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 single 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 Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, safety nets, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.
The Logistics Officer (Port Operations) will support WFP Somalia to achieve harmonious, cost and time- effective port operations and time charter vessels arriving in the port of Berbera, Somalia under the technical supervision of the Head of Logistics Operations and overall supervision of the Head of Area Office.
This position is open to qualified candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Act as deputy to the Head of Field Office Berbera, coordinate logistics, port operation, transport, and warehouse management support services in Berbera;
- Plan, organise and supervise the work of more junior staff;
- Gather context information through market research and networking, thus improving the knowledge basis available, processes and analyse proposals accordingly;
- Build relationships and collaborate with counterparts in the key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to food assistance.
- Prepare accurate and timely accounting, data collection and reporting, to inform supply planning and contribute to a WFP wide view of logistics activities;
- Lead preparation of transport arrangements of all associated services in accordance with established guidelines;
- Implement operational warehouse procedures and normative guidance in order to manage WFP’s warehouse, handle inventory effectively through corporate systems, and ensure loss mitigation;
- Monitor the performance of WFP contractors and report on their performance;
- Coordinate with WFP Vessel Agents/Port Authorities for prompt berthing and smooth load/discharge operations;
- Oversee that proper documents are received and submitted to local authorities prior to vessel arrival;
- Liaise with WFP's cargo superintendent company and/or vessel's port representatives prior to vessel to ensure full cargo quantity in good condition is always loaded/ discharged;
- Review and be aware of WFP Superintendence arrangements to ensure adequate measures are in place for commodity quality control;
- Report on a daily basis on vessel load/discharge;
- Report on loss and damages. Intervene in cases of damaged cargo and arrange for adequate inspections, sampling, testing and final settlement of disputed cargoes;
- Ensure proper port/country/WFP procedures are strictly adhered to when disposing of spoiled commodities;
- Ensure proper loading/unloading operations, correct stowage of the cargo and storage in the warehouses;
- Ensure timely submission of all required documentation, such as Statement of Facts, Notice of Readiness, and Letters of Protest etc.
- Perform any other related duties as required.
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/or training/courses. Advanced certification on Maritime studies is an added advantage.
Experience: Six years of relevant professional experience related in the field of work i.e. port operations, international shipping operations, chartering/ shipping, warehouse, fleet management operations.
Langauge: Fluency in written and oral communication in English is a requirement.
Knowldge & Skills:
- Professional experience in the field with high degree of independence;
- Knowledge of international commodity trade practices;
- Experience working with various stakeholders. Ability to maintain partnerships with colleagues internally and with other organizations in the area of work;
- Provide sound analytical inputs and contribute to improving institutional capacity to address problems/issues pertaining to sea/surface transport;
- Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under supervision;
- Excellent writing skills and ability to draft clear and concise reports;
- Hands-on relevant experience in the UN or INGOs is desirable;
- Knowledge and experience in WFP systems and policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing area of administration is an added advantage.
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.
Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
WFP seeks applicants of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.
WFP is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis.