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Public Sector Procurement Systems Specialist

Scope and Objectives

Kaizen is seeking a Systems Specialist - Public Sector Procurement to support the four-year USAID/Jordan Enhancing School Management and Planning (ESMP) Project. The ESMP Project objective is to develop sustainable system and process improvements related to school planning, design, construction, and maintenance, and enhance the staff capabilities within Jordan’s Ministries of Education (MOE) and Public Works and Housing (MPWH) to improve the school management and planning process, and the quality of school environments in Jordan. The scope of this project is to provide assessment expertise, technical assistance, capacity building, collaboration facilitation, and training to MOE, MPWH, targeted stakeholders, and counterparts engaged in school management and planning to improve performance and sustain these improvements.

Kaizen will hire a Public Sector Procurement Systems Specialist with the following key responsibilities and required qualifications for the full-time position.

This position is located in Amman, Jordan.

 

Position Summary

The Systems Specialist - Public Sector Procurement will lead collaborative improvement of existing procurement management systems and procedures used by the Jordan Ministries of Education (MOE) and Public Works and Housing (MPWH) for the planning, construction, and utilization of ministry schools in Jordan.

Expected responsibilities include:

  • Lead implementation of procurement system/process improvements.
  • Lead implementation of performance-based tendering, utilizing data from ministry information systems.
  • Provide technical support to MOE in managing a USAID cost-reimbursement program.
  • As necessary, lead efforts to develop procurement instructions, forms, templates, and checklists.
  • Manage consultants as necessary.
  • Support creation of capacity development plans, performance-based position descriptions, business process re-engineering (BPR) exercises, etc. to support more efficient and effective procurement in the MOE and MPWH,
  • Organize and lead peer-to-peer learning and transfer to Government of Jordan (GOJ) partners by the end of project.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in business, management, public administration, or a related field; master's degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years of systems improvement experience, preferably related to procurement
  • Experience with GOJ or World Bank procurement improvement activities preferred
  • Training experience, including peer-to-peer learning
  • Experience leading change management activities, including incorporating data-driven decision making into system processes and procedures
  • Proven consultant management skills
  • Technical knowledge of government systems preferred
  • Excellent writing ability including reports, presentations, and training materials
  • Fluency in English and Arabic
  • Effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve work issues with senior country counterparts, donor representatives, construction firms, and senior-level staff

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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