Global Contracting and Procurement Advisor

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Last update: Jun 7, 2022 Last update: Jun 7, 2022


Deadline: Jun 24, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Netherlands Netherlands
Sectors: Procurement Procurement
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English, French English, French
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Jun 7, 2022
Expected starting date: Aug 1, 2022


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Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development is one of the largest Dutch not-for-profit development organisations with operations in more than 25 countries Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV aims to lift up incomes and access to basic services. We make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty, helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development, and no one is left behind. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth.

We apply our know-how to deliver results at scale worldwide. We do this through our local presence and know-how to realise effective solutions and our specialised expertise on agriculture, energy, and water. Our projects directly benefit millions of people. At the same time, projects drive systems change, which helps many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, implementing our mission exclusively through project financing. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence every day.

Job Description

SNV is seeking a dynamic and pragmatic professional to drive SNV’s excellence in contracting and procurement. The Global Contracting and Procurement (C&P) Advisor brings best practices into SNV and provides in-house advice to (senior) management on contracting, procurement and related donor compliance topics in projects, at country (where most of SNV’s procurement happens), global team and corporate level. They maintain and improve SNV’s C&P policy and systems infrastructure.

This position requires travel to SNV countries to build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders and provide quality and audience-appropriate support and training. The Contracting and Procurement Advisor is part of SNV’s Global Compliance Team, based in The Hague.


  • Oversees, develops and maintains SNV’s C&P Policy area, accompanying guidance and tools to ensure efficient, competitive, transparent and compliant contracting and procurement practices across the organisation
  • Advises on, and supports, SNV’s C&P (systems) infrastructure at corporate level for application in SNV countries and global teams’ operations
  • Supervises and defines C&P quality assurance standards and controls for corporate and project life cycle processes
  • Provides proactive backstopping support to SNV global, country and project teams, including on compliance requirements, specific procurement and contracting processes
  • Provides specialist advice on suppliers, consultant and partner contract templates and contracting processes at key moments during the project cycle, from proposal design to project closure
  • Based on evidence from support to projects, countries and global teams, identifies risks as well as systems and process improvements, proactively develops and implements solutions to ensure ongoing excellent C&P at SNV
  • Based on their expertise, understanding of relevant risks as well as the learning and evidence generated through their support as well as ensures effective learning between project, country and global team colleagues
  • Leads on the design and delivery of audience appropriate capacity development on contracting and procurement for SNV staff and partners
  • Oversees the work of colleagues providing C&P support to SNV global teams
  • Build the capacity of the C&P community of practice by developing and delivering audience appropriate trainings, webinars, guidance documents, etc.

·       Actively keep informed of C&P requirements, practice as well as donor related developments and advises SNV (senior) management on C&P and risk mitigation on this topic.


·       Master’s degree in public procurement, law, international relations, commercial engineering, other relevant field or equivalent by experience

  • At least seven years of relevant and demonstrable experience working on contracting and procurement in an international development cooperation context
  • Solid knowledge of SNV’s key donor requirements (such as Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UK Department for International Development, European Union, Swedish and Swiss Development Agencies) as applied to contracting and procurement
  • Demonstrable experience of supplier contract management
  • Experience of Business Development and managing international development projects is desired
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, conceptual thinking, financial literacy and analysis
  • Willingness and ability to travel to SNV operating countries
  • Ability to work independently, draw on external networks, provide pragmatic advise and translate ‘contracting and procurement language’ to a non-specialist audience
  • Team player, good facilitator and an excellent communicator in English. French Language proficiency is desired
  • Familiarity with SNV’s leading sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water is also desired

Additional Information

Contract Type: Dutch employment contract for one year, with possibility of extension.
Expected Start Date: 1st August (negotiable)

Working at SNV:

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

How to Apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation before the 24th of June 2022. 

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