Procurement Associate (Health), Copenhagen, Denmark

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Denmark

City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Office: UNDP Copenhagen

Grade: G-6

Closing date: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Job ID: 33312

Practice Area - Job Family: Management - HEALTH PROCUREMENT

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 19/11/2020

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Education & Work Experience: C-HS Graduate or Equivalent - 6 year(s) experience, G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 3 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: G6

Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: Common System

Bureau: Management

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

UNDP’s Procurement Services Unit may decide to create a roster of candidates for similar positions (with the same Grade level, job description, experience and educational requirements) that may come up in our office in Copenhagen during the course of the year, where fully recommended candidates emerging as a result of this recruitment process may be placed on this roster and valid for a period of one year. Candidates will be informed accordingly.

Competencies: Please refer to the full list in the Job Descrption.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Procurement Services Unit of UNDP supports UNDP Country Offices (COs) and Business Units in Direct Procurement activities related to UNDP Practice Areas, in support of management and development projects, implemented by the respective Units.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Procurement Specialist, the Procurement Associate ensures the execution of transparent and efficient procurement services undertaken by the unit in line with client expectations. The Procurement Associate promotes a client-focused, quality and results- oriented approach in the Unit.

The Procurement Associate works in close collaboration with PSU staff for resolving complex procurement-related issues and information exchange. He/she will also work collaboratively with operations and program staff in UNDP COs and HQ business units.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Implementation of operational strategies

Organization of procurement processes

Implementation of sourcing strategy

Provision of logistical services

Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing

1. Ensures implementation of the operational strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

Full compliance of procurement activities with UN/UNDP rules, regulations, policies and strategies; implementation of the effective internal control.

PSU Procurement business processes mapping and elaboration of the content of internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Procurement and Logistics in consultation with the direct supervisor and office management.

2. Organizes procurement processes on behalf of and in collaboration with UNDP COs, focusing on achievement of the following results:

Assist COs in the preparation of procurement plans for the office.

Organization of procurement processes in relation including preparation and conduct of RFQs, ITBs or RFPs, receipt of quotations, bids or proposals, their evaluation, negotiation of certain conditions of contracts in full compliance with UNDP rules and regulations.

Preparation of Purchase orders and contracts in and outside Atlas, preparation of Recurring Purchase orders for contracting of services, vendors‘ creation in Atlas with Buyer profile in UNDP ERP (ATLAS).

Preparation of submissions to the Contract, Asset and Procurement Committee (CAP) and Advisory Committee on Procurement (ACP).

Implementation of the internal control system which ensures that Purchase orders are duly prepared and dispatched. Timely corrective actions on POs with budget check errors and other problems in consultation with the COs.

Presentation of reports on procurement in the PSU.

Preparation of cost-recovery bills in Atlas for the procurement services provided by PSU to COs.

Implementation of joint procurement processes for the UN Agencies in line with the UN reform.

3. Ensures implementation of sourcing strategy focusing on achievement of the following result:

Development and update of the rosters of suppliers, implementation of supplier selection and evaluation.

4. Ensures organization of logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:

Organization of freight forwarding services including preparation of shipment information, collecting quotations from UN assigned freight forwarders, follow-up with the COs on delivery tracking, making warehouse arrangements at destinations, where required, etc.

5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the PSU focusing on achievement of the following results:

Synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in Procurement.

Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.



Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Adapts ideas to context

Interprets policies and guidance within context and applies with judgment

Anticipates obstacles and applies practical solutions

Continually seeks improvement and agility in service delivery

Collaborates to improve methods and delivery


Inclusive in decision making

Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

Seeks and recognizes individual contributions;
Encourages dialogue and acts in accordance with team inputs

Anticipates and resolves conflict

Embraces differing opinions seeing them as opportunities for improvement

Gives credit to others

Tags communities of practice contract management development projects information exchange knowledge sharing logistics office management procurement project implementation public administration un reform

Determines appropriate resources, methods, partners, information and solutions

People Management

Encourages collaboration and improves team performance

Takes ownership of responsibilities

Involves team in different steps of the process;
Seeks and values other’s initiatives and expertise

Communication & Relationship Management

Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation

Listens to develop awareness for client needs

Respects difference of opinion

Finds common ground to solve problems

Gains trust of peers, partners, clients

Presents complex, conceptual ideas in practical terms to others

Proactively expresses insights and/or questions in order to contribute to clarity, accuracy, and focus in one’s work

Speaks on behalf of team with professionalism and integrity consistent with UN values


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Adapts and implements:

Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations

Demonstrates commitment to clients and quality

Works to agreed goals dealing with challenges constructively

Responsible for project implementation and/or team deliverables

Technical/Functional Competencies:

Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Informations Systems & Technology (General): Knowledge of IST innovations and concepts and ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

Procurement: Ability to acquire goods, services or works from an outside external source

Sourcing: Ability to find, evaluate and engage supplier of goods and services

Supplier Management: Knowledge of supplier management concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Contract Management: Knowledge of contract management concepts, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Logistics: Knowledge of logistics operations, principles and methods, and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary Education is required.

Relevant specialized certification in Procurement is an asset

University Degree in Business, Public Administration or a related field will be considered an advantage


6 years of progressively responsible administrative experience is required of which at least 3 years should include responsibilities related to procurement, logistics or supply management at international level. *

Relevant experience/knowledge related to one or more of the UNDP Practice areas (such as Democratic Governance/Elections, Health related projects, Crisis prevention and recovery, Energy and Environment) will be an added advantage.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is required.

Advanced knowledge and experience in the usage of ERPs and/or other web-based management systems is required.

Knowledge and experience in UNDP’s ERP (Atlas) will be a definite advantage.

*note: a Bachelor’s degree in combination with 3 years of experience with responsibilities related to procurement, logistics or supply management at international level may be accepted in lieu of the 6 years relevant work experience


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