Background & Description

This job is based in Country Office Islamabad and job holder report to the Head of Supply Chain or the designate. Job holder is likely to focus on one specific area of logistics (i.e. budget preparation and management, commodity and warehouse management, supply chain, fleet and workshop management, port operation management, logistics cluster and information management) or manage teams within logistics operations to ensure supply chain strategies are implemented.


To lead field logistics operations partnering with the key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to meeting the food assistance needs of beneficiaries.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Participate in the development and implementation of procedures for logistics field operations or Headquarters based units ensuring that objectives are achieved in compliance with regional and functional strategies, policies and plans.
  2. Plan and lead on implementation of innovative logistics operations, initiatives and programs to ensure timely, efficient and cost effective supply of direct or indirect food assistance.
  3. Collect and analyse relevant technical data from diverse sources to forecast operational needs under various scenarios and make evidence-based proposals.
  4. Lead preparation of transport arrangements and contracting of all associated services in accordance with established guidelines.
  5. Implement operational warehouse procedures and normative guidance in order to manage WFP’s warehouse, handle inventory effectively through corporate systems, and ensure loss mitigation.
  6. Coordinate logistics, port operation, fleet and warehouse management support services in the area of assignment, preparation of contracts and supplier payments.
  7. Conduct regular financial analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff to optimise use of available funds.
  8. Plan, organise and supervise the work of more junior staff to ensure that tasks are accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  9. Gather market intelligence through research and networking, thus improving the knowledge basis available to Country Offices, Region and the Programme, and process and analyse proposals in line with WFP standard rules and regulations in order to deliver efficiently.
  10. Build relationships and collaborate with counterparts in the key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to food assistance.
  11. Prepare accurate and timely accounting, data collection and reporting, to inform supply planning and contribute to a WFP wide view of logistics activities, enabling informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders. Liaise with internal and external stakeholders and consolidate preliminary data analysis, prepare accurate and timely reports to support a WFP-wide view of logistics activities that enables informed decision making.
  12. Provide technical advice and guidance to WFP staff, partners and governments, building capacity to connect to markets, manage food systems and deliver food assistance to those in need.
  13. Identify and build productive relationships and partnerships with counterparts in UN agencies, NGOs, governments and the private sector to share knowledge and resources and ensure coordinated delivery of food assistance.
  14. Contribute to preparedness actions, prepare CO Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA), provide technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of specific logistics risks to enable WFP to quickly respond and deploy food and resources at the onset of the crisis.
  15. Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  16. Other as required.
Requirements and Skills


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.



At least 7 years experience in managing logistics operations including;

  • evaluating and selecting service providers and third parties.
  • identifying transportation operations risks and maintaining documentation on emergency logistics preparedness.
  • determining with Supply Chain actors best transport modality/timing and liaising with agents and suppliers to meet deadlines.
  • preparing and managing transport and project budgets.
  • managing integrated air, sea, and land transport operations.
  • supervising professional staff.
  • working in insecure and difficult environments.
  • working with interagency partners to assess and coordinate emergency/non-emergency response.



Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

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About Organization

The World Food Programme was created in 1961, as an experiment to provide food aid through the UN system. In 1965, WFP became a fully-fledged UN programme, to last for “as long as multilateral food aid is found feasible and desirable”. Today, WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP assists 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 70 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response. WFP is funded entirely by voluntary donations, in 2016 WFP raised US$5.9 billion. WFP has more than 14,000 staff worldwide of whom over 90% are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance.