Hiring Organization: RTI International

Under the direct supervision of the Utility Support Fund (USF) Senior Procurement Specialist, the USF Procurement Specialist will manage procurements of goods and services under the Utility Support Fund (USF) including but not limited to the processes of procurement (local and international), transport of procured goods as well as have an oversight on asset management and inventory control of USF-funded goods.

Perform all phases of sourcing to ensure best value and within required lead times for a variety of technical requirements in Nigeria, including analysis of overall budgetary impact for all types of procurement transactions
Take the lead in the preparation, implementation, and tracking against the annual procurement plan supported with budget and timetables.
Prepare, issue, and negotiate RFQ(s) for assigned procurements of materials, equipment, commodities, and services
Effectively negotiate with suppliers on a wide variety of commodities (information and communication technology (ICT), mechanical and specialized equipment) and technical services for the best overall value to the USF.
Coordinate issuance of purchase orders in accordance with company policies and procedures
Contribute to the supply chain management efforts up to and including logistical support from the ordering point through the follow-up, expediting, and delivery of the required goods and/or services
Coordinate the freight forwarding efforts with the RTI Logistics Office and Home Office Support Team as required
Understand and ensure compliance with legal guidelines, Federal Export Control (if applicable), contracting principles, sourcing and price/cost analysis requirements
Assist the Home Office Support Team in the preparation of client contractual requests including waivers (source and nationality, restricted goods)
Provide support and guidance to subgrantees of overall property management and inventory control, reports, custody control documents, reconciliations for both expendable and non-expendable property according to USAID rules and regulations.
Ensure adherence to USF’s standard operating (SOP) procedures for USF related commodities/services ordering and distribution.
Conduct logistics training workshops for states Logistics assistant, seasonal operational staff and district officials on storage and distribution, and inventory control.
Develop and submit weekly and monthly reports to the USF Manager, Finance Manager and/or Deputy Chief of Party on logistics and procurement for submission to RTI/Washington
Perform other duties as assigned by the USF Senior Procurement Specialist or USF Manager.

Minimum Required Education & Experience

Master’s degree and 3 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience (Degree in business administration, accounting or related fields)
Additional professional training in procurement and logistics management is preferred
Knowledge of USAID procurement policies and regulations will be an added advantage
Experience in general business administration and financial management
Experience in West Africa, preferably in Nigeria.

Skills & Abilities

An understanding of and commitment to RTI’s mission and values
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel) and procurement software;
Strong organizational, reporting and management skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
Strong verbal and written English communication skills
Strong presentation and facilitation skills
Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders
Ability to work hands-on, independently, and within team.
Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to coordinate activities with officials from host country government, US Government, NGO’s, and other agencies;
Willingness to travel frequently to the field offices

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit by e-mail only an Application letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE WORD document to [email protected] VERY IMPORTANT – On the subject LINE of your email you should only put the Email Subject line (no other text should be on this subject line)  that you are applying. Applications closes on Monday November 23, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they see this advert. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a highly competitive renumeration. Take note that any successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation. For further information about RTI International, please visit our website at www.rti.org
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