Senior Supply Chain Officer - Procurement

The Job

Job Title: Senior Supply Chain officer - Procurement

Band/ Level / Grade: 8A

Department: Supply Chain

Location: Yemen | Aden

Overtime Eligible: (per local law) n/a

Background/IRC Summary:  

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 US cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC Yemen Country program has been established in 2012, and currently is implementing integrated Health, Nutrition, Environmental Health (WASH), Economic Recovery and Development, Women Protection and Empowerment and Education programming in eight governorates. The IRC Yemen Country Program operates with its Country Office in Sana’a and its main Field Office in Aden. Other subfield offices include Abyan, Hodeida and Al Dhale, with the Al Dhale office covering Lahaj, and the Abyan office covering activities in Shabwa.

Job Overview/Summary:

To support the effective operations in Supply Chain Department in IRC Yemen by managing all local, national and international procurements in Aden or anywhere in Country and to ensure that all procurement is conducted in accordance with IRC Supply Chain policies and procedures, relevant donor requirements, and in the spirit of obtaining best Value for Money (VFM).

The Senior Supply chain Officer will work in Aden office under the supervision of the SC Manager/Sr.Procurment Manager. He/she is responsible for all types of procurement and other logistical coordination. Incumbent must be able to rapidly procure program supplies, services and equipment, whilst ensuring best practices and maintaining audit-compliant records. This is a key position within SC and carries responsibility for the integrity of the IRC procurement and supply chain systems.

Supply Chain Planning

The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for working closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective supply chain planning and preparation to support program implementation. Supply chain planning includes

  • Implementing all IRC procurement SOPs
  • Develop sourcing strategies and relationships with suppliers.
  • Monitor supply market and conduct market surveys & analysis.


The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for implementing procurement plan & strategies. The Senior Supply Chain Officer ensures all program procurement needs are met on time in accordance with GSC and donors’ standards. This includes:

  • Support in development of specifications
    • Processing approved Purchase request through the procurement software (online BVA) and ensuring data accuracy.
    • Request for quotations / proposals.
    • Organize and participate in tender meetings & evaluations.
    • Prepare bids analysis and other bidding documents for approval.
    • Conduct negotiations with suppliers that is transparent and documented.
    • Demonstrate value for money in procurement.
    • Review procurement documents for accuracy before submitting to finance.

Supplier Management

The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for managing supplier relationships and performance to ensure that there is precise record keeping and implementing procurement standard operating procedures and control as provided by GSC. This includes:

  • Maintain suppliers file and documentation
  • Documents supplier performance
  • Maintain supplier performance score cards.

Compliance and Ethics

The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for implementing donor rules & regulations for all procurements, Identifying, and analyzing compliance risk in procurement processes through: -

  • Implementing due diligence for suppliers, this includes conducting ATC, reference checks, supplier visits etc.
  • Provide consistent and constructive support to other departments to ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • identifying and reporting procurement red flags,
  • Implementing internal and external audit corrective action plans (CAPs)
  • Procurement are conducted in compliance with donor regulations


The Senior Supply Chain Officer is responsible for preparing and submitting accurate:

  • Weekly report for the status of the procurement requests in Dhale’e and Abyan
  • Monthly PRTS report to supply chain Manager,
  • Market survey at least twice a year.
  • Support with developing and updating the procurement plans as required.

Human Resource Management:

  • Manage performance evaluation for direct reports on bi-annual basis;
  • Liaise with HR/Admin department for recruiting and discipline procedures for direct reports in accordance with IRC HR policy (if required or assigned).
  • Manage annual leave of direct reports.
  • Provide procurement systems training and briefings to new starters, staff and partners.

Other Duties:

  • Any other duties as directed by the SC Manager and/or Supply Chain Coordinator related to Supply Chain Department in;
  • All positions in IRC Yemen Supply Chain Department may at times require manual handling and lifting.
  • This job description is not exhaustive and additional tasks in the remit of the role may be added/removed according to operational changes.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: SC Manager/Sr.Procurment Manager

Position directly supervises:  Supply Chain Assistant

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Supply Chain, Administration and Finance staff, international staff.

External:  Vendors and service providers

Key Result Areas

  • Provision of effective, procurement service
  • Compliance to the donor requirements and IRC procedures
  • On time, standard monthly reports to SCM
  • Generate and / or maintain comprehensive price list for goods, services and equipment’s purchased by IRC
  • Produce routine cash / payment projections / Commitments to SCM and Finance.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong sense of personal integrity.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong supervisory skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Team spirit and problem-solving abilities.

Required qualification and experience

  • Knowledge of generic procurement procedures and practices (IRC or NGO experience advantageous) for 2 years.
  • Familiarity with major donor and local regulations / laws advantageous.
  • Holder of Diploma or equivalent in purchasing, supplies and management or Business Administration
  • Competent in spoken and written English
  • Competent use of PC, especially spreadsheets.

Working Environment:  Based in Aden, travel to sub-locations where program is being implemented, if required and when needed.

There is active conflict in parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas. Staff must comply with all IRC security policies and procedures applicable to international staff. Security will be thoroughly discussed during the interview process.

Senior Supply Chain Officer Competencies matrix:

The Senior Supply Chain Officer Competency matrix is the primary supporting document to this job description and the Senior Supply Chain Officer must ensure that all tasks are preformed to standard.

How to Apply

Qualified and Interested individuals are required to apply for this position via the IRC Career at the following link:

Deadline for Applying: Nov 25, 2020 .Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Employer: IRC
  • Category: Logistics
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 11 November 2020
  • Deadline: 25 November 2020