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Project Assistant (Shelter & CS) VN#TR/2018/66 943 views52 applications

General Functions:  

The Syria crisis is entering its fifth year and millions of Syrians continue to seek refuge in neighbouring countries including Turkey. It is estimated that over 12.2 million individuals inside Syria now require humanitarian assistance and 7.6 million are internally displaced (SRP 2015-2016). Over 4 million Syrians have fled as refugees (UNHCR).

As of 01 May 2016, Turkey is hosting over 2,7 million Syrian refugees. Over 260,000 reside in 25 camps (over 9% of the total Syrian refugees) across South East Turkey and the remaining live outside of camps (around 91%). Of the 2.5 million living outside of camps, the majority are spread across Turkey, with the majority residing in the border provinces, Sanliurfa, Hatay as well as Istanbul, Mersin, and Adana.

In October 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.

IOM’s strategy for Turkey as indicated in the 3RP (Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan) is three-pronged; firstly, i) provision of humanitarian assistance focusing on the distribution of food, non-food items, cash vouchers, winterization and provision of transportation, ii) 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 iii) supporting the resilience of refugees and host communities through livelihoods, community stabilization, shelter and income generating activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator (Refugee Response) and the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (S&C Stabilization), the incumbent will be responsible in providing assistance in the implementation of the community stabilization and shelter project in line with IOM policies, standards and commitments.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Support the identification and prioritization of community support/stabilization projects (CSPs).

2. Conduct needs assessments with host and refugee communities including municipalities, community representatives and youth (maintaining gender balance) in coordination with CS Officer.

3. Conduct FGDs with host and refugee communities to identify common priorities for a particular area in coordination with CS Officer.

4. Conduct outreach field visits and identify vulnerable beneficiaries to enroll in rapid income generation activities.

5. Maintain relationships and liaise with all stakeholders including Security actors, Municipalities, Districts, UN agencies and NGOs at local level.

6. Support in monitoring previous and ongoing shelter and Community Support Projects (CSP) activities.

7. Inform communities of project value both monetary and social impact and provide regular updates on all project expenditure to the Programme Officer (S&C Stabilization).

8. Support in preparing work plans and report updates on progress of all projects on a regular basis and a final monitoring report upon completion.

9. Maintain and keep records of Shelter and CS (services, goods, and works) related to his/her sector of responsibility in collaboration with the CS and shelter engineers.

10. Submit weekly progress report to the Senior Project Assistant (CS and Shelter).

11. Ensure appropriate coordination with all humanitarian partners (including UN agencies, national and international NGOs, and other international organizations), as well as with national authorities and local structures.

12. Represent shelter and CS needs in discussions with national authorities and local structures in close coordination with the Programme Officer (S&C Stabilization).

13. Act as focal point for on shelter and CS response plans and operations.

14. Coordinate and monitor visibility at all shelter and CS events and on printed materials.

15. Assist in coordinating implementation of the activities under shelter and CS is in line with the Donors Visibility guidelines.

16. Organize and assist to arrange the cars request plan for the shelter and CS staff

17. Perform other duties as may be assigned

Required Qualifications:


  • University degree in Social Science, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited academic institution, with three years of relevant professional experience; or
  • Completed High school degree from an accredited academic institution, with five years of relevant professional experience;


  • Experience in experience in humanitarian or similar field;
  • Experience with NGO and in development projects or community mobilization and social work;
  • Experience working with governance and municipalities;
  • Strong computer skills (e.g. MS Office incl. Word, Excel etc. MS Project);
  • Knowledge in surveys, planning, BoQ and execution of building construction projects is an advantage.


  • Fluency in Turkish and English is required.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Required Competencies


  • Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms
  • Client Orientation – works effectively well with clients and stakeholders
  • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services
  • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.
  • Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Professionalism –  displays mastery of subject matter
  • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.
  • Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


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.

Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only applications from candidates with a valid residence / working permit residing in Turkey will be considered.

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 to or to IOM Birlik Mahallesi Sehit Kurbani Akboga Sok. No:24  06610, Çankaya, Ankara Turkey by the end of 05 June 2018.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

More Information

  • Sector Civil Society
  • Language Level Turkish (C2, Level 6, Advanced), English (C2, Level 6, Advanced)
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