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Procurement Specialist at World Bank

World Bank

Job #: req27269
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Procurement
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Lilongwe,Malawi
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Closing Date: 5/10/2024 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit

Eastern and Southern Africa (AFE) Region

We need the best and brightest talent focused on our region in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent.  Home to about 700 million of Africa’s people, Eastern and Southern Africa is a geographically, culturally and economically diverse region of 26 countries stretching from the Red Sea in the North to the Cape of Good Hope in the South. The subregion harbors some of Africa’s protracted conflicts, rendering many of its countries fragile, while significant gaps in education, health, and skills development continues to keep people from reaching their full potential. This creates a huge development challenge, impacts heavily on the lives and livelihoods of people, and hinders regional integration and trade! But it also creates an opportunity to work closely with country leaders, civil society, development partners, and young people to chart a brighter course for the future.

More information about Eastern and Southern Africa (AFE) Region:
The Governance Global Practice (GGP) comprises a variety of different professional disciplines working on public institutions, including procurement, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption, and financial management.
GGP’s Procurement Department convenes a leading group of practitioners focused on advancing cutting-edge practices and innovations in the fields of procurement, anti-corruption and open government. To enhance its capacity, the Department seeks to recruit/appoint a highly organized, energized and experienced professional, capable of operating effectively.

The Africa East and Southern (AFE) unit of the GGP-Procurement Department is largely decentralized and based in the 20+ country offices. The Procurement team in AFE is managed by an Accredited Practice Manager (PM) who is based at Nairobi. AFE Procurement Unit seeks to recruit a locally hired Procurement Specialist to be based in Lilongwe, Malawi to provide support Malawi portfolio. The Procurement Specialist will be working under the guidance of the Procurement Hub Coordinator based in Dar es Salaam and will report to the AFE Accredited Practice Manager based in Nairobi.

Duties and Accountabilities

• Provides technical fiduciary advice on procurement activities and engage in policy dialogue to strengthen procurement systems in client countries.
• Supports clients in achieving value for money (VFM) in public procurement to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity.
• Understand relevant procurement markets using analytical tools and approaches to define more effective procurement strategies.
• Participates in missions and plays a key role in developing practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues.
• Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports.
• Develops and executes training modules on complex sector related procurement topics.

The work implies frequent interaction with the following stakeholders:
• Management in the duty station and on some occasions in HQ or other countries.
• Government officials and equivalent contacts in other international organizations, partner entities, etc.
• Procurement specialists within the World Bank and government units.
• Counterparts in the Bank across VPUs, Global Practices and other units involved in meeting the Bank’s business objectives.
• Other external constituencies and expert groups.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. business administration, engineering, commerce, law, procurement, etc.)
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in carrying out technical duties in public procurement on Donor/MDB financed project procurement.
• Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices governing international procurement, with the ability to translate concepts into operational work, such as VFM, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing, market analysis, contract management, etc…
• Ability to deal sensitively in a multi-cultural environment and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues.
• High levels of integrity.
• Excellent command of English.
• Knowledge on institutions and procurement reforms in Malawi
• Good knowledge of concepts, principles and approaches to international procurement and of public procurement systems.
• Knowledge of FCV Context – Applies to operations and analytical tasks a substantive understanding of fragility, conflict and violence, etc.

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