The NGO Forum Secretariat supports the work of the NGO Steering Committee as elected representatives of the NGO Forum for NGOs operating in northern Syria, which currently has 47 humanitarian members. The NGO Secretariat exists for the purpose of: coordination; information sharing; advocacy; policy/position paper production; engagement with government, donors and UN; and engagement on other vital issues regarding humanitarian activities.
General Description of the Role:
The post is primarily required to support the NGO Forum on issues related to navigating government legislation and regulations (central and provincial) that affects the operations of NGOs based out of Turkey. The post will also act as a key focal point and liaison for NGOs supporting humanitarian and related refugee response programming in Turkey in close collaboration with the Director and Advocacy Adviser for the NGO Forum.
Legislation and Regulations:
- Maintain an accessible repository of laws, regulations, circulars and other government instructions that are relevant to the work of NGOs operating out of Turkey
- Be familiar with the contents of laws, regulations, circulars and other government instructions that are relevant to the work of NGOs in order to facilitate information and dialogue with NGOs of the existence of relevant clauses.
- As directed by the NGO Forum Director and NGO Steering Committee, develop and maintain contacts with key government staff/advisors involved in regulatory issues affecting NGOs, in order to keep updated on regulations and procedures, and influence them where appropriate.
- Track how relevant issues are evolving and affecting the work of NGOs, through regular surveys or other appropriate means in collaboration with the NGO Forum Director and Senior Advocacy Adviser.
- Act as an information resource for NGOs on regulatory issues by updating relevant information technology portals, responding to enquiries, and providing briefings when required.
- Develop guidance material to support NGO relationships with primary government counterparts as identified and directed by the NGO Steering Committee and NGO Forum Director
Facilitation and Engagement
- Engage proactively and closely with OCHA to keep track of changes to directives and policies, and where needed to facilitate dialogue between NGOs and government authorities.
- Facilitate mechanisms for good communication from different coordination mechanisms (Ankara, Gaziantep and Antakya).
- Contribute to NGO engagement with the government and other key stakeholders regarding the development of laws and regulations that affect the work of NGO (through, for example, tracking how issues are affecting NGOs and attending relevant meetings in close collaboration with the NGO Forum Director).
- Support NGO coordination on inside Turkey programming and ensure liaison with key Turkish operational entities.
- Feed relevant information, issues, and advocacy points on regulatory issues and inside Turkey refugee operations back to the Advocacy Adviser and Forum Director for inclusion into relevant working groups, external meetings, and advocacy engagement of the NGO Steering Committee.
- Provide cover for other relevant Secretariat staff positions as required and requested.
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree, preferably in law, international affairs, political science, Public Policy and Administration or related field – or equivalent experience – preferred.
- At least five years progressively responsible experience working with government, UN, NGOs, donor agencies and/or research institutions (think-tanks).
- Strong understanding of legislative and regulatory frameworks in Turkey
- Flexibility, and ability to multi-task and improvise.
- Demonstrated leadership, management and coordination skills.
- Proven communication, public speaking, interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Excellent computer literacy, especially with MS Office products (Office, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, etc) and ideally including website management.
- Excellent written and spoken English and Turkish skills required, including demonstrated ability in writing briefing papers and other information products.
- Has previously worked as an adviser within the government
The deadline for applying will be 12th July 2016 at 17:00 Istanbul time.