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Senior Procurement Officer Career – Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA)

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Roads established by the Kenya Roads Act, 2007 with the core mandate of management, development, rehabilitation and maintenance of all public roads in the cities and municipalities in Kenya except where those roads are national roads.
As the leading Government Agency with the above mandate, we wish to competitively fill the position below with suitably qualified Kenyans as follows:
Senior Procurement Officer
Ref: KURA/PROC/11/19
JG 6
4 Posts
The successful candidate will report to Chief Procurement Officer
Job Summary
The job holder will assist the Chief Procurement Officer in providing support to Head of Procurement in procurement related matters to ensure understanding of, and compliance with the applicable law, policies and procedures of the Authority.
Key Responsibilities
·         To lead, coordinate and help develop consolidated annual procurement plan
·         Responsible for following the policies and procedures as defined in the Authority policy guidelines.
·         Supervising, scheduling the work of, professionally developing, and evaluating the performance of the procurement officers.
·         Reviewing the performance objectives established by the professionals under his/her supervision.
·         Ensuring the smooth functioning of the department as a synergetic, service oriented team, in meeting the many and varying needs of the Authority’s internal and external customers.
·         Responsible for preparing contracts and purchase orders within the guidelines of the applicable laws, procedures and policies in place.
·         With approval of the Head of Procurement, responsible for consulting with the Authority’s Legal Manager or other approved legal counsel regarding the legality of proposed procurement contracts.
·         Responsible for providing administrative support for all procurements and maintaining the official contract files.
·         Responsible for ensuring purchasing orders and/or contracts are authorized in accordance with approval matrix in place.
·         Participating fully in opening, evaluation, negotiations and contract management.
·         Reviewing and approving the various procurement reports prepared by Procurement Officers including quarterly and annual reports.
·         Develop and maintain positive relationships with both existing and new suppliers and contractors.
·         Take an active lead in introduction, development and implementation of best procurement practices.
·         Manage staff within Procurement Department.
Qualifications and Competencies
·         Bachelor’s degree in Supplies Management or in Business related field with Post Graduate Diploma in Purchasing & Supplies Management from a recognized institution or its equivalent.
·         At least five (5) years experience in the field of procurement and two (2) years in similar position.
·         Working knowledge in Public Procurement and Disposal procedures as contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 and Regulation 2006 as well as development partners.
·         Experience in Public Sector and Government is an added advantage.
·         A member of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM).
·         Ability to work under pressure and minimum supervision.
·         Demonstrate working knowledge in ICT.
·         Good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
·         Demonstrated ability to build cohesive teams and adhere to set targets through team work.
The successful candidates may be required to work either at the Headquarter Offices or any of the Regional Offices as may be required. If you don’t hear from us by 15th of May 2011 please consider yourself unsuccessful.
Only candidates who meet the set criteria should submit applications together with their updated CVs including details of their day time contacts, current and expected remuneration, notice period required to take up appointment where successful, names and contacts of three referees, while at the same time attaching copies of all certificates and testimonials to be hand delivered or mailed so as to reach the Director General at the address below not later than 11th March 2011 at 5:00PM.
All envelopes/applications should have the respective job reference number clearly marked.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
The Director General
Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA)
IKM Building, Bishops Road
P.O. Box 41727-00100, GPO, Nairobi

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