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Field Associate (Temporary Appointment) -Gaziantep

Gaziantep (Turkey)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Gaziantep (Turkey)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-26

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This position is open to applications from Group 1, Group 2 and all external candidates, provided that requirements regarding professional experience, academic qualifications, language, etc. are fulfilled.


External candidates must be legally present in Turkey at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit to be considered.

Your application will NOT be considered if;

-      The application form is not duly filled.
-      The questionnaire at the end of the application form is not answered. (for external candidates)
-      A valid residence permit is not attached to the application. (for non-Turkish external candidates only) Field Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Field Associate is normally supervised by the (Senior) Field Officer or Head of Office and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor defines general work objectives and provides necessary advice and guidance. The Field Associate may supervise some General Service support staff.
The incumbent keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information, to establish understanding of respective needs; to ensure provision of services and resolution of problems and with the external contacts generally with officials of national and international institutions, leaders of the refugee community, local population and/or Implementing Partners (IPs) on subject matters which may be of importance to the Organization.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Monitor the situation in the AoR, collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
- Monitor the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
- Undertake regular visits to various sites in order to assess needs of persons of concern, with particular attention to vulnerable groups.
- Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
- Act as interpreter when required.
- Contribute to the preparation of status and progress reports by providing info, preparing tables, etc.
- Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
- Inform and act on the reports received on persons of concern within the refugee community or from the local authorities.
- In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
- Represent UNHCR in physical monitoring of projects.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses

Business Administration;
Political Science.

Relevant Job Experience


Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.
UNHCR field experience.

Functional Skills

*IT-Computer Literacy
CO-Drafting and Documentation
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The monthly net salary is between TRY 11,091 and TRY 13,918  depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== I. Nature of the Position

The post of Field Associate is within Gaziantep Field Unit and the incumbent will be supervised by the Assistant Field Officer (NOA) under the Head of Gaziantep Field Unit. Gaziantep Field Unit covers five provinces namely Gaziantep, Kilis, Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye and Malatya where about more than 700,000 Syrians are registered. The incumbent will:

Observe the voluntary Return Interviews of Syrians at PDMMs and ensure voluntariness of applicants' decision for return and provide counselling on the consequences of voluntary return and if/when encountered any specific protection cases, take appropriate action and  refer to relevant stated institution. Prepare daily and weekly reports and statistics on voluntary return interviews and record in database.
Contribute to the designing, implementation and reporting about protection and solutions activities of the Field Unit.
Follow up with partners on their activities and conduct ad-hoc visits to monitor the activities and join regular MFT visits when required/scheduled by Program Unit.
Conduct visits to Temporary Accommodation Centers (TACs) to follow up situation of refugees in the TACs, and attend the delivery of of CRIs to TACs.
Liaise with the local official including PDMMs, PdFSS and its units (SSCs, SASFs etc.) and follow up on UNHCR supported programs as well as keep close contacts with Municipalities and muhtars on situation of refugees in urban as well as social cohesion activities of Municipalities.
Assist in administrative tasks such as preparation of the weekly schedule and assist authorized personnel during field missions.
Competencies and skills:
- Strong interpersonal skills and maturity to liaise with government officials and build collaborative respectful relationships with all stakeholders;
- Flexibility to respond to changing circumstances in the operational or office environment, including those that may require late working hours;
- Ability to organize work and perform it punctually.

II. Interaction with Persons of Concern or External Stakeholders

To perform and fulfil their duties, the incumbent will spend a substantial percentage of time working outside the office on a daily basis engaging  with refugees and staff of various counterparts; NGOs and public institutions including but not limited to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (PDMM) and Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Services (PdFSS) and other relevant state institutions and Municipalities, muhtars etc. The incumbent will be expected to interact directly with persons of concern including Syrians and other nationalities within the Filed Unit's area as well especially in counselling with the refugees during voluntary return interviews at PDMMs.

III. Reporting and Managerial Expectations

The incumbent will be part of the Gaziantep Field Unit. Under the supervision of Sub-Office Gaziantep, the Field Unit in Gaziantep covers UNHCR's activities in five provinces of South East Turkey: Gaziantep, Kilis, Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye and Malatya.
The incumbent will report to the the Assistant Field Officer (NOA) within Gaziantep Field Unit who is under Head of Gaziantep Field Unit. The incumbent will receive regular guidance and advice from the supervisor and Head of Field Unit. Advice and operational support will also be received from the Snr. Field Coordinator as well as other relevant units (Protection, Program etc,) in Sub-Office Gaziantep.
The incumbent will not have a direct supervisory role, however will take part in administrative tasks such as the preparation of weekly schedule of the Field Unit and will contribute in reporting in collaboration with the team.

IV. Additional Languages, Skills and Qualifications

English and Turkish language proficiency is essential, and fluency in one of the languages including Arabic, Kurdish and/or Farsi will be considered a strong advantage.
Completed Protection Learning Programme, as well as child protection and SGBV related learning programmes will be considered an advantage.
Desirable functional skills:
PR - Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD)
PR-Interviewing and counselling refugees/asylum seekers and in individual case management;
MS-Reporting and drafting skills; The closing date of the job opening is 26 January 2022.

***Please note that this is a Temporary Appointment until 30 June 2022 with the possibility of the extension.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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