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UNOCHA - Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Ankara (Turkey)

  • Organization: UN-OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Location: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Location :Ankara, TURKEY

Application Deadline :15-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract :**FTA Local**

Post Level :**NO-C**

Languages Required : English

Expected Duration of Assignment :**one year with possible extension


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Office, the Senior National Humanitarian Affairs Officer (NHAO) analyzes humanitarian, political, social and economic trends and participates in the formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within a portfolio.

The NHAO may supervise and lead programme support staff. The NHAO works in close collaboration with the OCHA Turkey management and coordination teams, NGOs, programme staff in other UN Agencies and OCHA HQ staff. The incumbent manages and heads the OCHA Turkey liaison office in Ankara; with a key role in and liaising with the Government of Turkey and other Turkish authorities in support of the facilitation of UN and NGO cross-border operations from Turkey into Syria.

Please note that applicants for UNOCHA Local Fixed Term positions must be a Turkish Citizens.

Only candidates holding Turkish Nationality and who meet the recruitment qualifications in terms of education, experience and language skills as advertised through the Job Description, should apply online and submit one application through a letter of interest accompanied by an informative but concise CV in English indicating the reference code of the post and UN Personal History Form (P11).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Visit for additional information on UNOCHA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the OCHA Turkey Head of Office and under the day-to-day guidance of the OCHA Turkey Deputy Head of Office, the incumbent is expected to perform the following tasks:

1) Establish and strengthen relationship with Government of Turkey and humanitarian partners

  • Represent OCHA Turkey in high level interactions, where relevant;
  • Establish and/or strengthen partnerships with the Government of Turkey and relevant Turkish authorities to promote joint or collaborative emergency response and preparedness activities;
  • Establish and strengthen engagement with Ankara-based humanitarian partners, in particular NGOs and UN agencies to foster increased exchange at the operational and policy level, including between Turkey-based programming and cross-border activities;
  • Provide support and guidance to the Resident Coordinator and UNCT members with relation to the Syria context;
  • Under delegation of authority to organize, participate and/or chair working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on humanitarian and emergency relief-related matters, such as UNCT, SMT, etc.;
  • Undertake regular engagement with the relevant stakeholders for the humanitarian portfolio.

2) Analysis of humanitarian issues and context changes on Syria response from Turkey

  • Participate in the implementation of the humanitarian coordination structure, strategy and policy;
  • Submission of regular and on demand analysis on governmental positions in Turkey, and how they impact on the humanitarian response and affected population;
  • Enable Ankara based stakeholders to incorporate relevant policies and IASC guidance into preparedness and response activities;
  • As relevant, support the collection of information on contextual developments which impact the humanitarian situation and response in Syria.

3) Ensure effective functioning of Liaison office

  • Prepares, coordinates, and participates in all relevant high-level missions visiting Ankara;
  • Prepares briefing materials and presentations providing up-to-date analysis on trends and developments on the humanitarian situation in the country;
  • Support advocacy initiatives on humanitarian concerns and issues (protection of civilians, funding gaps, specific vulnerabilities);
  • Serves as focal person for all diplomatic and protocol related matters to Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Head of Office.




Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions


Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through

and hiring managers are encouraged to familiarize themselves for more information

Strategic thinking/Visioning

Ability to analyze the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans. Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Management and Coordination

Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise


Ability to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Priority setting

Ability to scan and synthesize diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


Master's degree or bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of work experience in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area


  • 5 years of relevant experience with Master’s degree (7 years relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree ) at the national and international level in humanitarian affairs, emergency relief management or development work.
  • Experience in managing diverse teams is required.
  • Work experience with Turkish Government authorities, i.e. Ministries, TRC or AFAD required.
  • Familiarity with and good knowledge of the Syria crisis and humanitarian assistance to Syria is required.
  • Familiarity and good knowledge of OCHA’s operations and mandate is strongly desirable.

Language Requirements:

Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable


Describe any additional qualifications:

  • Non-Smoking environment

“ A letter of interest, a UN Personal History Form (P11) filled in English, and a CV must be attached as one document to the application.”

Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that;

  • human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is create;
  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

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