Save the Children Regional Procurement Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Save the Children International is looking to recruit for the following positions:
Job Title: Regional Procurement Officer
Team / Programme: Logistics & Supply Chain / Operations – RPU
Location: Nairobi
Grade: 4
Contract Length: 12 Months


Child Safeguarding: Level
4 – either the role holder will have access to personal data about
children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be
working  in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor,
legal executive); therefore a police check  will be required (at
‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).
About us: For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. 
We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. 
Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. 

We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. 
Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.
Role Purpose: The Regional Procurement Officer will be responsible for Procurement, managing and developing the supplier base, and ensuring the efficient delivery of high quality goods and services to our country programmes.

The role holder will be expected to respond to Procurement requirements, implement the regional procurement strategy which will effectively deliver business needs. 
The role holder will also be expected to support the specification and selection of Procurement tools, and to build and development of a high performing team. 
The role holder will be required to work with countries in East and Southern Africa Region (ESARO) to support their procurement strategies and to support in developing the sourcing strategy i.e. local, national and international procurement under the supervision of Regional Procurement Manager.
Scope of Role: 

Reports to:
Regional Procurement Manager
Staff reporting to this post: None
Role Dimensions: Regional remit, supporting region and country offices with procurement needs
Key Areas of Accountability:
  • Carry out Procurement, ensure FWAs are in place, procurement is done in line with SCI procedures and compliant with all donor rules.
  • Support the RPM to conduct a review of the regional Procurement requirements and agree a procurement strategy in line with business needs through proactive stakeholder engagement. 
  • Carry out Procurement for the RPU, delivering excellence through best practice, defined roles and responsibilities and performance management.
  • Build on and develop the supply base to ensure the capacity and flexibility to meet all of the regional requirements – both in “steady state” and “emergency response” situations.
  • Ensure good supplier relationship and proactively to ensure a high level of supplier performance.
Contribute as a member of the team:
  • Create a culture of continuous learning where staff are encouraged and supported to grow and develop and are willing to be held accountable for their commitments.
  • Role model and support the development of a dual mandate organisational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.
  • Identify and support the creation of learning and development programmes for building capacity of procurement staff involved in supply chain management at all levels.
  • Work with country offices to develop strategic relationships and partnerships with companies and organisations which can support the improvement and enhancement of Save the Children procurement.
Skills and Behaviours (SCI Values in Practice)
  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.
  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
Qualifications:  Degree level in Business, Procurement or Logistics and Supply Chain Management or similar level qualification from a recognised institution, CIPS qualifications and member or equivalent membership.

Experience and Skills:
  • 3 years’ buyer experience in international procurement, with cross boarder logistics experience and contract/Framework management in complex situations.
  • Experience of implementing / significant knowledge of Procurement processes.
  • Proven ability to review demands and trends; to develop strategies to fill identified gaps.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation. 
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies including travelling at short notice and for extended periods of time.
  • Knowledge of key institutional donors and their compliance requirements in respect of Logistics and Procurement.
  • Medical Procurement knowledge / experience
  • Working knowledge of French is an advantage
Additional job responsibilities: The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Equal Opportunities: The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Health and Safety: The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application information

If you are interested in this position, please  email a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document to with clear Subject heading  for the position.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application closes 2nd August 2016

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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