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Country Program Manager – Turkiye
Title:Country Program Manager – Turkiye
Department:Program Management


Job Title: Country Program Manager – Turkiye
Industry: Non-profit/International Development
Function: Management
Start Date: Immediate
Term: At-will employment
Salary: $2,800 - $5,200 a month based on experience


Founded in 2004, Build Change is an innovative international non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes. We do that by designing disaster-resistant houses and schools; training homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to build them; working with governments to develop and implement building standards; partnering with the private sector to improve building materials quality and create jobs; and facilitating access to incentive-based capital for reconstruction and retrofitting by partnering with financing institutions and government subsidy programs.

Build Change is the recipient of multiple awards, including a 2017 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge Winner, and was a top three finalist in IBM’s inaugural Call for Code Developer Challenge in 2018.

To learn more about us and our programs in Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, Philippines, Nepal and the Caribbean, visit www.buildchange.org.

Reporting to the VP Programs, the Program Manager will provide leadership management and general direction of the country program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the program goals. You will be expected to manage stakeholders, identify develop and steward business partnerships, identify issues and risks related to program implementation, output effectiveness in terms of long-term disaster risk mitigation, and long-term program outcome sustainability. The Country Program Manager – Turkiye shall act as a key liaison between Build Change and all other counterparts and implementing partners involved with the country program. In this position, you will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities.

  • Representation – Build Change’s legal representative in Turkiye. Represent Build Change with government officials, partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Turkiye Registration - Take all remaining administrative steps necessary for Build Change’s registration in Turkiye.
  • Finance & Budget - Open bank accounts and represent Build Change in solicitation of services and resolution of problems with financial institutions. Prepare program and annual operating budgets. Manage effectively within this budget and report accurately and on-time on progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Bank Signatory - Ensure ethical and transparent financial transactions by acting as bank signatory.
  • Operations – The Country Program Manager is ultimately responsible for overseeing all operations of Build Change offices in Turkiye. Including:
    • Maintaining and negotiating leases for offices and staff housing, including utilities.
    • Manage the budgeting, purchasing, printing or manufacturing of Build Change technical resources for safe reconstruction.
    • Maintaining functioning, up-to-date IT systems including hardware and software, ensuring data is backed up, virus free and secure.
    • Maintaining phone and internet systems and systems for remote communication.
    • Implementing Build Change’s procurement system, obtaining requests for quotations, keeping track of items ordered, and inventory control system.
    • Maintaining and updating asset registers.
  • Program Implementation – Deliver Build Change’s Turkiye projects on scope, schedule, and budget. Ensure that every implemented project is on schedule, meeting milestones agreed to with donors, and resolve issues that impact the project schedule immediately with stakeholders. You will also support the VP Programs in ensuring implementation is achieved according to allocated budget.
  • Process Management Ensure the application of Build Change’s technical assistance platform for the Turkiye preventive program (including Build Change’s homeowner-driven process, standard operating procedures, and best practices) across all of Build Change’s projects in Turkiye. Fully document and improve Build Change's program implementation and IMR systems for use in future programs and create a results-driven culture with clearly documented impacts.
  • Safety and Security - Implement Build Change’s Standard Operating Procedures, Security Plan and Emergency Plan.
  • Coordination – Supervise Project Managers, technical and operative teams, as well as coordinate with local partner teams, donor teams, and with key local stakeholders (including local government or local branches of central government).
  • Staffing & Team Building - Work with the Admin. Officer and the Project Managers to ensure sufficient staff with the correct skills are deployed in order to deliver the program goals.
  • Business Development - With support and oversight from the VP Programs, take the lead in the expansion of Build Change in Turkiye, including but not limited to the development of new projects and partnerships and the ongoing formalization of ties between Build Change and its current partners.
  • Strategy – Support the VP Programs in implementing key points of Build Change’s regional strategy, including:
    • Support the implementation of post-disaster opportunities in neighboring Syria;
    • Promote and develop the capacity of national and international organizations to implement preventive structural retrofitting of housing and schools at scale;
    • Develop appropriate technical resources for local use, adhering to the Build Change practice of homeowner-driven implementation, culturally appropriate solutions, and technical excellence.
  • Advocacy - Represent Build Change in-country and globally to support our approach to reconstruction and establish credibility and respect in our areas of expertise. Work with the Director of Global Advocacy and Build Change’s social media staff to tell our story well and compellingly.
  • Reporting – Provide content for the project reporting, internally and externally, on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly), as required by the VP Programs and as stipulated in Build Change’s grant agreements or other contractual agreements.
  • Ethics - Ensure that all programs operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of Build Change.
  • Other - This position reports to the VP Programs. The Country Program Manager - Turkiye is expected to fulfill other tasks and take-on other responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.


You have:

  • Led multidisciplinary teams
  • over 5 years of experience at country manager level or program manager level for an international or local non-profit organization / NGO.
  • over 5 years experience working in Turkiye, with a fine understanding of Turkiye laws and regulations.
  • Overseen yearly budgets greater than 1m USD.
  • You understand international donors’ rules and requirements for successfully implementing projects funded by international donors such as USAID, the E.U. or U.N.
  • A University degree in management or in a technical field such as development, economics, micro-finance, engineering, architecture, urban planning, environmental science, disaster management and preparedness.
  • Experience with business development, public relations, and/or fundraising.
  • Experience in housing, micro-finance or humanitarian contexts.

You are able to:

  • Recruit, build and manage a growing team of technical professionals.
  • Be a strong public advocate for housing resilience.
  • Demonstrate excellent written, interpersonal communication and networking skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with both expert and non-technical audiences.
  • Work effectively in a team environment, and lead a developing program.
  • Work independently, and travel as needed.
  • Represent Build Change as a globally trusted expert in front of external audiences, including conferences, networks, wealth advisors, donors, and funder.

You would describe yourself as:

  • Optimistic, flexible, humble, patient, and having a good sense of humor.
  • Fluent in English and Turkish.
  • Passionate about the right of all people to dignified and safe housing.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, and able to work independently while also contributing fully as a team member.

And maybe you also:

  • Have worked for a development-focused non-profit.


Then please visit www.buildchange.org/about/careers and select the link for this position. Applications will be accepted until filled and will be reviewed as received. Build Change is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women and citizens of Build Change’s program countries are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please.



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