Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Gaziantep, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th March, 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.

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. Ending hunger remains a significant global challenge, and must be achieved in the context of increasingly complex and protracted humanitarian needs. Climate change and rising inequality amplify these challenges by increasing people’s vulnerability to disasters. WFP’s dual mandate allows it to use a development lens in its humanitarian responses, and to align early recovery and development interventions accordingly. As a result of this dual mandate, WFP’s experience in both humanitarian and development contexts has allowed it to establish unique strengths and capacities for building resilience for food security and nutrition, including for contexts of protracted crises. 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, food and livelihood assistance to vulnerable refugees nationwide. This post falls within the livelihood strengthening interventions that seek to enhance self-reliance and resilience of both refugees and vulnerable host communities.

The post will be located in WFP Gaziantep Area Office in Turkey with travel to the field.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities within the conditional assistance strengthening interventions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to ensure efficient delivery of assistance.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Other tasks as required.


  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience (e.g., humanitarian-development projects, cash programmes, livelihood activities, etc.) is required.
  • Education: Bachelor Degree in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English and Turkish. Arabic language skills desirable.
  • Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals.


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