Hungary: Chief of Section (Supply Logistics)

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Hungary
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017


New and protracted emergencies have resulted in an increased number of Persons of Concern (PoC) around the world, which directly impacts the demand on UNHCR to deliver in Emergencies. Logistics plays a critical role at the sudden onset of an emergency. A rapid, decisive and robust response can and does save the lives of the Persons of Concern that we serve. This supply response and on-going logistical support to UNHCR operations around the world is led by the Logistics Section, which operates under the Supply Management Logistics Service of DESS.

UNHCR’s emergency capacity across all functions has been adjusted and reinforced and this includes the Logistics function. In this context, the Chief of Section (Supply Logistics) will lead the Supply emergency response coordinating within the various Supply functions including the Procurement Service and with the Emergency Service of DESS to not only deploy Supply staff, but to also coordinate airlifts if required, ship from our Global Stockpiles, lead the timely replenishment of goods by placing orders with multiple suppliers, direct the Global freight forwarders, communicate vital information to a wide range of stakeholders, participate in emergency cells representing the global logistics function and solve problems with global and if required in country logistics.

This requires strong skills in planning, strategizing, problem solving and a drive for results often in times of uncertainty and under stressful conditions. Essential to the successful delivery of goods and other assistance is the ability to also lead the Logistics and emergency Supply response in coordination with other internal counterparts, such as the Emergency Service, Procurement Service and Field Security Service of DESS, various Bureaux, other Divisions and externally with a network of suppliers, partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian organizations is also essential for the success of the Logistics function within a complex group of actors both on the ground and at HQ locations.

The Chief of Section (Supply Logistics) will need to be decisive when faced with competing priorities and multiple emergencies and come with an understanding of operational complexities to maintain a field focus for service delivery while prioritizing shipments to ensure timely delivery to UNHCR operations world-wide.

Reporting to the Head of the Supply Management Logistics Service, the Chief of Section (Supply Logistics) directly supervises the Emergency Supply Unit and the Logistics Management Unit as well as the Global Stockpiles currently located in Accra, Amman, Copenhagen, Douala, Dubai, Nairobi and Kampala where CRIs are stocked for emergency preparedness and response. The incumbent will therefore supervise professional and general service staff members based in Budapest Global Service Center and in different field locations.


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of Master’s) in Logistics, Humanitarian Logistics, Transport, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Business Administration or other relevant supply chain degrees.

  • Minimum of 11 years of experience in progressively responsible functions in supply logistics, preferably in the UN system, out of which, 7 years in international capacity.

  • Extensive field experience, including in emergency situations and complex supply logistics operations.

  • Capacity to undertake emergency missions with short notice and to any type of locations.

  • Solution-oriented and demonstrated capacity to adapt to emergency situations and work under stress.

  • Demonstrated leadership, including strong interpersonal and communication skills and the capacity to interact with a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds.

  • Proven experience in interagency logistics coordination in emergency contexts in particular.

  • Excellent computer skills as well as proven experience in database and statistics management.

  • Excellent command of the English language.


  • Supply Chain Learning Programmes or other supply relevant learning programmes.

  • Excellent knowledge of ERP systems and logistics management tools.

  • Working knowledge of other UN language(s) is considered an asset.

How to apply:


Interested applicants should submit their application online here:

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 November 2017 (midnight Geneva time)

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.