Programme Assistant

World Food Programme, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd February, 2019

Job Description


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.

In September 2016, WFP signed the largest humanitarian deal in European history: a €348 million contract with the European Union to roll out a programme known as the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN). ESSN programme in Turkey contributes of the goals laid out in the Grand Bargain. Partnering with the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), WFP has joined forces with the Turkish Red Crescent and the Government of Turkey to lessen the suffering of over a million refugees in Turkey.


  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area (Economics, International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology or Social Work) is desirable.
  • Experience: Two years of work experince with at least one-year solid experience in a field related to humanitarian and/or development programming.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the assigned unit and delegated authority, the Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Perform specialized and/or standardised processes and activities supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Support programme planning/design processes and provide general office support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Conduct research, compile data and support analysis and the preparation of reports (e.g. basic needs assistance, resource utilization, programme status, performance) to support programme design and operational decision-making.
  • Perform accurate, timely recording of data and information following corporate standards and guidelines.
  • Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing programme activities.
  • Support communication and activities with partners, UN agencies, NGOs and government institutions.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance where necessary.
  • Other tasks as required.


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