Procurement Officer

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The British Council is hiring a Procurement Officer.

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Procurement Officer West Africa Cluster

Role Purpose

The post holder will support implementation of procurement processes at the British Council for West Africa cluster within Sub-Sahara Africa region to maximise efficiency and ensure compliance with global procurement policies and processes as well as the consistent adaptation of good commercial and professional practice whilst ensuring probity at all times. The successful candidate will turn procurement requisitions into contracts or orders through market engagement by way of tendering or any such competitive, transparent, efficient method that earns British Council best value for money.

You will provide assurance to Country Directors, Strategic Business Units and other users that robust procurement procedures are adhered to through monitoring Contracts Registers, maintaining the Preferred Suppliers List, evaluation and complete control of end-to-end procurement, contract and supplier management.

Role specific knowledge and experience

The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:

  • English Proficiency Level C1/C2
  • French Proficiency
  • Diploma or Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline or relevant experience
  • Market intelligence of procurement practices
  • Tender documents preparation
  • Periodic planning, monitoring, control and reporting within procurement function
  • Contract drafting (purchase order, agreement etc)
  • Procurement activity planning and tracking
  • Bids/ returns evaluation

Desirable Experience

  • Membership with Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/ other equivalent professional accreditation with advanced certificate or foundation diploma status.
  • Previous experience in a similar role in an international organisation

Further Information

  • Pay Band – 4
  • Remuneration – XOF 557,132 per month
  • Contract Type – 12-month fixed term contract (with possibility of extension)
  • Location – Dakar, Senegal
  • Requirements – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in country of application. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability. All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application: CV and cover letter.

Closing Date – 28 June 2022 (23:59 South Africa Time).

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