Logistics Officer

World Food Programme, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th August, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) WFP is recognized as the leading solution provider and partner in the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition and particularly for its efforts to reach those furthest behind first.

Being the frontline agency of the United Nations system that delivers innovative hunger solutions to 81 countries each day worldwide; WFP’s 14,800+ strong staff share a vision and commitment to end hunger by 2030. Tackling the causes -- not just the symptoms – and operating in the remotest corners of the world, with all logistical means necessary, WFP’s results-focussed team provides nutritious and life-saving food and cash assistance when necessary. Bringing unrivalled experience and operating in the world’s most high profile, difficult environments, WFP upholds the humanitarian principles of humanity, integrity impartiality and neutrality.

In successfully achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e Zero Hunger by 2030, the WFP team actively fosters partnerships with governments, communities, local authorities, civil societies, other UN agencies and the private sector.


  • Education: University degree or similar, preferably in logistics & supply chain, data management or a closely related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Core Deliverables:

  • Ensure the continued involvement of all relevant stakeholders in regular Logistics Sector Preparedness Working Group meetings and perform/contribute to furtherance of the logistics preparedness activities in alignment with national priorities, WFP’s country strategic plan (CSP), Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) and global Logistics Cluster’s strategy.
  • Participate in and support of scenario planning, preparedness planning and response planning activities with multiple partners.
  • Collect, analyse and upload data, gather and analyse information related to preparedness from and for partners, using existing tools and developing/testing/implementing of new tools as required, especially supporting the preparedness platform deployment
  • In case of a Logistics Cluster or Sector operation:
  • Support the activation phase by briefing, linking to national entities and supporting EPRP related activities
  • Support the ongoing operation with network relations and information provision
  • Support the phase out and closure of the operation as required

Key General Duties:

  • Support the Logistics Cluster preparedness officer as the primary Logistics Cluster focal point for GLC preparedness initiatives undertaken with partner organisations (including international, regional and national humanitarian organisations, NDMO’s, and private sector actors) and ensure that WFP continues involvement in preparedness activities after phase-out of the Logistics Cluster preparedness officer.
  • Support the implementation of the Logistics Cluster Preparedness Platform on national and sub-national level by means of data sourcing, validation, information management, platform implementation and training activities and contribute to the overall platform development process.
  • Support the primary data collection, secondary data collation and field testing of mapping and analysis tools in development, providing input to the Preparedness Webpage and Platform for Malawi as required
  • Contribute to strengthening early warning capacity and provide inputs for any relevant operational planning and support the analysis of trends of supply chain risk
  • Assist all members of the national logistics working group in updating its contingency plan. The performance and achievement of the national logistics working group should be tracked and measured.
  • Evaluate the organisation of the national logistics working group and provide a rapid swot analysis to serve as base of discussion on how to develop the group further. Support officers undertaking relevant Logistics Capacity Assessments
  • Further activities as required


Desired Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to make a positive contribution in a team-based environment and to work under tight deadlines with minimum supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a level of communication suitable to build and maintain relationships with officials and government counterparts
  • Proficiency in Windows, MS office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and data management systems
  • Willingness to work in challenging environments / field locations.


  • Experience coordinating service providers’ contract execution.
  • Experience arranging supplier deliveries and the discharge of WFP vessels (rail, air, or sea).
  • Experience in evaluating offers and writing proposals.
  • Experience in report writing.


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