Programme Policy Officer - Conditional Assistance

World Food Programme, Turkey

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th September, 2018

Job Description


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger and the world's largest humanitarian organization.

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 Ankara Country Office in Turkey with regular travel to the field.


  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience (e.g., in livelihood support activities, cash for training/cash for assets initiatives, etc.) is required.
  • Education and Experience: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development or Bachelor degree with additional years of related work experience.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English and Turkish. Arabic language skills desirable.
  • Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals, or have valid residency permit.


This post is in the Country Office and will report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer. The incumbent will also be expected to liaise and coordinate with colleagues in the different Area / Field offices around the country.

The incumbent will be expected to operate with a high degree of independence, working with colleagues of different seniorities to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. PPOs are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level, job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


To provide support to policy and programme activities within the livelihood strengthening interventions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of livelihood (cash for training and cash for asset) projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Transfer Modalities (Cash): 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 (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.): Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government: Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


  • Support the development and implementation of WFP Turkey livelihood strategy, specifically the livelihood strengthening interventions focusing on skills training, employability and cash for work activities.
  • Assist in managing the relationship with cooperating partner(s) at the country level and monitor partnership performance to ensure that project implementation is following the Plan of Operations and agreement obligations.
  • Help identify, develop and maintain good, strong relationships with relevant national partners and other stakeholders (Government at national and local level, other UN agencies, NGOs, donors, private sector, etc.) for the livelihood projects.
  • Support including review the work of livelihood support staff in Area and/or Field Offices, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines


  • Has experience in implementing and designing technical programs.
  • Has experience working with partners.
  • Has strong analytical, operational and interpersonal skills.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


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