Programme Officer

UN Children's Fund , Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th January, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a Champion

If you are committed and passionate about making a lasting difference for children, UNICEF Turkey would like to hear from you.

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the Programme Officer is accountable for providing assistance for the successful implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education Programme (CCTE) targeting Syrians under temporary protection and other refugees in Turkey according to the contractual requirements of the funding agreement. The Programme Officer is expected to provide technical support for planning and implementation, management and evaluation of programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of achievement of the programme’s goals and objectives.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, highly effective Programme Officer, who will be able to adapt and deliver results under pressure, and performing the below functions:

Contribution Management

  • Support overall contribution management of the CCTE programme including planning, coordination, tracking, reporting and monitoring of the expenditure of the funds, making sure that it is performed according to donors’ contractual obligations.
  • Support the development of proposals, amendments, budgets for donors as required. Contributes to the donor reports in coordination with other programme sections.

Programme Development and Management

  • Liaise and coordinate with various sections to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of programme objectives according to the initial proposal.
  • Provide support to the sections involved in the implementation of the programme to ensure smooth and timely progress by preparing documentation for common understanding of the process, milestones, challenges, workplans and budgets’ updates within the CCTE programme.
  • Serve as the secretary/ minutes taker of any relevant meetings with sections, government partners, civil society organisation and the donor. Prepare meeting documentation for various meetings relevant to programme development and management.
  • Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects. Draft or prepare programme work plans as required.
  • Keep track of progress of planned workplan.

Optimum Use Of Program Funds: Monitor programme implementation progress and compliance. Monitors the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated. Alert outputs managers when corrective actions are required.

Donor reporting

  • Support the drafting process of required narrative and financial reports in the required formats in coordination with the supervisor and the respective section colleagues.
  • Assist the preparation of relevant documentation on the CCTE programme, as required, for external audience, ensuring its compliance with donors’ requirements.
  • Support the coordination and gathering of inputs from program colleagues for the development of new narrative proposals and budgets as required, including requests for amendments and regular updates on the progress made and results achieved.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration.

  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to assist establishing and maintaining sound internal controls supportive for programme implementation and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements.
  • Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including providing support during meetings, serving as a secretary, drafting briefing notes and other background materials required, while working closely with the Communications section to ensure that donors’ visibility and communication requirements are duly respected and complied with according to the agreed communication and visibility plan of the action.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • A university degree in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines is required.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • Experience in reporting, budgeting, donor relations and programme coordination.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Turkish.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning & Researching, Planning & Organizing.


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