Programme Associate (Livelihoods) at WFP. 268 views

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WFP Turkey Country Office is looking for a Programme Associate (Livelihoods) G6 in Izmir/Turkey.

Apply no later than 28 October 2021!


WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger and the world’s largest humanitarian organization. In Turkey, WFP is supporting the Government with the provision of livelihood assistance to vulnerable host community and refugees nationwide. This post falls within the livelihood support operations that seek to enhance the self-reliance of refugees and vulnerable host communities in Bursa and Kocaeli.


This post is located in Izmir. The incumbent of this position will report to Head of Izmir Field Office (IFO).

The incumbent will be expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. Programme Associates are required to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis and are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses for the livelihoods programme activities.


  1. Oversee the day to day implementation and provide project management support to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following the policies and procedures.
  2. Prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  3. Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data and consistency of information presented to WFP.
  4. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  5. Support the capacity building of cooperating partners.
  6. Coordinate and communicate with local partners, Chambers, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to ensure efficient implementation.
  7. Act as a point of contact for the resolution of a range of operational queries and problems in Izmir.
  8. Other as required.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect needs assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Cash) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, needs assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to needs assistance programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Turkish. Arabic language skills are desirable.

Experience: Minimum three years of related work experience in livelihoods projects

Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals or have a valid residency permit at least for six months in Turkey.



  • Has worked with livelihoods technical teams.
  • Has knowledge on gastronomy and/or IT sector in Turkey.
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes and some strategic engagement.
  • Has strong interpersonal, communication and coordination skills.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.


Type & Level of Contract:Fixed Term/G6

Duration: 1 year (renewable)

Duty Station: Izmir, Turkey

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. Gross Salary is offered on an annual basis starting from TRY 187,251.00 TRY

Medical Insurance: Comprehensive private medical insurance plan for WFP staff members and dependents (spouse, child or children)

Annual Leave Entitlement: 2.5 workdays per month


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application no later than 28 October 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


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