Job Summary

    WATAN is seeking a Government Affairs Officer who will be responsible to manage and oversee all Government Relations requirements for WATAN and coordinate legislative efforts by working with state and local governments.

Position Requirements

    • Minimum Education Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Law or relevant.
    • Minimum 2 years of professional and proven experience in government relations.
    • Travel Availability: Ability and willingness to travel domestically.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Turkish
    • Strong written and spoken Arabic.  English is desirable
    • Experience working with provincial- and district-level government authorities, community leaders, and civil society organizations
    • Strong networking capability and diplomacy skills
    • Experience working in emergency situations
    • May need to work after hours or at weekends


    Child Protection Policy
    Child abuse in all forms is unacceptable to WATAN, which recognizes its responsibility to protect children from harm in all areas of its work. WATAN is committed to ensuring a child-safe environment and is applying a zero-tolerance approach towards any kind of child abuse and exploitation.

    Discrimination, Abuse and Harassment Policy
    WATAN expressly prohibits and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, abuse, harassment (sexual or otherwise), based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, disability, or military status. WATAN employees and related personnel must under no circumstances take part in any form of discrimination, harassment, or abuse (physical, sexual or verbal), intimidation or exploitation, or in any other way infringe the rights of others inside or outside WATAN.

    Applications are strongly encouraged from female candidate


    Support WATAN Turkey’s liaison and relationship building with the Turkish authorities at a programmatic level.

    • Identify key government actors and appropriate approach routes for NGO communications and relationship building 
    • Develop and implement standard operating procedures for district and provincial level government liaison
    • Map out, and work to build and maintain strong working relationships with, district and provincial level government actors on behalf of WATAN
    • Support the Program team in matters pertaining to operational Safety & Security, working with the Government Liaison Coordinator, the Program Manager, and Safety & Security staff
    • Regularly coordinate with Liaison staff from other INGOs and national NGOs in order to ensure inter-agency learning
    • The GRO may also be occasionally required providing a supporting role in liaison at the national level
    • Drafting protocols


    Other program-related duties

    • Maintain a database of refugee numbers in Turkey, regularly updating this with new information from reliable sources
    • Assist with tasks relating to program development, including assessments
    • Support with tasks relating to visitors from the WATAN Confederation or donor representatives
    • Represent WATAN at NGO coordination meetings if required.
    • Produce monthly reports on liaison, coordination, and partnership activities for dissemination within the Program Team and the Senior Management Team.
    • Participate with the team to provide needed documents and papers for auditing and inspection from the state authorities.  
    • Follow up all the works with the legal accountant
    • Submission of Work permit applications to the System.
    • Organizing department newsletter, project collaborations
    • Keeping records in a duly, transparent, and accessible manner
    • Submission and follow up cross border permissions on regular basis.
    • Other duties assigned by the line manager


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Turkey - Gaziantep