1. Background

World Bank, founded in 1944, offers development assistance to middle-income and low-income countries, aiming at reducing poverty in developing world. World Bank has been providing assistance to the Afghanistan Government to meet the need of the poorest people and has provided a total of over 4.4 billion USD for development and emergency reconstruction projects and six budget support operations. World Bank Afghanistan project portfolio consists of about 45 projects under supervision and/or preparation. As all projects use Investment Project Financing (IPF) option, procurement of goods, works, consulting and non-consulting services are predominant activities. Procurement capacity constraints at the implementing entity levels are identified as a major issue for effective project implementation, coupled with the governance challenges posed by the fragile and conflict environment in which the portfolio is implemented.

The Government of Afghanistan and World Bank Country Partnership Strategy recognizes creating capacity in public administration and as part of that objective, strengthening the procurement capacity of procurement and project staff of the implementing agencies is a critical element to ensure professional and transparent project management services. Projects require professional procurement experts who not only understand the country procurement systems but are also able to understand and implement Bank’s procurement procedures.

World Bank Afghanistan Procurement Expert Panel is a platform to identify and harness skills of a group of procurement experts from Afghanistan who have expertise in procurement specialization. The principal objective of this panel is to create a critical mass of procurement experts knowledgeable of World Bank and Country Procurement Regulations and methods. The establishment of World Bank Afghanistan Procurement Expert Panel is expected to pave the opportunity for national procurement practitioners to gain exposure and experience. It will also lay down the foundation of institutionalizing the procurement expertise in Afghanistan to manage procurement process, contract management and reviews.

Last date for the submission of the required documents is
February 20, 2020.

The applicant should submit their
documents electronically to wbafgprocurementpanel@worldbank.org
with subject reference of “World Bank
Afghanistan Procurement
Expert Panel”.

2. Benefits of being a member of the Empaneled Resource Pool:

  • Become procurement expert with World Bank and recognition as a World Bank empaneled Public Procurement Expert/Trainer.
  • World Bank will provide the members of the Resource Pool with ToTs (Training of Trainers) on World Bank Procurement Regulations and on Business Communication Skills.
  • Opportunities for contributing to the ongoing procurement capacity building program in the country.
  • Selected Members of World Bank Afghanistan Procurement Expert Panel will be employed as staff/consultants for World Bank and in Bank funded projects.
  • Opportunities for Fee/Honorarium based training and consulting services.

3. Qualification and Working Experience required

Qualified individuals should have a minimum of master’s level education in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Engineering, Economics or related fields,

An experience of 7 yrs. As a Public Procurement professional with good knowledge of International and National procurement systems and procedures.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dari/Pashto.

Desirable to have at least 2 years of recent experience in providing trainings to project staff or senior functionaries on public procurement aspects

Desirable to have published works on public procurement issues

5. Selection Process

Qualified individuals should have a minimum of master’s level education in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Engineering, Economics or related fields,

An experience of 7 yrs. As a Public Procurement professional with good knowledge of International and National procurement systems and procedures.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dari/Pashto.

Desirable to have at least 2 years of recent experience in providing trainings to project staff or senior functionaries on public procurement aspects

Desirable to have published works on public procurement issues

6. How to apply:

All applicants are required to submit their detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with Letter of Interest stating their suitability to be considered as Member of World Bank Afghanistan Procurement Expert Panel.

The applicant should submit their documents electronically to wbafgprocurementpanel@worldbank.org with subject reference of “World Bank Afghanistan Procurement Expert Panel”.

Last date for the submission of the required documents is February 20, 2020.