Logistics Officer, Planning, P3

UN Department of Operational Support
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 07

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Supply Chain Planning Service within the Logistics Division (LD), in the Office for Supply Chain Management (OSCM), Department of Operational Support (DOS). The Department of Operational Support was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including other departments, offices-away-from headquarters, field missions, and regional commissions.

The Office of Supply Chain Management includes the OASG OSCM, the Logistics Division, the Procurement Division, the Uniformed Capabilities Support Division, and the Enabling and Outreach Service. The Logistics Division provides direction and advice on logistical matters, monitors and assesses the delivery of strategic transportation and support services, and directs the delivery of transportation and specialist support services in the functional areas of air transport, ground transport, engineering, medical and supply, inclusive of fuel, rations and general supplies and security equipment.

The Logistics Officer, Planning reports to the Chief of Source Planning Unit. The objective of the Source Planning Unit is to assess, analyse and integrate the global demand plan to develop a source plan in support of field missions, and to monitor its implementation in line with the global demand plan.


Within delegated authority, the Logistics Officer, Planning will be responsible for the following duties: 

• Prepares logistics plans, including for sourcing of goods and services, ensures effective and timely identification, periodization and aggregation of diverse logistics support requirements for planned or new peacekeeping missions to ascertain optimal sourcing options including in-house available resources, Member states or commercial procurement.
• Develops source plans for global requirements for goods and services. Implements methodologies and tools to enable effective execution of source plans. Contributes to the provision of effective and timely planning, oversight, management and coordination of source planning activities.
• Ensures that supervised staff are adequately trained, cross trained; identifies additional training needs to achieve high working standards.
• Coordinates and contributes to the review of mission buying behaviour against global system contracts for field missions.
• Ensures that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs.
• Coordinates planning activities with procurement, finance, human resources, policy and other substantive units. Develops and implements supply chain management source planning procedures, operational guidelines and methodologies for source planning to the common benefit of all functional units.
• Prepares reports on contracts, solicitation status, solicitation schedule and other source plan issues.
• Participates in monthly Integrated Business Planning meetings with missions and UNHQ  
• Identifies and participates in the planning and coordination of supply chain and logistics support solutions to new, sustaining, expanding and contracting peacekeeping operations and other field missions.
• Ensures that accurate and complete accounting, reporting and internal control systems are functioning and that all relevant records are maintained.
• Coordinates and contributes to the preparation of the source plan by selecting different sourcing options while taking into consideration quantities, timelines, cost estimates, delivery locations, existing contracts and determining the sourcing strategy for demands not met by existing arrangements.
• Guides and supervises new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of logistics operations and practices and supply chain management, in particular planning. Ability to develop and apply supply chain and logistics plans, policies, procedures and new programmes. Ability to provide technical procedural advice in a broad range of supply chain and logistics areas, to consolidate and analyse data, make recommendations and to prepare plans for supply chain management. Ability to prepare data metrics for a wide range of clients. Knowledge of procurement processes. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, engineering, supply chain, logistics, or other relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification in PRINCE2 or other project management methodologies is desirable. Certification in Supply Chain (SCOR-P, CSCP or equivalent) or Lean Six Sigma is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in land/air transport, logistics planning, procurement, data management/analysis, or related area, in military, commercial or international organizations is required.
Experience working with business intelligence systems and data analysis tools is desirable.
Experience in preparing and developing data visualization/metrics and data cleansing is desirable.
Experience working in supply chain planning in an international setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 

This position is funded by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.


United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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