World Food Programme (WFP)

Supply Chain Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  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 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.


Education: Advanced University degree preferably in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Logistics, or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

At  least 7 years working experience At least 3 years of specfic experience in supply chain area Language: Fluency in French language. Working knowelge in English


The job holder will operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that Logistics Operations and project objectives are achieved in full. He/ she will heavily be involved in day– to-day activities and analytical work, and will focus more on budget preparation and management, retail management, Overland and Inland transport contracting management and port operations. He/ She will manage a team within logistics operations to ensure supply chain strategies are implemented. The job holder will contribute to daily planning and Coordination of WFP logistics operations including monitoring of services provided by contracted external organizations to ensure cost-effective operations and that, set objectives are achieved in full.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Support or manage logistics projects or operational activities following standard processes and contributing, directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries.

2.    Collect and analyse data through research and networking with colleagues to recommend actions to senior staff to improve performance of local logistics operations.

3.    Conduct regular Analysis" id="link" class="link">Financial Analysis and budget reviews, drawing out insights and recommending actions to senior staff to optimise use of available funds.

4.    Contribute to consolidation and preparation of operational pipeline planning, and to the management of operational aspects of the supply chain (procurement, shipping, port               operation), including checking document and customs clearance readiness, loading and discharging operations and contracting of applicable transport, warehouse and any relevant logistics services.

5.    Contribute to supply chain by providing Technical Support and guidance to other CO unit/ services, particularly for emergency response.

6.    Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.

7.    Collate data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), supporting a WFP-wide view of logistics activities that enables informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

8.    Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff and partners for efficient and effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries (e.g. through the design and review of training materials).

9.    Identify and build productive relationships with logistics colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support an integrated approach to food assistance.

10.    Follow emergency logistics preparedness practices, participate in preparation of CO Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA), to ensure WFP can quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

11.    Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.

12.    Other as required.



Supply Chain Strategy

  • Demonstrates robust understanding of supply chain strategies. Conducts analytical and conceptual work in support of strategy design and implementation.
  • Operationalizes strategies in own area of responsibility.
Supply Chain Planning

  • Leads supply chain planning within area of operations managed.
  • Oversees and coordinates periodic planning across functions and with partners.
  • Ensures consensusbased plans are in place and aligned with strategy.
Supply Chain & Networks Management

  • Demonstrates robust understanding of end-to-end supply chain management.
  • Supports the design and implementation of supply chain, retail and partnership networks.
  • Supports the design and integrated delivery of supply chain services.
Supply Chain Capacity Strengthening

  • Demonstrates robust understanding of supply chain capacity strengthening in operational contexts. Implements Capacity Development initiatives in own area of responsibility.
Supply Chain Performance & Development

  • Supports integrated supply chain information management and conducts advanced
  • Supply Chain and performance analytics. Contributes to supply chain improvement and innovation initiatives


1.    Analyses context of country challenges in order to lead the design and management of supply chain network, to proactively mitigate and/or address dynamic supply chain challenges, to ensure operational optimization.

2.    Collects and analyses relevant technical data from diverse sources to forecast operational needs under various scenarios and makes evidence-based proposals 3.    Ability to proactively identify gaps in information and findings, analyse and evaluate information, develop statistics, and translate into information management products to facilitate decision making and demonstrate performance 4.    Demonstrates ability to collect market information and process and analyse proposals in line with WFP standard rules and regulations in order to deliver efficiently.

5.    Actively establishes and maintains networks, leads coordination and the provision of technical assistance, while demonstrating the ability to represent WFP to a broad spectrum of key stakeholders.


  1. Experience in commercial or humanitarian transportation sectors.
  2. Experience in monitoring and reporting on transport and freight market conditions and trends.
  3. Experience in dealing with shipments and clearing imports/exports with customs officials.
  4. Experience coordinating procurement and transportation processes with other units/ teams.
  5. Experience working with corporate systems (databases, software).


Duration of contract: 1 year renewable Duty station : Ouagadougou Be Burkina Faso national or hold a valid Burkinabe work permit


Deadline for applications: 7 february 2021 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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