Procedure, Practice and Problems of Procurement in the Government Office: The Case of Arada Sub city

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Addis Ababa University


Procurement is a means by which an organization acquire good and services in a scientific manner. In Ethiopia More than two third or 64 percent of the organization annual budget is spend through procurement (MOFED, 2011). Every activity of the organization, either service or goods provider, is highly attached with the procured product. Thus, failure of the procurement unit has a direct impact on the failure of all other department. This thesis tried to study the procedure, practice, problems of procurement in government office of Arad sub city. It assessed the procurement department, the satisfaction of the user department, the challenges faced by the procurement department and the adverse effect of the perception towards the department. For the accomplishment of this, the study employed descriptive design in which the selection of respondents were carried out by using purposive sampling technique. 15 employees are considered as a sample unit. Furthermore, interview has made with the procurement support team leader, from the procurement Core Process procurement head and procurement officer, who has more than 10 years of experience. Both primary and secondary data are used. The finding of the study reveals that the procurement department has its own procedure but it is not well practiced in accordance with stated principles. The finding reveals that ill planning, delaying and unplanned purchasing are the challenge that affected the practice and procedure of the procurement processes Besides this, even if the department performed well in the area of purchasing based on specification with the right quantity and price, the department poor performance is shown in the area of procuring with the right quality and time. The researcher recommended to the planning departments should consider the mismatch between the plan and purchasing time. Beside this, coordination between planning, procurement department and other departments should be boosted.


A Thesis Submitted to Department of Public Administration and Development Management of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters in Public Management and Policy (MPMP)


Arada Sub city, Procurement