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Turkey: Livelihoods and Migration Technical Specialist (Only National / Local applicants)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Turkey
Closing date: 27 Jul 2017

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised $2 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, ensuring that they are able to survive, learn and be protected whatever their circumstances, including in times of humanitarian crisis.

2016 is a time of change and growth at Save the Children. As part of our new strategic plan ‘Every Last Child’, we have made it a global priority to build humanitarian, advocacy and campaigning capability, to become truly global – driving stronger and more diversified funding, and to maximise the use of our knowledge, systems, capacity and culture. We are doing whatever it takes to reach the world’s most excluded children. With your help we can ensure the world puts children first, and that we can tackle the barriers that prevent them from surviving and thriving. We won’t stop until every last child survives and fulfils their potential.

Position reporting to: Director Programme Development and Quality

Contract type: Employment

Contract length: Until 17/09/2017 (extendable)

Closing date: 27/07/2017

Location: Istanbul (with frequent travel to program locations around the country)

ROLE PURPOSE: As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team, the Livelihood and Migration Technical specialist will be responsible for Livelihood and Migration strategy development; conducting partner capacity assessments and community needs assessments. The Livelihood and Migration Technical specialist will ensure that partners and the SCI team have the capacity to address humanitarian needs on an ongoing basis and will be responsible for providing technical guidance to partner staff and SCI team ensuring that high-quality activities are developed. The Livelihood and Migration will be a lead on developing proposals and securing funding for Livelihood and migration programming and will ensure the coordination of all Livelihood and migration activities through active participation in coordination meetings and working groups


· Lead on designing Livelihood or multi-sectoral technical assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs, and when relevant the needs of displaced/migrating children.

· Lead on developing Livelihood response plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy and to align with partner input and partner capacity

· Lead on fundraising for the Livelihood sector, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisers. Special emphasis on projects that are responding to displacement and migration issues.

· Provide technical support to Livelihood teams (including FSL) and conduct regular monitoring visits to ensure quality programming is being implemented

· Ensure partner staff and program teams have solid understanding of emergency, recovery and development programming in particular in Livelihood and with regards to displacement/migration related vulnerabilities

· Ensure that all required project indicators are measured by field teams and evaluated

· Working closely with the HR team, lead on identifying Livelihood and migration staffing needs for Syria and Turkey programmes; ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff

· Working closely with the MEAL team, put in place sector MEAL plan for livelihood and cross sector MEAL recommendation for migration/displacement , ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work

· Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Migration programming

· Design country-level projects aimed at furthering the protection of migrant/displaced children and their families and Technically backstop their implementation

· Ensure close collaboration and ties with Migration and displacement specialist at the region and at HQ involved in advisory and research work on migration and displacement associated with the Syria crisis. Also collaborate with government line ministries, senior academics and researchers in the field.

· Liaise with donors and potential partners with a view to mobilizing resources and expanding the Office’s capacity to undertake various activities in the field of migration

· Organize and facilitate meetings on migration, training workshops, expert meetings, and meetings for partners, target groups and staff as appropriate.

· Support mainstreaming migration into urban humanitarian programmes through provision of expert advice on migration and development issues

· Develop products for organizational learning about the inter-linkages of mobility, displacement and reintegration

Capacity Building:

· Develop creative techniques to support the learning and development of staff and partners based in inaccessible areas

· Develop learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both SC and partner staff, linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.

· Coach and mentor partner staff, Livelihood and migration Team and national level counterparts and link in to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.

· Oversee development and delivery of technical training material that will improve aspects of Livelihood and migration work within partner organizations and across Save the Children

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

· Shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination fora, including the FSL Cluster, alliances and consortia, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.

· Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.

· Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.

· Play a leadership role in shaping Livelihood and migration communications and media priorities in line with thematic priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.


· Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safe guarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Degree in Economics, Food Sciences, International Relations, Development studies or similar field;
  • Minimum 5 years experience of working in FSL programmes in a humanitarian or development context including at least 1 year working internationally;
  • Previous experience of working in large-scale first phase emergency response;
  • Previous experience of working with a large FSL team of international and national staff;
  • Experience with refugee and migration caseloads – being well versed in displacement related vulnerabilities;
  • Previous experience of in conflict settings and in remote management;
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes;
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large FSL team;
  • Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on FSL related topics;
  • Experience of senior level representation;
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors;
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level;
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
  • A high level of written and spoken English;
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.


  • Language skills in Arabic
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Specific experience of designing and managing BMZ, ECHO, BPRM, and other major donor projects

Benefits Package provided to National Staff:

  • Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position
  • Annual leave
  • Medical Scheme, Accidental and Life insurance
  • Transportation allowance for Istanbul; pick and drop facility for Hatay
  • A motivating work environment

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

How to apply:

Please apply in English by sending your up to date CV with a cover letter as a single document explaining your salary expectations to and mention the position that you are applying for to the subject section. The advertisement will be closed on 27th July 2017 at 5:30 PM (Turkey local time).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis.