Job Description

  The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. It does so by investing in rural people. IFAD finances programmes and projects that increase Agricultural Productivity and raise rural incomes, and  advocates at the local, national and international level for policies that contribute to rural transformation.

Post's organizational accountability

IFAD is looking for qualified, experienced and motivated public procurement experts to work as individual consultants and provide first-rate services to IFAD and the projects it supports.

IFAD’s Public Procurement Consultant Roster serves as an intermediate between qualified public procurement experts interested in working on IFAD consultancy assignments, and regional operational divisions seeking consultation. Please note your application does not imply placement on the roster. The roster assists regional operational divisions in their search for qualified consultants, based on their needs. Upon identification of consultants with the required profile, regional operational divisions will liaise with the consultants to initiate the contracting process.

Key results expected / Major functional activities

The Consultant will work under the supervision of the Senior Procurement Officer and in collaboration with other team members and project counterparts.

Key tasks may include: Project Design:

  • Assess the lead project implementing agency’s procurement capacities, systems and risks;
  • Determine appropriate project procurement implementation arrangements, including determining the extent of reliance on countries’ procurement systems, additional procedures to ensure consistency with IFAD’s Procurement Guidelines, and prior review thresholds;
  • Draft the procurement section of the Project Implementation Manual (PIM);
  • Contribute to suitable project procurement supervision plans;
  • Contribute to initial 18-month procurement plans;
  • Contribute to Capacity Building programmes for project staff responsible for procurement;
  • Support the development of key project procurement performance indicators for IFAD’s project procurement activities.
Project supervision:

  • Conduct Project Procurement Reviews to ensure appropriate oversight of project procurement practice;
  • Advise on complex procurement issues, propose sound solutions to correct procurement deficiencies or deter future ones;
  • Identify risk flags and evidence of malfeasance in procurement by performing a procurement risk assessment as per IFAD’s requirements;
  • Deliver procurement training for project staff responsible for procurement.

Minimum recruitment qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements to qualify to take the assessment:
  • Advanced academic degree in Procurement, Business, Law, Economics, Finance, Engineering, Public Administration or related field. Full membership of CIPS will be considered equivalent to an academic degree.
  • Five (5) years’ experience working as a public procurement professional.
  • Procurement work experience with projects funded by United Nations organizations or Multilateral Development Banks (e.g. IFAD, AfDB, AsDB, IADB, World Bank, UNDP, etc.).

Other information

Applicants that meet the qualification and experience requirements indicated above will be invited to take a written assessment. The assessment consists of multiple choice questions, some of which are based on case studies. Applicants will be informed if they pass or fail the assessment. Proof of academic requirement, work experience and references will be checked from successful candidates. Applicants will be placed on the roster only upon positive outcome of such checks and they will be informed accordingly.

Rostered consultants may be contacted for assignments. Honorarium will be commensurate with the applicants's qualifications, experience and skills as well as the nature and complexity of the assignment.

Consultants are not considered staff of IFAD. This consultancy assignment does not carry any expectation of employment, extension or conversion to another type of contract with the Fund. The number of days in which services can be rendered in any 12-month period is limited to 240, and the number of days in which services can be rendered in any 60-month period is limited to 960.

In the interest of making most cost effective use of funds and resources, we are only able to respond to applicants who are selected for further assessment. Applicants who do not receive any feedback within three months should consider their application unsuccessful.

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