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Kenya: Procurement Agent

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 07 Aug 2018

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 18-124

2. ISSUANCE DATE: July 25, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: August 7, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Procurement Agent

5. MARKET VALUE: Equivalent to FSN-PSC 09 (Step 1 2,426,261 KSH to Step 13 4,124,645 KSH per annum)**.** In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Initial 1 year probationary period with renewable contract(s) contingent on performance, position need, and funds availability.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:

· Undergo a comprehensive background investigation and;

· Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.

II. BACKGROUND

Under the Simplified Acquisition Regulations FAR Part 13 and Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations, Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations ( AIDAR) chapter 7, (FAR) and guidance from the Procurement Specialist, He/She procures offshore and local Mission supplies for USAID/Kenya and East Africa which consists of approximately 400 employees. Under the Simplified Acquisition Regulations, FAR Part 13 and Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations, Offers procurement support to USAID/EA/Burundi and USAID/EA/Djibouti (Regional Missions). Ensuring that competitive procurement procedures are being practiced and providing adequate responses to requisitions. Surveying both local and offshore markets and developing good and legal working relationships with vendors to obtain the most fair and reasonable prices on goods and services on behalf of the U.S. Government. Preparing Purchase Orders and Blanket Purchase Agreements using the Mission’s latest mode of procurement to achieve goals and objectives promptly, i.e. Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) and USAID Worldwide Purchase Card. Maintaining appropriate documentation records in each file for smooth follow up of orders, delivery, payment, close-out and audit purposes. Assisting with the duties of the Procurement Supervisor during his annual leave, sick leave or training periods. Typical procurements include computer equipments and software, aircharters, advertisement in local and international newspapers, conference facilities, copiers including maintenance services and consumables, motor vehicles, fuel, telecommunication equipment, printing of certificates and lamination, imprest funds, courier services, hardware supplies, locksmith and glassware, satellite dish installation, imprest funds for local office and household supplies and makes rush local purchases. Procure goods and services totaling more than US$ 1,000,000.00 annually for Mission operations and non-presence countries.

III. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Contract management (30%)

Once purchase order/contracting documents are cleared/approved in full, reviews the purchase orders to ensure funds are sufficient, inserts contract date, makes copies and distributes accordingly (original to the file, copy to the vendor together with a covering letter for acceptance/rejection of award and indication of delivery/performance dates, copy to requester, copy to customs and shipping office to facilitate clearing, copy to funding office and the last copy to warehouse to facilitate receiving and inspection once in receipt of goods.

Maintains an accurate record of procurements made including, checklists, cables, buyer information, open market, GSA and FSS publications, Contractors contacts, Government regulations and directives, assuring that adequate information is available. Assists, under the supervision of the Procurement Supervisor, when requested, in local procurement to neighboring Missions. Typical procurement are office and household supplies, typewriter repairs, vehicle and office machine parts and office machines. These orders often are required on an urgent basis and include arrangement of transportation. Communicates by cable, fax and telephone with other Mission to assure procurement are correct as per instruction and to coordinate shipments. For all of the above types of procurement, assures that documents are distributed to vendors, shipping agencies, Accounting offices and Warehouse. Follows up on all orders not promptly received. Coordinates correspondence by letter, memo, cable, fax and internet with forwarding agents, vendors and shippers and the Unites States Dispatch Agency (USDA), airlines or other parties to ensure that delivery of goods is completed. Ensures follow-up by preparing correspondence to the vendors on short shipments to assure completion of orders and documents relevant procurement file. Maintains a log of all purchase orders. Upon receipt of Receiving and Inspection Reports, reviews and distributes copies to Controller, Warehouse, Procurement files and requesting offices. Closes-out procurement files as required by Mission regulations.

Planning (20%):

Determines the appropriate procurement method based on government estimate and urgency of requirement and locates prospective vendors locally and internationally who are both responsive and responsible. In all actions upon receipt of procurement request, opens a procurement file, labels relevant log number and vendor's name, enclosed relevant procurement procedures attachments/documents i.e. purchase order file fiscal data check list, purchase order worksheet, and procurement steps and procedures for the USAID and updates the file. Reviews descriptions or specifications and ensures the accurate preparation of Purchase Orders by enclosing the correct FAR clauses, mode of shipment, delivery location, performance standards, invoicing instructions, request for banking information, terms of payments and ensures the correct funds have been reserved and properly approved by RFMS – Regional Financial and Management Services. Carries-out Procurement research to identify new and upcoming vendors in relation to mission needs both locally and internationally.

VAT & Close outs (20%):

Is responsible for following up on invoices for VAT exemption certificate. He /She is responsible in following up on file close outs. Upon receipt of payment invoices from vendors RFMS, reviews invoices for accuracy and Completeness and based on Receiving and Inspection Reports or notification of receipt of goods by the USDA, or certification of services by the requesting office or Contracting Officers Representative (COR), attaches certifying documents for the Executive Office approval. Upon approval, makes a copy for the file, records the original and forwards to RFMS to process payment. When complete payment has been received and vendor has acknowledged receipt, incumbent facilitates file close-out as guided by Mission policy and FAR part 4.

Sourcing (15%)

Ensures competition is sought where government regulations demand (over $3,000.00 for office supplies and services and over US$ 2,000 micro-purchase for construction). Reviews catalogs and other sources of information to locate most favorable prices to establish fair and reasonable price and documents the files to justify vendor selection. Documents the files to record activities/actions taking place/performed chronologically from the time of receipt of procurement request to file closure. Uses available resources when reviewing BPAs for competition and reliability of services, quality and past performance. Plans and prioritize assignments as necessary and demonstrates flexibility for provision of emergency procurements, vendor appraisal and vendor rating. Prepares reports on status of all pending actions i.e. purchase orders, payment vouchers etc. on weekly basis and Up-date the procurement supervisor accordingly. Negotiates on behalf of the US Government to ensure USAID gets fair and reasonable prices on goods and services of high quality. Is responsible to route/hand carry procurement documents for approval and necessary clearance and funding.

Negotiation and analysis (15%):

Upon receipt of quotes he/she does the negotiations for fair and reasonable price and does the cost and price analysis. Prepares justification memos and ensures action memorandums/waivers are in place prior to award to contractors. Prepares GSA – Generals Services administration orders using GSA advantage website and price catalog, price schedules and order documents. Guides the BPA ordering officers on FAAR regulations pertaining to BPAs. Obtains imprest funds as approved by Executive Officer (EXO) to procure goods or services as required. Ensures that imprest funds obtained is accounted for within the stipulated time of 24 hours.

IV. POSITION ELEMENTS:

A. Supervision Received: Supervised by the Procurement Specialist

B. Available Guidelines: Federal Procurement Regulations; USAID Procurement Regulations; Automated Directive Systems (ADS); Mission Orders; other written directives, the General Services Administration Catalog, US Federal Specifications and Standards.

C. Exercise of Judgment: Purchase order price negotiations.

D. Authority to Make Commitments: None.

E. Nature, Level and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts with other employees to establish procurement requirements and specifications; suppliers and contractors.

F. Supervision Exercised: None.

G. Time Required to Perform Full Range of Duties after Entry into the Position: One year

H. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One year.

V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

A. Education: Bachelor degree in Procurement, Business Administration, Economics or a related field.

B. Prior Work Experience: More than five years’ experience in procurement. Must be a self-motivated and reliable person who can work with minimum supervision. Computer literacy and experience with a resource planning system (RPS). Should have good working knowledge of local suppliers and products available. Must possess skills to plan, organize, and prioritize assignments in line with procurement function. Must possess strong writing, communication and negotiating skills. Must have a high degree of procurement integrity, impartiality and honesty.

C. Post Entry Training: Participation in various training course related to management and US Government procurement courses.

D. Language Proficiency: Level IV (fluent) English is essential and Swahili.

E. Job Knowledge: Detailed knowledge of Agency and US Procurement regulations, instructions and procedures; supply sources for local and off‑shore procurement; US Federal Specifications and Standard, GSA and Simplified Acquisition procedures. Should have good working knowledge of local suppliers and products available to be able to assess reliability and capability of local contractors and/or suppliers. Must be a self-starter with minimum supervision.

F. Skills and Abilities: Must possess skills to organize, prioritize assignments in line with procurement function/process in an effective manner. Must be able to deal effectively with contractors, vendors and contractors utilizing tact and diplomacy. Must have a high degree of procurement integrity, impartiality and honesty. Must possess strong inter-personal, planning, organization, writing, good negotiating and communication skills. Must make quick and accurate decisions. Must work with minimum supervision. Must be able to organize, and assess files for completeness and accuracy by ensuring that they are properly documented to withstand the scrutiny of an audit. Must be able to respond to or draft correspondence in well written English.

VI. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience (30 points)

  • Job Knowledge ( 30 points)

  • Skills and abilities ( 40 points)

Total possible points: 100

Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

Step 1: Register in Myhotkenyanjobs at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs.

OR

External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I and submitted through myhotkenyanjobs.com as stated in Section VII.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

  4. USAID DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING) AND DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

Kenya: Acquisition and Assistance Specialist (1 position)

Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 15 Aug 2018

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 18-132

2. ISSUANCE DATE: August 2, 2018

3. CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: August 15, 2018 (4:30 PM East Africa Time)

4. POSITION TITLE: Acquisition and Assistance Specialist (1 position)

5. MARKET VALUE:

In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

· Equivalent to FSN-PSC 09 (Step 1 Ksh 2,426,261 to Step 13 4,124,645 per annum)**.**

· Equivalent to FSN-PSC 10 (Step 1 Ksh 3,012,761 to Step 13 Ksh 5,121,689).

· Equivalent to FSN-PSC 11 (Step 1 Ksh 4,327,568 to Step 13 Ksh 7,356,848)***.***

6. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Initial 1 year probationary period with renewable contract(s) contingent on performance, position need, and funds availability.

7. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Nairobi, Kenya; with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.

8. SECURITY CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Prior to joining USAID, the selected candidate will be required to:

· Undergo a comprehensive background investigation and;

· Obtain and Retain an embassy issued Security Certification.

9. STATEMENT OF DUTIES: (See Below)

10. AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to qualified Kenyan Citizens and current employees of the U.S. Mission. Employees currently on probation are ineligible to apply. USAID provides equal opportunity and equitable treatment for employment of all people without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, disability status, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

11. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position requirements do not involve rigorous physical demands.

II. BACKGROUND

The incumbent is a professional Acquisition & Assistance (A&A) Specialist and has responsibility for managing the procurement portfolio of a large program of the USAID Nairobi Platform. The USAID/Kenya Acquisition and Assistance Office OAA provides support to the USAID Nairobi Platform.

As the principal assistant to a lead Contracting/Agreement Officer with responsibility for Kenya and East Africa programs, the incumbent shall be required to perform independently in a program requiring complicated and sensitive contracting operations. In this portfolio, most of the acquisition and assistance processes involve complex, multi-million dollar contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, many of which are structured with a prime contractor/grantee having one or more subcontractors/sub-grantees and requiring substantial contract/grant administration. A&A Specialist will be required to apply a broad range of highly specialized acquisition and assistance functions. The A&A Specialist plays a key role in negotiating, administering, and modifying various types of contracts for the acquisition of services, equipment, supplies, materials, and other needs for projects having a strong contracting orientation. While not a warranted Contracting/Agreement Officer, the incumbent must have developed specialized procurement knowledge by completing at least FAC Level II certification. It is understood that an individual hired for this position may require training to meet the required qualifications and performance level.

III. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The A&A Specialist is responsible for managing the procurement portfolio and performing acquisition and assistance functions for programs in the USAID/Nairobi Platform. Transaction levels for both acquisition and assistance will typically range in size from $50,000 to $300,000,000 in estimated value per transaction. All acquisition and assistance methods are employed, including full and open competitive actions done through negotiation or sealed bidding, task orders, delivery orders against established indefinite quantity contracts, interagency agreements, cooperative agreements, grants, and simplified acquisitions. Supervision is provided by a lead Contracting/Agreement Officer in the Acquisition and Assistance Office (OAA). As a fully empowered representative of OAA, the A&A Specialist is a core team member on multiple Mission Development Objective (DO) teams covering different development sectors, and advises Mission and DO team management on the interpretation and application of acquisition policies and regulations to specific acquisition and assistance activities, both operational and project support. The incumbent advises on the need for waivers, and ensures that procurements comply with USAID regulations.

Sealed bidding is not often used, but the Specialist is sufficiently familiar with the procedure to know when it is appropriate and know how it differs from negotiated procurement, because it is expected that more construction contracts will be executed in the region. The Specialist should also be familiar with Simplified Acquisition Procedures.

Both cost reimbursement and fixed price contracts are used routinely and the incumbent fully understands and applies the legal and procedural differences between them.

The incumbent is familiar with the procedures applicable to the acquisition of goods. The A&A Specialist duties involve the procurement of personal and non-personal services. The work load involves the award of delivery orders against indefinite quantity contracts (and the award of those basic indefinite quantity contracts themselves), as well as unique, one time purchase of technical assistance, studies, workshops, training, logistical support arrangements, and direct provision of services in a broad range of program areas.

The incumbent must be able to provide authoritative technical guidance to Contracting and Agreement Officer’s Representatives (C/AORs) in the performance of their procurement-related responsibilities.

A comprehensive knowledge of the Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) process is required since the incumbent is responsible for providing guidance and training in A&A matters to Mission staff and partners. The Specialist must possess a clear understanding of the differences between acquisition and assistance so that he/she can effectively and accurately represent U.S. Government (USG) policy not only to outside organizations but also to programmatic and administrative officials within USAID/Kenya and East Africa. Moreover, the Specialist must be able to discuss and assess procurement issues with a degree of expertise sufficient to form the basis of well-founded recommendations to the cognizant Contracting/Agreement Officer.

a. Pre-Award Duties and Responsibilities (60%)

Participate in procurement planning functions that may include reviewing strategic objective agreements/results frameworks, participating in program planning meetings, and identifying components of the plans that are accomplished through the participation of outside provider organizations.

Advise DO team members/activity managers of the selection of appropriate acquisition and assistance mechanisms for accomplishing Agency programmatic objectives; identify acquisition issues/potential problems requiring guidance from the Regional Legal Officer; make choice of instrument recommendations to the cognizant Contracting/Agreement Officer.

Collaborate with DO team members/activity managers in the preparation of advance procurement planning documents for each proposed action which reflect the steps required by regulation or policy in the selected mechanism's process, realistic estimates of the time required to accomplish each step and a commitment to maintain the agreed-upon schedule. Keep the Contracting/Agreement Officer informed of anticipated workload demands.

Assist DO team members/activity managers in the preparation of required descriptions of the proposed activity including, as appropriate, statements of work, specifications, program descriptions, program announcements, evaluation criteria, etc. Such assistance may take the form of participation in the original drafting process, review of drafts, training in the preparation of such documents or on USAID regulations as contained in AIDAR, ADS, and AAPDs, and in the Federal Regulations under FAR, CFR, OMB circulars, Executive Directives, and the statutes. Such documents must adequately reflect and protect USG interests in the accomplishment of the programmatic objectives and comply with pertinent statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements. Guides the DO/project teams in best practices and performance-based technical approaches.

Review incoming requisition documents to ensure compliance with all Agency and Mission requirements and appropriateness for the proposed action. Ensure proper recording and processing of requisitions in the Agency's Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS).

Prepares all required pre-solicitation documents, including determinations and findings, synopses, justifications, IFBs, RFPs, and/or RFAs. When necessary, he/she conducts pre-award conferences with potential offerors and advises the Contracting/Agreement Officer concerning such matters as the adequacy and choice of evaluation criteria, type of contract, the extent and mechanisms of advertising, the appropriateness of the time permitted for bid or pre-proposal preparation, the need for a pre-solicitation or pre-proposal conference, and any special terms and conditions that may be required, particularly if their use would require a deviation from governing regulations. Most importantly, the incumbent shall ensure that procurement integrity is upheld and maintained for all actions and by all members who participate in the evaluation of those actions.

Prepare solicitation documents which reflect federal grant law and USAID regulations governing assistance instruments or federal acquisition and USAID regulations, policies and procedures, as applicable. Issue necessary amendments to answer questions concerning such topics as specification changes, language ambiguities, clarification of contract clauses, etc.

Control the flow of information from the Mission to the offering community during the proposal preparation stage, ensuring that all requirements of full and open competition are met and that the integrity of the procurement process is upheld.

Provide instructions to the technical evaluation committee regarding rules and procedures in the conduct of a competitive source selection. Represent the Contracting/Agreement Officer in the evaluation of bids and proposals, ensuring compliance with all published evaluation criteria and factors, and Federal and USAID regulations, policies and procedures. Evaluate bids and offers for responsiveness to the particular solicitation, and documents the relative strengths and deficiencies of each proposal.

Analyze cost proposals and technical scores from the technical evaluation committee, and, based on this analysis, advises the Contracting Officer concerning the makeup of the competitive range in competitively negotiated acquisitions and presents documentation for signature to the Contracting/Agreement Officer. Coordinate issues of technical weakness and excessive costs with the project team prior to the commencement of negotiations.

Perform evaluations and in-depth Cost Analyses of bids/offers/applications. Obtains pricing assistance as necessary and available, and performs cost or price analysis as appropriate, and documents findings. Perform extensive analysis on cost issues with consideration to economic conditions and factors of material, labor, and transportation costs. Closely examines cost and pricing data submitted by offerors to substantiate direct and indirect costs and profit. Advise in determining the reasonableness of proposed costs.

Prepare pre-negotiation strategies which address price, profit/fee, and term’s special conditions, as applicable; prepares requests for confirmation of the results of the negotiation, including requests for final revised proposals or revised program descriptions/financial plans, as applicable. Formulate the negotiation strategy, identifies areas subject to negotiation, and consults with technical specialists concerning data submitted by offerors. Conduct extensive negotiations on cost and technical issues prior to contract award, presenting USAID issues of concern and persuades offerors to address technical deficiencies and reduce costs where appropriate. Document the results of the negotiations and makes recommendations in regard to responsibility determinations, which may require either performing or requesting pre-award, financial and program management reviews as circumstances dictate or permit.

Request submission of revised proposals and prepares appropriate contract or grant instruments for award. Coordinate last stages of selection with the project and technical evaluation team(s). Negotiate and draft grants and cooperative agreements with U.S.-based and indigenous PVOs and NGOs, colleges and universities and other non-profit organizations. Analyze transactions to ensure compliance with Agency cost-sharing and registration policies, as well as local laws governing status. Coordinate contracting activities with other government agencies, frequently negotiating and drafting interagency agreements.

Obtain reports and references, ensuring that offerors' past performance has been relevant and of a high quality. Clarify, and as necessary, instruct the members of the project team, host country counterparts, and other Mission staff on the USAID procurement process as implemented in the Agency.

Ensure that data provided is consistent with all USAID requirements on eligible geographic sources, and that salary structures are consistent with Agency policies. Identify circumstances that will call for a waiver.

Ensure that offerors have adequate management, accounting, personnel, and procurement systems, corporate leadership, available resources, and quality control to satisfactorily carry out contracts. As part of the responsibility determination process, ensure that apparent successful offerors have a have record of integrity in their business dealings and are not otherwise precluded from doing business with the US Government.

Prepare award documents that reflect the results of all discussions, any special needs of the project, and applicable terms and conditions.

Distribute award documents, ensure proper recording of the obligation by the Controller's Office, provide all required notifications to unsuccessful bidders, offerors, and USG award publication points, arrange debriefings and ensured proper data entry and processing into USAID acquisition and assistance management systems.

b. Post-Award Duties and Responsibilities (40%)

Responsible for contract administration sufficient to ensure that the terms and conditions of the award are met and that the contractor meets delivery schedules and/or performance milestones in a timely manner to achieve Mission objectives. Organizes and conducts post-award conferences to include orientation meeting with the selected contractor/grantee and all cognizant Mission support offices, beneficiaries, and relevant implementer employees to ensure that mobilization efforts will be conducted efficiently and that all terms and conditions of procurement instruments are clear and well-understood by all parties. Provides support in debriefing unsuccessful offerors. Contract/grant administration includes, among other tasks, site visits, change orders, drafting correspondence, initiating contractor performance evaluations, monitoring of reporting requirements, advising C/AORs and contractors on their administration responsibilities, etc.

Advise the Contracting/Agreement Officer and prepare appropriate documentation on any issues that may arise in the course of performance, including changes, disputes, work stoppages, problems with Government Furnished Property or Materials, changes in scope or direction, replacement of key personnel, failure to make acceptable progress, default, payment problems, or unacceptable performance/deliveries. Recommend appropriate action on all required prior approval requests for the Contracting/Agreement Officer.

Analyze and act to resolve findings contained in audit reports, such as cost items questioned or unresolved. The incumbent supports recommendations with detailed analysis of each cost, category or element as necessary. Prepare necessary documents to resolve all aspects of audits, questioned or ineligible costs, and accounting issues. Present documentation to the Contracting/Agreement Officer for signature. Review completed (after full performance) official contract/grant files to determine that all contractual actions are satisfied and that there are no pending administrative actions to be resolved. Ensure that all file documents are signed, that there are no litigation actions pending, and that the contract is complete in every respect and ready to be closed. Ensure that contracts nearing annual anniversaries or final completion have a performance report filled out by the Technical Officer, and submits the report to the contractor for comment

IV. POSITION ELEMENTS:

A. Supervision Received: Receives general guidance from a U.S. Direct Hire Contracting/Agreement Officer, who gives assignments in terms of procurement actions to be performed. The incumbent plans and implements the procurement approach and interacts with cognizant DO and project teams, providing policy and strategic guidance on how to best fulfill the requirements. He/she initiates any necessary coordination with the accounting and legal offices staff of other agencies, and with contractors, to obtain supporting documentation and resolve any conflicts including disagreements over technical descriptions, elements of cost, legal matters, and performance problems. The incumbent keeps the supervisor updated via periodic status reports and verbal briefings. Completed work is reviewed from the overall standpoint of providing a viable procurement approach for meeting established objectives, or for results achieved in meeting delivery schedules and contractual conditions.

B. Supervision Exercised: The incumbent does not have supervisory responsibility, but provides guidance and other junior acquisition staff.

C. Available Guidelines: USAID ADS, Administrative Notices, Mission Orders, Federal and AID Acquisition Regulations (FAAR), the Code of Federal Regulations, the CONet, AAPDS, PEBs.

D. Exercise of Judgment: The employee must exercise independent judgment and initiative as the sole procurement representative on the DO team or the project team to: 1) identify those aspects of regulations which apply to the particular procurement; 2) develop justification for adopting a procurement posture; 3) tailors provisions to meet special requirements and develop criteria or justifications involving contractors claims; 4) to recommend the selection of winning contractors or grantees. He/she also determines and uses special clauses, clearances, and determinations applicable to certain procurements. The exceptional exercise of judgment and discretion is required given the sensitive nature of contracting procedures.

E. Authority to Make Commitments: The incumbent has considerable latitude in dealing with problems arising during the pre-award or post-award phases of the procurement action, and to independently manage full and open competitive transactions from inception to completion. He/she makes decisions on the basis of analysis of alternatives, adaptation, or modification of procedures, or resolution of incomplete or conflicting technical or contractor data. The Contracting/Agreement Officer relies heavily on the decision of an A&A Specialist to make the appropriate decisions. Decisions that are unsound result in legal conflicts and put the Agency at risk. The incumbent is authorized to distribute official documents including, solicitation documents, contract modifications, etc. to authorized personnel and client missions. However, he/she has no authority to bind the USG to contract or order any goods or services.

F. Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts: Contacts include large and small U.S. business firms, other local national and international business firms, bilateral government officials, U.N agencies, PVOs, inter-governmental bodies, public international organizations (PIOs), and the Bureau’s Office in USAID/Washington. Typical contacts with contractors include officers and technical experts representing these firms. The incumbent works with technical staff, attorneys, auditors, and others from within the Agency or other agencies. The contacts occur in moderately unstructured settings, with the roles and authorities being developed during the negotiation or discussion. The purpose of contacts with external groups is to conduct conferences, share USAID policies on recent procurement innovations, techniques and reforms, to conduct fact finding, negotiate contracts, and modifications, and resolve numerous problems during contract administration. Contacts at host country counterpart institutions are to represent USAID overseeing briefing sessions by potential contractors, and ensure that the counterpart employees understand USAID procurement processes fully.

G. Time Expected to Reach Full Performance Level: One Year

V. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Any application that does not meet the minimum requirements stated below will not be evaluated. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within one month from the closing date of this advertisement, please consider your application unsuccessful.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

A. Education:

Entry Level FSN 9

Completion of a two-year post-secondary diploma is required. Specialized training in USG acquisition is desirable, but can occur after employment.

Entry Level FSN 10

A bachelor’s degree in business administration, political science, international relations, international procurement, supply chain management, social science, or a related field, is required. Specialized training in USG acquisition is desirable, but can occur after employment.

Entry Level FSN 11

A master’s degree in business administration, political science, international relations, international procurement, supply chain management, social science, or a related field, is required. Specialized training in USG acquisition is desirable, but can occur after employment.

B. Prior Work Experience:

4 years (FSN 9), 5 years (FSN 10), and 6 years (FSN 11) of progressively responsible, professional experience. At least 2, preferably 3, years of them must be in procurement in a professional capacity with USG or similar international organization.

C. Post Entry Training: The incumbent must have developed specialized procurement knowledge by completing FAC-C Level II certification.

D. Language Proficiency: Excellent oral and written English communication skills are required including the ability to draft various procurement-related documents and to develop sound solicitation and instrument documents. Level IV (fluent) in spoken & written English and fluent Kiswahili is required.

E. Job Knowledge: : A very good knowledge of Federal and Agency procurement regulations and procedures and highly specialized knowledge of:

(i) analyzing and organizing large amounts of detailed information, such as cost factors and contract types, as relates to requirements;

(ii) ability to deal effectively with intermediate to high level representatives of U.S., interregional, international and local business and industry, missions, and the host government;

(iii) results-based assistance instruments (grants and cooperative agreements) and how these documents can help fulfill mission objectives. Good knowledge of market conditions, the political context and social conditions impacting USG procurement actions. Knowledge of the organization’s interested in, and capable of performing USG contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, etc. Knowledge of the concerns from public voluntary organizations (PVOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 8(a) firms, small businesses, and large businesses;

(iv) a highly specialized knowledge in all phases of the procurement processes leading to award, particularly soliciting, reviewing of applications or proposals and contract award and administration procedures, providing technical advice in complex contractual arrangements to USAID client missions and host country officials; knowledge of program, project, or other commodity requirements. Knowledge of local market conditions and costs. Knowledge of U.S Federal and Agency acquisitions a plus. Ability to work independently.

F. Skills and Abilities: Excellent negotiation skills to negotiate multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts and other instruments. Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment to select appropriate acquisition or assistance instrument types; to evaluate bids or offers; conduct cost and price analysis; determine the responsibility of contractors on the basis of competition, historical costs, reports, etc.; and the ability to work with minimum or no supervision

VI. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

Applicants must submit a cover letter of no more than one letter-size page, which describes how their relevant professional experience and education has prepared them to meet the specific challenges of the duties and responsibilities described above. As part of the interview process, those applicants ranked highest may be required to submit a timed writing sample on a topic provided. The selection committee may conduct reference checks at any time during the selection process.

Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored.

  • Prior work experience (30points)

  • Job Knowledge (40 points)

  • Skills and abilities (30 points)

Total possible points: 100

Candidates meeting the above required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. References will be asked to assess the applicant’s technical knowledge, work performance, communication skills, and group dynamics, using the above criteria. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed applicants. The interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.

How to apply:

Step 1: Register in Myhotkenyanjobs at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs.

OR

External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages) including a minimum of 3 references with contact information, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment and upload to Myhotkenyanjobs .

Note to Applicants:

  1. Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I and submitted through myhotkenyanjobs.com as stated in Section VII.

  2. To ensure consideration of applications for the intended position, applicants must prominently reference the Solicitation number in their cover letter submission.

  3. Submissions will only be accepted through www.myhotkenyanjobs.com/usaid. Late and Incomplete applications (those that do not contain a cover letter, the applicant’s most current and up to date detailed CV, relevant education certificates and three (3) to five (5) references with contact information) will not be considered for the position. The closing date for receipt of applications is indicated above.

  4. USAID DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING) AND DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

Safaricom Vendor Account Manager Job in Kenya

Safaricom

Job Vacancy: Vendor Account Manager
 

We are pleased to announce the following vacancy in the E commerce Department within the Enterprise Business Unit Division.

In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below.

 

Brief Description: Reporting to the Senior Manager – Vendor Acquisition, the role holder will acquire,develop and maintain relationships with the vendors within their vertical to ensure we on board the right mix of vendors in line with our agreed minimum laid out standards.

The individual will be responsible to drive and grow the vendor vertical category and get assortments aligned with the commercial strategy based on Net Merchandise Value.

Job Responsibilities

  • Know the customer: Deeply understand customer behavior, develop new customer insights
  • Own the business: Co-own the P&L,develop the business model, understand where opportunities are and create a viable business to service them
  • Know the market: Stay on top of trends in an ever-changing landscape, find opportunities and prioritize based on size,internal capabilities, etc.
  • Know the competition: Understand on-line and off-line players. Ensure Safaricom’s selection stays well ahead of competition
  • Influence the leadership: Convert strategies into action by liaising with cross-functional leadership and drive the changes required
  • Develop and monetize the vertical categories in terms of assortments(SKU’s) aligned with the commercial ambition with the guidance of the Senior Vendor Acquisition Manager
  • Consistently develop & manage vendor portfolio pipeline, negotiations, discounts ecosystem, focused on key events across the year
  • Own and manage day-to-day relationships with assigned vendors and support the delivery of the end to end shopping experience for customers
  • Maintaining strong relations and follow ups with the vendors assigned including: terms and conditions, pricing,settlements, negotiations, discounts, quality inspections.
  • Work closely with the content acquisition teams and other stakeholders to ensure we have an up to date vendor/ product content on the website
  • Manage online promotions along with brands – make brands partners in customer communication
  • Drive portfolio management for best offers and discounts for the customers
  • Deliver the vendor / customer training as appropriate and ensure that the vendors understand to use the system to expand their online business with us.
  • Ensure all vendors are selected &on boarded in line with laid down minimum standards.

Requirements

  • Degree in Business related course with Online Marketing experience
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in an online business
  • Experience in successfully approaching national,enterprise level and or tier one businesses in a credible and professional manner, with evidence of helping vendors to achieve their goals.
  • Strong relationship builder, has a positive attitude and is a team player
  • Proven track record of B2B sales, preferably in any of the following Industries: e-commerce, advertising or digital marketing.
  • Excellent communication skills, must have a consultative sales approach and be a strong persuader and influencer at senior level.
  • Highly driven, is self-motivated, target orientated, resilient and tenacious,
  • Is customer focused, enjoys working autonomously,hits the ground running and demonstrates a willingness to learn
  • Strong analytical skills, makes well-judged decisions, good numeracy, pays strong attention to detail, is a strong problem solver, demonstrates good commercial awareness and thinks outside the box to generate new ideas
  • Has a flexible approach, thrives under pressure and enjoys working in a strategic sales environment

How to Apply

 

Bradley Limited Retail Space Acquisition Officer Job in Kenya

Komaza Recruiter Job in Kilifi, Kenya

Job Title: Recruiter at Komaza
 

Are you meticulous and highly organized? 

Do you have a strong interest in recruitment? 

Are you excited to work with a fast-growing company bringing innovation to commercial tree planting in Kenya? 

Komaza is looking for a Recruiter to support the internal talent acquisition function. 

This role will be responsible for supporting the Talent Acquisition Manager in making sure the organization’s recruitment needs are clearly understood and met.

 

This is a great opportunity for a highly organized professional interested in recruitment to fine tune their skills and expand with a company that strongly believes in employee career growth.

Komaza is a forestry business that partners with small-scale farmers to plant commercial woodlots, providing a guaranteed market for the harvest. 

They unlock the potential for small-scale farmers to serve industrial wood markets by providing them with training, planting inputs, maintenance support and harvesting services. 

Through this unique “micro-forestry” model, Komaza is now Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter.

Detailed Responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Accountable for key steps in the hiring process from beginning to end, within set timelines to meet recruitment needs
  • Keep management updated on the process through frequent and detailed reporting, as well as follow ups on action items
  • Plan and execute interview days, working with the Talent Acquisition Admin Assistant

Recruitment Support:

  • Work with direct supervisor and internal hiring managers to address departmental hiring needs as they arise
  • Organize and knowledge recruitment materials
  • Review and evaluate applicant-submitted materials such as CVs, video submissions, etc. as an initial level of screening

Relationship Management:

  • Create and maintain a good relationship with applicants to ensure they have a positive Komaza experience regardless of final outcome.
  • Guide applicants through the recruitment process and provide timely communications all through.

Does this sound like you?

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 – 8 years’ professional experience
  • Highly organized, great at basic project management
  • Recruitment experience a plus!
  • Familiarity with Kenyan companies of various sizes across different industries/sectors a big plus!
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Willing and able to relocate to Kilifi

How to Apply

Telkom Head of Trade Marketing Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Telkom

Position: Head of Trade Marketing
 

Region: Nairobi
 

Reporting to: Chief Sales Officer
 

Band: 4.2

 

Role Purpose: The Head of Trade Marketing and Acquisition will create, drive and manage all promotional activity within the distribution & sales channel. 

They will also pro-actively drive the brand and ground level animations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategically implement and supervise trade marketing initiatives in all the regions
  • Grow and retain acquisitions within the  regions as well as managing quality of the acquisition
  • Budget ownership for all trade marketing activities
  • Create all merchandise and in-store collateral
  • Create, build and manage mass market/trade marketing animations and road shows
  • Pro-actively seek to maximize SIM, devices and electronic airtime, profile and take-up.
  • Creation of brand strategy and positioning
  • Enforce processes and procedures for customer sign-up
  • Work hand in hand with the Regional Sales team and giving them appropriate business advice and support

How to Apply


This position is open to Kenyan citizens only.

If you fit the required profile, please apply highlighting how your qualifications, experience and career aspirations match the requirements for this position.
 

Application should be sent by latest  30th August 2017, please provide an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) including details of your current telephone contacts and names of three referees. 

Apply through recruitment@telkom.co.ke and ensure the job title is quoted on the subject field. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kenya: Talent Acquisition Manager (Regional)

Organization: KOMAZA
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 Jul 2016

Who We Are

Komaza is revolutionizing African forestry by unlocking the potential for small farmers to serve industrial wood markets. With roots in San Francisco and operational HQ in coastal Kenya, we have planted 2 million trees with over 6,000 farmers, making us Kenya’s largest commercial tree planter. By leveraging farmer land and labor, Komaza can access effectively limitless land and establish a hectare of trees for far less than big plantations – a hugely powerful disruption to the traditional forestry model. We have been recognized with numerous awards and investments, including Forbes, Ashoka, Mulago Foundation, and Novastar Ventures. Having assembled a leading group of investors for a significant Series A, we are at an exciting operational tipping point and are seeking rock star leaders to drive our upcoming chapter of accelerated growth.

About the Team

People are at the core of what we do and are a top strategic priority for Komaza. Our People Operations department is responsible for recruiting and onboarding top talent, staff training and development, administrative HR, and cultivating a positive and productive company culture. Komaza’s People Ops Director has 8+ years of diverse HR experience in Kenya, most recently leading People Ops at the world’s largest network of private schools for bottom of the pyramid children.

In preparation for many years of fast growth, we are building a strong in-house recruiting team within People Ops, adding an experienced team of Officers and Associates to work on attracting the very best talent the world has to offer. Our talent acquisition team will liaise with all departments to define staffing needs and work closely with our senior leadership team to develop and implement our recruiting strategies.

About this Role

As Regional Talent Acquisition Manager, you will recruit top talent from the African continent. Your highest priority is to identify, woo, screen, and hire mid-level to senior leaders (Officers, Managers, Directors & VPs) who will thrive in our fast-growth startup. This role calls for combining recruiting-focused PR/Communications to build a strong professional brand regionally, plus traditional headhunting and recruiting workflows. We need a champion with very high IQ, EQ, positive energy and top-tier educational & professional experience to encourage the world’s best people to join our awesome company. Your primary geographic focus will be top talent pools within continental Africa, working in collaboration with our Talent Acquisition Manager (Global) who will focus on primarily USA & Africa. The Regional Talent Acquisition Manager will report to Komaza’s People Operations Director, and work very closely with our senior leadership team, to design and implement innovative industry-leading recruiting strategies to build a team of rock stars.

Responsibilities

  • Hire our leadership team, including loads of rock stars in 2016/17, working with our senior team to define roles and cultural fit in detail. We’ve got a blockbuster high-impact business model, but can only succeed with a stellar team.
  • Build a strong, inspirational company brand to facilitate regional hiring for continued rapid growth. Develop our strategy and capabilities on social media, blogging, op eds, press, and white papers to establish Komaza as a thought leader.
  • Develop strategies and build and run systems throughout the recruitment life-cycle for both “rifle-shot” headhunting and “shotgun” recruiting approaches: run PR/marketing/advertising, candidate analysis, interview schedules and offers.
  • Optimize and apply recruiting tools, including our LinkedIn Recruiter and Jobvite ATS platforms, to source and screen the best candidates and efficiently manage workflows across the recruiting team and hiring managers.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years work experience, ideally with extensive experience headhunting or recruiting for senior leaders of fast-growth companies; MBA is preferred.
  • Proven experience working in high-performing teams, especially in dynamic, data-driven environments, tackling a diverse number of challenges.
  • Self-starter, highly-driven individual who will take ownership from the get-go and proactively look for opportunities for improvement. A well-organized, detailed doer who will set targets, engage others, and do whatever it takes to multi-task dozens of such projects, consistently executing to a high level of quality.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience or strong natural aptitude for developing compelling communication materials, and ability to tailor content and tone to diverse audiences and individual styles.
  • Passion and perseverance for finding the perfect people for our hiring needs.

Expectations

We need a Talent Acquisition Manager (Regional) who wants to make a meaningful commitment to an awesome career opportunity for a minimum of 3-5+ years. While we will open a Nairobi office to support regional expansion in the near future, this role will be based at our current HQ in gorgeous Kilifi, Kenya for the foreseeable future.

How to apply:

To apply, please click this LINK