Project Manager & Chief Technical Advisor (Public Procurement)

Job categories Project Management, Procurement
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5131/27452
Level ICS-12
Department/office ECR, AUMCO, Albania
Duty station Tirana, Albania
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P5
Duration One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 06-Feb-2024 to 04-Mar-2024


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Background Information - UNOPS Austria Multi-Country Office

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) is part of the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:
  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement 
  • Project Management (full service, back on track)
  • HR and Transactional Services
  • Grants Management 
  • Technical and Advisory Services

UNOPS Albania Office is part of the Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) under the UNOPS Regional Office of Europe and Central Asia (ECR).  Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Background Information - Job-specific
Public procurement is a key  function of a government and a major factor in national budget execution. Effective, efficient and sustainable public procurement systems can help to promote economic growth, foster competition, and ensure that public services and infrastructure are delivered to the highest standards. According to the EU Albania Screening Report from July 2023, Albania has made progress in its public procurement system and is moderately prepared in terms of implementation and enforcement capacity. The public procurement system puts more emphasis on transparency, integrity and competition in procurement operations than on efficiency. The report also states that the country will benefit from further strengthening and functioning of the overall system to increase competition, compliance and professionalization. 

UNOPS aims to  provide technical assistance to the Government to build on the achievements in public procurement and to meet requirements of the EU acquis and to introduce best practices. This entails technical advisory for the establishment of the Central Purchasing Operator, including the establishment of its structures, working methods, financing mechanisms and similar, as well as the appropriate catalogues to be established to streamline public procurement of common and priority items in a quality, timely and cost effective manner. This may also include digitalization of these catalogues and establishment of an online system to facilitate the work of the Central Purchasing Operator through such resources. 

The project for this technical assistance will be led by a Project Manager/Chief Technical Advisor,  in coordination with the Prime Minister's Office, line ministries and relevant institutions. The incumbent will report to the Country Manager, and undertake the following responsibilities, with focus on the overall strategic management and delivery of the project, and more specifically focusing on its substantive elements involving the provision of technical assistance towards the establishment of a Central Purchasing Operator and relevant e-procurement/catalogue systems. S/he will be supported by a team of project management support personnel (who will be delegated the responsibility to manage day to day aspects of the project in UNOPS’ systems) and area experts (in public procurement, finance, organizational development, etc.), as well as shared support services (HR, administration, etc.) from AUMCO. 


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