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Thu, 24/01/2019 - 17:00

Procurement Manager


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Location: Freetown

Contract Type: Short Term

Closing date: 24th January 2019.


The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.  


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


We are seeking competent, reliable and self-motivated individuals to contribute to our Global Priorities by joining us in our Sierra Leone Country Office to ensure the delivery of high quality project activities in the target communities with a focus on building the capacity of Save the Children staff and key institutions with which SC collaborates, including both government and non-government agencies and organizations to ensure project quality and sustainability.


In this role, you will work closely with the Director of Program Operations responsible for setting up and managing the country procurement unit. He/She will be the lead in setting up strategic contracts, Framework Agreements for the Country Office, supporting programs in award procurement planning processes and support field offices, capacity building.


He/She Is responsible to ensure that procurement unit under his management is working on an efficient and effective way ensuring best possible processing of international procurement for country offices and ensuring a timely review and validation of procurement processes done in country and keep a close contact with IPU/RPU for all international orders.


  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have previous experience in logistics in the NGO or corporate sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments and strong knowledge in Procurement or related area and ability to engage effectively with people at all levels from different cultures.  


Child Safeguarding level 1- the post holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory for this post unless the content of the post changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level should be reviewed


  • A Degree in Procurement or related area, Master's degree an advantage.

  • At least five years procurement management level experience in logistics in the NGO or corporate sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments. Private sector experience will be evaluated, but a minimum experience in NGO sector is highly advisable.

  • 3 years international experience is must.

  • Experience in running complex and high volume procurement processes and in high volume (1M USD+) contracts negotiation

  • Experience in procurement management in Sierra Leone market is an advantage

  • Experience in managing both goods and services categories in order to serve multi-sectorial projects ranging from Health, FSL with component of cash distributions, education, protection and nutrition.

  • Experience working with large institutional donors and knowledge of their rules and regulations

  • Ability to synthesize and analyse information, and make clear, informed decisions, to manage high volumes of data

  • Ability to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally

  • Strong planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities

  • Experience in developing the capacity of Procurement staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans.

  • Experience in development and implementation of efficient procurement systems, policies and procedures.

  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills

  • Native or high level proficiency in French and midlevel proficiency in English

  • Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity

  • Commitment to Save the Children values

  • Knowledge of Western and Central Africa region is an advantage

  • Excellent in office pack/SharePoint is advantage

  • Willingness and ability to travel sometimes with short notice.

  • Resilient to stress

  • Sense of diplomacy and negotiation skills

  • Experienced in managing teams is a must

  • Able to prioritize and work with limited supervision , self-motivated, resilient to stress


Contract length: 6 months  

Application Information:


  • SCI Safeguarding Policy Statement; we need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children.

  • Candidates should possess Social Security Numbers (NASSIT)

  • SCI maintains zero tolerance to dual employment.

  • Reference and Security clearance checks will be conducted.

  • Candidates must possess a valid driving license for positions related to field activities.

  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document including your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.

  • Applicants should address their applications to the Senior HR/Admin Coordinator, Save the Children, 55 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown or 117 Mano Sewalu Road, Masanta Section, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour & Social Security, New England, Freetown.

  • Please indicate on the envelop position applied for and job location as stated on the advert.

  • Applications can be hand-delivered to the addresses above or send by email to:

  • Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications

  • Applicants should collect a copy of our Child Safeguarding & Code of Conduct policies from the nearest Save the Children office from Monday to Thursday between 0900hrs and 1700hrs and from 0900hrs – 1400hrs on Friday

  • All applications should be submitted not later than 1700hrs GMT on the closing date.


Please read the job profile, ensure you meet the Essential Criteria before applying.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and questions about the post will be answered during the interviews.


SCI AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  PERSON WITH DISABILITIES AND WOMEN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Please note that Save the Children do not charge fees for recruitment, kindly call our toll-free fraud/general Feedback Line 922 (same number for Airtel and Africell) for complains.


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