Closing date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Job Identification : 9575

Locations : Ankara, Turkey

Posting Date : 03/29/2023, 02:24 PM

Apply Before : 04/12/2023, 09:00 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Temporary

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 364 days

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages

English and Arabic

Vacancy Timeline : 2 Weeks

Job Category : International/Intergovernmental Relations

Job Description

The Position:

The Programme and Accountability Specialist oversees the daily implementation and progress of Implementing Partners (IPs) work plans and monitor IP program implementation according to agreed work plans related to UNFPA Turkiye cross-border operations in North-West Syria based in Gaziantep. You will collaborate with the operations and administrative support staff. You will report to UNFPA Humanitarian Coordinator in Gaziantep.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Working within a Country Office (CO) environment, you will ensure the effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of population and development, reproductive health and gender.

Employing your programme management experience, you will oversee the work of the implementing partners. You will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with counterparts in multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society to address emerging issues, and effectively influence diverse stakeholders to contribute to achieving UNFPA’s mandate.

You would be responsible for:

  •  Reviewing the political, social and economic environment relevant to UNFPA programme activities, and pursuing opportunities for UNFPA assistance and intervention.
  •  Support achievement of programme results by ensuring appropriate policies are applied and monitoring and oversight mechanisms are established and implemented.
  •  Assessing implications of new policy developments and strategies on programme execution, and ensuring their integration.
  •  Monitor implementation of corporate policies and systems. Provide guidance, share good practices and make recommendations to further strengthen the role of operations providing an enabling environment for programme implementation
  •  Ensure timely monitoring and assurance activities for implementing partners involved in humanitarian response, in compliance with HACT.
  •  Monitor project implementation; establishing partnerships with executing agencies, experts, and other UN agencies to facilitate timely and efficient delivery of project inputs.
  •  Proactively provide inputs for proper design, costing, budget management, and utilization of IPs WPs. Analyze operational aspects of projects under UNFPA and Implementing Partner implementation.
  •  Contribute to developing new funding proposals by reviewing the proposed budgets ensuring that donor guides and UNFPA cost recovery policy is adhered to.
  •  Support the programme-operations working arrangement, processes and promote programme-operations integration maintaining a regular flow of information.
  •  Support preparation of relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in related meetings and public events.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced degree in health, population, demography and/or other related social science discipline.

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  At least five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of development and population activities;
  •  Experience in programme/ project management including experience in large multi-sector projects (particularly in humanitarian context), designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  •  Proven experience in coordinating/managing a multi-disciplinary team of staff, experts and consultants;
  •  Field experience is an asset;
  •  Prior experience in the UN system is an asset.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably Arabic, is desirable.

Required Competencies:


  •  Exemplifying integrity,
  •  Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  •  Embracing cultural diversity,
  •  Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  •  Achieving results,
  •  Being accountable,
  •  Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  •  Thinking analytically and strategically,
  •  Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

  •  Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  •  Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  •  Delivering results-based programme
  •  Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilisation

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

  •  Providing strategic focus
  •  Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders
  •  Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance
  •  Making decisions and exercising judgment

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of equality, diversity, integrity, and healthy work life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.