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Senior Procurement Associate (Food Grains)- Service Contract, Level 7
World Food Programme (WFP)
Job Expired 8 Apr 2023
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

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WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


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.


This vacancy is open to Indian National only
This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. As per WFP's Recruitment & Selection Policy, the definition of ''internal'' is only applicable to WFP staff members holding a permanent, continuing or FT Appointment
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted
A Written test will be used for Screening Candidates
Only recommended candidates will be retained on roaster for a period of two years and may be considered for similar positions from roaster
The Salary for this position is INR 1,12,202/- per month and medical benefits as per WFP 's Plan. All Tax liability for payments from this contract are to be borne by the subscriber


Job Title: Senior Procurement Associate (Food Grains)

Grade: Level 7

Type of Contract: Service Contract

Duration: 6 Months (with possible renewable)


Reporting To: Government and External Relations Officer

Duty Station: New Delhi

Vacancy Number: 678947

Date of Publication: 24 March 2023

Deadline of Application: 08 April 2023


Advanced university degree in relevant fields or First University degree with minimum 7 years of experience.


At least 7 years’ of progressively responsible professional experience working in areas related to Procurement.

Experience in working independently with minimum supervision, often in fluid and ambiguous situations will be required.


Fluency in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of local languages desirable.


India is one of the largest economies in the world, with a thriving private sector in the food industry. In 2017-18, total food grain production was estimated at 275 million tonnes (MT), about 10% of the global food grains. India is the largest producer (25% of global production) and consumer (27% of world consumption) in the world. India's annual milk production was 165 MT (2017-18), making India the largest producer of milk. India is the second-largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton and groundnuts, as well as the second-largest fruit and vegetable producer, accounting for 10.9% and 8.6% of the world fruit and vegetable production, respectively.

India’s participation in global food trade is 2.2%, in tessellation and WFP’s purchase of processed and raw foods from India in 2021 was nearly 2% in volume and value. There is potential to increase WFP procurement from India, especially in light of the growing food security needs engendered by the Global food crisis.

The dialogue is currently underway with the Government of India to purchase grains for WFP operations globally from the government procurement agencies at a highly subsidised rate. A contract is under negotiation for procurement of 200,000 metric tonne rice. There are strong prospects for WFP to increase its purchase footprint in India and WFP is looking for a consultant to support a review of the public and private sector food industry landscape and carry forward the implementation of the rice procurement contract once it has been signed and finalised – expected by the end of March 2023.



The incumbent will be required to lead WFP’s exploration of the Indian public and private sector food industry outlook, their ability to meet WFP’s procurement and food safety standards, the ease of access to ports and export process. The incumbent will also be required to support the implementation of the rice procurement from Food Corporation of India and other similar entities with whom procurement contracts are signed by WFP.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Not all inclusive)

  1. With supervision from India Country Office, liaise with key ministries, chambers of commerce, and similar entities, to identify a potential list of suppliers for WFP, including large exporters in India who can provide Sorghum, Wheat, Rice and Wheat Flour as per regular WFP INCO Terms (FOB, FCA etc.)
  2. Desktop review of the companies that respond, to short-list as per minimum joint requirements for Procurement, Food Safety and Quality and Shipping.
  3. Investigate and come up with the list of specific to India contractual and operational requirements and restrictions.
  4. Joint mission with food technologist to suppliers that are approved in the desktop review.
  5. Support the contract execution of the procurement of rice, starting from early negotiations to signing of the MoU, implementation of the contract and action as the liaison to resolve any potential issues - and lead discussions with relevant units in supply chain, food safety and quality or shipping in HQ and RBB.
  6. Others as required.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, including strong professional communication abilities.
  • Good understanding of public procurement policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out work with ministries, preferably in India

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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