Supply Chain Consultant CST II

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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.


In recent years, WFP’s expertise and footprint has been leveraged by governments to build supply chain emergency response capacities around the world. WFP works with governments from a range of sectors to strengthen local supply chain capacities by transferring WFP’s know-how and best practices, with the overarching goal of making government systems more performant and shock resilient. In line with these experiences, the WFP Multi-Country Office (MCO) for the Caribbean provides multi-year technical assistance in support to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and its participating member states.


The role will provide oversight to supply chain capacity strengthening portfolio with a focus on emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. The supply chain officer will also provide leadership, and support to the Head of Supply Chain during emergency response through deployment and management of supply chain relief operations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Supply Chain Officer will report to the Head of Supply Chain and will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Lead and coordinate the planning, execution, and evaluation of capacity strengthening initiatives in collaboration with CDEMA and other regional partners, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives, efficient resource utilization, and sustained impact across the region.
  2. Effectively deploy to emergency situations and take a leadership or supporting role in operations alongside the head of supply chain, ensuring swift and coordinated response, logistical efficiency, and effective allocation of resources to meet the needs of affected populations.
  3. Support the operationalization of the Regional Humanitarian Logistics Hub and Centre of Excellence and the coordination of on-demand supply chain services with partners.
  4. Participate in the development and implementation of supply chain plans and procedures, in line with the global WFP supply chain strategy and regional/functional strategies, policies and plans, to achieve operational cost efficiency, agility, reliability, quality and to support national capacity strengthening.
  5. Analyze regional/country context, and design and manage end-to-end operational supply chain and retail networks, to proactively mitigate and/or address dynamic supply chain challenges and obtain operational optimization.
  6. Plan and manage implementation of innovative supply chain operations, initiatives and services to ensure timely, cost-effective and integrated approach with core activities and services and in close cooperation with key supply chain stakeholders.
  7. Provide technical advice and identify opportunities for improvement and innovation initiatives analyzing best practices from the humanitarian and development fields, academia and private sector.
  8. Plan, monitor and manage resources to maximize effectiveness of supply chain operations.
  9. Build productive partnerships and collaborate with counterparts in the key supply chain functions to ensure an integrated supply chain approach to food assistance and cross- functional operational alignment.
  10. Identify and build productive partnerships with counterparts amongst government and other national organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and private sector to share operational knowledge and resources and build capacity to ensure coordinated and cost-effective supply chain operations.
  11. Perform in-depth market analysis and supply chain network mapping to inform the selection of an appropriate operation modalities to improve supply chain performance.
  12. Manage supply chain operations to ensure compliance with the established supply chain strategies, policies, procedures and controls, and following corporate standards, with special emphasis on quality control, loss prevention, risk mitigation and cost effectiveness.
  13. Constantly monitor the performance of supply chain operations to ensure that appropriate internal controls are in place.
  14. Manage service providers/vendors, port, fleet and warehouse operations to promote safe, efficient planning and execution of WFP operations and safeguard WFP’s interest.
  15. Manage accurate and timely reporting including provision of substantial analysis of supply chain activities and trends to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to a wide range of stakeholders.
  16. Manage, motivate and develop a team providing coaching, training and career guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  17. Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitoring the management of specific supply chain risks to enable WFP, governments and other partners to quickly respond and deploy food and resources at the onset of the crisis.
  18. Other as required.


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


  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Previous exposure to supply chain strategy development & delivery of improvement/transformation programs with a focus on disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Progressively responsible experience in supply chain with WFP at the country level, including: design, budget, retail, contracting, monitoring, etc.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Proven ability to communicate a clear vision and inspire, motivate and coach a team to achieve outstanding performance.
  • Effective communication, stakeholder management and influencing skills.

Languages: Fluency in English language both oral and written.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level 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 Manages end-to-end supply chain within area of operations. Leads the design and implementation of supply chain, retail and partnership networks. Oversees and coordinates integrated delivery of supply chain services. Supply Chain Capacity Strengthening Leads design and implementation of supply chain capacity strengthening initiatives within area of operations managed. Leverages WFP’s supply chain capacities and networks to strengthen national value chains and stakeholders. Supply Chain Performance & Development Leads continuous supply chain improvement and innovation initiatives within area of operations managed. Defines operational performance targets, monitors performance, anticipates and mitigates risks for timely corrective actions.


• Experience in managing an area of supply chain operations including coordination with internal and external stakeholders; • Experience in implementing operational supply chain strategies in a country; • Experience in designing and implementing supply chain, retail and partnership networks; • Experience in managing relationships and national capacity building initiatives with UN agencies, NGOs, private sector and/or government organizations; • Experience evaluating and selecting service providers and/or suppliers; • Experience identifying operational risks and maintaining documentation on emergency preparedness; • Experience in implementing approved corrective actions to improve performance and monitoring progress; • Experience supervising professional staff.


Who Can Apply?

All applications received will be reviewed and go through a selection process to assess the relevant experience and qualifications. Please be advised that we will only contact candidates who have been shortlisted for further consideration.

Employment Particulars

Type of Position: Short Term, Full Time Type of Contract: Consultancy Duration of Contract: 11 months Duty Station: Barbados Remuneration: WFP offers a competitive compensation package determined on the basis of the Terms of Reference and the selected candidates's qualifications and experience.


To enhance the accessibility and inclusiveness of the recruitment process at the World Food Programme (WFP), we encourage individuals requiring disability-related accommodations or other accessibility assistance to reach out to us. Please email your requests to [email protected]. Upon receiving your email, a dedicated member of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team will contact you to discuss your needs in a confidential and supportive manner. We are committed to providing a recruitment experience that respects and responds to the unique needs of every candidate.


Deadline for applications: April 10, 2024, 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time.


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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