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New logistics project – find out what we do!

In October 2008 Save the Children launched a new logistics skills development project looking to expand the pool of logisticians skilled to handle complex emergencies and support development projects. The project has been designed to provide the opportunity to new and existing Save the Children staff to build on their knowledge and experience to develop a career in the field of Humanitarian Logistics.

Several trainees with previous logistics experience have already been placed in country programmes to develop their skills. Those new to logistics start by spending some time in head office learning how Save the Children works whilst getting fully involved in the day to day activities such as seeking out suppliers for goods and helping out on the emergencies team. 

I have been in head office since September last year and am heading out to Myanmar in less than 2 weeks. Along with some steep learning curves and inspiring training courses I feel prepared for my new role. I have learnt a great deal about Save the Children so far and am really looking forward to the opportunity to see things from the field. Another of the trainees has just left for Liberia on his first deployment and we hope to hear about his first experiences in humanitarian logistics soon!

This blog will bring you insights from trainees both in the field and in head office. For many of us it is our first time as logisticians or working for an NGO, so I’m sure there will be plenty of exciting stories for us to share. Watch this space!

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