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Head of Istanbul Area Office - NOB

Turkey (Turkey)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Turkey (Turkey)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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WFP is the Largest Humanitarian Organization in the World and 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Winner!

WFP Turkey Country Office is looking for a Head of Area Office (NOB) in Istanbul/Turkey.

Apply no later than 21 June 2021!


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 5 years of related work experience.
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.


These roles are found in the Area/Field Offices. Job holders typically report to the Country/Deputy Country Director. 


This position is based in Istanbul, where the incumbent will lead and manage a WFP Area Office 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.  This office is also responsible for the Izmir Field office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Establish and maintain partnerships with private sector actors to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and scalable initiatives in line with WFP’s livelihood portfolio and in coordination with ACT 4 Lead and Head of Programme/ Deputy Country Director in Ankara.
2.Effectively manage the Istanbul Area Office and provide regular support to Izmir Field Office to ensure the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
3.Plan and manage WFP field operations within the area of assignment to ensure effective and efficient delivery of assistance and that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays.
4.Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, and any deviations are reported to the Country Office.
5.Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Area Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
6.Conduct timely monitoring and evaluation of activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Country Office review to inform efficient operational planning and decisions.
7.Build effective and collaborative relations with the local authorities and contribute to the expertise sharing and capacity building for effective preparedness and response to assistance needs.
8.Build partnerships to improve assistance packages, develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil societies, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.
9.Ensure extensive and frequent presence at project areas, distribution sites and centres.
10.Other as required.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategy & Planning Applies strong understanding of key national and international socio-political issues and the complexity and range of WFP programmes to plan and oversee implementation of programmes in area of responsibility, coordinating and monitoring to ensure effective fulfilment of the area’s needs.
Operations Applies understanding of WFP’s operations within the area of assignment to ensure optimal deployment of food aid and food assistance programmes and the resolution of high impact
operational issues that arise. Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of WFP programmes, supply chain and budgeting principles.
Resource Proactively builds profile of WFP within area of responsibility, effectively leveraging this to lead fundraising initiatives. Utilises understanding of WFP structure and delivery model and strong commercial knowledge to effectively develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited
Diplomacy Applies negotiation, networking and diplomacy skills to develop, nurture and sustain mutually beneficial external partnerships with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, civil societies, UN agencies, donors, beneficiaries and other partners/ media engaged in the field of food security, to improve assistance packages.
Collaborates with governments and other partners to identify opportunities for food assistance programmes in-line with WFP’s strategic aims locally, and negotiates the optimal approach to delivery against these.


Has experience working across the Program portfolio including cash assistance;

Has led a programme team and/or a component of a country office programme portfolio in WFP or other organizations;

Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

Has strong knowledge of the Turkish Government and institutional context


Only qualified Turkish Nationals will be short-listed.

Contract Duration: 1 year (renewable)

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. UN Fixed Term  Salary is offered on an annual basis starting from TRY 270.761 / Year (gross)

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

Duty Station: Istanbul/Turkey

Annual Leave Entitlement: 2.5 work days per month 

Maternity Leave: Up to 6 months paid maternity leave


No later than 21 June 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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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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