Global Logistics Cluster - Training Officer - Consultancy (87062)

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Global Logistics Cluster

Terms of Reference – Training Officer - Consultancy

Starting Date: 1 September 2018

Status: CST

Duration: 5 months with possibility to extend for further 6 months

Duty Station: Rome, frequent travels required


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline humanitarian agency addressing hunger and malnutrition worldwide. Due to its expertise in the field of humanitarian logistics, WFP was chosen to be the lead agency for the Logistics Cluster and maintains a Global Logistics Cluster (GLC) support unit hosted by the Supply Division in WFP Headquarters in Rome.

Comprised of a diverse, multi-skilled group of logisticians, the Logistics Cluster is mandated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to complement and co-ordinate the logistics capabilities of co-operating humanitarian agencies during large-scale complex emergencies and natural disasters. The GLCSC is also tasked with: advocacy on behalf of the cluster approach, training, preparedness, and the development of new tools and resources to benefit emergency humanitarian response operations.

The Logistics Cluster Training Programme aims to enhance the capacity of deployed staff and of the wider humanitarian community, in order to increase the efficiency of humanitarian logistics operations. We aim to reach a broad audience, targeting humanitarian logisticians and information management professionals at the local, national and international levels. More information is available at

Position Summary

Training of humanitarian actors and Logistics Cluster staff is seen as key for the successful delivery of logistics cluster services and is an essential part of capacity building and preparedness. The training officer will report to the Global Training Coordinator of the GLC and will form part of the GLC training team. The officer will contribute to the ongoing support, enhancement and development of logistics cluster training activities to include: new and existing courses, online learning and onsite training facilitation. In addition, they will act as the focal point for providing expertise on training methodology and on training evaluation and monitoring processes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop training materials in the framework of the Logistics Cluster Training Programme, such as simulation exercises, presentations and handbooks.
  • Revise and develop a training methodology, didactics and learning methods for the Logistics Cluster Training Programme
  • Support the development of new training courses
  • Develop simulation exercises for national and regional capacity building and advice on best practices (simulation based capacity building/preparedness projects)
  • Prepare the delivery of Logistics Cluster Trainings
  • Deliver and facilitate Logistics Cluster Trainings on a global, regional and national level.
  • Co-lead the Logistics Cluster Training Programme
  • Support the implementation of Logistics Cluster trainings
  • Participate in the development of plans, budgets and policies of training activities
  • Continuously improve guidelines, processes and procedures on preparing, planning, implementing and reporting on training activities.
  • Facilitate Logistics Cluster partners training sessions on the Logistics Cluster mandate and work.
  • Analyse, advise and propose if applicable the inclusion of new training methods and platforms.
  • Coordinate and liaise closely with other training officers and other roles within the Logistics Cluster, both at headquarter and field level (wherever necessary);
  • Liaise professionally and work collaboratively with WFP internal functions, external consultants and logistics cluster participants;
  • Provide regular reporting and feedback to the GLC Global Training Coordinator.
  • Create reporting standards and templates and provide regular updates for external and internal communication purposes.
  • Support the development of a fundraising strategy for the training programme of the Logistics Cluster
  • Represent the work of the Global Logistics Cluster where appropriate and foster effective relationships with key stakeholders;

The consultant will also be required to perform other duties and tasks as and when required within the Global Logistics Cluster Support Team.

Education and Experience

  • University degree in Logistics, Adult learning, Education, Communications, Information Management, Social Sciences or comparable
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in disaster management, humanitarian aid, training or in a comparable field
  • Experience in development, implementation and facilitation of adult learning programmes/trainings
  • Experience in simulation based learning methods
  • Understanding of and experience in the field of Emergency Preparedness is considered a plus.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English (C1); French and/or Arabic language skills (B2 level) is desirable.

A successful applicant for the position will have the following:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure, together with flexibility to respond to peaks in activity;
  • Willingness to travel (extensively) to any region and country worldwide, with extensive working hours at times (including weekends).
  • Ability to work successfully and creatively both independently and as part of a team;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Well-developed computer skills using MS Office package (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) to be self-sufficient at producing reports and presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining and proficiency in training and development including knowledge of adult learning theories and methods;
  • Experience in designing, monitoring and coordinating trainings including programme planning, development and review;
  • Knowledge of developing e-learning programs.
  • Experience working within the humanitarian emergency or development sector, or other relevant international experience.
  • Understanding of the work of UN agencies and the practical considerations of field deployments;
  • Willingness to deploy to emergencies and conflict areas; living in harsh conditions
  • Proactive approach with the ability to give and receive open feedback.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 28 August 2018

Ref.: VA No. 87062

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

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