Sunday, 28 October 2012

Deloitte Consulting LLP Procurement Director (Millennium Challenge Account) Job Vacancy in Malawi

The Government of Malawi is establishing the Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi) to oversee, manage, and implement multiple projects aimed at stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty in Malawi. These projects are funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency focused on assisting countries dedicated to good governance, economic freedom, and investments in people.
Countries that meet MCC’s rigorous selection criteria and propose an economically sound program that specifically addresses the country’s key growth constraints may enter into a Millennium Challenge Compact with MCC. In April 2011, MCC agreed to a $350.7 million Compact focused on revitalizing the electrical power sector in Malawi.
MCA-Malawi is currently seeking a Procurement Director to effectively lead and manage all activities related to the procurement of works, goods, and services needed throughout the implementation of the Compact program, which will run for five (5) years after entry into force (expected to occur early 2013).
Assignment and Background Information
  • On behalf of MCA-Malawi, manage all activities related to the procurement of works, goods and services that are needed for the operations of MCA-Malawi and the implementation of the Compact program.
  • Conduct an assessment of the procurement resources needed by MCA-Malawi, lead the recruitment of experienced procurement support staff and/or the recruitment of consultants or technical assistance, and organize the procurement process, including overseeing the development of a detailed Procurement Operations Manual and enforcing compliance therewith.
  • Develop and implement a plan for creating process and a panel of experts to hear bid challenges.
  • Manage the interaction between people and institutions involved in procurements for the Compact program. In particular, coordinate inputs from members of the MCA-Malawi team and other technical entities within the Government of Malawi into the procurement process, including preparation of terms of reference (TORs) and statements of work (SOWs), participation on technical evaluation panels, and drafting of technical evaluation reports, as needed.
  • Lead MCA-Malawi’s efforts to ensure that all procurement transactions are implemented in accordance with the MCC Program Procurement Guidelines including reviewing and approving all solicitation documents to ensure they have received necessary approvals, adhere to agreed formats, meet best practice standards, and address MCA-Malawi’s procurement needs.
  • Serve as the main point of contact between MCA-Malawi and an outside Procurement Agent; review and approve the procurement notices, procurement plans, periodic reports and other deliverables that the Procurement Agent prepares; provide guidance and direction to the Procurement Agent team; and ensure that the actions of the Procurement Agent are in full compliance with agreed procedures and the MCC Program Procurement Guidelines.
  • Approves procurement decisions in accordance with the MCC Program Procurement Guidelines.
  • On behalf of MCA-Malawi, oversee negotiations with contractors and consultants with respect to change orders, variations and contract modifications, as necessary.
  • Compile and maintain complete records of all procurement activity.
  • Provide clear information on the progress of procurement activities to MCA-Malawi’s management team, as necessary, while taking all necessary actions to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of the procurement process.
  • Manages the members of the MCA-Malawi procurement team.
  • Serves as the main point of contact between MCA-Malawi and MCC on procurement issues, and prepare information and provide reports from time to time, as needed to keep MCC well informed of progress, issues and risks.
  • From time to time, represent MCA-Malawi in meetings with other donors or in public forums with respect to procurement procedures under the Compact program.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the CEO or Deputy CEO.
Required Qualifications:
  • University degree in law, public administration, business administration, international development or a related field.
  • Extensive familiarity with the procurement guidelines used by international donors, including the World Bank or United Stated Government donor organizations.
  • Familiarity with FIDIC contracting procedures. Familiarity with FIDIC “Yellow Book” contracting is preferred.
  • Approximately seven (7) or more years of experience developing and managing public procurements within procurement systems that use or apply international procurement standards. Prior experience working with programs and projects that involve international donor assistance and international procurement or competitive bidding rules is preferred. Prior experience using or applying the World Bank’s procurement rules is preferred.
  • Ability to coordinate with numerous distinct entities in overseeing and reporting on procurement activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively with technical experts, government officials, stakeholders and counterparts.
  • Superior organizational and time-management skills. Demonstrated experience managing complex procurements and procurement procedures, including such situations as bid challenges, difficult negotiations, or contractor performance issues.
  • Strong computer skills in email, word processing, spreadsheets and the Internet. Experience with MS Project, Primavera or other project management software is strongly preferred..
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
MCA-Malawi offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
For more information about MCA-Malawi, please visit:

Submissions will be accepted through 12:00AM Malawi time on Friday, November 16, 2012:

Your submission should include the following as three separate documents:
  1. A cover letter highlighting your background and experience as they relate to the required qualifications. Please include your knowledge of FIDIC contract procedures, including any “Yellow Book” experience, and your experience collaborating with technical experts, government officials, stakeholders, and counterparts;
  2. A resume describing your qualifications as they best describe your experience related to the job for which you are applying;
  3. Three professional references, with at least one being a former supervisor. Please include their complete and current contact information, including name, current title, their relationship with you, and also their phone number and email address;
  4. Your salary history for the past three years (by year) and your salary requirements. Please note, for selected candidates salary verification will be conducted.
You can submit these documents following one of the following methods:
  • Via fax: +1.703.996.3379
  • Via email:
Please includethe following subject line in your submission: MCA-Malawi ProcDir_Last Name, First Name
Please send additional questions to the email address listed above.
Deloitte Consulting LLP is serving as a recruiting agent for this position and will contact qualified candidates on behalf of MCA-Malawi.

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