Logistics Assistant

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
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Website World Food Programme (WFP)


Career Opportunities: Logistics Assistant (Logistics Capacity Assessment) (828135)

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


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.

WFP has been present in Nepal since 1963 and provided assistance to the country in emergency response and protracted recovery interventions in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake and recurrent natural disasters (mainly floods and landslides). While the country has made considerable progress and remarkable achievements in socio-economic indicators, a significant gap remains in strengthening food security and nutrition given Nepal’s alarming levels of malnutrition, especially stunting, and wasting, achieving gender equality, and eliminating geographic and socio-economic disparities among the most marginalized groups and thereby leaving no one behind (LNOB).


The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) is a source of information related to logistics infrastructure and services in a given country; a tool for organizing that information in a standard way across multiple countries; and a means of sharing that information both within WFP and with the humanitarian community globally. The last LCA was conducted in two phases in 2019 (first phase) and 2020 (second phase). In the first phase, the assessment was carried out in three provinces (Madhesh, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim) and in the second phase in four provinces (Koshi, Bagmati, Gandaki, and Lumbini). As a part of preparedness activities, together with the preparation of contingency plans, the WFP CO Nepal Emergency Preparedness and Response unit’s one of the targets for 2023 is to conduct an LCA in all seven provinces.

The objective of this assessment is to improve the humanitarian communities’ level of operational readiness and the findings will also allow for the development of scenario-based logistics response plans which will support an efficient and rapid humanitarian response. The assessment cover comprehensive reports of the logistics infrastructures of a country, including a) Humanitarian logistics background, b) Infrastructure information (roads, airports, seaports, warehouses, etc), and c) Logistics suppliers (transporters, suppliers for generic goods and services providers, etc).


Position Title: Logistics Assistant (Logistics Capacity Assessment)

Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA)
Level: SSA-5 (Equiv to G-5)
Contract Duration: 5 months
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Vacancy Number: 828135

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Supply Chain and Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Unit, and direct supervision of the EPR Project Manager, and in close coordination with Component II (Data Preparedness for Response) of the EPR project, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks:

  • Contribute to update the Nepal Humanitarian Background section according to the new Disaster Management law and the latest relevant Government documents.
  • Assist in identifying potential Government partners/counterparts at the central and/or provincial level as well as locally based NGO/humanitarian organizations operating in all seven provinces and update their technical and logistics capacities.
  • Assist in updating the existing customs import regulations including the process for clearance, requirements for specific commodities, exemptions, and all required documents.
  • Provide basic information on in-country airports and airfields including geo-coordinates, existing conditions, and capacities. Update local air transport operators’ capacity for both passenger and cargo movements.
  • Provide support to update airport off-taking capacities, storage facilities for building and bagging cargo, customs procedures, seasonal port congestion, major clearing and forwarding agents’ indicative handling costs, and existing constraints.
  • Assist in assessing transit corridors for cargo discharged at ports or overland entry points. This may include in-country travel for a physical assessment of the roads and railway line, estimation of the transit time from ports of discharge or overland entry points to delivery points, and availability of warehouses near delivery points.
  • Support in surveying the most conceivable primary, secondary, and tertiary transport routes. The assessment require details of the present road capacities (with seasonal adjustments) and potential constraints.
  • Support to assess capacities and collect information on local trucking companies, e.g. fleet sizes, and operational constraints (permits, fuel, spares, etc.), and indicate transport rates to major up-country destinations. Assess river transport options, if applicable, indicating present capacities with seasonal fluctuations including information on river transport operators (fleet size, indicative rates, services) and discharge infrastructure.
  • Visit major market centers in all seven provinces for collecting relevant market information.
  • With direction from the Pillar lead prepare (electronic) LCA templates ready to be uploaded in the digital LCA, as per guidelines of the Global Logistics Cluster
  • Provide monthly updates as per the work plan specified by the EPR focal point for LCA.
  • Handover the necessary deliverables in the time and manner specified by the TOR


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.

Language: Fluency in both written and spoken English and Nepali is required.


Minimum five years of work experience in logistics data analysis, logistics planning, and humanitarian fields



  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • high attention to detail and proof-reading ability;
  • good research and analytical skills;
  • ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure as a part of team; sound knowledge of
  • logistics and supply chain processes in a humanitarian environment.
  • Proficient in MS Office Package.


  • Leads by example with Integrity
  • Drives results and Delivers on commitments
  • Fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork.
  • Applies strategic thinking
  • Builds and maintains sustainable partnerships


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations: 

It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.  If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to nepal.hr@wfp.org. A member of the HR team responsible for reasonable accommodation will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.

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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.

Deadline of Application: 17 July 2023