Switzerland: Shelter/NFI and Logistics Consultant

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Dec 142018

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 21 Dec 2018

I. Organizational Context and Scope

IOM has played a major role in humanitarian shelter operations for many decades. IOM’s unique position as an intergovernmental organization allows it to work at scale in both natural disasters and conflict / complex contexts. In this capacity IOM works in both operations and coordination, and plays a strong role working with partners in support of national authorities.

In 2017, IOM’s Shelter programs reached approximately 5.2 million people affected by various types of disasters in 49 countries; NFIs were distributed to over 950,000 households (HH), 26,808 HH received cash-based assistance, 45,330 shelters were repaired along with 53,400 newly built shelters and nearly 11,231 individuals received shelter trainings. Additionally, IOM had a significant coordination role in 25 shelter country coordination mechanisms and takes an active role in the global shelter cluster and the shelter sector. IOM has also been involved in the Logistics Cluster actively.

Under the overall supervision of the Shelter and Settlements Specialist and the direct supervision of the Senior Shelter and Settlements Officer, the incumbent will focus on supporting the Shelter and Settlements team, IOM operations worldwide and other partners working in the logistics sector as well as shelter and settlements sector by helping through the duties and responsibilities detailed below.

II. Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. Support IOM Global Stocks Project; identification, planning, setting up and implementation of an IOM Global Warehouse facility, including prepositioning NFI (Non-Food Item) stockpile, to provide sufficient capacity to support response needs.

  2. Network and liaise where appropriate with IOM’s field colleagues, donors, Global Logistics Cluster and partner agencies to leverage common NFI pipeline service opportunities and on relevant shelter/logistics issues, tools and initiatives.

  3. Design and implement an online request tracking system for common NFI pipelines and IOM’s Global Stocks for emergency in coordination with relevant units.

  4. Work on specifications of core shelter materials and NFIs in close collaboration with IOM GPSU (Global Procurement and Support Unit).

  5. Update/Maintain the logistics catalogue in IOM’s Emergency Manual.

  6. Draft project/programme proposals according to IOM and donor formats, as well as policies and tools for IOM shelter and logistics programme staff in field offices.

  7. Develop best practices and lessons learned and define platforms for the comparison of experiences and contributions to policy, innovation, and strategic thinking.

  8. Assist the shelter team in the HQ in the development of strategies and resources, including database maintenance and information management.

  9. Support the capturing, storing and sharing of humanitarian knowledge; analyse information received from IOM’s field offices.

  10. Generate a number of relevant documents for IOM’s field offices, Shelter Cluster and Logistics Cluster stakeholders.

  11. Support in the content development and final graphical production of tools, documents and if required audiovisual presentations relating to Logistics, Shelter and Settlements in IOM operations.

  12. Deploy to the field in support to operations or for workshops.

  13. Perform such duties as may be assigned.

III. Required Qualifications and Experience


· Master’s degree in Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Architecture, Law, Development Studies, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or

· University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.


  • At least 3 years work experience in logistics related field; practical commercial/humanitarian experience in one of the logistics and ancillary sectors, construction, material control, transport and distribution management; experience in NFI distribution projects is an advantage.
  • Computer literacy, especially database tools;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to timely understand the Organization’s structure and portfolios;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team of colleagues of varied cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Proven ability to produce quality work accurately and concisely according to set deadlines;

· Practical experience of how to multi-task, prioritize and work independently.

IV. Languages

Required: Fluency in English required.

Advantageous: Working knowledge of French.

V. Competencies

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following competencies:


· Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

· Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

· Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies

· Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

· Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

· Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

· Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

· Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit updated CV and cover letter (in PDF format in one file only with name and surname) to adding Shelter/NFI and Logistics Consultant in the subject line, no later than Friday, December 21. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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