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Humanitarian Logistician - Deployments

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Humanitarian Logistician's for consultancy contracts within the Humanitarian & Stabilisation Operations Team for deployments and to work at Whitehall, Westminster.

What is the Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team?
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT), contracted by Palladium International Ltd, provides the Department for International Development (DFID) with humanitarian services and the UK Governments Stabilisation Unit (SU) with stabilisation support.

Humanitarian Database
The Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team HSOT) maintains a database of humanitarian experts to provide skilled consultants to DFID.
The database comprises highly competent humanitarian professionals who can network effectively and work across a range of humanitarian disciplines and in collaboration with UK Government Departments, other humanitarian agencies, governments and authorities at country level.

Consultants are contracted by Palladium International Ltd to work alongside Civil Servants and to represent the UK Government when required.
HSOT will match assignment terms of reference to consultants profiles. Matched consultants are contacted to verify interest and availability. Consultants may be selected in consultation with DFID colleagues.


  • Humanitarian Logisticians are competent humanitarian supply chain professionals who can work across all levels of international humanitarian logistics from hands on cargo movements, warehousing and document raising to camp management, partner liaison and policy creation.
  • Humanitarian Logisticians will have strong interpersonal skills, a flexible approach to working conditions and be able to adapt effectively. They will be able to work in collaboration with a range of colleagues and partners from HMG, UN and humanitarian NGOs in the UK and internationally.
Objective/Main Purpose
  • Undertake humanitarian logistics tasks which are essential to a Department for International Development (DFID) humanitarian response.
  • Assist in the deployment of UK and overseas stockpiles ensuring timeliness and minimising delays;
  • Input into recommendations for programme logistics priorities and strategies as well as appropriate delivery methods;
  • Liaise with DFID staff including field teams (as required), FCO, MoD officials, UN, Red Cross/Crescent and NGO personnel as required;
  • Assist in logistics project management activities which may include issue and recovery of personnel and module deployment equipment;
  • Assist in controlling the administrative running of overseas logistics costs including warehousing, fuel, freight and life support;
  • Monitor and report on the logistics performance of international agencies and DFIDs partners;
  • Identify institutional strengths and weaknesses and advise remedial actions;
  • Provide humanitarian logistics reports and analysis;
  • Support Field Team Leaders with technical advice as required.
  • Attend and support international logistics coordination mechanisms as required; and
  • Give technical advice as appropriate and as required.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience required

  • Significant logistics activities experience in response to a rapid onset disaster/complex emergency;
  • Extensive experience working in developing countries and/or in fragile and conflict affected environments;
  • A flexible and hands-on approach;
  • Strong troubleshooting and general management skills;
  • Substantial, demonstrable experience working in humanitarian operational environments. Excellent networking and representational skills at all levels, including Government, UN, RC Movement and NGO;
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in any of the following fields: humanitarian logistics theory and practice, camp management, fleet management and/or operational logistics planning;
  • Exceptional organisational and prioritisation skills; and
  • Ability to deal with a varied, demanding, often conflicting and rapidly changing workload.

Technical competencies required

  • Risks assessment and analysis;
  • Planning and managing humanitarian logistics responses;
  • Fleet management theory, practice and architecture;
  • Camp management theory, practice and architecture; and
  • Practical experience running humanitarian logistics operations.