORs), technical specifications, requests for proposals (RFP) and bidding documents;
f) Advising the evaluation committee members in the evaluation of the bidding documents and proposals in accordance with the AfDB Rules and Procedures;
g) Preparing evaluation reports and recommendations for contract awards, technical evaluation reports and combined evaluation reports, including obtaining the necessary EAC internal clearances and AfDB’s no-objection;
h) Coordination and administration of preparation and issuance of General Procurement Notice (GPN), requests for Expressions of Interest, advertisements of bid opportunities, issuing bid documents to the prospective bidders;
i) Provide guidance on public bid opening sessions as well as providing clarifications where necessary;j) Ensure publication of award of contract;
k) Handle any complaints relating to the procurement process;
l) Drafting minutes of contract and preparing contracts for signature;
m) Advise on contract administration;
n) Development, compilation and maintaining information on material and service costs, suppliers and products;
o) Raising of Local Purchase Orders;
p) Maintaining and ensuring safe custody of procurement records;
q) Attend to procurement queries, disputes and complaints and report on contract awards and progress in accordance with the EAC- PSSIP; and
r) Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Project Manager.
4.0. Qualification and experience
To be qualified for the position, the candidate must meet the minimum required qualifications and experience:
a) Must have a Master’s degree, from a recognized University, in either Procurement, Management, Economics, Business Administration, Engineering or any other related field;
b) Professional qualifications in procurement or certification will be an added advantage;
c) Must have at least 4 years’ experience in executing procurement activities at national, regional or international bodies;
d) Demonstrable understanding of the public procurement laws;
e) Must be computer literate in the use of word processor, spreadsheets and any other applications used in the procurement function;
f) Working experience with AfDB or other Multilateral Development Bank funded projects is added advantage;
5.0. Other required skills and competences
a) Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of other languages spoken in East Africa will be an asset.
b) Technical proficiency: Good understanding of and experience in procurement management, especially in Multilateral Development Banks’ projects. Proven ability in managing processes, people and coordination across implementing teams. Substantive understanding and preferably, experience in all phases of international procurement operations and in contracting. Good working knowledge of procurement regulations/contract law and expertise in handling complex contract issues. Good negotiating skills to shape and influence agreements with vendors. Sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of issues/problems; ability to train, transfer knowledge and develop the capacity.c) Communications: Very good communication skills (spoken and written), including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences on procurement-related matters, good negotiation skills and to prepare a variety of written documents, contracts, reports, etc. in a clear, concise style.
d) Ethics and Integrity: Must be a person of proven honesty and integrity with no criminal record, and no situation of conflict of interest, result oriented and proactive.
e) Technology Awareness: Good computer skills, including proficiency in procurement computer systems, spreadsheet, database management and Internet applications.
f) Teamwork: Very good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multiethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
6.0. Terms and conditions of service
This is an EAC-PSSIP project position supported by African Development Fund (ADF), and is a non-established position for which contract terms are limited to the period of the project, and may be renewed subject to performance and extension of the funding.
The Procurement Specialist will be recruited by the EAC Secretariat for an initial period of two (2) years including a probation period of six months.
The contract may be renewed contingent upon project budgeting and a satisfactory performance evaluation.
Attractive consolidated remuneration packages for fixed contract positions will be paid in accordance with the EACPSSIP budget.
7.0. Starting Period: October, 2013.
8.0. How to apply
Download EAC Job Application Format Here Interested candidates should submit their applications quoting the reference number of the position applied for by registered mail, courier service, e-mail (All soft copies should be in MS Word) or dispatch together with Curriculum Vitae, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials, names and addresses of three referees, and day time tele/cell phone contacts to:
The Secretary General
East African Community Secretariat Headquarters
P.O. Box 1096
Arusha – Tanzania.
East African Community Secretariat Headquarters
P.O. Box 1096
Arusha – Tanzania.
Fax No: 007 27 2502455/2504481
E-mail: [email protected]
To be received not later than 5th September, 2013
The East African Community is an equal opportunity employer.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
We shall only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.