UN Job Opening
Senior Logistics Officer, P5
New York

Posting Title:Senior Logistics Officer, P5
Department/Office:Department of Operational Support
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:13 December 2018 – 26 January 2019
Job Opening Number:18-Logistics and Supply Chain-DOS-106261-R-New York (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be located in the newly created Operational Planning Service, Division of Special Activities, Department of Operational Support (DOS). The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Operational Planning Service. 

The Senior Logistics Officer, within delegated authority, will be responsible for serving as the principal focal point for all integrated operational issues within the area of responsibility of the Division of Special Activities (DSA), including but not limited to: logistics planning, engineering, supply, aviation safety, Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) and property management, transport and movement control (air, ground maritime). These responsibilities will be carried out in close consultation with counterparts within the Department of Operational Support (DOS).


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

•Provide a leadership role focused on coordinated operational readiness and support to field operations in the initial start-up, crisis, transition and downsizing phases of a Mission.
•Exercises managerial and supervisory control over all logistics support required by future, current or liquidating field missions.
•Coordinates and monitors overall support plans and implementation including performance management and the resolution of urgent complex and cross-cutting operational needs.
•Develops, prepares, coordinates and monitors overall logistic support plans including logistics forecasting, supply schedules, priorities or requirements, and resolution of urgent operational needs.
•Monitors and coordinates all multi-functional support requirements between UN HQ, peacekeeping and other field missions.
•Assists in development of policy and procedures for field logistics support.
•Acts as the liaison between the field missions and Headquarters staff for complex and cross cutting operational support matters.
•Acts as the principal liaison between the field missions and Headquarters staff for logistics matters and co-ordinates day to day support of logistics operations .
•Ensures situational awareness of operational conditions that could have a material impact on the provision of mission support.
•Ensures overall planning and coordination of logistics support preparations for new field missions and expanded civilian and military peacekeeping operations administered by DPKO. 
•Ensures that logistics requirements take account of gender-specific needs.
•Advises senior management on logistics management, structures and staffing levels to ensure that they are at all times adequate to meet the requirements of the logistics strategy.
•Leads and/or participates in technical strategic assessments, capability studies, and cross cutting projects related to the provision of support to field missions.
•Leads technical survey missions.
•Organises and chairs logistics meetings. 
•Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to provide specialized advice in a broad range of integrated support services. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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. Ability to reconcile substantive and integrated support requirements. 

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

Planning and 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.

Judgement and Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, public administration, logistics, finance, economics, or a related 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. Project management certification (PRINCE 2) is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in administration, budget, logistics, information technology, communication or related field is required. Experience in cross-cutting coordination functions, change management initiatives, or transitions is desirable. Experience working in an international organization in a field setting is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.


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

Special Notice

The appointment or assignment and renewal is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

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

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.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

No Fee


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