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Logistics Business Support Assistant – Berbera

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Job Description

Logistics Business Support Assistant G4, Berbera

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.
Posting Dates:

Opening Date:  24 June 2019

Closing Date: 7 July 2019

Organizational Background:

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 World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Logistics Officer/Head of Berbera Office, and the overall supervision of the Head of Area Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Coordinate vessel discharge at the Berbera port;
Ensure timely dissemination of information to port authorities, stevedores, superintendents, transporters and relevant units to allow adequate time for preparations before the arrival of vessel;
Make follow-ups with stakeholders daily during vessel discharge, bagging and dispatching to ensure smooth running of operations;
Ensure  transporters have mobilized enough trucks o uplift cargo during discharging and loading vessels;
Ensure stevedores and the agents responsible have mobilized enough labor force to handle the cargo;
Inspect the condition of the commodities upon arrival and report any discrepancies as appropriate;
Ensure the required gear for handling discharge of commodities are available and verify unit weight and packaging according to WFP Standards;
Attend meetings with various stakeholders on port operations and maintain close coordination with port authorities to secure priority berthing for vessels carrying cargo for humanitarian operations;
Track the movement of food and non-food items, and provide reports on movement of WFP commodities as required;
Maintain filling systems and archives for easy retrieval of information;
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education Background:


Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certification in logistics, food safety and quality  management are desirable.

Three years of progressively responsible support experience including at least one year in the field of accounting, transport, insurance, statistics and logistics operations.  Experience in port operations would be an added advantage.


Knowledge & Skills:
Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali is a requirement.

Sound knowledge and ability to interpret and apply logistics policies, operational processes;
Demonstrated experience in monitoring and managing shipping operations;
Experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheets, excel among others;
Hands on logistics experience in the UN or INGOs is desirable.

Applications instructions:

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.
Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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