The World Food Programme (WFP) is United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast. But WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future. We do this through programmes that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. This helps communities become more food secure. On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 80 million people in 80 countries. WFP Ethiopia is working with the Government and humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia's most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.
To contribute to daily planning and coordination of WFP logistics operations including monitoring of services provided by contracted external organizations to ensure cost-effective operations and that set objectives are achieved in full.
Contribute towards the development of logistics plans and processes ensuring compliance with wider logistics policies and WFP standards.
Support or manage logistics projects or operational activities following standard processes and contributing, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries.
Collect and analyse data through research and networking with colleagues to recommend actions to senior staff to improve performance of local logistics operations.
Conduct regular financial analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff to optimise use of available funds.
Contribute to consolidation and preparation of operational pipeline planning, and to the management of operational aspects of the supply chain (procurement, shipping, port operation), including checking document and customs clearance readiness, loading and discharging operations and contracting of applicable transport, warehouse and any relevant logistics services.
Contribute to supply chain by providing technical support and guidance to other CO unit/services, divisions, particularly for emergency response.
Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), supporting a WFP-wide view of logistics activities that enables informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
Support the capacity building of WFP staff and partners for efficient and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries (e.g. through the design and review of training materials).
Identify and build productive relationships with logistics colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support an integrated approach to food assistance.
Follow emergency logistics preparedness practices, participate in preparation of CO Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA), to ensure WFP are able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
Participate in the on-going review of internal processes and procedures and identify ways to increase the day-to-day efficiencies.
Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
Perform other duties as assigned
STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Advanced University degree in Transport Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Business Management or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/ortraining/courses.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
Experience in commercial or humanitarian transportation sectors.
Experience monitoring and reporting on transport and freight market conditions and trends.
Experience in dealing with shipments and clearing imports/exports with customs officials.
Experience coordinating procurement and transportation processes with other units/ teams.
Experience in warehouse and commodity management.
Experience working with corporate systems (databases, software).