Shipping Officer – WFP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations World Food Programme 
Job TitleShipping Officer, FTA-NOB, (Port Sudan) (140637)
Requisition ID140637
Area of expertiseSupply chain
Type of contractLong term opportunities
LocationSudan – Port Sudan
Posted Date01/03/2021
Closing date15/03/2021

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity & gender balance and encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

Would you like to join WFP Sudan’s Logistics team and enable the delivery of professional, client-focused logistics services? Are you ready to partner with managers to deliver effective logistics management solutions that will change and save the lives of the most vulnerable people in Sudan? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

At WFP, we are looking for an experienced Shipping Officer  to be based in Port Sudan, to be hired on a Fixed Term Contract at the NOB level.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

WFP Sudan has the potential to reach millions of food-insecure people across Sudan – with a total of 7.8 million people assisted in 2020. FP Sudan, one of the largest and complex operations for WFP globally,  is currently rolling out its five-year Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), which aims to provide emergency assistance through a hybrid approach (Cash, food and vouchers), along with life-changing types of programmes (Nutrition, Resilience and School Feeding).


To contribute to daily planning and coordination of WFP shipping operations including monitoring of services provided by contracted external organizations to ensure cost-effective operations and that set objectives are achieved in full.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):

Under the direct supervision of the Logistics Officer (Head of Port Sudan) the Shipping Officer, NOB will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Support management of shipping operations following standard processes and contribute,directly or indirectly, to the effective delivery of food assistance to beneficiaries.
  • In liaison with Country Offices, support the determination of the most efficient mode of calling forward commodities against set criteria and conditions.
  • Support negotiations on ocean transportation arrangements with vessel owners and container shipping lines by collecting and collating required information.
  • Contribute to consolidation and planning of shipments, and to the management of operational aspects of all chartered and/or liner vessels, cargoes, including checking document readiness, loading and discharging operations and contracting of stevedoring services as applicable.
  • Contribute to supply chain by providing technical support and guidance to other services, divisions and Country Offices, particularly for emergency response.
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of data through market analysis, research and networking with colleagues, and contribute to recommendations for improvement of shipping operations.
  • Collate data and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), supporting a WFP-wide view of shipping activities that enables informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Support productive partnership building with supply chain colleagues and staff within the area of assignment to support efficient shipping operations.
  • Participate in the on-going review of internal processes and procedures and identify ways to increase the day-to-day efficiency of the teams.
  • Follow emergency logistics preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy food and needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Where supervisory responsibilities apply, adhere to WFP standard performance management guidelines and practices to contribute to achieving service objectives and to promote staff learning and development.
  • Other as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in Transport Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Business Management or other related field or First University degree in Transport Economics, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Business Management or other related fields with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses

Experience: A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in logistics management, supply chain management or related fields is required for holders of an advanced university degree, or five years of relevant professional experience in logistics management, supply chain management or related fields is required for holders of a first university degree. Additional years of experience and training will be an advantage.

Language: Fluency in both English and Arabic.


  • Experience in commercial or government transportation sectors.
  • Experience monitoring and reporting on port, and freight market conditions and trends.
  • Experience arranging loading and discharging operations for cargo ships and/or arranging ocean transport for liner cargos.
  • Experience in team leadership and supervision.


  • To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at If you are an internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile.
  • In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your updated CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application.
  • Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicants will undergo a rigorous process that includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and a panel interview.


We look for applicants with the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian values. We commit to promote diversity, gender parity and equality between men and women.
WFP strives to build a work environment that is safe and respectful, and free of sexual harassment and abuse of authority. We believe in open communication, and every individual at WFP is treated with respect regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, etc.
In this pursuit, WFP assists women to balance work exigencies with personal and family responsibilities by providing an attractive compensation package, including fully paid maternity leave for 16 weeks, breastfeeding time off, and the possibility to avail of flexible working arrangements. Also, we endeavor to provide our staff, women, and men, with training and professional career development.

  • Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • WFP has zero-tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
  • This position is open ONLY to Sudanese nationals. Applicants who are not Sudanese are not eligible to apply and will therefore not be considered for this position.
  • WFP does not charge any fees at any stage of its recruitment process.
  • Eligible applicants are advised to indicate the duty station(s) of their preference when submitting their applications

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