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Procurement Officer at the West African Health Organisation (WAHO)


The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) is the health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with a mandate to ensure the attainment of the highest possible standard and protection of the health of the people in the ECOWAS region.

Within the framework of the Regional “Reproductive Health and REV Prevention Programme in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”, WAHO and the German Financial Cooperation (Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau / KFW) have agreed to establish a Regional Financing Mechanism for Reproductive Health Commodities.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:


Job Title: Procurement Officer

Job Code: VN98
Location: West Africa
Institution: West African Health Organization
Grade: P3/P4
Directorate: Administration and Finance
Division: Administration & Human Resources
Line Supervisor: Head of Administration & Human Resources
Supervising: Procurement Assistant

Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Administration & Human Resources, the Procurement Officer has the responsibility to manage the routine procurement activities of the organisation from the preparation of tender requests, opening of bids, establishment of purchase orders and monitor the delivery of goods, works and services.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Prepare a comprehensive Annual Procurement Plan for WAHO.
  • Ensure the execution of the procurement activities according to the approved Procurement Plan.
  • Prepare bidding documents, contracts, terms of reference, purchase orders, suppliers’ bills and other procurement documents.
  • Ensure that requisitions are proactively identified and met.
  • Keep track of the status of each procurement process– from request to delivery or receipt by the requester – ensuring that priorities are met.
  • In liaison with Finance, ensure timely funding, and/or resolution of any funding issues in relation to procurement activities.
  • Analyze all requisition documentation for proper material descriptions, budget authorization and cost center conformity.
  • Prepare periodic, quarterly, annual procurement reports covering service ordering, order tracking, purchase orders and contracts, service order delivery scheduling and costs.
  • Establish a performance monitoring database for all suppliers and consultants, and ensure efficiency and timeliness in the delivery of outputs from services providers.
  • Establish and maintain a central procurement filing system, and ensure all related documents are included in the respective files, to ensure ease of retrieval of information.
  • Develop a detailed level of material knowledge for designated ranges of products within allocated groups of products/materials.
  • Maintain awareness of market conditions, including source lists, price, availability and competitiveness and ensure that costs are fair and reasonable prior to approving any purchase.
  • Check specifications for goods and Terms of reference for services ensuring compliance with set standards, regulations, procedures and process requisition in accordance with ECOWAS and donor policies and procedures for Goods, where applicable.
  • Maintains adequate vendor documentation and/or specifications on sources of supply, costs, delivery, vendor performance ratings, and quality requirements.
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Academic Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration or Finance or a related field from a recognized university.


  • 5 to 7 years of progressive relevant experience in any of the these areas Administration, Procurement, Financial Management, Procurement Tender Code and demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter policies and procedures; demonstrated ability to provide technical advice on a broad range of procurement areas.years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or a related area; experience working in a finance unit in an International Organization, NGO or Multilateral Aid Agencies etc; experience working with financial processes of pooled funds;
  • Knowledge of procurement policies, processes and procedures and of purchasing and accounting techniques; good judgement and knowledge of financial rules and regulations; ability to research and gather information from a variety of sources;
  • Ability to research, collect, record, and preserve all relevant internal control measures and information (including electronic format) ensuring that a comprehensive information chain is established and maintained;
  • Knowledge of all operational processes to identify and evaluate weaknesses in surveillance controls; ability to strengthen processes to actively mitigate / eliminate potential for non-compliance and breech of ethics; ability to create pattern analysis and statistical models of processes and controls to detect anomalies / weaknesses.

ECOWAS Key Competencies
P3-02-01 Leadership:

  • Ability to persuade/influence others to consider a certain point of view, adopt a new idea or implement new methods and practices;
  • Ability to lead a team of trainees/junior staff and instill a spirit of teamwork to engage employees and achieve a well-defined set of activities;
  • Ability to utilize the Code of Ethics to manage self, others, information and resources;
  • Ability to mentor others and create feedback loops with supervisors, colleagues and the subordinates to build strong working relationships and improve performance;
  • Contribute to maintaining organizational unit’s performance goals and standards.
  • Ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;
  • Ability to resolve challenges that occur with minimal direction and/or to recommend and explain solutions or alternatives for approval;

P3-03-01 Client Service Orientation:

  • Interpersonal skills with ability to keep a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects of relevance to timeline, quality and quantity;
  • Ability to proactively interact with clients and build strong trusting relationships based on mutual respect and regular discussions;
  • Advanced knowledge in health information analysis tools.
  • Excellent management capacity, including networking and alliance building.
  • Ability to work within a multinational environment and with a diverse range of people and organisations at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in team setting, group facilitation and good interpersonal skills.
  • Proven knowledge of new developments in own occupation/profession.
  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to establish and sustain professional credibility with clients/stakeholders in a manner that anticipates their need, mitigates issues and that carefully balances professional obligations with the need to be sensitive and responsive to their needs;
  • Ability to counsel, advise, consult and guide others on matters pertaining to assigned client service responsibilities and established client service standards
  • Proven experience in the management of Health Information system
  • Knowledge in database development and management. DHIS2 knowledge will be an advantage

P3-04-01 Multicultural Sensitivity and Advocacy:

  • Demonstrate respect for cultural differences, fairness and ability to relate well with people from varied backgrounds, nationality, gender, ethnicity, race and religion;
  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive interactive environment that benefits from diverse strengths;
  • Ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • Ability to encourage, empower, and advocate for people in an un-biased and transparent manner.
  • Understanding of diverse cultural views especially within West Africa, with sensitivity to group differences; ability to challenge bias and to practice tolerance and empathy;
  • Ability to listen actively, consider people’s concerns and apply judgement, tact and diplomacy;

P3-05-01 Knowledge of ECOWAS:

  • Knowledge of ECOWAS institutions, sectors, programmes and policies;
  • Knowledge of the ECOWAS culture, structures and performance issues and priorities impacting assigned responsibilities;
  • Knowledge of member states development trends, indicators, challenges and opportunities as it relates to project/programme assigned to own position.
  • Knowledge of ECOWAS internal operational requirements of programs, projects, services and systems required to achieve work assignments and meet performance goals;
  • Knowledge of rules and procedures of ECOWAS associated assigned responsibilities and ability to explain these clearly to others;

P3-06-01 Analytical and Critical Thinking:

  • Ability to study data/information from a variety of sources, identify anomalies, trends and issues, present findings, and make recommendations;
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply techniques to generate creative ideas and new approaches to meeting goals;
  • Ability to use evidence and research to inform policies and programs and identify relevant and appropriate sources of information, including stakeholders, regional institutions and/or internal committees.
  • Ability to break down problems or processes into key parts to identify and solve gaps in service, quality assurance, compliance and performance targets;

P3-07-01 Communication:

  • Demonstrate operational computer proficiency using appropriate tools;
  • Ability to make sound use of graphics and tables to effectively present numerical data to write semi-complex technical reports/proposals and edit/check templates, letters, etc.
  • Proficiency in information communication technologies(ICT);
  • Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner through both writing and verbal means, ;
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills, make presentations, express opinions and debate ideas with others in a constructive manner;

P3-08-01 Planning and Implementation:

  • Ability to develop, implement an individual action plan for achieving specific work goals;
  • Identify ,organize and monitor tasks throughout to facilitate execution;
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and work within timelines, giving attention to details, stakeholders, indicators and risks;
  • Ability to identify, collect and assess indicators to monitor performance and to take proactive remedial action as required.
  • Ability to contribute and/or lead on projects as per accepted project management standards and techniques, to co-ordinate contributions by others to set and meet deadlines;


  • Must be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member State.
  • Must not be more than 50 years of age at the time of recruitment. This does not apply to internal candidates.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications which must include the following below to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Each application must include:

  • A Completed Job Application Form
  • A Cover Letter of not more than one page on the motivation for the post
  • A signed up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified copy of Birth Certificate.


  • Shortlisting and interview processes shall be based on the ECOWAS Staff Regulations.

Application Deadline  9th April, 2022.

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