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Riaz Lodhi
Head of Supply Chain , UN Agency
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Management / Leadership (Deputy Country Director); Programme Manager humanitarian, emergency preparedness & response, development, capacity building; Partnership; Cash based Transfers; Resource Mobilization; Negotiation with government; 22 years of experience with international organization Currently Head of Supply Chain in Tanzania
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
Professional Experience:
- Currently I am working as Head of Supply Chain in Tanzania with a UN Organization. I designed integrated supply chain strategy to enhance the impact of efficient logistics resource management on national economy to contribute to Tanzania’s efforts to become a middle-income country; I manage multimodal, national and regional supply chain including port operations, sub-national warehouses, rail/road transport to East-African countries.
- Earlier as Deputy Country Director in Ecuador and Colombia, I managed a programme to assist 260,000 displaced persons through relief, recovery and livelihood support activities. I managed seven sub-offices and over 100 staff and implemented activities in several conflict-affected areas. I led a UN mission and negotiated with violent protesters and opened the passage for humanitarian assistance to reach 30,000 stranded people. I mobilized resources to fund the planned activities and implemented them to the satisfaction of donors. I designed and resourced a complex programme to link smallholder farmers to markets aimed to improve their sustainable livelihood. I also promoted nutrition programmes in partnership with Colombian government for children aged 24-59 months.
- I formulated innovative projects to strengthen resilience and improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers, which also entail building capacity in post-harvest loss reduction, good storage practices and access to markets by linking their produce with government's food procurement projects.
- I formulated strategic projects for the capacity development of governments in the areas of emergency preparedness and response (EPR). I managed a regional project to establish strategic emergency response centers, build the capacity of governments, and to provide rapid response to disasters.
- I have experience in devising cash-based transfer programmes to support livelihood and food security which could be used for food and non-food items support for emergency relief, recovery and development.
- I led the design and programming a comprehensive integrated web-based software to manage conditional/ unconditional, and restricted/unrestricted cash for social programmes. The platform can manage multiple delivery modalities to be used by all parties involved in the programme including the third parties such as Partners, financial institutions and retailers. The platform offers a strong management information system for targeting, monitoring and evaluation, activity progress measurement, and financial management. This was possible thanks to my diversified experience in management, programme and supply chain.
- I have experience in creating and maintaining strong partnerships with donors and NGOs. I present the programme concept clearly and honestly and select suitable partners with a common vision. This approach helps in effective resource mobilization.
- Management of staff is among my strengths. I create a congenial working environment and respect diverse
I have Masters degree in Public Administration; Bachelors of Science (B.Sc) in Mathematics and Statistics. During my professional assignment, completed courses on effective leadership, security risk management, civil-military coordination etc.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish, Urdu
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