Head of Procurement

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Nairobi, Kenya and New Delhi, India
The starting salary for each office is listed in the advertisement below, depending on experience.
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About the Role

The Head of Procurement will be responsible for the design and execution of GAIN’s procurement policy and practice.

The Post-holder will design, establish and manage the procurement function at GAIN. The post-holder will provide strategic leadership and oversight of GAINs procurement needs to ensure that we meet and exceed our commitment to building transparent, standardized, ethical and safe practices that provide value for money.

The Post-holder will identify opportunities for improvement especially if these enable procurement to be completed more rapidly with no loss of rigour.

The Post-holder will review our current arrangements and revise these where necessary; create and maintain KPIs initiating correcting action as appropriate; create new policies and practices; train staff and strengthen organizational capacity; and bring best practice and industry standards to GAIN.

The successful candidate will support value for money and effectiveness in GAIN’s procurement and related budgeting and expenditure; support effective planning for major procurements; ensure strong impact and effectiveness controls through a robust set of policies, relevant metrics and their management.

The Post-holder will live GAIN’s values at all times, supporting a culture of impact, collaboration and excellence.

Key Responsibilities include
  • Create and implement a procurement strategy, policy and plan aligned to global and country procurement priorities with the aim of delivering value for money to our donors, quality goods and services to our programmes and projects, while delivering our operational KPIs.
  • Oversee the review and implementation of GAINs Global Procurement policy and associated procurement procedures, ensuring that these comply with good practice and with the requirements of our donors. This will include identifying roles and responsibilities for sourcing categories of goods and services; updating these as necessary; ensuring they reflect best practice for the INGO sector; and ensuring compliance.
  • Oversee GAINs major procurements, supporting the staff directly involved and participating in tender panels as necessary.
  • Drive the process of improving, streamlining, and standardising procurement systems, tools and practices, in close collaboration with colleagues.

About You 

The successful candidate will have an extensive background within the Procurement sector in a leadership position. The ability to influence and communicate with internal and external stakeholders will be a key part of this role.

You will have the ability to implement procurement strategies whilst ensuring that GAIN is using the most efficient and cost effective processes.

You will have up to date knowledge of specialist knowledge, legislation and best practice relevant to the Procurement industry. 

The successful candidate will have excellent I.T. skills with the capability of using software packages such as Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle.

About our Offer

The starting gross salary on offer for this role is - 

  • India - 3,793,056 (INR) - 4,337,424 (INR) 
  • Kenya - 7,529,868 (KES) - 8,615,664 (KES)

GAIN has a fair and competitive salary structure that allows for annual progression subject to good performance. In addition, GAIN offers a total of 37 days holiday per year (including annual leave, public holidays and additional office closure days), an attractive pension scheme and competitive insurance cover including health, travel and life assurance.

We are committed to the health of our staff, especially in these challenging times, and have developed a programme of wellbeing that includes flexible working, additional leave allowances, wellbeing days, mindfulness coaching and access to independent and confidential counselling.

GAIN also has a strong commitment to professional development.

We will support you to grow in your career through both formal and informal training, and are committed to providing opportunities through internal recruitment, secondments and promotion.

All of this is delivered in a supportive and collaborative environment.

About GAIN

GAIN’s Strategy aims to transform food systems to make healthier diets from sustainable food systems accessible to all people and especially those whose are most vulnerable to shocks.

By 2027, we aim to improve the access of 1.5 billion people to nutritionally enhanced staple foods, improve the access of 25 million people to healthier diets, and support positive food system change in 10 countries.

This is bold and complex, and the only way to achieve this is to work together with partners including governments, businesses, and civil society at the country and global level.

These goals, and the ways of achieving them, build on our twenty-year legacy of transforming people’s lives with improved nutrition through concerted action and effective policy change.

Our Working Culture and Environment

We provide a flexible working environment that includes a combination of home and office working opportunities through our global hybrid working policy. This encourages our staff to have a healthy work-life balance and increases staff motivation, enriches employee wellbeing, and improves performance and productivity.

All of our positions are based in one or more of GAIN’s designated offices as stated on our job advertisements.

Successful candidates will be based in one of GAIN’s country offices and must have the existing right to live and work within a reasonably commutable distance of the relevant city / cities in which the role is advertised. Please note, that GAIN does not sponsor working visas and relocations. 

GAIN reserves the right to withdraw an offer of employment for candidates who are considered to ineligible under the above conditions during or after the recruitment process.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

This advert closes on 31st May 2024. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where diversity is valued. 

We are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation and therefore welcome applications from talented and committed people from all backgrounds, representing the diverse societies we operate in.

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Closing Date
23 May 2024