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Procurement Officer at African Parks (AP)

  • Full Time
  • Nkhotakota
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African Parks (AP)

African Parks (AP) is a non-profit organisation that takes on direct responsibility for rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas, in partnership with governments and local communities. By adopting a business approach to conservation, supported by donor funding, African Parks aims to make each park sustainable in the long-term, thereby contributing to economic development and poverty alleviation. Currently African Parks in Malawi manages Majete Wildlife Reserve, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserves and Liwonde National Park.

African Parks – Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve invites suitably qualified, experienced and passionate Malawians to fill the following vacant position.

Reports to: Finance Manager
Location: Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Review purchase orders to ensure that they are complete, accurate and conform to Organisation policies and procedures.
  • Undertake procurements according to the procurement policy and procedures of the organization and/or donor, following the correct authorization process, in compliance with ethical practices and adhering to all the relevant laws and regulations.
  • Support the development and implementation of annual procurement plans.
  • Monitor contractor performance to ensure that contractual obligations are being met.
  • Analyze departments/programs’ procurement needs and/or past consumption patterns to establish a procurement strategy that minimizes stock outs across all departments and programs.
  • Ensure that suppliers meet quality and regulatory requirements along with expiry date requirements.
  • Decide on the best and economical sourcing method while considering delivery time and impact on program implementation.
  • Undertake bid/quotation evaluation process and vendor selection for items and services as required by the procurement policy and all other relevant procurement regulations and best practices
  • Undertake pre-qualification process and annual review of the suppliers’ database.
  • Provide support and respond to suppliers’ and internal customers’ inquiries and queries.
  • Track the local procurement orders and keep team leaders informed on the status of their orders.
  • In the absence of Finance Manager, arrange IPC meeting and as its secretary, prepare the agenda for the meeting, write minutes and send them to all the members.
  • Manage staff performance of subordinates through establishment of measurable objectives and fair and unbiased performance systems, handling unsatisfactory performance with appropriate performance improvement plans and coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities.
  • Prepare and manage contracts with suppliers, assessing suppliers’ performance and advice management if necessary.
  • Work closely with both programs and the finance teams to ensure that adequate documentation (purpose for purchase, quotations, purchase orders, delivery notes, and invoices) are submitted for each purchase and are well filed for long term records.
  • Perform additional tasks at the request of the Park, Finance /Filed Operations Managers.

Qualification and Experience

  • Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Procurement/Supply Chain Management or a related field.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in procurement in a busy institution.
  • Maintain high level of personal integrity and reliability.
  • Ability to balance the priorities and objectives of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.
  • Ability of protect the procurement systems and supply chain of Nkhotakota Wild life Reserve.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Good analytical, problem solving skills and decision-making aptitude.
  • Proactive approach and ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work well with a culturally diverse team and exhibit high diplomacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to live and work full-time in a rural setting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Method Of Application

Applicants should send their Current Curriculum Vitae with names of two traceable referees and a motivation letter to The Human Resources Manager, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Box 47, Nkhotakota or Email: not later than 28th March 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted through mobile phone.

African Parks is an equal opportunity employer, female candidates who are qualified are encouraged to apply.