Save the Children Regional Logistics Manager Job in Nairobi

Save the Children International is looking to recruit for the following position:

Job Title: Regional Logistics Manager

Team / Programme: Regional Operations

Location: Nairobi, with Frequent Travel

Grade: 2

Contract Length: (2 years contract with possibility of renewal.)

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: The Regional Logistics Manager will assist the East Africa Region Head of Logistics to improve the capacity and performance of logistics staff / teams in SCI country offices within the region by working with the Country office logistics teams on a need basis.

The position holder will be responsible for providing technical support to specific Country offices in East and Southern Africa Region.

About us: For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries.

We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity.

We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Scope of Role:  

Reports to:  Head of Logistics – East & Southern Africa Region

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 12 countries in East Africa (Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia) and 4 countries in Southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe) with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff and current expenditure of approximately $308 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

The Regional Logistics Manager will be responsible for support to SCI Country Offices in the region through;

  • Support Country offices and the ESARO in establishing Framework agreements and Supplier databases
  • Carrying out Fleet analysis and support CO Heads of Logistics to manage the fleet
  • Support selected country offices in implementation of Supply Chain Management Plans
  • Support CO Logs to get Procurement Plans per award
  • Carrying out Logistics compliance and capacity assessments
  • Monitoring logistics performance through reviewing monthly logistics reports for selected Country Offices
  • Helping country office logistics teams implement their outstanding Logistics related audit recommendations
  • Assisting Country office Logistics teams mount rapid and effective emergency response operations – when disasters occur
  • Preparing country office visit reports and following up for implementation of recommendations
  • Provide technical advice and support when and if requested
  • Foresee and plan CO needs and communicate these to the relevant personnel /Leadership to initiate action
  • Facilitate and support the training and awareness creations events to increase understanding of Logs systems within COs
  • Follow up and provide feedback on the monthly KPI and Logs narrative reports
  • Facilitate and support the implementation of Warehouse(TiM) and the roll out of procurement Software in ESA region.
  • Remain aware of the evolving security situation, adapting logistics activities accordingly and ensuring new emergency operations are effectively supported.

To execute the above responsibilities, the role will involve short term assignments of about two to three weeks’ duration to country offices based on pre-agreed Terms of Reference and Support and Participate in internal and external events to represent Logistics.

The role will also involve continuous liaison and work with CO Logistics teams’ stakeholders and senior management to get support required for the Logs department.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement

Qualifications and Experience


  • A Degree in Supply Chain/ Logistics or related area
  • At least 3 years’ experience as logistics management level at a Regional/Country level in the NGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and in emergency response/humanitarian environments.
  • 1 – 3 years’ international experience is must. Experience at Regional Logistics management level a strong advantage.
  • Proven experience in all technical areas of logistics operations including procurement, transport/distribution, warehousing and stock management, fleet management, asset management, communications, and security
  • Experience of working in remote field bases with limited infrastructure
  • Experience working with large institutional donors and knowledge of their rules and regulations
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information, and make clear, informed decisions
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Strong planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Experience in developing the capacity of logistics staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans.
  • Experience in development and implementation of efficient logistics systems, policies and procedures.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills
  • Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the East and Southern Africa region
  • Commitment to Save the Children values


  • Experience in developing Emergency Preparedness Plans and Disaster Risk Reduction activities
  • Experience in developing and carrying out staff training programmes
  • Experience in technical programme support in areas of construction, distribution, medical supply chain, water and sanitation
  • Previous experience working for Save the Children International or members
  • Membership of Professional body in Logistics
  • Fluent in English, Swahili or Arabic

Application information

If you are interested in this position, please  email a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document to with Subject heading “(Regional Logistics Manager)”.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application closes 18th November 2016

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts.

All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct..

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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Updated: November 10, 2016 — 5:41 am