OCHA-NGO Forum Policy and Advocacy Coordinator-P4/P5-Gaziantep, Turkey

Location: Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey
Date Posted: 28-07-2017
TORs: OCHA-NGO Forum Policy and Advocacy Coordinator-P4/P5-Gaziantep, Turkey
Duration 6 months

Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences Tor OCHA:

The NGO Form no longer has dedicated staff, to coordinate the Forum because of the enforced regulatory environment in Turkey. The Forum's dedicated international staff used to be under international NGO contracts; however, the Government of Turkey is enforcing the regulations governing NGOs that prior to it did not. The specific impact is that for every international NGO worker, the NGO must hire five Turkish nationals. As a result, no international NGO wants to sacrifice an . international coordination position for a prograrpmatic,position particularly as the NGO Forum position is only administratively tied to the NGO, and the coordinators do not work directly for that NGO. Therefore, in order to maintain an effective and coherent NGO, coordination and mechanism, and one that OCHA can work with, there is a need to surge people to the Forum to revitalise its effectiveness.
Details on security situation / structure and staff well-being (e.g. security level, living conditions?):

Security Level B. Freedom of movement; walking, taking taxis and buses, etc ail okay. Staff live in private apartments without security guards.

13. Main tasks and duties to be executed (specify precisely in a few bullet points):

Under the direct supervision of the NGO Forum Director, and in line with the NGO Forum Steering Committee's directives, the NGO Forum Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

>    Provide support to the core meetings of the NGO Forum, in particular to the NGO Forum General and Steering Committee Meetings;

>    Assist in the drafting of the regular muiti-donor reporting cycle and other regular reporting responsibilities of the NGO Forum Secretariat;

>    Support information management, ensuring information sharing and timely dissemination;

>    Work with NGO Forum members on the identification of their advocacy needs and draft policy papers relating to relevant issues identified by the NGO Forum platforms;

>    Regularly develop advocacy and policy materials such as position papers, key messages, and other materials as requested to ensure that the NGO Forum members' interests and voices are adequately represented externally;

>    Review and update a clear advocacy plan and calendar which are responsive to key events and dates throughout the year;

>    Chair and support the NGO Forum AWG through the provision of strategic leadership on issue identification, message development and capacity building to AWG members;

>    Represent the NGO Forum externally at policy and advocacy related events and meetings, as well as with outside parties interested in the overarching policy issues regarding the work of the humanitarian community;    —

>    In coordination with the NGO Forum Director, provide supervision to the Ankara-based Liaison Officer, coordinating the development of clear policy positions on issues of interest at both the Turkey hub level and the Whole of Syria level;

>    Liaise closely with other regional fora and global advocacy representative's platforms to ensure messaging is coherent connected and in the best interest of member organisations;

>    Oversee the general NGO Farum Training Programme for members on a range of relevant issues and, in particular, develop and deliver advocacy training sessions;

>    Act as Director in the Director's absence, and

>    Perform other duties as required.
14. Specific required skills (languages, experience, etc)
• Post-graduate qualifications international relations, political science, in communications, media, or in any other related field;
At least five years of humanitarian experience, of which at least two years are focused on global-level policy, advocacy and communications for NGOs (or similar);

» At least two years' experience working on strategic level issues, including sigrii fieant coordination, advocacy and representation experience;

•    Significant experience working in a complex humanitarian environment and within a UN-lead cluster system;

•    Experience coordinating messaging across a broad spectrum of actors with different - and sometimes widely diverging - views;

•    Experience in the implementation and design of advocacy, policy and communications training programmes;

•    Experience working with national NGOs and implementing partners;

« Very strong diplomacy skills and ability to rapidly read situations and determine appropriate responses in line with established guidelines and protocols;

•    Strong verbal and written English language skills essential; Arabic or Turkish an advantage;

•    Ability to travel throughout the region is required;

•    Confident, mature personality and good team player, and

•    A good broad knowledge of the Syria context is an asset
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