Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Procurement Officer
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-time, Regular
Works Directly With: Operations Team, Finance Team, Co-ordinates with Mercy Corps program and operations staff regarding procurement planning and activities
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on humanitarian assistance, economic development, and conflict mitigation. With the ongoing insurgency in Northeast Nigeria causing the displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs.
As the crisis has persisted, Mercy Corps’ strategy has also expanded to address the root causes of the conflict and seek to build the long-term resilience of communities with integrated programs focusing on governance, the recovery of markets and livelihoods, social cohesion and social protection, youth empowerment, and local conflict management.
General Position Summary
The Senior Procurement Officer is responsible for overseeing the procurement aspects of Mercy Corps’ logistic operation.
Working closely with Program, Administration, Finance and Logistics the Senior Procurement Officer is instrumental in supporting program activities through his/her services.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Coordinate daily MCN procurement activities.
Ensure that the procurement department supports the programs efficiently and compliantly.
Understand MC procurement policies and formats. Provide training to staff on these policies.
Assist Program and Operational personnel in regular procurement planning meetings.
Assist staff as needed on the timely completion of purchase requests and other documentation.
Interact with contractors, in coordination with the Program & Operation Managers.
Ensure that the required documentation of supplies and transactions are completed in accordance with MC standards.
Prepare status reports on deliveries for P&L and Office Management and recipient of supplies.
Coordinate with the Warehouse on delivery of items including completion of Goods Received Notes, storage of items and transfer of items to field sites.
Regularly produce purchase status and completed purchases reports using the Ongoing PR Master List and PR Master List.
Ensure that Mercy Corps’ procurement activities are legal and moral.
Enforce proper use of procurement ceilings and approval procedures.
Carry out the procurement of goods, works and services for all the PRs above USD $20,000 – as per Mercy Corps standards and formats.
Carry out the procurement of national consultants services (all values) – as per Mercy Corps standards and formats.
Oversee the establishment of various Master Agreements (MPAs and MSAs) for commonly used items – as per Mercy Corps standards and formats.
Assist in the maintenance of thorough procurement files. Ensure that the procurement filing system is in place and in accordance with the Procurement filing procedures as outlined in the FP3.
Assist the P&L management and office staff with procurement activities, as required.
Coordinate with the Finance Department to ensure that payments to vendors are made on time and without any unnecessary strain on the financial systems of MC
Assist P&L Management with asset management. Identify assets during the course of procurement and notify the Asset Controller on receipts of assets.
Maintain files on market prices for commonly-bought items.
Perform any other reasonable duties that deem necessary as assigned by the supervisor
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Directly supervises the Procurement Assistant and Procurement Intern
Accountable for following Mercy Corps Field Procurement Policies and Procedures (FP3), the MC Code of conduct regarding procurement activities and the MC Conflict of Interest policy.
Knowledge and Experience
A Degree in a relevant Business field is desired. 2-3 years of experience in large-scale supply chain management and/ or international business.
Strong organizational skills; ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel. Excellent oral and written English skills.
High level of computer skills in MS Office programs.
A demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action so as to not delay program activities.
A clear understanding of procurement ethics and donor compliance is essential.
Certification in procurement/supply chain management is an advantage.
Knowledge of sphere standards and other training in humanitarian responses preferred.
The Senior Procurement Officer is conscientious with an excellent sense of judgement.
S/he has the ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and a willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people. They have the ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with project personnel.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members.
As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.