Logistics Officer (International Consultant – Level II) Job at WFP

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Logistics Officer (International Consultant – Level II) Job at WFP



The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The WFP Country Strategic Plan 2022-2027 seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations achieve climate-resilient livelihoods and improved food security and nutrition through smallholder access to markets, enhanced value chains, and sustainable management of natural resources. This objective will be achieved by supporting smallholder men and women producers to diversify livelihoods, reduce post-harvest loss, and improve access to information, technologies, and markets.


Education: Advanced University degree in Transport Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Business Management or other related fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Languages: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a Second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language) preferred.


The Logistics Officer (Supply Chain consultant) will be reporting to the Head of Supply Chain and will be focusing on areas of budget preparation and management, commodity and warehouse management, supply chain, port operation management,) and/or manage teams within logistics operations to ensure supply chain strategies are implemented.


The Supply Chain consultant will provide technical expertise and knowledge for improving the efficiency and quality control of food and nutrition value chain actors, including enhanced handling, storage, fortification, packaging, and delivery practices, including cold chain management. In addition to performing a critical role in supporting core WFP logistics operations, including coordination of activities related to the transport and storage of WFP food commodities for Tanzania and relevant regional corridors. The consultant will also work with a range of government and private sector counterparts to provide technical assistance and strengthen the capacity of supply chain actors across the food system.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Plan and lead the implementation of innovative logistics operations, initiatives, and programs to ensure timely, efficient, and cost-effective supply of food assistance in regional supply chain corridors.
  • Collect and analyse relevant technical data from diverse sources to forecast supply chain operational needs under various scenarios and make evidence-based proposals.
  • Lead preparation of transport arrangements and contracting of all associated logistics services and vendor management in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Implement operational warehouse procedures and normative guidance in order to manage WFP’s warehouses across the country, handle inventory effectively through corporate systems to ensure commodity losses are mitigated.
  • Coordinate logistics, port operation, and warehouse management support services in the area of assignment. Undertake preparation of contracts and ensure timely supplier payments.
  • Conduct regular financial analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff to optimise the use of available funds.
  • Plan, organise and supervise the work of the logistics staff to ensure that tasks are accomplished in a manner consistent with country office and organizational requirements.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with public and private sector counterparts to improve the capacity of upstream private sector actors and governmental institutions to prevent commodity losses.


  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and consolidate preliminary data analysis, prepare accurate and timely reports to support supply chain planning to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, prepare CO Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA), provide technical recommendations and guidance, and monitor the management of specific logistics risks to enable WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and resources in response to crises.
  • Identify and strengthen public-private partnerships with counterparts in UN agencies, NGOs, governments, and the private sector to share knowledge and resources and ensure coordinated delivery of food assistance. Leverage the local purchase of food from smallholder producers for WFP Tanzania and regional operations to increase market access and incomes.
  • Increase smallholder producer capacity to engage competitively with public institutions and private sector entities for domestic and export markets.


  • Strengthen the efficiency of food supply chain actors in commodity management, including handling, storage, packaging, transportation, cold chains, commodity tracking, and compliance with health and safety standards.
  • Expand value addition for nutrition through support to selected SME millers and food processors for the fortification, processing, and distribution of nutritious flours and food supplements currently under formulation with the support of WFP.
  • Advocate for policies and provide technical assistance towards the improvement of food technology and quality assurance systems including food testing and training on adherence to quality standards.
  • Other as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


  • Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • Supply Chain Management and Optimization Analyses context of country challenges in order to lead the design and management of supply chain network, to proactively mitigate and/or address dynamic supply chain challenges, to ensure operational optimization.
  • Planning, Project & Resource Management Demonstrates the ability to design and manage the full lifecycle of project management, including planning, engaging with partners and key stakeholders, budgeting, strategically allocating material and human resources, implementation and reporting.
  • Information Management & Reporting Ability to proactively identify gaps in information and findings, analyse and evaluate information, develop statistics, and translate into information management products to facilitate decision making and demonstrate performance.
  • Market Analysis, Contracting and Operational Execution Demonstrates ability to analyse market trends, designs concepts of operations, negotiates and establishes contracts with WFP partners and service providers, ensures compliance with WFP rules and regulations and effectively executes logistics operations.
  • Warehouse and Inventory Management Plans, coordinates and manages service providers and warehouse operations to promote safe, efficient, and sustainable operating procedures in the face of changing climates and conditions within region of expertise.
  • Technical Assistance and Coordination Actively establishes and maintains networks, leads coordination and the provision of technical assistance, while demonstrating the ability to represent WFP to a broad spectrum of key stakeholders (e.g. providing services, and working with NDMOs/NDMAs).


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • 5 years or more of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, specifically in supply chain management, with a background and interest in humanitarian development.
  • Provision of technical assistance to public and private sector partners.
  • Evaluation and selection logistics service providers and third parties.
  • Identification of transportation operation risks and maintaining documentation on emergency logistics preparedness.
  • Experience working with supply chain actors in coordinating transport modality/timing and liaising with agents and suppliers to meet deadlines.
  • Preparation and management of transport and project budgets.
  • Management of integrated air, sea, lakes, and land transport operations.
  • Successful demonstration of staff management capacity for large and complex operations.
  • Experience in working with interagency partners to assess and coordinate emergency response.
  • Demonstrated capacity for undertaking technical assistance with public and private sector stakeholders.


Only qualified international candidates should apply for this position. All applications should be submitted through e-recruitment portal.


The deadline for submitting the applications is 10 November 2022

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.


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