Programme Assistant, Ankara, Turkey

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Ankara, Turkey

Office: WFP Ankara, Turkey

Closing date: Thursday, 4 March 2021


The United Nations World Food Programme in Turkey is looking for a Programme Assistant SC5, based in Ankara, Turkey.

If you have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience (e.g. development projects, cash-based transfer or finance), apply at the latest by 04 March 2021.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


Education: University degree in Economics, Accounting, Business, Social Sciences, International Affairs, or other field relevant to international development assistance. Language: Fluency in oral and written communication in English and Turkish. Any other additional languages like Arabic, Farsi or Urdu is an asset.

Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals or to have a valid residency permit of at least 6 months in Turkey.

Experience: Minimum two years of relevant work experience.


The job holder based in Ankara and reports directly to the Programme Policy Officer under the programme operations technical team.

At this level, job holders are responsible for the completion of a range of specialized and/or standardized processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines and practices. Job holders are able to recommend a course of action to staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other support staff. They work under minimum supervision, perform basic analyses and compile reports to support information consistency and smooth implementation of programmes/projects.


To perform specialized and/or standardized policy and programme-related processes and activities to support the effective delivery of assistance.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

â‚â‚â‚â‚Perform specialized and/or standardised processes and activities within the specific technical area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.

Provide programme activities and/or general office support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures.

Within the specific area of responsibility, compile data and support analysis and preparation of reports (e.g. resource utilization, sweepback analysis, partner expenses) in order to support operational decision-making.

Perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. Cash-Based Transfers) following corporate standards and guidelines.

Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.

Support communication and activities with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions.

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Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance where necessary.

Other post requirements:

Raise monthly and timely commitments on SAP (WINGS) for various Cash-Based Transfers activities and program implementation, such as Cash for beneficiaries & partner expenditures;
Follow up and preparation of the necessary documentation for payment of the various CBT activities and program implementation;
Coordinate with vendor/partner focal points on submission of invoices and waybills (supporting documents) under the scope of the Soup Kitchens programme;
Prepare monthly cash forecasts for various program activities;
Keep records of program activities documents and financial reports, perform ad-hoc analysis as required;
Enter relevant data into COMET in support of overall Country Office external reports

Provide support for administrative tasks of Programme Unit


Has facilitated communication with technical teams (i.e. CBT.).

Has a strong financial background and knowledge of financial processes and internal controls

Has previous experience with SAP (WINGS) various modules and tools

Has good understanding of CBT design and implementation


Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered starting from TRY 8,425.00 gross.

Annual Leave Entitlement: 1.83 days per month.

Medical Insurance: Private medical insurance plan for the employee and dependents (spouse, child or children)

Duration of the contract: until 31 December 2021 (Renewable)


Deadline: No later than 04 March 2021 Nationality and Residency: The applicant should be either a Turkish national or have a valid Turkish residence at the time of application.


Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.