Supply logisticians

Our supply logisticians make sure our projects are equipped with everything that's needed to deal with an emergency

MSF staff work on the cold chain the night before the Measles vaccination campaign starts in Conakry, Guinea. The night before the launch of measles vaccination starts. Vaccines are stored in cool boxes and delivered to vaccination sites across the city of Conakry during the night. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without borders (MSF) is launching the 7th of April 2017 a large scale measles vaccination campaign in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Since the beginning of the year there have been 3468 confirmed cases and 14 deaths dues to measles in Guinea.
GUINEA 2017 © Markel Redondo
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Supply logisticians are either based in the project or in the capital, and work closely with all departments, ensuring that accurate forecasting is done so that the project has the capacity to respond immediately to urgent medical needs as they arise. 

Supply logisticians are responsible for ordering all supplies for the project. They often have experience in supply chain management and have strong skills in managing spreadsheets and databases. Training, supervising and managing local staff is a key responsibility, and the supply team may be comprised of storekeepers, purchasers, supply logistics assistants and laborers. A large part of the supply logistician's work is to build the capacity of these local staff, as well as to ensure safe and fair working conditions and manage administration of the department. Supply logisticians also have frequent interaction with local authorities and organizations and often oversee the implementation of security protocols to ensure the safe movement of cargo into the project. ​

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  • Compliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
  • Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
  • Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
  • Minimum of two years professsional experience in supply chain management, e.g. needs assessment, order management, purchasing, stock management and freight management
  • Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff
  • Experience with organisation and set-up of supply administration and related supply procedures 
  • Familiarity with cold chain maintenance and procedures
  • Experience with contract writing, budgeting, reporting


  • French or Arabic language (B2 or above)
  • Relevant diploma, preferably a university degree
  • Experience in bookkeeping, payroll, administration, accounting, and/or human resources management

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