REPOSTING- Senior Procurement Advisor

United Nations Department of Operational Support (DOS)


If you are looking for a career opportunity in procurement, want to give meaning to your professional achievements and contribute to making the world a better place by developing contracts and agreements in support of international development, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is the place for you!

IDRC is home to people who share a passion for international development research. We look for employees who believe that knowledge and innovation can help solve the world’s most critical challenges.

Come join our Procurement Services team and help us build a more sustainable and inclusive world!

Our employment opportunity of the moment: Senior Procurement Advisor

(Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible)

Location: Ottawa, Canada (Hybrid Mode*)

Take a minute to see if :

You have:

  • A University degree in Business Administration or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in English and French (reading writing and speaking).
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in procurement and contracting, with strong source to settlement and Request for Proposal (RFP) experience.
  • Experience preparing procurement strategies to support internal clients’ requirements.
  • Experience in leading, developing and managing Request for quotation (RFQ) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) and other forms of bid solicitation including creating documents for the tendering, evaluation, and selection of suppliers.
  • Experience with end-to-end procurement (i.e., RFx to contract closure).
  • An in-depth understanding of principals, practices, regulations, life cycle of the procurement of goods and services.
  • An enhanced knowledge in ERP, Source to Settlement systems and Procurement contract tools. Knowledge of Coupa is an asset.

You are:

  • A skilled communicator with the ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non technical users.
  • Competent in negotiating and problem-solving including the ability to analyze, plan, organize, and coordinate activities within a client portfolio approach, A self-starter with ability to take initiative, set priorities and multi-task.
  • Client service oriented and able to work under pressure using sound judgment.
  • A team player with great interpersonal and collaborative skills within a multidisciplinary group of people from diverse cultures.

You are interested in:

  • Acquiring simple and complex services and goods for both domestic and international requirements.
  • Creating and issuing various types of contracts/purchase orders.
  • Securing contracts and agreements in areas such as Employee Relocation, IT Hardware, Software, SaaS; Professional/Consultant Services, Communications Services, Human Resource Services, , Office Products, Building and Facility services, Security services; etc.
  • Resolving procurement issues and providing advice and guidance on procurement processes, procedures and regulations to internal clients.
  • Joining an organization that values and models diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Then we are interested in your profile!

At IDRC, we support your professional development.

Additional Information:

As a result of this process, the Centre may establish a pool of pre-qualified candidates for future permanent and term opportunities.
*Hybrid Mode: Have the flexibility to work in hybrid mode (minimum 3 days out of 10 in the office).

We appreciate your interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The International Development Research Centre is committed to creating and fostering a respectful, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the people’s lives we impact and the Canadian community we work within, where everyone can truly be themselves. We welcome Indigenous peoples and persons from all races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, as well as persons with physical or mental disabilities to be part of our team.

We strive to ensure barrier-free selection processes. If you are contacted regarding a career opportunity, testing or interview, please advise the People and Corporate Culture Division representative of the accommodation measures that must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Who can apply? Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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