Job Summary

    WATAN is seeking Head of Turkey Project who is responsible to manage and oversee turkey project implantation and relationships requirements for WATAN and coordinate legislative efforts by working with state and local governments.

Position Requirements

    • Minimum Education Degree: Bachelor’s degree in administration, Law or relevant.
    • Minimum 5 years professional and proven experience in project implementation and liaison with government.
    • Travel Availability: Ability and willingness to travel domestically.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Turkish
    • Strong written and spoken English.  Arabic is desirable
    • Excellent relationship building and maintenance skills
    • Experience working with provincial- and district-level government authorities, community leaders and civil society organizations
    • Strong networking capability and diplomacy skills
    • Ability to develop capacity building frameworks and work plans
    • Commitment to, and good knowledge of, creating efficient, independent partner
    • organizations, through effective capacity building and learning and development activities
    • Commitment to WATAN's policies of promoting gender equity and diversity and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of WATAN's work
    • Experience working in emergency situations


    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.




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

    • Manage assigned project with all its relevant activities.
    • Direct communication with project stakeholders (donor – project team – support function- programs) and ensure high quality implementation.
    • Financial project management and budget holder.
    • 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
    • Regularly coordinate with Liaison staff from other INGOs and national NGOs in order to ensure inter-agency learning.
    • Develop new and sustainable initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
    • Represent WATAN in related working groups and other stakeholder or coordination meetings, as needed, and maintain a positive, continuous, and visible presence for WATAN.
    • Provide project reports that are timely and meet institutional and donor/partner requirements.

    Identify, assess and build/maintain relationships with current & potential partner organizations.

    • List/map and support with the assessment of several potential partners to determine their suitability to work with WATAN. Assessments will include the analysis of mutual values, principles, governance, structure, accountability, and management systems and should be undertaken through use of agreed, standardized tools.
    • Supported by the Program Manager and Donor relations Manager to lead the development of MOUs and partnership agreements
    • Follow up with partners on MOUs and reporting, in liaison with the Grants Officer
    • Support the PMs to regularly review the partnerships, and ensure that any issues or disputes are resolved in a timely manner
    • Provide translation in meetings where necessary.

    Coordinate Capacity Building of partners

    • With the Program Manager, support the Donor relations to undertake review meetings with partners, with particular attention given to the relationship aspects of partnership collaboration.
    • With the support of the Program Manager and under the supervision of the Donor relations manager, review organizational assessments of partners or conduct new assessments and develop appropriate time bound development work plans.
    • Support the Donor relations Manager to develop a capacity building framework and action plans with full participation of partners.
    • Establish links and build relationships with organizational capacity development providers inside Turkey including consulting firms, government institutions, NGO support centres, embassies and universities.

    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.


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Work Place

Gaziantep, Istanbul