The demand for logistics know-how is high and logistics is also one of our most popular occupational searches at Impactpool. To land your dream job takes a bit of career planning and knowledge about this sector. Our Director Talent Acquisition makes an effort to provide you premium tips to ensure you improve your chances to land your dream job.
The globalization of local economies clearly increases the demand for logistics expertise both from a profit and nonprofit perspective. We can see this pattern in the number of job advertisements in the development sector, especially at field-based organizations.
Logistics in the development sector has a wide range of areas, including coordination between organization's to ensure that not every organization provides the same services at the same time, to procurement of transportations of goods and knowledge about shipping, all the way to the logistics personnel wearing colored service vests with aid organization logotypes broadcasted in media worldwide providing services and goods on the ground in refugee camps or field missions.
The logistics career field is broad and first thing as talent is to start your career preparation by identifying what kind of job you would like to do and what you need to add to your professional experience in order to make yourself eligible (if anything).
What is a recruiter looking for?
As the logistics field is broad with a wide range of occupations my answer to this question is quite general. As an example, the different skills required comparing a coordinator at HQ and a professional handing out food packages in a field mission are of course very different. The professional handing out food packages benefits from having past experience showing resilience serving under extreme conditions. The coordinator at HQ benefits from having a large network from the past in the area of development logistics, knowing the processes and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of organization's serving in the logistics areas, this person should be able to know whom to contact and how to make sure that services provided/procured are coordinated and cost-efficient.
In general terms after having ensured that the applicant meets the minimum requirements (degree, years of experience, language, and likely other specified professional requirements) the recruiter will look for any:
“Logistics is a transferable competency”
An advantage when searching for logistics positions at Impactpool is that you can find vacancies in lots of international organizations. The occupational group is broad and any field-based organization will always at some point have a need for expertise in this area. Logistics is also seen as a “transferable competency”, meaning that experience from the private sector is highly valued when applying for a job in the development sector. A tip is also to make a free text search, this search is especially useful if your expertise sits in a job family not listed in the broader groups that you can find on the site.
Which organizations offer most opportunities?
This list can be made very long, so let’s focus on a few organizations that often source expertise in the area of logistics; WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UN-OCHA, UN-DFS, UN-DPKO, UN-DFS, International Medical Corps (IMC), Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNDP, Red Cross, Save the Children and WHO.
These employers may be good to study a bit closer if you want to secure a logistics job. It could also be interesting to learn more about United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) located in Brindisi, which is the center for UN’s logistics to peacekeeping operations worldwide.
Career levels and requirements
Here I focus on four different career tracks:
Last but not least being a woman is an advantage when applying for logistics opportunities, especially field-based jobs.
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