Logistic Specialist


SAMU First Response is a global medical and social nonprofit organization that provides immediate humanitarian relief to vulnerable populations using a comprehensive and culturally competent approach. Grupo SAMU, our European branch, has over 40 years of experience successfully responding and delivering assistance to communities experiencing complex crises.


Given the migration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, SAMU First Response is operating a 24/7 program designed to address the acute needs of asylum seekers and migrants passing through the DC area. SAMU works with local government and partner organizations to ensure that newcomers have access to comprehensive services, including food, clothing, hygiene facilities, transportation, medical/legal support, and short-term respite.


The Logistics Specialist is responsible for the coordination, management, and execution of the logistics for the Respite Center or Emergency Deployment Maryland.

  • Ensuring that day-to-day Respite Center logistics run smoothly.
  • Creating procurement plans for the Respite Center and additional facilities, as needed.
  • Conducting procurement of program supplies and maintaining appropriate documentation on file, in compliance with USG rules/regulations and SAMU policies/procedures.
  • Overseeing supply warehousing and inventory management.
  • Ensuring timely, accurate data entry regarding reception, movement, and stock of supplies.
  • Communicating and coordinating with vendors regarding quotes, deliveries and supply issues.
  • Managing and directing volunteers assisting with Respite Center logistics.
  • Assisting with planning and set-up of Respite Center space.
  • Identifying gaps/trends and providing recommendations to direct supervisor and/or Deputy Director(s).
  • Training other staff, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline and 3 years of relevant experience, or Masters and at least 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Fluency in English and a second language (preferably Spanish, French, or Portuguese)
  • Prior experience working with asylum seekers, immigrants, refugees, or other vulnerable populations preferred.
  • High level of computer proficiency and data entry experience required.
  • Experience with procurement, inventory management, and coordination.
  • Experience with FEMA/USG procedures preferred.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. and able to pass a background check.
  • Must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to work in-person within the DMV area, with occasional travel/accompaniment to other locations in the region.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.


  • Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity.
  • Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands.
  • Occasional lifting (up to 50 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying.

Equal Opportunity employer: SAMU First Response is an Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Employer. SAMU does not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, partnership status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran or military status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, caregiver status, unemployment status or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws.

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