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Desired start date : February 15, 2020

Duration of the mission : 9 months


SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency DESK, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming.

Over the course of 2018, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established presence in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate.

With the opening of Al Mokha base late 2018, SI was one of the first humanitarian actors to start operations on the West Coast , which are now covering the southern districts of Hodeidah Governorate, close to one of the main frontlines of the conflict.

In Al Turbah, SI is now looking at expanding its programming to emergency and early-recovery interventions, as well as its outreach to the city of Taizz, which after Hodeidah has been the second main frontline of the war.

For the year 2019 / 20; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 10M Euros. It operates from Aden, where the coordination is based, and 2 operational field bases located in Al Turbah and Al Mokha.

The mission is composed of 15 expatriates and about 100 national staffs and is funded by OFDA, CDC, YHPF, DutchMoFA and ECHO.

SI Programming in Yemen focuses on addressing immediate food needs of communities at risk of famine, as well as providing timely response to displacements of population and AWD / Cholera outbreaks.

Its portfolio is primarily composed of WASH Emergency projects, along with unconditional cash distribution. Strategic and institutional priorities for the mission in 2019 / 20 is to strengthen its Emergency Response capacity, and develop operational capacity in Taizz city.

In parallel, and where feasible, SI is looking at implementing early-recovery interventions.

General objective :

Under the management of the Country Director, The Logistics Coordinator pilot logistics activities of the mission to ensure the smooth running of SI programs in the country.

He ensures the implementation of SI procedures and logistics tools on the mission and ensures their compliance and their proper use.

He helps define the mission strategy, drafting and design projects necessary means and activities SI.

He supports the Country Director (CD) in the operational safety.

He is the referent on the mission and the link between headquarters and the mission for any issue related to logistics.

Specific stakes and challenges

The Yemen mission has been undergoing a substantial scale up in terms of financial and operational volume in the first half of 2019, which occurred without proportional scale up or expansion of organigrams in Coordination.

This has been particularly true for the Logistic Coordination team, which has long been under-resourced, and has later suffered from gaps.

This has challenged the necessary structuring of the department, in a mission which remains very new (2017). While the Logistic team in Aden is now fully staffed, including an additional international staff dedicated to supply, the Logistic department in Aden remains to be strengthened to be able to absorb the operational volume foreseen for end of 2019 and the year 2020.

This will demand substantial training and capacity building of national team. Developing and enforcing context-specific policies and processes for Logistics remains another challenge for the department.

Priorities for the next months :

  • Capacity building of the Logistic team (with support of expatriate volunteer)
  • Support to development of proposals for the year 2020 (ECHO, SDC, DutchMoFA)
  • Enforcement of / improvement of compliance with SI logistic procedures
  • Management :

    The Logistic Coordinator directly line manages one Supply Responsible, one Supply Assistant (international staff, volunteer), one IT Responsible, and one Logistic Assistant.

    The Logistic team in Aden is in total composed of 6 staffs. He / she is functional manager for the Base Logisticians in Al Turbah and Al Mokha, and for the Log / Admin Manager of the Emergency Response Team.

    Responsibilities and main activities :

    Supply management

    Vehicle fleet management

    Equipment park / telecommunications management

    Computer equipment management and monitoring

    Stock management

    Human resource management


    Reporting / capitalization


    Education and experience

  • Technical education and significant experience in the logistics sector;
  • Previous experience as a Log coordinator (1 year) a prerequisite;
  • Experience in tensed context in terms of security is compulsory;
  • Knowledge and technical skills

  • Expertise on local procurement;
  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
  • Arabic speaking is an asset;
  • Transferable skills

  • Transferable skills in program appreciated;
  • Knowledge and experience of the Yemen or Middle-east appreciated;
  • Qualities :

  • Multi-project support experience;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Skill transfer ability highly appreciated;
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities;
  • Great work and stress management capacities;
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments;
  • Language :

  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
  • Arabic speaking is an asset;
  • A salaried post :

    According to experience, starting from 2640 euros gross per month (2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

    SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

    Vacation :

    During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break after two months spent on the field.

    For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th months (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités).

    He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the field (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

    Social and medical cover :

    Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks.

    Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


    The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden and its surrounding Lahj governorate, due to the proximity of the frontline, the political unrest and the presence of armed opposition groups such as IS and AQAP.

    Main identified threats for Aden are crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates in recent period), crowd mob and road accidents.

    To mitigate these risks, SI has developed strict security rules that the applicant needs to be ready to abide to.

    The field office in Aden is shared with the guesthouse (same building). It is located 5 minutes-drive from the coordination office, which also shares guesthouse and office.

    Security rules in Aden are rather restrictive, with a curfew at 8 pm, extended to 9 pm in the area where most INGOs are located.

    Expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, to one gym, one restaurant, and two beaches (including one reachable by boat).

    Guesthouse is comfortable as per middle-east standards (large rooms with AC, good-standard bathrooms with running water).

    A gym and rest area have recently been built on the roof of the Guesthouse to improve expatriates’ living conditions.


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