Procurement Expert Job at COMESA – Career Opportunity in Zambia

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Vacancy title:
Procurement Expert

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Trade , Category: Transportation & Logistics ]

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Deadline of this Job:
07 June 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Over the period 2016-17, AfDB led the process of preparing the second phase of the Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa (SHaSA-2) to cover the period 2017-2026. The SHaSA.2 was approved by the AU Heads of State Summit in January 2018 (Annex 4 in the Technical Annexes). The strategy is intended to provide the statistical base for the African integration agenda espoused by the AU Heads of State & Government.

The Bank was tasked by the AU Heads of State & Government to spearhead the mobilisation of financial resources to implement the SHaSA.2. The proposed Statistical Capacity Building Program phase 5 (SCB-5) therefore represents the Bank’s contribution to the implementation of the SHaSA-2, consequently bringing the aspirations of the African leadership to bear.

The proposed SCB program is the fifth (SCB-5) since 2002 and is anchored on many years of accumulated practical experience and incremental value addition to the African Statistical System. The SCB aims to build an efficient African statistical system that generates reliable, harmonized and timely statistical information covering political, economic, social, environmental, climate and cultural development dimensions to support the African integration agenda.

Successful regional integration requires accurate, reliable, timely, harmonized and comparable data within and across (RECs) to support policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation. This is consistent with the Abuja Treaty of 1991, which provided for the establishment of the Economic Community endowed with a single currency. The RECs constitute the cornerstones of the integration agenda and therefore need to build commensurate statistical capacity over time to facilitate the process towards full integration. The proposed program seeks to respond to this need and advance the process.

To this end, COMESA has been selected to be the implementing agency for the SCB V program. The direct beneficiaries from the project are the National Statistical Systems (NSSs) across Africa, all the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Sub-regional Organizations (SROs), Statistical Training Centers (STCs) and AFRISTAT. Other indirect beneficiaries are all the people of Africa, who will benefit from improved statistical capacity and resultant reliable and timely statistics. The benefits transcend national boundaries as they will have regional and global impacts, since statistics is a global public good.

In order to spport the efficient functioning of the SCB V, a number of experts are required to fill positions in the program implementation unit.

Job Title: Procurement Expert
Programme: Statistical Capacity Building Phase 5
Duty Station: Procurement Unit COMESA Secretariat, Lusaka, Zambia
Contract Duration: Two (2) years
Remuneration: USD 5,000 All inclusive monthly
Reporting to: Head of Procurement.

Scope of Work
Manage all the procurement activities of the SCB V Project in conformity with the COMESA /African Development Bank(AfDB) rules, regulations and procedures.

Specific Tasks/Key Responsibilities
Under the close supervision of the Head of Procurement, the Procurement Expert and the overall supervision of DHRA performs the following specific tasks:
• Preparation of the Procurement strategy for development (PPSD) which projects procurement market research and profiling and its update, procurement of goods and services for the project in line with the approved and prevailing AfDB Procurement Regulations and as applicable and subject to necessary modifications, the COMESA Procurement Rules and Financial Rules and Regulations;
• Update and monitor the procurement plan and ensure the timely procurement of goods and services as identified in the approved Procurement Plan and in accordance with AfDB requirements,
• Coordinate the preparation of solicitation documents (bidding documents, terms of references, request for proposals, etc.) and manage the bidding/selection processes for the procurement of goods and services under the project
• Coordinate all evaluation activities, reporting, negotiations and drafting of contract agreements
• Recording of all purchase transactions in the SUN Accounting System;
• Maintaining an organized filing and documentation system that ensures all procurement documents are well filed and in safe custody
• Matching Purchase Orders, Goods Received, Notes and Invoices prior to these documents being reviewed by the Director of Administration;
• Ensure contract Management by putting in place contract implementation tracking tools and review mechanisms.
• Preparation of procurement plan implementation and contract performance update reports and supplier performance report; and
• Take the lead on all aspects of procurement for the project and for the requirements specified in the project documents
• Participate in project management meetings and AfDB supervision missions
• Any other related duties that may be assigned by superiors from time to time.

Education Qualifications:
The candidates must possess
a) Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Procurement, Commerce, Business Administration, Economics or any other related field
b) A professional qualification in Procurement such as Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS -UK) or other similar national/international professional qualifications
c) Possession of an advanced degree/Master’s degree in any of the above fields or related fields will be an added advantage.

Skills and Experience
• Minimum Ten (10) years of relevant working experience, five (5) of which should have been spent working on donor funded projects
• Knowledge of, and proficiency in, the use of Public Sector procurement Regulations and Administrative systems especially those whose procurement laws have been crafted based on the UNITRAL Model laws, and or following reviews of public procurement and country systems following the application of the OECD DAC methodlogy or, if done more recently, based on the application of the Methodology For Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS II) Methodology.
• Experience of working with Procurement Systems and Regulations of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) or Regional Investment Banks such as World Bank, AfDB, Asian Development Bank, Inter American Development Bank etc. Demonstrating in-depth knowledge and proficiency in the use of these Regulations with particular experience in procurement of consulting services is a must
• Ability to carry out end to end competitive procurement of goods, non consultant services and selection of consultants and the required contract management
• Able to work with minimum supervision in a multicultural, multi-ethnic setting in teams
• Proficiency in report writing and use of on line procurement systems

Working Language Requirements
• The working language shall be English therefore, applicants must be fluent in both spoken and written English
• A combination of knowledge and use of English with either French or Arabic will be an added advantage

Eligibility for Application
• Applicants for the Professional Service position of Procurement Expert must meet the eligibility requirements for selections and contracts funded by proceeds from an AfDB funded project.
• Citizens of COMESA Member States are encouraged to apply.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 120

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure
Applications MUST be submitted electronically through email on the prescribed COMESA APPLICATION FORM which can be accessed at the following COMESA website: , Opportunities, COMESA Job Application Format.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications with the project job title in the subject line should reach the address below not later than 7th June 2021 16:00 hours Lusaka, Zambia time.

Head of Procurement
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
COMESA Centre,
Ben Bella Road,
P.O Box 30051,
Email: [email protected]

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