Head of Procurement for Operational Consulting Services

Corporate Services
2100000744 Requisition #

Head, Procurement Consulting Operations Services (OCS)

Context: The Budget and Corporate Procurement Division (BGT) is looking for a strategic, highly motivated professional to lead a group tasked with providing guidance and advise with regards to procurement with emphasis on selecting Consulting Firms for Bank-executed operational work. Specifically, the group is responsible for the oversight, interpretation, compliance, and maintenance of the related policy and operational guidelines.

The team: Our Division provides information on performance and budgetary resource management and oversee all Corporate Procurement activities of the Bank. The OCS team focuses on the oversight of the direct contracting by the Bank of consulting of firms for the generation of products that support its development agenda. The bidding opportunities generated are exclusively for intellectual products and advisory services.

What you’ll do:

Lead a group of professional staff and consultants to achieve operational excellence in the delivery of services while optimizing their career development and professional growth to:

  • Oversee and ensure compliance of the Policy and Operational Guidelines.
  • Provide sound advice to Bank’s operational Units through all stages of the selection and contracting process for Consulting Firms.
  • Provide advise in cases of contract disputes, sanctions, or complex negotiations or contracting issues with consulting firms, as required by the Policy.
  • Analyze and adopt industry best practices and internal lessons learned to enable the teams to optimize their cost value proposition and obtain high quality products.
  • Coordinate business analytics of related processes and results to inform continuous improvements to related policies, guidelines, systems, and day to day activities.
  • Coordinate the preparation and delivery of the Bank wide training and accreditation programs.

What you’ll need:

Education: A Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Law, Engineering, or related professions. Certification in Procurement or Project Management highly desirable.

Experience: At least 10 years of relevant practical experience in the field of project preparation and execution. Involvement in procurement of goods and services particularly the selection and contracting of consulting firms and management of procurement policies and operational guidelines. Knowledge of functionality of project management support systems. Familiarity with analytics and related tools is desirable.

Languages: Written and oral proficiency in English and Spanish required. Strong writing skills are a must in both languages.

Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.

Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB, IDB Invest, or IDB Lab.


Core and Technical Competencies

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Opportunity Summary: 

Type of contract: Fixed-term Staff

Length of contract: 3 years

Starting date: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

Requirements: We would like you to be collaborative inclusive, innovative, creative, client-focused, resourceful, and have strong communication, analytical, organizational, and project management skills.

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.

About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

The IDB offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service. In the event, the selected candidate cannot relocate to the post of duty, the start date may have to be postponed or temporary work agreement ratified, ad-hoc, in accordance with business needs and applicable policies, with the view of having the candidate physically present in the post of duty by July 1 at the latest, should travel regulations permit it.

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