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The yearly WFP Staff Awards of Merit ceremony was held recently. Among the awards, one is dedicated to logistics: the Tun Myat Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Logistics. This year, Matthew Dee, the WFP Deputy Head of Logistics in Somalia, was chosen.
In today’s fast paced world of technological evolution, it is easy to think that delivering food has become easier. However, in the extreme mountain terrain of Nepal, technology has had no place, at least not until now. Delivering food using yaks and mules along impervious trails and paths through the mountains has been common practice for WFP Logistics, sometimes taking cargo up to three weeks to reach the most remote locations.
In 2006, WFP Logistics embarked on the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) network project with the aim of replicating globally the Brindisi rapid response base. The UNHRD Network initiative supports WFP in meeting its corporate goal of being prepared to respond to four large scale emergencies at any given time as well as augmenting the emergency response efforts of UN, International, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations.
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The second annual LOG.LEO Awards ceremony took place on 31 March at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. Each year, the LOG LEO awards are given to people who are in the logistics/transport business. This year, one of WFP's own took home one of the awards. Five awards were given this year: 1. Young Achiever of the Year, 2. Supply Chain Manager of the Tear, 3. Lifetime Achievement, 4. Innovator of the Year, and 5. Sustainability Champion of the Year. A team of judges from the United Arab Emirates selected the winners from nearly 100 entries, examining the nominees’ performance and achievements on how they met the specific award criteria. One of WFPs own,Samir Sajet, a WFP Aviation Safety Officer, was informed in February of his nomination for the Sustainability Champion Award, an award distributed to a logistic or supply chain professional who pushes for environmental responsibility and/or humanitarian compassion inside and outside his/her organisation. He won! Samir has lead WFP’s U.A.E. Regional Aviation Safety Office (RASO) since April 2006, and focuses much of his effort on ensuring best aviation practices are met in Asia and the Middle East. He is continuously involved in talks, conferences, safety committees and acts as an observer to the Gulf Aviation Safety Roadmap. He has been promoting safety by any means possible. Samir ’s efforts were already recognised when the Arabian Business magazine listed him as one of the worlds most influential Arabs for 2008. In Samir’s words "I constantly review and reflect on our work in this field, endeavouring to keep us moving forward to deliver safe and reliable air transport to our colleagues and to provide effective, fast and safe transportation of goods to the people in need.”WFP’s Middle Eastern RASO office has been very active in terms of organizing and hosting free training courses, free workshops and free conferences and seminars. Samir’s RASO became extremely well known in the region. The work they do has generated a lot of interest and aviation professionals recognize the Aviation Safety Unit office in Sharjah as a very dynamic office when it comes to promoting safety. The judges were ultimately impressed by his passion and commitment to raising awareness for safer skies. Commenting on his award, the judging panel said that "in the end the winner proved himself by his all-round capability to think beyond profit, to think for the future and to his impressive dedication to raising the awareness on aviation safety through talks and conferences.” Samir’s first comment upon receiving the Champion Award was: “It is great that my compeers in the industry recognize my achievements and that they have given me the opportunity to champion the World Food Programme cause, but I shouldn’t have been alone on that stage, and the award is indeed a reflection of a very good team work, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve anything without my team in Dubai and without the support of my colleagues in other WFP Aviation Safety offices: Rome, Jo-burg and Nairobi.” He then continued commenting on his achievement: “For me, it’s very equally split between being good in representing the World Food Programme in the region and being good for all our aviation fellows who are continuously looking to gaining more knowledge and having safer skies.” Samir’s final remarks are a testimony of the selfless dedication of a true Humanitarian Champion, because Samir believes that one of the best things about winning this award is that it gives him yet another platform to talk about sustainability. “Air Traffic doesn’t get any lower, and we add more flights, more aircraft and more passengers to it every year. If we don’t ultimately start caring more, and focus on safety, let those who might have problems accessing training because of budget constrains, you can’t argue that it has a negative impact on our skies” WFP Aviation Safety Unit’s (ASU) collective efforts have already won international praise. In November 2009, ASU Chief Cesar Arroyo received the President’s Citation Award from the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). The recognition of ASU’s hard work and outstanding efforts was then also covered by the WFP Logistics Information Team: http://www.wfp.org/logistics/blog/wfps-aviation-safety-unit-receives-award-its-outstanding-achievements. Thanks to Leila Tanem and the Aviation Safety Unit Teams for their contributions to this story.
Part I and Part II It was in early 2005, with the support of global shipping giant TNT and the Moving The World Programme, Robin's team was quickly able to get people on the ground and enter the final phase of the process. It is not always easy to establish a new program in a country but luckily they had buy in from the Malawian Ministry of Health and the help of a skilled individual who had experience working in Malawi. Seconded to them was logistics specialist, Alastair Cook, who had previously helped establish a school feeding project for WFP. Upon his arrival he wasted no time putting the pieces together to get the project rolling.
Robin Landis was first introduced to Paul's activities while working as a consultant to the United Nation's World Food Programme. Working off a call to action from Secretary General Kofi Anan to all UN agencies to step up a concerted effort to curb the AIDS epidemic, Robin was heavily engaged in determining how best to tackle the problem as it pertained to WFP beneficiaries and staff members. It became clear to Robin that WFP’s response had to not only address HIV programmatically and in the workplace but also find a way to prevent HIV from taking its toll on the contract drivers who “were falling through the cracks”.
The longest road in Africa runs from north to south, east to west and cuts through the hearts and lives of truckers and sex workers across the continent. It is a trail of tears and a trail of hope. The truck stops that were once hotbeds of AIDS/HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have now become centers for healing thanks to the efforts of a small team of individuals that have worked tirelessly to stop the transmission of HIV in Africa. This is the story of that small team and lives of those they have impacted.
The Logistics Cluster, for which WFP is the lead agency, recently worked with a wide range of partner organisations to launch a new tool for the benefit of the humanitarian logistics community. The Logistics Operational Guide, referred to as the LOG is a consolidation of humanitarian logistics information covering a wide range of logistics activities, definitions, practical application of logistics concepts, right through to information on how to facilitate an exit of staff and equipment from an operation. Though still a work in progress, the LOG offers up a wealth of information. The LOG provides for free access and all users are invited to use the tool to complement existing guidelines in their organisations. The LOG is available for download and installation on a USB stick or any other storage device enabling users to take the content with them into the field and access it even when offline. Updates are incremental and made available as soon as the user has an active Internet connection. It is an ideal solution for low bandwidth environments. Everything you may need, from Terms of Reference for an Assistant Warehouse Manager, latest INCOTERMS, sample Bin Cards, to a simple vehicle maintenance expenditure tracking tool are available for download and use! The familiar Microsoft Word and Excel formats make the documents easy to access and use. In addition, the host of links make it possible to do additional research into areas of interest. The only requirement for accessing the online version is a computer running an internet browser. For offline access, you need an internet browser compatible with Google Gears. However, if you don't have Gears installed it is not a problem as the installation package will install it for you.(the installation package come with a mobile internet browser that will enable you to carry the LOG on USB stick or external drive) If you are interested in finding out more about the LOG you can access it on the Logistics Cluster website by clicking the following link: http://log.logcluster.org/index.html Please do not hesitate to write to the team by emailing them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any feedback.
I arrived at the air base at 0730 for an 0830 departure on board a Bell 212 helicopter operated by Evergreen Aviation and chartered by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). I was traveling with one of WFP's emergency ICT teams, also known as a Fast IT and Emergency Telecommunications and Support (FITTEST) team, who were on their way to install a repeater at the top of a mountain on the Ile de la Gonave. The island is sparsely populated and lies approximately 75kms West-North-West of Port-au-Prince.