Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 67 members, 48 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region. ADB’s main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.
The position is assigned in the Procurement and Contracts Administration Unit (OAPC) within the Office of Administrative Services (OAS). OAS provides administrative support to ADB Management and staff, and delivers/manages related services, facilities, and advisories. OAPC is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures relating to procurement of goods, services and facilities required for administrative functions at ADB’s Headquarters and in assisting the field offices (FOs) in such procurement actions. It is also responsible for ensuring that the policies are consistent with accepted best practice developing processes.
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The Senior Procurement and Contracts Specialist undertakes and ensures the effective and efficient procurement and contracting of goods and services for the delivery of administrative services and smooth functioning of ADB operations. Works with a broad set of principle-based policies and objectives, ensuring ADB achieves best value for money. Mentor and lead staff supervised in the Procurement and Contracting Unit (non-IT) in achieving the same objective and provide advice and guidance to management and clients on currently accepted best practices in procurement. Work with broad policies and objectives, working directly with clients, with supervision for critical tasks.
The incumbent will report to Advisor, OAS and Head, Procurement and Contracts Administration Unit, and will supervise National Staff and Administrative Staff.
Develop and implement the annual work program of the non-IT Procurement and Contracting Unit, within the Procurement and Contracts Administration Unit (OAPC) establishing functional goals, operational processes, monitoring and reporting progress, and provide overall management and mentoring to its human resources.
Lead and execute the economical, efficient and reliable institutional procurement of goods and services in support of ADB’s operational activities, including the conduct of intensive market research and analysis involving evaluations of complicated technical specifications, properly assessing price trends, etc. Supervises the procurement and contracting process for the pre-qualification of bidders, bidding, bid opening, bid evaluation, recommending the awarding of contracts, and for negotiations with suppliers.
Provides technical advice to the Resident Missions and field offices in procurement and/or contracting activities where appropriate.
Participates as Secretary in the Institutional Procurement Committee.
Establishes, implements and continuously improves policies and procedures for the timely, efficient, economical and transparent procurement and/or contracting of a wide range of goods and services including planning, and implements strategies for changing technological opportunities.
Support the effective implementation of eProcurement solution.
Proposes innovative approaches or instruments that effectively address institutional procurement issues and drivers of change.
Provides leadership and support to reporting staff.
Relevant Experience & Requirements
Master's degree or equivalent in Procurement, Business Administration, Law, Engineering or related fields; University degree in Procurement, Business Administration, Law, Engineering or related fields combined with specialized experience in similar organization/s may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the procurement and contracting of goods and services in an international institution or in a large public or private organization, with proven and successful experience in the management and supervision of procurement and/or contracting functions.
Preference will be given to candidates with internationally recognized professional procurement qualifications.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required
International experience working in several countries
Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff level 5.
The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.
ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.
ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.
The vision of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a region free of poverty. Established in 1966 and based in Manila, Philippines, ADB’s multicultural staff come from about 67 members. ADB offers a competitive salary and benefits package. While the position advertised is for the ADB headquarters, staff must be prepared to serve in any location outside Manila, Philippines at the discretion of Management. Applicants must be nationals of one of ADB's member countries.