Regional Head of Logistics

The Job

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.
We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people's rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies.Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council.Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.
We protect displaced people and support them as they build a new future. We started our relief efforts after World War Two. Today, we work in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. We specialise in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
We stand up for people forced to flee. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend displaced people's rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva is a global leader in monitoring, reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

We respond quickly to emergencies.Our expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. Our experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

Around 6,000 men and women work for the Norwegian Refugee Council.Most of us are hired locally to work in the field, and a small number are based at our head office in Oslo. Many of our colleagues were once themselves fleeing their homes.

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the Head of Logistics position is to assume the overall responsibility of logistics management in the region promoting innovation and learning and a cost conscious culture a high focus on quality. The regional Head of Logistics has the overall responsibility for the strategic development of the Logistics in the region.

Generic responsibilities

  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Manage performance and staff development of the Regional Logistics Unit
  •  Implement the global logistic initiatives/tools/system in the region
  • Develop and implement specific logistic procedures, SOPs, guidelines and tools in the region.
  • Ensure control mechanisms in logistics in NRC operations in the region
  • Ensure guidance, support and capacity building to Logistic staff and line managers in Country Offices in the region
  • Provide technical logistic support in development of regional grants
  • Provide regular logistics analysis and statistics for the region
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/refugees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing the functioning of the Logistics Department at regional office to ensure support systems run in an effective and coordinated manner in order to support the programmatic operations in the East Africa and Yemen Region.
  • Ensure that NRC minimum standards of logistics procedures and country polices are implemented and adhered to in the East Africa and Yemen Region, supporting relevant staff as required.
  • Lead and develop NRC’s logistics policies and systems and oversee the implementation within the countries in the East Africa and Yemen Region.
  • Provide inputs into budgets and reporting linked to logistics in the region.
  • Conduct regular logistics induction for Country Logistics Managers and Coordinators within the region.
  • Conduct logistics Compliance checks on country and field offices within the East Africa and Yemen Region on logistic procedures and have a particular responsibility towards maintaining transparency and accountability within logistics and procurement.
  • Conduct regular capacity building and training of logistics staff in the country offices in the region Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Logistics through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between logistics and finance and program functions.
  • Responsible for logistics when regional programming (in multiple countries) is being planned and coordinated
  • Responsible for development of adequate logistics control mechanisms of NRC operations in the region in order to a) identify weaknesses in the CO supply chain (b) monitoring compliance to the Logistics Handbook and (c) making recommendations for improvements
  • In close coordination with the Country Directors, oversee regular regional assessments and analyses Logistical performance across the region, identify gaps, and help develop and support plan for developing logistical capacities in the country and field offices.
  • Support the logistic assessments and start-up of emergency responses or new offices in coordination with Country Directors.
  • Conduct regular field trips to all NRC activities for monitoring and supervision purposes, and conduct training, or identify need for logistics training.
  • Responsible for promoting and facilitating cross country deployments in the above context.
  • Manage and support logistics staff including ensuring clear division of responsibilities, clear objectives and management of performance.

Professional competencies

  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal Valid driver’s license
  • Relevant university degree, preferable in logistics or procurement with basic accounting knowledge
  •  Excellent communication, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the local context in the region
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Significant understanding of complex emergencies
  • Wide knowledge of the NGO operations and the dynamics of the humanitarian sector
  • Excellent in creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Behavioural competencies 
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Managing resources to optimise results

We Offer the following:

Duty Station: Any of the following countries: Nairobi, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti.  The selected candidate will be based in their own country as a National staff.

Contract Duration: Until 31st December 2019 with possibility of extension depending on funding 

Salary & Benefits: NRC offers a competitive compensation package

Travel: 30% travel to the countries in the region

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activity. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose. 

*NRC is an equal opportunity employer with no discrimination in terms of sex, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation. Females candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
  • Employer: NRC
  • Category: Accounting/Finance
  • Location: Yemen
  • Posted on: 10 February 2019
  • Deadline: 17 February 2019

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