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Logistics Officer at World Food Programme (WFP)

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World Food Programme (WFP)

Logistics Officer- (Secondment to Department to DODMA) Service Contract-Level 8- Lilongwe (833635)

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender identity and disability.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action


Job Title: Logistics Officer
Type and Level of Contract: Service Contract. Level 8
Functional Unit: Logistics (secondment to Department Of Disaster Management Affairs)
Duty Station: Lilongwe (1)
Duration of Contract: 12 Months (renewable)
Date of Advertising: 14.06.2024   Deadline: 26.06.2024


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 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 Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) is a Malawi Government agency responsible for improving and safeguarding the quality of lives of Malawians especially those that are vulnerable to and affected by disasters.  WFP and DODMA work in close partnership and collaboration in food security and humanitarian response.  WFP as a co-lead of the Transport and Logistics Cluster which is led by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, provides technical support and assistance to humanitarian stakeholders in the provision of Logistics and Supply Chain capabilities to respond to emergencies and to build logistics and supply chain capacities.  Within the framework of this partnership between DODMA and WFP, a position of Logistics Officer will be established within DODMA for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, with a possible extension if a need persists and funding is available. The Logistics Officer will report directly to DODMA, working under the authority of the Director of Preparedness and Response, and be fully integrated into the DODMA structure, with technical support and guidance from WFP.


Aligned with DODMA’s mission to effectively coordinate the implementation of disaster risk management programmes through overseeing disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities mission, the Logistics Officer will report to DODMA and provide support in the implementation of a logistics capacity enhancement agenda with technical oversight and guidance from WFP Supply Chain.


WFP partners with the Malawi Government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector, to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), and aligning with government strategies, particularly its Vision 2063.

WFP focuses on innovation, resilience programming and climate change adaptation to address underlying challenges in the food systems.

Our work improves livelihoods for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on women and youth.

  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment.
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities.
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various countries, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe.
  • WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus medical insurance.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Provide specialized support to logistics operations and activities, following standard processes and contributing, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of food and other relief Items to intended beneficiaries.
2.    Support the development of  a comprehensive plan for establishing an efficient logistics and supply chain process tailored towards the needs of disaster response framework.
3.    Provide support in the coordination, planning, and management of the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) in Bangula and in other prepositioning and storage facilities.
4.    Active participation in the Transport and Logistics Cluster and all logistics task teams.
5.    Provide technical assistance during disaster response operations, including logistics planning, execution, coordination, warehouse management, fleet/transport, and distribution of relief supplies.
6.    Support the consolidation of requirements for response, requisitioning and ensure timely delivery of right quantities, in good time and of good quality.
7.    Support with contracting processes including vendor assessments and registration, performance monitoring, and evaluation.
8.    Support gathering of market intelligence for efficient contracting of logistics service providers.
9.    Support with reviewing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various aspects of logistics and supply chain management, including procurement, warehousing, transportation, and distribution.
10.    Provide technical support to DODMA staff through capacity strengthening initiatives i.e., couching, mentorship, and trainings to staff on implementing of SOPs, stock, fleet and warehouse management, and utilizing relevant tools and technologies.
11.    Support to strengthen, nurture and build collaborative relationships through liaison with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and other partners, to ensure coordination and alignment of logistics efforts.
12.    Monitor and evaluate the implementation of logistics and supply chain processes, identify areas for improvement, and propose corrective actions as necessary.
13.    Support the implementation of a commodity tracking system/logistics information management system to facilitate real-time tracking and monitoring of relief supplies.
14.    Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Social Science or any related field.

Experience: Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in logistics and supply chain management, preferably in emergency response or humanitarian operations. Excellent analytical and problem- solving skills, with the ability to identify and address operational challenges.
Language:   Fluency (level C) in English language and local language.


Leads by Example with   Integrity  Drives Results and   Delivers on   Commitments  Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork  Applies Strategic Thinking  Builds and   Maintains   Sustainable   Partnerships
Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision and operational outcomes to deliver meaningful solutions Initiates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit
Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same Delegates responsibly and provides appropriate support empowering others to deliver results Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback Demonstrates curiosity, designs and implements new ways of doing things when relevant Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and cocreating innovative solutions with beneficiaries when appropriate
Stays focused and calm when under pressure, encourages others to do the same, and offers guidance and support to manage difficult situations Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly Seeks out, trusts and listens attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives Gathers data and different perspectives, shares knowledge and uses evidence to inform decision making
Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop Implements decisions, considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other initiatives


Deadline for receiving applications is 26 June 2024


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.