Procurement specialist

  Afghanistan Unspecified 409
Date Posted:Oct 28, 2010
Closing Date:Nov 7, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Logistics
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About CARD-F:


The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F) works on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GOIRA) to deliver sustainable economic development in the rural economy at the district level. CARD-F seeks to provide a means of designing, coordinating, funding and implementing high-impact interventions through an integrated Economic Development Package (EDP) for targeted districts. EDPs address issues of markets, agricultural production, processing and infrastructure in an integrated manner to promote growth and build on- as far as possible- existing programs and projects. CARD-F functions under the auspices of an Inter-Ministerial Committee comprising: Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN). CARD-F has successfully completed its Phase 1 and its Phase 2 will last until the end of 2018 and during this time CARD-F plans to cover all Provinces in Afghanistan. CARD-F is also a sub-component of the National Priority Program 2 (NPP2). While presently externally funded by the Government of United Kingdom (DFID) and the Government of Denmark (DANIDA), other donors such as USAID, European Union and JICA have shown keen interest in funding CARD-F beyond its Phase 2.

Job Summary:

The Procurement Specialist will ensure procurement activities of CARD-F are implemented in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and in conformance with best practice guidelines. Specifically, the specialist will need to ensure that the existing procurement systems and processes of MAIL and MRRD (or sometimes those of other government bodies) are used for EDP related procurements.

The Specialist’s role would be to ensure MAIL and MRRD (or other) procurement processes and time cycles are adequately factored into the CARD EDP planning process (and reflected in guidance and manual documentation for CARD-F), and that all procurements are done in line with good procurement practice.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Procurement advisory support to assist in the transaction of EDP related procurements and service delivery, including support and guidance to other CARD-F national team members to improve the technical quality and consistency of design, specification, bidding and contractual documentation (drawing upon existing MAIL, MRRD and wider GOIRA processes and documents), to ensure effective EDP related procurements by line ministries;
• Advice and guidance to procurement teams in MAIL and MRRD (or others as may be appropriate) on ensuring that documentation for EDP procurements are aligned with the outcomes sought by CARD-F, while remaining compliant with ministry policies and the Afghan Procurement Law;
• Acting as a focal point for CARD-F and ministry procurement team staff to ensure effective communication and actions on procurement issues;
• Development of relevant guidance materials for the use of CARD-F funds by projects and programmes, that remain consistent with Afghan Procurement Law;
• Advice and support on methods, systematic tools and criteria for improved prequalification and selection of contractors to EDPs;
• Support on piloting procedures and processes: compliance with the processes as detailed in the manual will ensure the establishment of a reliable procurement framework that promotes transparency and accountability;
• Performance monitoring support on contracts awarded for EDP implementation, comprising advisory assistance to MAIL and MRRD on (i) selection and award of contracts; (ii) contract negotiations with preferred bidders (iii) establishment of contract compliance and other control measures.
• Specific procurement related deliverables as may be agreed with the CARD-F National Director or delegated CARD-F manager.
• Collaborative work with external consultants who are working with the CARD-F team to improve and enhance procurements that support the objectives of CARD-F.

Job Requirement:

• Master’s Degree in an engineering, legal or commercial related degree;
• 5+ years progressive experience in procurement and management of procurement activity relating to procurements of both goods and services;
• Experience in procurement of goods and services of no less than $500,000;
• Good knowledge of Afghan Procurement Law and GOIRA procurement and budget processes;
• Written and spoken fluency in English and Dari;
• Ability to work hard and meet deadlines;
• Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., tact, diplomacy and patience) working in a diverse workforce composed of international and local staff;
• Demonstrated initiative and self-motivation in handling all assigned tasks required;
• Willingness to travel throughout Afghanistan;
• Computer literacy including in the use of MS-Word and MS-Excel.

Candidates may be preferred if they have experience in:
• Working knowledge of Pashto language;
• Working on procurements in relation to GOIRA institutions;
• Procurement of EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts;
• Project management covering the full project cycle from design and procurement to implementation and ensuring contract compliance by suppliers;
• Contract and commercial law in Afghanistan;
• Understanding and experience of international best practice in government sector procurement strategy and transaction management.

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