2009-2019: 10 years of Log Workshops!

Time is running, as everyone knows! Le temps file comme vous le savez! Already 10 years of logistics workshop this year, is a good reason to celebrate! Déjà 10 ans de workshop log, c’est une bonne raison de célébrer! To do so, please share with us your pictures of workshops, anecdotes / fun stories of workshops and photos of your current log team on mission! Pour cela, partagez avec nous vos photos de workshops, vos anecdotes/histoires amusantes de workshops et une photo de votre équipe logistique actuelle. Thanks! Merci!

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Visit Nigeria Mission

Antoine (Log advisor) and myself spent 2 weeks in Nigeria, discovering a great mission, and overall a great team! Antoine (resp. log opé) et moi avons passé 2 semaines au Nigéria, à la découverte d’une super mission, mais surtout d’une sacrée équipe!

94 logistics team members, and 45 were present in Maiduguri for a giant strategic workshop organised by Adama, the log HoD. 94 membres dans l’équipe log, dont 45 étaient présents à Maiduguri pour un workshop stratégique géant organisé par Adama le RDD Log.

Capacity to answer emergencies is one of the assets of the mission, and logistics is present with programs to prepare and  implement activities on a very short notice. La capacité à répondre aux urgences est un pilier de la mission, et la logistique est présente auprès des programmes pour préparer et mettre en œuvre la réponse sur un temps très court.

 

 

With more than 500 staffs, vehicules management is crucial! That’s why an ACF mechanic workshop has been set up in Damaturu, by Khairul and his team. Avec plus de 500 staffs, la gestion du parc de vehicules est cruciale! C’est pour cela qu’un atelier mécanique ACF a été monté à Damaturu par Khairul et son équipe.

 

Congratulations and thank you all, for all this work done, and your involvement at the service of ACF activities. Keep going! Félicitations et merci à tous pour tout ce travail accompli, et pour votre implication au service des activites d’ACF. Continuez comme ca!

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Congratulations / Félicitations!

We are glad to announce that the first spec log 2 organised in Paris was a success! Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer que la 1ere spec log 2 organisée à Paris a été un succes!

It has been a very participative and dynamic week, thanks to our 11 great loggies! Ce fut une une semaine dynamique et participative, grâce à nos 11 super loggies!

Congratulations to them and to all training facilitators! Félicitations à eux et à tous les facilitateurs des sessions!

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Hello Loggies! Salut les Logs!

Greetings from the ACFIN workshop in Paris, where we started discussion around a future… KLV4!

Bien le bonjour du workshop ACFIN à Paris, où nous avons commencé à discuter du futur… KLV4!

More to come! A suivre!

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Hi Loggies !

I wish you and those you love a wonderful 2019 !

May this new year bring you happiness and success in your initiatives, personally and professionally.

I wish us rich and smooth collaborations, so as to reach our goal to accompany as much as we can vulnerable people we are working for.

 

All the best,

Take care

Olivia

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Pilot of new Spec Log 2

Here we are!

The new spec log level 2 is currently “performed” for the first time, in Bangladesh. Targeting logistics managers with 6 months of experience, this face to face training dedicates a large part to exchanges and practical cases. New sessions have been created: HR strategy, team management, fraud and corruption, work with partners, time management, and interactions between log and programms all along the project cycle.

We hope participants enjoyed it, even those attending via skype from Myanmar (real 2.0 training!!) 😉

Thanks A LOT to Christophe and Olivier, our first trainers, and of course to Claire our magic training designer! Bravo to all!

Nous y voilà!

La nouvelle spec log niveau 2 est actuellement “jouée” pour la première fois au Bangladesh. Ciblant les responsables logistiques avec 6 mois d’expérience, cette formation en présentiel laisse la part belle aux échanges et aux cas pratiques. De nouvelles sessions ont été créées: stratégie RH, gestion d’équipes, fraude et corruption, travail avec les partenaires, gestion du temps, et interactions entre la log et les programmes tout au long du cycle du projet.

Nous espérons que les participants ont apprécié, même ceux qui ont assisté via Skype depuis le Myanmar (formation réellement 2.0!) 😉

Un grand merci à Christophe et Olivier, nos premiers formateurs, et  bien sûr à Claire, notre magicienne de la création de formations! Bravo à tous!

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International Women’s Day Profile: Alice Shivairo

Happy International Women’s Day to the B-Log Community!

We are publishing an extra Logistics Staff Profile today to celebrate the strong, trailblazing women working in humanitarian logistics. Thank you for your work, your strength, and for leading the way for generations of women to come.

We are proud to introduce Alice, AAH US Log Advisor dedicated to the bold mission of Action Against Hunger and committed to supporting the growth and development of her female colleagues in HQ and country offices.

Meet Alice Shivairo

Logistics Advisor in New York City HQ

Alice has been a valuable member of the Action Against Hunger team since 2014. Her career in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management spans just over 15 year, having worked with various organizations including International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, GOAL Ireland and Medecins Sans Frontiers. Alice is currently a Logistics Advisor based out of AAH’s US Headquarters.

Tell us about your current job.

“My role as Logistics Advisor is to guide and support the missions in logistics and supply chain related activities and decisions. A typical day will involve discussion with Pool colleagues, review of proposals and grant reports, continuous engagement with the country offices, ongoing work on various logistics related projects, and frequent trips to the kitchen to pick mini chocolate bars :).”

What do you find most rewarding about your job? What is challenging?

“I enjoying being able to coach logisticians in the process of guiding and supporting the countries. The field visits and interactions with the country teams are most rewarding. It is a constant reminder of the achievement of our organizational mission despite prevailing contextual challenges. The main challenge about this job is that it is difficult to achieve much since my outputs are heavily based on the involvement and performance of other key stakeholders.”

What have you been most proud of in your career?

“Seeing the logisticians you have coached grow and take on senior jobs and responsibilities.”

What are the most important qualities for logistics professionals to possess?

“It is important to have the necessary qualifications, such as the certification in humanitarian logistics (CHL), etc. Yet I find an increasing importance in having soft skills too – flexibility to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted scenarios, working collaboratively with teams, and having strong communication skills.”

What is one thing you wish more people knew about humanitarian logistics?

“It isn’t a profession to make money – it is a place to make a lasting difference.”

What advice would you give to new logistics professionals?

“In the early stages of your profession, you must learn, unlearn, and relearn. Most importantly, be willing to be taught.”

How do you see your role in the larger context of the organization?

“At this stage in my career, it is time to pass the baton on to emerging logisticians and focus more on developing capacity in governance and leadership.”

What are some of the most significant changes you’ve seen in the sector?

 

“Donors have become much more engaged and understanding of the work we do, more women taking up logistics as a profession, the use of technology to enhance service delivery, and the rise of tailor-made, humanitarian specific training courses to enhance learning.”

 

What challenges and innovations do you see on the horizon for humanitarian logistics?

“One ongoing challenge faced by the logistics community is that the value of logistics and supply chain management is still not where it should be. There is a strong need to have logistics and supply chain teams as an equal stakeholder in key decision processes in the humanitarian sector.”

Tell us about being a woman in logistics, a traditionally male-dominated field.

“Mmh! After college, I worked in the food manufacturing sector and loved the challenge of getting things done given prevailing circumstances. By the time I entered the humanitarian sector, I loved the challenge of identifying bottlenecks, finding solutions and fixing situations. Of course, I have had the looks that said – “Who does she think she is?” It takes a long time but with consistent professionalism, one eventually earns the respect deserved. I love a quote by Sue Fitzmaurice – ‘Courage in Women is often mistaken for insanity.’ And I tell women to go ahead and be courageous anyway. Our world will be only be changed by those who have the courage – to stand up, speak out, take the first step, go where no one has gone before.”

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Thank you & goodbye to James Brown

It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of James Brown’s passing over the weekend. James, one of our longest serving staff in Uganda, was a loyal and dedicated Action Against Hunger driver for over 25 years. Many, many staff over the years had the pleasure of working with James and the team in New York had the honor of hosting him for the 2015 NYC Gala where he received the annual international “Employee of the Year Award.” In 2017, B-Log featured a profile of James in which he discusses his work with AAH and exemplifies his selflessness and dedication to the life-saving work and mission of Action Against Hunger. On behalf of the B-Log community, we offer our deepest condolences to James’ family and colleagues in Uganda.

A brief message from Nathalie Rothschild, Associate Director of Logistics & ICT, AAH US:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long time team member. 25 years! What an achievement! Thinking about the hundreds of thousands of miles driven across the Great Lakes, the incredible amount of people transported safely, the tons of goods delivered, the amount of crazy situations he got us out of. He personified the best of AAH and what we strive to achieve. On behalf of the AAH Logistics team, thank you! You will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all!”

 

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1 Month – 1 Log / 1 Mois – 1 Log: Ladu David

Meet Ladu David

Procurement Manager, South Sudan

Tell us a little about your career.

I joined Action Against Hunger on December 29, 2011. Before joining in a full-time permanent position, I worked for a month and a half as an event organizer for a workshop on Cash Transfers while I was interning in college. I returned to school for another semester only to find AAH advertising for a Procurement Assistant position. I applied, went through the HR routine, and was selected as the candidate for the job. Since then, I have worked my way to my current role of Procurement Manager.

Tell us about your current role as Procurement Manager.

In my role, I manage all procurement for the coordination office and field bases, including the emergency response team. I am responsibility for transmitting all HQ procurement requests from Juba to Nairobi and liaising with the field procurement officer to complete our reporting requirements. I manage different framework agreement with suppliers, train staff in procurement processes, and ensure procurement guidelines are followed, among other things. Currently, I am focusing a lot of energy on helping my staff become confident using LINK.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

A typical day for me is very busy and packed with lots of different activities. At times, it feels I’m torn in all different directions but it makes my job very exciting. I am able to stay motivated by the high level of team work involved and knowing the reason for our struggle is serving beneficiaries.

 

What do you like most/least about your job?

What I like best about my job is knowing that I am contributing to saving the life of a woman or child in vulnerable conditions. This is my primary motivation and keeps me pushing on. What I like less is the fact that, despite the great humanitarian work we implement, aid workers are still targeted and discriminated against. We often do not get the recognition we deserve.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I am most proud of my professional growth within the Logistics Department. To come from an assistant position and rise to a manager position is just massive for me. I am also proud of the some of the difficult decisions I have made in my life to bring me to this point, like snubbing a government scholarship to study law and choosing to pay my way through my studies to follow my passion.

What is the most challenging and rewarding aspect of your job?

One of the most challenging aspects of my job is the poor logistics in country considering the insecurity and poor conditions on roads leading to supply interruptions. The most rewarding aspect is the high level of team work. It is due to this team that, despite the challenges, we will always deliver on what is expected of us.

What are important qualities for logistics professionals to possess?

They have to be calm, analytical, resilient and be able to adapt to all situations.

What do you wish more people knew about humanitarian logistics?

How necessary team work and cooperation is for humanitarian logistics operations to work.

What advice would you give to new logistics professionals?

They must possess a team spirit and willingness to learn, not only from others but also from their own mistakes. They also need to know that the expectations on them will be very high so that projects can be successful.

What are the most significant changes you’ve seen in the industry?

The most significant change I’ve seen is Action Against Hunger’s shift to put more effort into emergency response than static projects. I also witnessed the transition from ACF-USA to the new identify of Action Against Hunger which more clearly communicates what we stand for. Finally, the introduction of new technology has been significant, including LINK, Echo Sign, and other platforms that help us digitize and organize archives for future reference.

What challenges and innovations do you see on the horizon for humanitarian logistics?

One of the challenges that is always present in humanitarian logistics is the need for heavy coordination and the amount of luck that is often required to get it right. I hope that in the future more attention and resources are invested in gap analyses so solutions can be identified to close gaps.

 

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Annual Logistics Workshop, November 2017 – Somalia

[Late post] ….. 21 Super Logisticians from ACF Somalia, Kenya and the Logistics Center in Nairobi mate together  at the 5 days long 3rd Annual Logistics Workshop organized by Somalia Logistics team in Nairobi during early November 2017.

Joint team (Somalia, Kenya, LC)

It was a first time joint initiative with 3 entities, we had a great time, was very fruitful with lots of interesting modules like … Link lot 2 deployment, NAS Setup, VSAT setup, NHF, Equipment strategy, emergency logistics preparedness, logistics need assessment, Supply Chain efficiency & effectiveness, Fleet Management, TerraMar tracpoint reporting, Freight Management & many more practical logistics aspects.

Hope the new HoD Log of Somalia mission will carry out the continuity of this progress !!

Joint team (SO, KE, LC)

Somalia Log Team

Group work! Busy !!

Last day with Somalia Log team!

Somalia team love workshop certificate 🙂

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