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OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICE – Strategic Deployment Stocks Unit, Logistics Operations Section
Position: Logistics Officer
(The following duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the field mis-sion.) Under the supervision of the Chief Integrated Support Services (CISS), the Logistics Officer is responsible for the following duties: Prepare logistics and support plans, deployment timelines and budget requirements for planned or new operations; Develop logistical plans for existing operations; Develop logistics contingency plans; Develop plans for downsizing or liquidation; Develop and implement methodologies and tools to enable effective execution of logistic plans; Formulate Standard Operating Procedures; Manage logistics operations, including, material and personnel; Ensure timely, accountable and cost-effective delivery of peacekeeping cargos and personnel; Ensure that supervised staff members are adequately trained and cross-trained; Identify additional training needs to achieve high working standards; Coordinate and provide logistics support to ongoing air, land, river or rail operations; Ensure that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs; Coordinate logistics activities with procurement, finance, humanitarian affairs and other substantive units; Develop and implement ogistics support policy, procedures and methodologies to the common benefit of all mission units; Prepare reports on personnel and material movements and other operational logistics issues; Participate in technical survey missions for new missions and pre-deployment verification visits to troop contributing countries; Identify, plan and manage special logistics operations; Ensure that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained; Prepare logistics preparedness reviews; Coordinate logistics operations with UN agencies, UN military, UN police and other organizations upon request; Guide and supervise the work of new/junior logistics officers or staff; Assume responsibilities of certifying officer upon request; Perform other related tasks as required.
Professionalism - Strong personal initiative and willingness to accept responsibilities; comprehensive grasp of logistics operations and practices; ability to deploy to remote locations and to operate independently in austere environment on short notice for limited duration; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations. Leadership - Ability to manage and mentor a technical team by demonstrating leadership. Communication - Good communication skills including ability to prepare and present concise oral and written logistics operations reports, briefings, updates and other documentation; ability to conduct meetings. Management - Demonstrated management skills. Planning and Organizing - Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work plans. Judgment/Decision Making - Sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a rank of issues/problems. Client Orientation - Good negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Technological Awareness - Ability to develop and operate common database software, spreadsheet, project management applications and complex text documents. Teamwork - Good interpersonal skills; ability to lead teamwork sessions; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with logistic counterparts in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Business Administration, Engineering or related fields. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience in areas such as transport or logistic operations/management, supply chain management, etc. may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in logistics operations. Experience in international peacekeeping or military operations is an asset.
Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second official UN language is an
advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.