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5 Humanitarian Jobs in Logistics

The humanitarian sector requires a wide range of skills and profiles. From finance to psychology, everyone can help to save lives. Recently, we talked about healthcare professions in the aid sector.  Today, we will look at humanitarian jobs in logistics. 

In an increasingly globalized context, logistics has been at the forefront of the job market. Every day, millions of dollars worth of goods across the planet. With parts made in point A, assembly in point B and sales in location C, logistics is critical for business success.

The aid sector is no different. Each day, humanitarians deploy to new corners of the world. Aid supplies need shipping to reach the most vulnerable. Coordination needs to happen between teams in several languages and across borders. So that’s where the logistics specialists come in.

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Special skills for logistics professionals in the aid sector

Logistics is a high-pressure job everywhere. There are always deadlines to meet and people to respond to. However, humanitarian jobs in logistics can be extra stressful. After all, if a shipment of clothes doesn’t make it to the store, it’s no big deal. But if the food doesn’t make it in time to people stranded by flooding, it’s a life or death situation.

As such, logistics professionals in the aid sector need to work well under pressure. They must be adaptable, flexible, quick decision-makers, and ready to act. Like most logistics managers, they should be well organized and precise. Plus, they should be able to work across cultural lines of communication.

Think you are ready for the field? Here are five humanitarian jobs in logistics:

  1. Logistics Manager

Just like in any other sector, someone needs to coordinate everything. Logistics managers in humanitarian settings do just that. The difference? They manage logistics to save lives. So, it’s safe to say that their job is pretty rewarding.

Logistics managers may be based at the headquarters or in the field. This depends on what you are managing and from where. During disasters, logistics managers might also get deployed. For example, if you need to do aid distribution.

  1. Travel Manager

Travel is part of how the humanitarian sector operates. Larger organizations have hundreds of staff in the field at any given time. During typhoon or hurricane seasons, these numbers go up. If disaster strikes, travel needs to happen immediately.

Managing this many people zig-zagging across the world is not easy. So, many companies need travel managers to figure out the logistics for their mobile teams.

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  1. Warehouse Manager

When it comes to natural disasters, we know that disaster will strike sooner or later. But we don’t know when, so we have to prepare for it. As such, many organizations keep their warehouses stocked with aid supplies. As soon as something happens, they can order the number of aid kids that they need and distribute them.

A warehouse manager is responsible for the before, during and after of these supplies. They have to make sure that there is enough stock to respond to a disaster. But not too much, so that the goods do not expire. During distribution, a warehouse manager will oversee the whole process. Afterward, they have to restock again.

  1. Inventory Manager

An inventory manager is similar to a warehouse manager. Except for the setting they work in might be different. While the warehouse manager typically stays put in the headquarters or at the warehouse site, inventory managers often deploy.

During massive crises, there are thousands if not millions of dollars worth of aid items going out. There needs to be strict control over who gets them and how. Inventory managers make sure that this happens. They keep stock, check credentials, ensure proper distribution, and do quality checks.

  1. E-logistics Manager

With new technologies come new benefits and challenges. Managing logistics through software has become increasingly more accessible. The computer does a lot of the manual work that managers had to do themselves in the past.

But it does mean that logistics managers need a new skill. They need to be able to oversee e-logistics. There are plenty of systems that companies use to verify and distribute stock digitally. An e-logistics manager makes sure that all these function correctly.

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