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Government Relations Advisor

Job Description


To ensure that WVI Turkey is linked in well with government and communities though information sharing, regular meetings and technical support were appropriate in NGO operations, Relief response, and ongoing planning. To develop strong working relationships with all stakeholders in the response and develop linkages within the UN and NGO networks where needed to ensure access to project areas and populations. To provide updates on government and stakeholder issues to the Turkey/N Syria and Syria response structure.


  • Establish contacts for World Vision with all key Ministries of the Government of Turkey, relevant to the World Visions work. This includes Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, for issues relating to registration, work permits and other regulations for NGOs operating in Turkey. As well as contact with Ministries for establishment of permissions, MoUs and other documentation to facilitate World Visions work. This may include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and others. In all cases, the Government Relations Advisory will be expected to establish relationships at the National and local level, as well as ensure close follow-up of World Vision requests to ensure all requests are processed in a timely fashion and with successful outcomes. As needed, the Government Relations Advisor will be need to, as needed, requesting our applications to go through a fast track process that is not granted to everyone.

  • Follow up on timely renewal of World Vision registration through relevant departments of the Government of Turkey including the Ministry of the Interior, Directory of Associations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others, as needed.

  • Ensure that World Vision visa and work permit applications are given priority and use high level channels to ensure challenges are addressed so that requests are answered positively and on time.

Perform other relevant tasks assigned by Response Manager


List education, knowledge & skills, licenses preferred, and all experiences required to perform this position in a fully competent manner.

  • Graduate qualification in business, international relations, government relations, negotiation or diplomacy or a related discipline with a minimum of 3-5 yearsrelevant management experience

  • Understanding of humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality and do no harm, and civ-mil engagement.

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills with a proven ability to work with a wide range of managers and resolve interpersonal conflicts.

  • Proven capacity to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting and build effective relationships with local staff.

  • A creative person with the ability to conceive and introduce changes.

  • A high level of diplomacy and networking skills is required.

  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina

  • Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail-orientation

  • Excellent English and Turkish communication skills (oral and written)

  • Proven organizational skills and time management

  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability

  • Strong communication skills with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior members of the humanitarian community as well as with field practitioners.

  • Excellent networking skills.

  • High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.

  • Ability to work with a reasonably level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships.

  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies.

  • Understands work from a process point of view and uses measurement and accountability systems effectively.

  • Demonstrates openness and transparency.