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.

Job Positions

Procurement Officer, P4

Job Description

  • WFP is currently seeking candidates with relevant expertise and experience in the procurement of food commodities, good and services to fill the position of Procurement Officer P4 level working with the WFP Nigeria operation, based in Abuja.
  • WFP provides an apt platform for procurement professionals seeking highly rewarding career opportunities.  A job tenure with us is an exciting adventure which involves working in line management positions in any of our country offices and at the headquarters in Rome.  Staff have an enviable career path where their knowledge and skills are enhanced in diverse areas across the supply chain function.  We welcome you to be part of this exhilarating journey to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the world’s vulnerable populations.

Job Purpose

  • Strategic and proactive procurement of food commodities, goods and services, in partnership with the key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries.
  • Contribution to the achievement of core WFP supply Chain Objectives including efficiency gains and cost savings.
  • Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)Participate in the development and implementation of country sourcing strategies or specialist procurement initiatives that support effective and cost optimising purchase decisions.
  • Lead the implementation of highly complex procurement projects in COs to ensure successful procurement of food and non-food commodities or services, ensuring a strategic, forward purchasing approach to procurement, following best-practice and in compliance with wider WFP policies, standards and regulations.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all relevant suppliers in order to improve service delivery and resolve supplier related issues.
  • Manage and coordinate effective relationships with inspection and superintendent firms to ensure quality control, specification conformity, volume assessment, monitoring and verification of deliveries.
  • Work in close collaboration with senior cross functional colleagues to align procurement activities and promote an integrated supply-chain approach to food assistance.
  • Oversee the preparation of accurate and timely reports of procurement activities to contribute to a WFP wide view that enables informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders leading to performance optimization.
  • Manage or oversee all auditing of procurement activities ensuring recommendations are responded to appropriately to ensure conformity with compliance rules.
  • Lead and motivate a large or highly specialized procurement team providing coaching, training and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to 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.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of procurement specific risks.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.

Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced University degree in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, Engineering, Legal or Accounting or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


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

Desired Experiences for Entry into the Role

  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in procurement
  • Experience managing the physical purchase of commodities/goods/services in complex situations (e.g., market evaluations, assessing vendors, evaluating offers and making recommendations).
  • Experience in coordinating supply chain operations (including procurement of food, goods, and services, including budgeting and integrated supply chain planning
  • Experience managing suppliers including but not limited to wholesalers, traders and retailers.
  • Experience supervising medium numbers of staff
  • Experience communicating and coordinating with UN agencies or large international conglomerates
  • Experience in servicing client units or client offices
  • Experience of Vendor Management.

Terms and Conditions

  • Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as 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.

Application Closing Date
16th September, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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