One Day in the Life of a Logistics Sector Coordinator

19 December 2017
humanitarian logistics coordination

humanitarian logistics coordination

Katja Hildebrand re-joined the Logistics Cluster in August 2016 for the Nigeria operation. In 2005, she started with the WFP-led UN Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC), the predecessor of the Logistics Cluster, first as Operations Support Officer, then as Information Management Officer and was deployed to various emergency operations. When the UNJLC merged with the Logistics Cluster in 2009, she assumed the position of Head of Information Management in the Global Logistics Cluster. From there she moved to Haiti for the Logistics Cluster earthquake response, which was followed by a two-year assignment with WFP Sudan to lead the Inter-Agency Logistics Working Group. Afterwards she returned to WFP HQ as Special Assistant to the Director of Logistics. In her current position, she coordinates the humanitarian logistics response in Nigeria. Read her diary below to get a glimpse of her activities and work as a Logistics Sector Coordinator in Maiduguri 

Monday, 30 October 2017

A busy week, full of important discussions and decisions lies ahead of me. After receiving the daily security briefing, I meet the Secretary of the Nigerian Transport Union. During the rainy season, we coordinated with the Union the provision of its recovery service, a requirement by the military for providing escort for humanitarian convoys on the key access route to the east part of the country. The service included a recovery truck, an empty truck and casual labour to complete recovery operations and possible trans-loading of relief cargo.

Back at my desk, I receive an invitation from a donor to submit a project proposal for 500,000 Euro to be spent in the first half of 2018. Since the deadline is on Wednesday, I prioritize this task and start working on it immediately.

In the afternoon, I attend the weekly Rann coordination meeting, led by OCHA. Rann is a village located at the border to Cameroon which has been inaccessible since early July, due to bad road conditions. The military commander in that area gave the green light to use smaller trucks and I share the good news with the organisations attending the meeting. ICRC is the first one to send trucks on the road and we cannot wait to get the confirmation in a few days that they made it to their destination.

Continue to read the full one-week diary here.