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Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods) NOC - Ankara

Turkey (Turkey)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Turkey (Turkey)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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The United Nations World Food Programme in Turkey is looking for a Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods) - NOC in Ankara/Turkey.

(flexible for an alternative location arrangement)

If you have relevant experience, apply at the latest by 21 June 2021.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. 


World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger and the world's largest humanitarian organization. Responding to emergencies and saving lives and livelihoods through direct assistance, or by strengthening country capacities remain the major part of WFP’s operations, and is crucial in supporting countries’ efforts to achieve the SDGs. WFP’s dual mandate allows it to use a development lens in its humanitarian responses, and to align early recovery and development interventions accordingly. WFP is committed to supporting countries by reaching people in need first and ensuring that no one is left behind. In Turkey, WFP is supporting the Government with the provision of basic needs assistance to vulnerable refugees and implementing projects to build the resilience of refugee households. WFP is also working to enhance the capacity of its national partners.



Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance and 4 years of related work experience, or First University Degree with over 7 years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Language: Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English and Turkish languages, Arabic is an asset.
Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals.


WFP Turkey Country Office is looking for a highly experienced Programme Policy Officer with extensive technical knowledge on livelihood programming and related national, local and private sector partners in Turkey. These roles are found in the Country/Area/Field Offices. Job holders report typically report to the Country/Deputy Country Director.


This position is based in Ankara, where the incumbent will lead and manage a WFP Livelihoods activities to ensure the effective and efficient management of human and financial resources and delivery of WFP programs and activities. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining relationships with local governments, UN agencies and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility.  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Lead the WFP Livelihoods portfolio by providing support and guidance to the field offices and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with strategy, government and WFP policies and other relevant guidance.
2.Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts.
3.Establish and maintain operational partnerships with national, local and private sector partners to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
4.Work with the Head of Istanbul Area Office/Private sector liaison to establish and manage partner protocols, letter of intents or MOUs.
5.Contribute to formulation of broader WFP-Livelihoods programme in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field;
6.Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to area of specialism, for example food security, livelihoods, resilience or engagement in potential humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
7.Contribute to resources mobilisations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating WFP Turkeys strategy and approach and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.
8.Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
9.Other as required.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas     Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context-specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, w/ Government research,  own experience)  to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


-Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
-Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.


Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable)

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. UN Fixed-term gross salary is offered on an annual basis starting from TRY 357,521.00 (gross)

Medical Insurance: Private medical insurance plan for UN staff members and dependents (spouse, child or children)  

Annual Leave Entitlement: 2.5 workdays per month 

Maternity Leave: Up to 6 months paid maternity leave 

Duty Station: Ankara/Turkey (flexible for an alternative location arrangement)


No later than 21 June 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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