Logistics Officer (Emergency Preparedness) (Service Contract - SC9)

  • UNDP Pacific in Fiji
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Jan 09, 2021
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Logistics Officer (Emergency Preparedness) (Service Contract - SC9), Suva, Fiji



WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is a leading organization delivering food assistance and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We also support governments of developing countries in their efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by addressing the underlying causes and disparities in access to food and good nutrition to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the Agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. WFP is particularly focused on Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 17 (Partnerships).


The Pacific is one of the world's most disaster-prone regions, with Pacific Island Countries ranked among the most vulnerable in the world to natural disasters due to rising sea levels and Increasing severe weather patterns caused by the effects of climate change. Of the 20 states with the highest average disaster losses scaled by GDP, eight are Pacific Island countries.

Building on its engagement in the Pacific since 2015, WFP works with Pacific governments and partners to improve capacity to reduce the risk of, prepare for and respond to disasters. This is achieved through strengthening coordination mechanisms in logistics, emergency telecommunications and food security. This is done in close collaboration with national partners who lead the national coordination mechanisms through training and ongoing engagement and support.

The role of the Logistic Officer (Emergency Preparedness) is to implement WFP's disaster preparedness and response programmes and to support Government and interagency preparedness and response to disasters across the Pacific.


Job title: Logistics Officer (Emergency Preparedness) Vacancy number: 132621 Contract type: Service Contract (SC-9) Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension) Duty Station: Suva, Fiji


  • Within the scope of the WFP Pacific interim Multi Country Strategic Plan (iMSCP) and in line with WFP Pacific Office Logistics workplan and guidance from the Pacific Logistic Cluster Coordinator, develop longer term capacity for national organisations in the Pacific including National Disaster Management Organisations, relevant ministries and other cluster partners involved in disaster response.
  • Support the national disaster mitigation and management structures with logistics response planning.
  • Contribute actively to regular National Disaster Management Organisations' and line ministry preparedness training, workshops and preparedness/response simulations as required, in line with ensuring capacity of all stakeholders.
  • Implement logistic specific projects on national level by means of data sourcing, validation, information management, platform implementation and training activities and, contribute to the overall platform development process.
  • Support or assume (as needed) the role of first wave responder in the event of an emergency, using and expanding the network built during preparedness activities and guiding on the incorporation of preparedness initiatives into operational response planning.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on Pacific activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Assist in technical missions and donor visits focusing on Pacific initiatives.
  • Ensure appropriate and relevant technical guidance and support is available for the development and implementation of disaster preparedness programs and activities in line with WFP corporate policies and regional strategic approaches.



    • At least three years of progressively professional experience in implementing or supervising disaster response.
    • Experience in operational logistics including knowledge of the logistics supply chain.
    • Experience of working in collaboration with a diverse array of humanitarian actors, including governments, NGOs, U.N. agencies, civil society, community organizations and the private sector.
  • Experience in coordinating and facilitating general meetings.
  • Experience conducting trainings and facilitating workshops.

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience in the humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reforms, and funding mechanisms.
  • A general knowledge of the policies of the United Nations system.
  • Professional familiarity with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Cluster Approach.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required, including strong professional communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously independently.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programs, leadership and teamwork skills, good analytical, communication, negotiation and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Advanced computer skills with mastery of Windows and Microsoft Office.


  • Advanced University degree in Transport, Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Emergency and Disaster Management, or other related field; or a first level university degree in one of the above-mentioned disciplines with additional years of relevant experience.


  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. A good working knowledge in one of the local Pacific languages is desirable.


Deadline: Extended from 5 January 2021 to 18 January 2021 at GMT 17:59 hrs (05:59 hours Fiji Time on 19 January 2021)

This vacancy announcement is for Nationals from Fiji. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply through the WFP careers website (https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings).

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Job open to:

Fiji Residents Only