Vacancy Notice Number:
National Project Officer (Livelihood)-re-advertised
6 months Special Short Term Graded Contract (NOA)- with possible extension
Deadline of Applications:
15 June 2023
Number of Vacant Positions:
Internal & External
The ongoing conflict in Syria has created surges of people crossing the borders into neighbouring countries. Host governments and humanitarian actors, including IOM, are providing relief assistance and protection to this extremely vulnerable population living with host families and, to a lesser extent, in camps. The large number of Syrian refugees is posing a growing challenge to reception communities’ capacity and host government’s response mechanisms.
As of September 2018, Turkey is hosting 3.6 million Syrian refugees. 200,000 reside in 16 camps (over 5.5% of the total) across South East Turkey and the remaining live outside of camps (around 93%). Of those living outside of camps, the majority are spread across the border provinces of Gaziantep, Hatay, Sanliurfa, Kilis, Mardin as well as in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Bursa and Adana.
In 2014, the Government of Turkey adapted the Temporary Protection (TP) Regulation that extends protection and assistance to all Syrians in Turkey and provides refugees with rights and duties and the framework to access health care, education, and social assistance. As a member of the UN Humanitarian Country Team in Syria and all concerned neighbouring countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey), the IOM Director General has activated the L3 Emergency SOPs to enhance organizational humanitarian assistance and priorities related to IDPs, refugees and returnees, and is actively participating in the emergency response within challenging humanitarian context.
IOM's strategy for Turkey as indicated in the 3RP (Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan) is three-pronged; 1. To provide basic needs assistance through multi-purpose cash, winterization, shelter repair and provision of transportation; 2. To ease the burden on national and local structures through the establishment of multi-service community centers offering protection and social stabilization for the refugees as well as increase access to education; and 3. To support the resilience of refugees and host communities through supporting livelihoods, community stabilisation and income generating activities.
Under the overall supervision of the Recovery and Stabilization Officer and direct supervision of the Project Support Officer (Recovery and Stabilization) in Gaziantep, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable to provide support in the coordination, preparation and implementation of expanding livelihoods and early recovery interventions and programme to help create income-generating opportunities for Syrian refugees as well as host community members.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Directly coordinate, supervise and lead the implementation of all livelihoods activities under the Livelihood unit including (Quick Impact Grant/QIG, Job Placement/JP, Entrepreneurship Training/ET, Vocational trainings/VT and Community Farming/CF). in coordination with the livelihoods team leaders and ensure that implementation is aligned with methodology, processes and SOPs;
- Review, track and provide inputs of monthly, interim, and final project reports (both narrative and financial), taking into consideration project objectives and work plans, and notify the project support officer as RSU officer of any issues with timeliness or quality.
- Facilitate the mainstreaming of Livelihood activities into other sectors such as Food Security, Protection, Education Basic needs, including needed coordination and linkages;
- Plan, develop, organize, and deliver capacity building and development activities to build capacity of staff and implementing partners on livelihoods project methodologies and approach,
- Conduct regular meetings with staff and IPs to go through the implementation progress, highlight any bottlenecks and challenges, give technical and operational advice and provide orientation;
- Conduct an adequate review for community assessment findings, identify local market gaps and missing community services in close coordination with the livelihoods team. project support officer and the RSU officer.
- Assist in developing the livelihoods program strategy, identifying new areas of intervention, and developing on-going initiatives;
- Contribute to improving IP selection process through providing needed project details and inputs, feedback on IPs performance.
- Align all activities with the 3RP framework and technical working groups, as well as active participation in their regular meetings and events.
- Coordinate with M&E to ensure that timely conduction of beneficiary verification and Post Distribution Monitoring; and liaison with the Protection Unit to ensure protection is mainstreamed across activities.
- Ensure all Livelihood data, reports and records are clearly organized and archived.
- Supervise all livelihoods staff by guiding them and building their capacity in order to facilitate the delivery of high-quality outputs.
- Assist the PM in improving existing tools of the projects and developing new ones when required.
- Support the PM in identifying partners and creating opportunities for joint action with local authorities, associations, chambers as well as NGOs to scale-up IOM’s Livelihood Program and assist in creating MoUs for new collaborations.
- Maintain strong coordination with all the relevant stakeholders (government agencies, local authorities, (I)NGOs, UN agencies, chambers, and private sector actors) in the field of Livelihood in Izmir. Participate in coordination meetings (working group and inter-agency meetings) and meetings with local authorities, governmental officers with regards to livelihood related topics in the duty station.
- Perform such other duties as may be requested.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in political or social Sciences, International Relations, Development Studies, Migration Studies, Human Rights, Law or related fields from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or,
- Master’s degree in the above-mentioned fields
- Experience in project management and implementation
- Experience of livelihoods and cash-based approaches or programming
- Proven team management in humanitarian environments with successful examples of local staff management.
- Understanding of relevant international standards
- Experience conducting Market Mapping or Assessments
- Experience liaising with Government counterparts and humanitarian partners.
- Knowledge of the Syrian conflict and its impact on the affected populations.
- Working experience in the region is an asset.
- Excellent IT skills (Google documents, Google mail, Excel and Word)
- Excellent communications skills
- Good organizational and administrative skills
- Statistical analysis techniques
- Knowledge of electronic survey tools (Kobo)
- Fluency in English and Turkish is required.
- Working knowledge of Arabic is advantageous.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity:
Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences.
• Encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.
• Promotes the benefits of diversity; values diverse points of view and demonstrate this in daily work and decision making.
• Challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace.
- Integrity and transparency:
Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules.
• Delivers on commitments; manages the organization’s resources reliably and sustainably.
• Embraces and encourages transparency, balancing this with the need for discretion and confidentiality as appropriate.
• Maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
• Does not abuse one’s position and acts without consideration of personal gain. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.
• Seeks to raise professional standards in self and others through daily work and activities.
• Adapts quickly to change and is decisive and versatile in face of uncertainty.
• Shows self-control and persistence when faced with difficult problems and remains calm in stressful situations.
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Fosters a sense of team spirit by developing a shared understanding, accountability and enthusiasm for the team’s work.
• Displays a high level of cultural awareness, sensitivity to different ways of working and leverages individual strengths in order to build a better team.
• Shares credit for team accomplishments and ensures that the contribution of others is recognized.
• Helps create a positive team spirit, putting aside personal considerations to help the team achieve its goals.
- Delivering results:
•Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs.
• Anticipates constraints, identifies solutions and takes responsibility for addressing critical situations.
• Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.
• Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives and demonstrates a good understanding of the impact of team’s and own work on external and internal counterparts.
- Managing and sharing knowledge:
•Disseminates and shares knowledge openly and actively contributes to knowledge/network communities for topics relevant to area of expertise.
• Encourages knowledge-sharing across units/departments and ensures that knowledge is captured, recorded and disseminated appropriately.
• Builds networks for the effective communication and exchange of knowledge and ideas and puts others into contact with various sources of knowledge.
• Contributes to an environment that is conducive to innovation and learning.
• Proactively seeks responsibility in delivering towards the goals of the Organization.
• Plans and organizes work with a clear and deliberate focus, ensuring commitments are easily identified and progress is widely communicated.
• Stands by the actions of team or department, publicly accepting ownership.
• Takes responsibility of own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable
•Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
• Seeks to share information with others, with due respect for diversity and the confidentiality of specific sensitive information.
• Listens and seeks to understand without bias and responds appropriately.
• Shares information and keeps others up to date; actively seeks others' views and ideas and respects their contribution.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Assigns responsibilities fairly and manages performance, taking account of individual strengths, workloads and interests.
• Is inclusive in decision-making and actively seeks feedback from team members and colleagues in order to identify opportunities for improvement.
• Takes sound and timely managerial decisions that are consistent with the Organization's vision and purpose.
• Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to understand needs and gain support.
- Empowering others and building trust:
•Delegates appropriately to make the most of others’ talents, clarifying expectations and allowing autonomy in important areas while providing necessary support.
• Encourages others to take responsibility for their performance; promotes ownership, responsibility and accountability for desired results at all levels.
• Creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.
• Gives proper credit to others, shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort.
- Strategic thinking and vision:
•Aligns own actions to the Organization’s vision, values and mandate.
•Translates strategic direction into short and medium-term plans and objectives for own team; revises objectives to reflect changes in organizational goals.
• Identifies key issues/priorities in complex situations and how they may be related to one another.
• Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.
This is a local position and applications from candidates for non-Turkish citizens holding a valid residence permit residing in Türkiye might be considered.
Please be advised that female candidates are highly encouraged.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to IOM Birlik Mahallesi Sehit Kurbani Akboga Sokak No:24 Cankaya, Ankara by the end of 15 June 2023.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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