Procurement Specialist (Biological Equipment Specialist)

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Last update: Apr 22, 2024 Last update: Apr 22, 2024


Deadline: May 6, 2024 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Home Based
Organization: UNOPS
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Apr 22, 2024


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Dutystation: Home based

Functional responsibilities

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Project Manager the critical functions of the Technical Advisor include the following:

1. Technical Support

  • Review the equipment needs of the selected institutions and in consultation with relevant stakeholders provide advice on the best technical solutions to meet the identified needs.
  • Develop and finalise the technical specifications for the biological equipment to be procured considering the needs and technical possibilities.
  • Provide the project manager with an expert opinion based on the industry trends, suitability and the users' specific context.
  • Participate in discussions with the stakeholders to refine and modify equipment specifications
  • Carry out a market analysis in order to identify the potential suppliers (the leading producers /distributors including the export/import licence requirements) of the needed biological equipment.
  • Identify technical criteria and proposal evaluation guidelines for the procurement process.
  • Provide technical support in evaluating the bids and selecting suitable suppliers to deliver the equipment.

2. Quality Assurance

  • Inspect and certify the equipment delivered matches UNOPS requirements and are in good working condition

  • Supervise the execution of installation, testing, and commissioning of equipment

3. User training

  • Define the appropriate user training requirements for the equipment to be procured

  • Supervise the user training exercise by the suppliers

4. Others tasks

  • Provide backstopping technical support as requested on any technical issue.

  • Any other tasks related to providing high-level technical advice to EU CBRN project as required by the project team.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in science, biology, biological technology, or another relevant discipline is required

  • Bachelor's degree in above-mentioned areas with an additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing technical issues related to biological equipment is required.
  • A minimum two (2) years relevant professional experience in international public procurement is required

  • Proven ability to develop technical specifications for biological equipment and produce high-quality associated documentation (technical ToRs, training manuals) is required

  • Familiarity with international tendering processes is required

  • Previous relevant work experience with the UN or other international organisations is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and oral English is required

  • Knowledge of another official UN official language is an asset

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