Deputy Director, Procurement Group (PG)

Job categories Procurement, Leadership
Vacancy code VA/2024/B0012/27559
Level ICS-12
Department/office MP, PG, Procurement Group
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P5
Duration Fixed-term staff contract - One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 26-Feb-2024 to 26-Mar-2024

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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Procurement at UNOPS

Public procurement can play a powerful role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has the potential to create jobs, drive equality and reduce carbon emissions. More sustainable and resilient procurement models can strengthen supply chains, enhance transparency and achieve greater impact for populations. At UNOPS, we work with our partners to drive transparent, sustainable and resilient procurement practices that lay the foundations for a better future. 

Effective public procurement underpins nearly all sustainable development activity. Every Global Goal, every mission, every operation. Without the efficient and sustainable purchasing of goods and services, addressing the world’s problems would be impossible.

Public procurement can also be an agent of change, with transformational potential to drive sustainable, resilient and inclusive development. It offers an opportunity to maximize the impact of spending and is a vehicle to promote social inclusion, fairness and value for money.

As reflected in the restated UNOPS Strategic Plan 2022-2025, we aim to help governments and other partners plan and implement transparent, cost-effective public procurement for sustainable, equitable and gender-sensitive impact. As a central United Nations resource for procurement, we harness efforts for economic, social and environmental effect through sustainable procurement and capacity development of local supply chains and public institutions, responding to all Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 12. Institutional capacity development for sustainable, transparent and fair public procurement practices can expand the resources available for countries to accelerate achievement of the SDGs and combat climate change.

We help our partners purchase for impact by:

Realizing potential through sustainable procurement: UNOPS ensures sustainable and resilient procurement that can strengthen supply chains, enhance transparency and facilitate inclusive choices. Diversifying supply chains can give businesses owned by women, young people, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities a chance to prosper. 

Ensuring more effective public spending to empower institutions: UNOPS helps public procurement be more efficient, with greater levels of transparency, greater value for money, a greater impact for governments and better public services for the people they serve.

Supporting local economies: Around half of our procurement is from local suppliers, which can help lessen environmental impacts by reducing emissions and directly support local economies.

Optimizing public procurement for impact: UNOPS strives to free up resources by realizing efficiencies, avoiding loss from fraud, corruption and lack of transparency, and increasing effectiveness through choices that enable sustainable, resilient and inclusive development.

In 2022, UNOPS procured $1.8bn of goods and services, across 828 projects in 101 countries. Health was the largest category of procurement, closely followed by infrastructure, operations and administrations and other goods and services. 97.4% of procurement was conducted by local procurement teams globally. UNOPS has a diverse, global supply base procuring from 5,613 different suppliers across 161 countries in 2022.

Procurement Group

The Procurement Group (PG) is based at UNOPS HQ in Copenhagen. It leads the organization’s sustainable procurement practice and is responsible for: articulating strategy, policy positions and innovative solutions for procurement at UNOPS; enabling the operationalization and managerial oversight of UNOPS procurement activities through appropriate systems and reports; strengthening the knowledge, skills and career development of procurement practitioners; and leading the implementation of sustainable supply chains across the organization. 

About the Role

The Deputy Director, PG reports to the Director, PG who provides broad supervision and guidance. The Deputy Director is responsible for providing public procurement policy and operational leadership and supports the Director in the execution of the PG's strategy. The Deputy Director plays a key role in policy transformation, shaping procurement policies and assuring the application of the policy framework, as well as supports procurement innovation that delivers sustainable outcomes.

Summary of functions: Procurement ...

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and ex...

Education A Master’s degree in a relevant field is mandatory. ...

Contract type: Staff Contract level: P5 Contract duration: Fixed-term staff...

Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes. Applic...
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UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We are proud of our people. The UNOPS family brings together approximately 160 nationalities, represented by over 5,000 UNOPS personnel as well as some 7,800 personnel recruited on behalf on our partners. Spread across 80 countries, our workforce is rich in diversity and culture – with inclusion at its core.

We understand the importance of balancing professional and personal demands and offer several flexible working options.

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