UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
The Regional Logistician position is part of the Supply Chain Management Unit’s (SCMU) Regional SCM Desk. The position is physically located in the East and Southern Africa Regional Office, reporting directly to the Regional Supply Chain Management Specialist/Reproductive Commodity Security Specialist.
The incumbent will work closely with colleagues in Headquarters, such as those in SCMU in Copenhagen, the Technical Division/Family Planning Branch, the UNFPA Supplies Partnership, the Humanitarian Response Division, colleagues in the Regional Office and colleagues in the Country Offices within the region.
The incumbent will be tasked with supporting the Regional Supply Chain Management Specialist/Reproductive Commodity Security Specialist on technical and operational matters of the logistics functions in UNFPA Country Offices (COs) and Implementing Partners in the region – across development and humanitarian settings.
As the Regional Logistician, you will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to ensuring that UNFPA can play its role as action leader and global champion of reproductive health and rights aiming to end unmet need for family planning, preventable maternal death, and violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
You would be responsible for
A. Provision of Logistics Technical Support
- Advice and provide technical support to UNFPA Country Offices and their Implementing Partners on:
- The quantification and forecasting for reproductive health commodities and other supplies, development of supply plans and procurement plans for development and humanitarian settings, and conducting their periodic reviews.
- Humanitarian logistics preparedness and contingency planning, including prepositioning, engagement with the Logistics Cluster and providing surge capacity where required to enable continuity and scale up of lifesaving services.
- Contracting third party logistics services (covering services such as customs clearance, warehousing, transport, and distribution), establishing the KPIs and managing performance of the contracts.
- Ensure UNFPA Country Offices and their Implementing Partners in the region have a streamlined and efficient process for:
- Monitoring of active orders/in-coming shipments and that they liaise frequently with SCMU in Copenhagen
- Obtaining Green Light to ship process.
- Timely customs clearance process to avoid demurrage.
- Managing warehouse/storage facilities for UNFPA’s inventory
- Inventory management processes particularly for accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in supply chain management, logistics, business administration or equivalent is required.
Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) or similar is an advantage.
Knowledge and Experience
At least five (5) years of experience in progressive logistics management in which, at least two years were in supporting countries in low resource and/or complex humanitarian settings.
- Minimum of two years of substantive experience in managing health logistics
- Proven knowledge in logistics data collection, analysis and reporting.
- Experience in management/accountability mechanisms for logistics management to ensure coherence between global, regional, and national policies, strategies, and practices.