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20-178: Consultant-Logistics
Country:Venezuela
Department:Logistics
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Venezuelans are living in a state of ongoing insecurity and rapidly growing crisis, with more than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN OCHA. People are enduring increased rates of anxiety and fear as a result of a collapsed health system with a shortage of medical staff, with approximately 22,000 doctors estimated to have left the country between 2012 and 2017; a shortage of medications, at the rate of 55% in 2014 to 85% in 2018; hyperinflation impacting the cost of food, fuel and more, with estimates that prices increased between 500,000% and 1,700,000% in 2018; and overall insecurity.

In humanitarian emergencies, WHO estimates that the rate of common mental health conditions can more than double to 22% of the population, while approximately 5% of the population with existing severe mental disorders are especially vulnerable, often having no access to care.  According to local actors, this crisis has had a significant effect on the wellbeing of the population, and the availability and affordability of MHPSS services has significantly declined.

According to key stakeholders and non-governmental organizations the crisis has hit certain groups such as those with mental health conditions, women and adolescents especially hard. For those with severe mental disorders, the unavailability of psychiatric treatment and medications has meant relapses or financial difficulties for families forced to buy medication on the black market. Children are also particularly vulnerable to the effects of the crisis. 

International Medical Corps has been present in Venezuela since February 2019 where we have shipped medicines and medical supplies with a value of more than $500,000 to Caracas, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). International Medical Corps provided medications and medical supplies directly to IFRC and Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC), who support 20 inpatient health facilities and 16 outpatient clinics in Caracas. 

As of September 3, 2019, International Medical Corps has registered as a Civil Association non-profit organization in Venezuela and authorized to provide humanitarian services. We have a presence for coordination purposes in Caracas. By launching efforts with local organizations, International Medical Corps has prioritized not only reaching those most in need, but also building the capacity of the local organizations to provide services for the long-term recovery. 

International Medical Corps, through a private grant, is implementing a health program in Bolivar state with two of our local partners- Fundación Nativo and FUDEP. IMC’s role is mainly capacity building, supervision, and monitoring. In terms of importing pharmaceutical supplies in country to implement our health activities, the Ministry of Health (MPPS) has granted us the sanitary permits required to import medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for our health project under our private grant. Since this has been granted, future sanitary permits should be more quickly obtained. International Medical Corps will also obtain from PAHO the “Pass (Salvoconducto)” to move around and implement activities.

 

 

 

     JOB SUMMARY

In compliance with the policies and guidelines in the Procurement Manual, this position will carry our procurement, warehousing and fleet management to support Venezuela programs.

   ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•          Provide overall support functions outputs;

•          Represents the organization to suppliers and the department to customers;

•          Ensure that scheduled/general maintenance is carried out in base Caracas;

•          Assist the Finance Department in any relevant procurement / services inquires belonging to the field operational activities;

•          Provide logistical support to all programs in compliance with IMC’s standard logistics procedures;

Qualifications:

Qualifications

•          Bachelors Degree or equivalent in technical studies.

•          Substantial knowledge of standard logistics procedures and practices required.

•          Some knowledge of financial and HR procedures expected.

•          Good level of technical skills in warehousing/mechanics / IT / Communications or other desired.

•          Good communication and representative skills.

•          Ability to adapt within the working environment.

•          Ability to work in a team setting.

 

Experience

•          Minimum of two (2) years of experience in logistics management within the field of supply chain management including procurement, clearance, transport, and warehousing, as well as fleet management, asset management, and distribution support, or equivalent combination of education and experience

•          Experience managing logistics in emergency setting including staff supervision

•          Experience with donor specific procedures

•          Experience of Cost Point or other logistics software solutions is desirable

•          Experience managing budgets and preparing timely, complete and accurate reports

Competency (List technical expertise and soft skills required including languages)

•          Demonstrated ability to resolve operational critical challenges as they arise

•          Evidence of the ability to plan for, and conduct training in all areas of logistics for national and   international staff suitable to staff knowledge level

•          Commitment and demonstrated skills to build national staff capacity in the areas of logistics management, supervision and monitoring

•          Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with analytic approach

•          Strong interpersonal, management and leadership skills

•          Ability to work in participatory manner with staff to assess needs, implement and monitor activities

•          Ability to integrate and work well within multi-ethnic and multicultural teams

•          Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills

•          Proficiency with MS Word and Excel

•          Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in English and Spanish 

•          Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions

 

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