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Procurement Specialist - Governance Procurement

Job #: req19077
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Governance
Grade: GF
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Freetown,Sierra Leone
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s): English
Closing Date: 10/12/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC


Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit 

Region/VPU/Country/Position Context 


We need the best and brightest talent focused on Sub-Saharan African countries in order to harness the potential and innovation happening across the continent. Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population and a growing market of nearly 1.2bn people. We are committed to making the Africa regional teams into leading innovation hubs. Yet, these vast opportunities are tempered by persistent gaps in education, health, and skills, which have Africa only reaching forty percent of its estimated potential. Moreover, conflict, food insecurity, population growth, and the disruptive forces of climate change threaten to curtail or even reverse the progress that has been made over the past decades.  

In West and Central Africa, the World Bank is a leading partner with a growing portfolio of 387 projects totaling more than $44.1 billion in areas such as agriculture, trade and transport, energy, education, health, water and sanitation- all to support job creation, gender equality, poverty reduction, and better lives. Across the continent, the World Bank’s program has nearly doubled over the last 10 years. By 2030, about 87% of the world’s extreme poor are projected to live in Sub-Saharan Africa, so this is where our mission to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity will be achieved. Are you ready to make an impact? We are looking for dedicated professionals to join our innovative and diverse team to improve people’s lives and help countries build back better after COVID.   

Western and Central Africa (AFW) Region:  

The Governance Global Practice 

More than half of the global population expresses distrust in government institutions. The Governance GP helps developing countries build capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable institutions that can support economic growth, reduce poverty, deliver needed services and earn the confidence of citizens.  Our work encompasses public financial management, public procurement, civil service reform, open government, anti-corruption, and using technology to improve quality and access to government services.

For more information:  

AFW is seeking a Procurement Specialist for the Procurement unit (EAWRU) within the EFI Practice Group. Reporting to the Practice Manager, who is based in Dakar, Senegal the procurement specialist will be based in Freetown. The procurement specialist will work together with a team of 14 procurement staff including a Procurement Hub Coordinator based in Abuja and 8 Senior Procurement Specialists, 2 Procurement Specialists and 3 Consultants based in Abuja, Accra, Freetown and Monrovia.  

Together with a Senior Procurement Specialist who is also based in Freetown, the procurement specialist will provide procurement fiduciary, service and capacity building support to the World Bank’s program in Sierra Leone. The procurement specialist will also provide support in strengthening the public procurement system and institutions in Sierra Leone under the guidance of the Practice Manager and the Procurement Hub Coordinator. The Bank portfolio in Sierra Leone currently comprises 21 projects totaling more than $842 million with an additional 3 projects amounting to $162 million in the pipeline.    

Scope of Work 

• Provides technical fiduciary advice on procurement activities and engage in policy dialogue to strengthen procurement systems. 

• Supports clients in achieving value for money in public procurement in order to enhance service delivery and development outcomes with integrity. 

• Understand relevant procurement markets using analytical tools and approaches to define more effective procurement strategies. 

• Participates in missions and plays a key role in developing practical approaches to procurement while simultaneously dealing with difficult policy and operational issues. 

• Prepares and/or comments on draft operational directives and policy papers; produces major/complex reports. 

• Develops and executes training modules on complex sector related procurement topics.  

The work implies frequent interaction with the following stakeholders: 

• The Practice Manager who is based in Dakar, Senegal, Management in her/his duty station, and on some occasions in Washington DC or locations in other countries. 

• Government officials and equivalent contacts in other international organizations, partner entities, etc. 

• Procurement specialists within the World Bank and government units. 

• Counterparts in the Bank across VPUs, Global Practices and other units involved in meeting the Bank’s business objectives. 

• Other external constituencies and expert groups. 

Selection Criteria

Basic Requirements: 

• High levels of integrity 

• Excellent command of English 

• An advanced degree with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. business administration, engineering, commerce, law, procurement, public policy, etc.).  

• Master’s degree in any relevant areas. 

• Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices governing international procurement, with the ability to translate concepts into operational work, including but not limited to Value for Money, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing, market analysis, contract management, etc... 

• Minimum of 5 years of direct relevant experience in carrying out technical duties in procurement inside or outside the World Bank. 

• Ability to deal sensitively in a multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues. 

General Competencies: 

• Good communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating and resolving highly complex issues, both orally and in writing. 

• Client-driven and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a technical quality and timeliness. 

• Ability to solve complex problems involving multiple stakeholders and constraints.

• Analytical skills to recognize patterns, extract conclusions and strategies out of information coming from multiple sources and in a variety of forms. 

• Results-oriented to act as a trusted, strategic advisor, partnering with clients to deliver results. 

Specific Specialized Skills, Knowledge, and Competencies: 

• Knowledge on institutions and procurement reforms in Borrower’s countries. 

• Understanding of the World Bank’s business objectives, products and project cycle. 

• Understanding of political economy, public policy, public systems and public management. 

• Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies. 

• Ability to manage complex, multi-functional, cross-regional projects/programs including managing relationships with stakeholders & counterparts. 

• Good understanding of risk management. 

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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