World Food Programme (WFP)

Senior Programme Associate (Head of Field Office)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

   WFP is the Largest Humanitarian Organization in the World and 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Winner! The United Nations World Food Programme in Turkey is looking for a Senior Programme Associate G7 (Head of Field Office) in Sanliurfa/Turkey If you have the relevant experience, apply at the latest by 19 July 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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance.

Language: Fluency in spoken and written English and Turkish.

Experience: Minimum 4 years work experience in a similar capacity relevant to the post, development projects or livelihood activities.


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). The job holder typically reports to the Head of Area Office and the Deputy Country Director.

At this level, job holders are responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. They independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme. Job holders demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. They may act as technical focal points in the area of Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis. Job holders set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.


To provide effective Coordination and specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively meet cash assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of project activities, plans and processes within the specific technical area of work ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.

2. Provide efficient coordination and specialized Project Management Support to a range of specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.

3. Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a variety of elaborated reports and substantial Data Analysis (e.g. cash assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and make recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.

4. Lead and ensure accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

5. Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.

6. Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of cash assistance.

7. Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within a specific technical area.

8. Act as an escalation point for complex query resolution on all matters within the area of responsibility.

9. Manage a team of support staff, providing advice, guidance and training, to ensure individual and team objectives are delivered to agreed standards and deadlines.

10. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect cash assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.



This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


• Has participated in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).

• Has implemented programmes with increased level of responsibility.

• Has provided input to policy discussions.


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 187.604 / Year Medical Insurance: Private Medical Insurance plan for UN staff members and dependents (spouse, child or children) Annual Leave Entitlement: 2.5 work days per month Maternity Leave: 6 months paid maternity leave Only Turkish nationals will be considered.


Deadline: No later than 19 July 2021 Female 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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