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  • Procurement Assistant at Mercy Corps

  • Posted on: 7 July, 2014 Deadline: 22 July, 2014
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  • Mercy Corps has been working in Nigeria since 2012. With a team of over 25 people, our country programs currently focus on conflict mitigation, economic development, girls’ education, and women and girls’ financial inclusion. Mercy Corps Nigeria is launching a new program, in consortium with other NGOs, aimed at promoting household economic development and financial inclusion.

    Procurement Assistant


    The Procurement Department is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of efficiency and integrity in the purchase of goods and services. The overriding objective for all Mercy Corps procurement activity is the prompt and effective provision of materials and services to Mercy Corps’ beneficiary populations in compliance with donor specifications.

    The Procurement Assistant is responsible for facilitating the procurement aspects of Mercy Corps’ logistic operation. Working closely with Program, Administration, Finance and Logistics, the Procurement Assistant is instrumental in supporting program activities through his/her services.

    §  Daily coordination of MC procurement activities;
    §  Has a full understanding of MC procurement policies and formats. Assists, as needed in training staff on these policies;
    §  Assists staff  as needed on creating clear and understandable purchase requests and other documentation;
    §  Collects quotations and bids from the market for PR-s as assigned by Senior Procurement Officer – as per Mercy Corps standards and formats;
    §  Interact with Vendors during collection of quotations – explain Mercy Corps formats and ensure that vendors will use the provided forms.
    §  Ensure fair competition and strictly adhere to  MC procurement rules regarding vendor relations as described below:

    »    Always accord prompt and courteous reception and fair and equal treatment to all vendors/suppliers and their representatives.
    »    Provide equal opportunity for vendors/suppliers to make price and specification quotations.
    »    Guarantee the confidentiality of all specifications and price quotations made by vendors/suppliers.
    »    Decline to take advantage of vendors/suppliers’ errors, and show consideration for vendors/suppliers’ difficulties by co-operating with them whenever possible.
    »    Avoid subjecting vendors/suppliers to needless expense or inconvenience when requesting quotations or returning goods.
    »    Explain as clearly and fully as possible to vendors/suppliers the reason(s) for the rejection of their bids/proposals.
    »    Remain scrupulously free of obligations to any vendor/supplier.
    »    Remain informed about sources of supply, methods, services and materials and encourage vendors/suppliers to test and develop improved or expanded products and services.
    »    Inform vendors/suppliers about current and anticipated requirements.
    »    If, for any reason, one vendor/supplier is permitted to re-quote (submit a revised quotation), all competitors should be given the same opportunity. Re-quoting should be kept to an absolute minimum.

    §  Interact with contractors, in coordination with the Senior Procurement Officer & Operations Manager;
    §  Ensure that the required documentation of supplies and transactions are completed to MC standards.
    §  Assist the P&L management and office staff with procurement activities, as required;
    §  Assists P&L Management with asset management. Identify assets during the course of procurement and notify the Asset Controller on receipts of assets.
    §  The Procurement Assistant will conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
    §  Maintain and update MC procurement files.
    §  Raise payment request for vendor’s payments and monitor the status of each payment.
    §  Other duties as assigned


    • Degree in a relevant business field is desired. Minimum 2 years’ experience in procurement, preferably within an INGO; international business or related field. Strong organizational skills; ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel.
    • Good oral and written English skills. Good computer skills on MS Office programs, especially in MS Excel. A demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action as to not delay program activities. A clear understanding of procurement ethics and donor compliance is essential.


    •     Conscientious with an excellent sense of judgment
    •     Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks
    •     Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people
    •     Excellent interpersonal skills
    •     Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with project personnel
    •     Good spoken and written English
    •     Computer literate and strong organizational skills.

    Method of Application

    Please submit CV and cover letter addressing the key criteria above, to with the subject PROCUREMENT ASSISTANT GOMBE by 22nd July, 2014

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