Senior Procurement Officer P5 - Khartoum, Sudan
World Food Programme (WFP)
Close on 12 Oct 2020
Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
Grade: P5, Chief and Senior Professional
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Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Procurement operation involve high value/volume of goods and services, including construction activities and projects (UN common premises, guest houses, modern food distribution centers, water & sanitation related activities etc.), CBT interventions, local purchases of food in Sudan including the production of nutritious commodities both for Sudan and nearby country, namely South Sudan.


In Sudan, WFP working with various development partners focuses on crisis response, resilience building, capacity strengthening and service delivery as part of its humanitarian mandate and support to the Government to enable it to meet its medium-term development plan under the broader Vision 2030 project. WFP-Sudan is one of the largest field operations and Procurement is supporting the successful implementation of CSP of about US$ 400 million per annum.


The Procurement Officer (Head of Procurement unit) shall report to Deputy Country Director and will lead on and provide technical advice and oversight to the procurement team, partnering with key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Lead and motivate a large and specialized procurement team providing coaching, training and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  2. Lead and guide WFP staff and external partners and governments, building capacity to take a strategic and proactive approach to the procurement of food and non-food commodities and services.
  3. Build relationship and collaborate cross-functionally with the key stakeholders to promote an integrated supply chain approach to food assistance.
  4. To define an overall strategy for local procurement of food commodities in close consultation with CO supply chain, HQ procurement and South Sudan.
  5. To establish close collaboration with the Government institutions and explore the possibility of purchases, loans, donations from strategic stocks.
  6. To assess the needs of the Government and facilitate purchases on behalf of the Government, whenever applicable.
  7. To define the CO strategy on the implementation of the pro-smallholder farmer procurement process in collaboration with HQ Smallholder and Food Systems Support Unit (PRO-F) within the framework of WFP’s overall Local and regional food procurement policy.
  8. To manage complex supply chain operations (including coordination with logistics).
  9. Oversee and facilitate an effective relationship with inspection companies to ensure quality control, specification conformity, monitoring and verification of deliveries.
  10. Define strategy to ensure timely and cost-effective availability of goods and services required to meet food assistance needs.
  11. Partner with key suppliers and private sector organizations in order to improve service delivery, incorporate procurement industry best practices and resolve supplier related issues to ensure service optimization.
  12. Act as an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs; Other as required.

Education: Advanced University degree in Supply Chain, Procurement, Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Engineering, Legal or Accounting or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/certification.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.


  • At least 10 years’ experience in managing complex supply chain operations (including coordination with logistics).
  • Experience in developing frameworks and implementation protocols related to procurement.
  • Experience in designing and implementing programmes.
  • Experience in managing resources.
  • Experience participating in commercial disputes resolution process.
  • Experience in managing and tracking commodity quality issues in coordination with the Food Quality Unit.

The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit


12 October, 2020


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

About WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 

At WFP, we are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all our employees. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination in the workplace. WFP has a clear and robust framework (HSHAPD Policy) to address and deter such behaviour. 

The World Food Programme created an Ethics Office in 2008 to ensure that all staff members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, and in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.

At the same time, WFP adopted a Whistleblower Protection Policy to guard against retaliation for individuals who report misconduct, provide information in good faith on wrongdoing by one or more employees, or cooperate with a duly authorized audit or investigation.