Programme Policy Officer(Emergency) SC8- Mersin VA037-2023

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
  • Category:
    Humanitarian and Crisis Response, Project Management
  • Deadline:


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


All applications should be received no later than 31 of October 2023.


Contract Type: Service Contract
Level: SC8
Duration:12 months
Duty Station: Mersin, Turkey
Number of required employees: 1


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 lifetime.
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 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger globally, including its work during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than 4.6 million people each month. This includes families who require emergency assistance when affected by conflict and displacement and also those who need help to improve their nutrition and food security. WFP supports children across Syria with healthy meals and snacks at school, mothers with nutritious diets, and families and communities with sustainable livelihood projects.


After a decade of conflict marked by violence, military operations, multiple displacements, and economic shocks across northwest Syria, some 3.1 million people out of the 4.4 million people living in North-Western Syria (NWS) need food assistance to meet their basic needs, of which some 1.35m rely on WFP food assistance alone.

The food security situation has deteriorated in line with the developments mentioned above, as the downturn of the economy has caused sharp price increases and has eroded purchasing power across the northwest. In line with the Humanitarian Response Plan, WFP Syria (Mersin Field Office) remains ready to respond to the growing humanitarian need.

The position will be under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Deputy Head of Programme) and the Head of Programme in Mersin. The person should have the operational and technical skills to contribute to the expertise for the design, management, coordination and implementation of emergency preparedness and response operations, facilitating timely, efficient, and effective approaches that are integrated across functions.
In the field, the position could operate with considerable independence and could lead and manage NWS assessment and other missions, coordinating and facilitating access issues to ensure successful implementation of emergency preparedness and response activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Plan and coordinate for program technical assessment missions to NWS, including meeting with local authorities, beneficiaries, CP representatives,

2. Keep track on NWS operational updates and challenges for addressing issues,

3. Act as NWS access focal point and participate at access working group (WFP and inter-agency),

4. Compile the findings of the missions / reporting through action point matrix and
follow up with other units,

5. Provide summary findings of missions on regular basis to Deputy Head and Head of Programme and to Head of Office, advise on program implementation based on mission findings and trends analyses,

6. Act as WFP NWS assessment missions’ focal point with regard to OCHA and UN system at operational level including contributing to joint documents and outcomes of the missions,

7. Build capacity of CPs in NWS with WFP cross-functional teams,

8. Present WFP in inter-agency meetings and mission related assessment missions to NWS,

9. Provide technical advice for the cross-functional coordination by mobilizing expertise from various technical / functional areas to ensure that food relief
assistance and emergency preparedness and response is delivered in a coherent, integrated, and efficient manner.

10. Contribute to the overall strategic development, implementation and management of emergency assessment capacities, scenario building and Concept of Operations to ensure adequate operational readiness and where feasible, a transition plan for more sustainable emergency response.

11. Provide oversight to teams on the preparation and dissemination of timely situational updates to senior management, taking the lead on stakeholder
management for a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure effective decision- making.

12. Support the development of functional emergency response, surge augmentation and rapid deployment plans to ensure that WFP’s emergency preparedness and response activities are coordinated with the affected communities, authorities, and partners.

13. Develop and implement cross-functional analysis, including context analysis, to inform operational decision making in emergency preparedness and response.

14. Contribute to mobilization efforts of WFP resources and capabilities for effective and sustainable emergency preparedness and response.

15. Advise senior management on technical matters related to the emergency response, both current and anticipated.

16. Maintain and regularly update corporate risk registry.

17. Contribute to an equitable and inclusive workplace which incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.

18. Providing additional support as requested.


Education: Advanced University degree preferably in social science, public administration, international law, public health, international relations/ development /affairs, logistics, supply chain management, business administration or other related fields of study, or First University Degree with additional years with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English & Arabic languages and Intermediate level of Turkish language.


  • Advanced University Degree: At least 1 year of responsible post-graduate professional experience in humanitarian work and with humanitarian organizations with exposure to emergency response, access and coordination.
  • First University Degree: At least 3 further years of responsible professional experience in humanitarian work and with humanitarian organizations with exposure to emergency response, access and coordination.


• Experience in coordinating with donors/government officials, partners, media outlets etc.
• Experience in managing different operational projects such as (but not limited to) programs, supply chain, CBT, field operation or equivalent.
• Experience in leading a small to medium-sized teams in an emergency context and/or hardship context.
• Experience in medium-scale emergency operations
• Excellent analytical and writing skills.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills


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