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Country Program Manager – Türkiye
Title:Country Program Manager – Türkiye



Job Title: Country Program Manager – Türkiye

Industry: Non-profit/International Development

Function: Program Leadership

Job Location: Ankara, Istanbul, or Adana. If not Adana, significant travel and presence there will be a requirement.

Start Date: Immediate

Term: Full-time, At-will Employment



Founded in 2004, Build Change is a nonprofit social innovator whose goal is to reduce human and economic losses caused by the collapse of homes and schools in disasters. We work in both post-disaster and prevention contexts, putting the power in the hands of homeowners to strengthen their homes and achieve greater resilience in the face of earthquakes and climate-related events, such as hurricanes, floods and fires. Likewise, we work together with governments, financial institutions and the construction sector to support scalability and long-term sustainability. For more than two decades, we have been driving policy change, unlocking access to finance, and innovating through construction and digital technologies to make more than 1 million people safer, create tens of thousands of jobs and promote changes in housing systems worldwide.

Today, Build Change is the global leader and advocate for disaster-resilient housing and winner of major awards for social entrepreneurship and innovation (Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan and Echoing Green). We are an active member of the UN Race to Resilience and the Global Resilient Housing Program, which we launched with the World Bank in 2017, and we also regularly participate in global forums such as the UN Conference of the Parties (COP), World Economic Forum and the G7. We have worked in 26 countries and are currently active in Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn more at www.buildchange.org.



Reporting to the Chief of 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 – Türkiye 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 Türkiye. Represent Build Change with government officials, partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Türkiye Registration - Take all remaining administrative steps necessary for Build Change’s registration in Türkiye.
  • Finance & Budget - 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 Türkiye. 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 Türkiye 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 Chief of Programs in ensuring implementation is achieved according to the allocated budget.
  • Process Management – Ensure the application of Build Change’s technical assistance platform for the Türkiye preventive program (including Build Change’s homeowner-driven process, standard operating procedures, and best practices) across all of Build Change’s projects in Türkiye. 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 Chief of Programs, take the lead in the expansion of Build Change in Türkiye, 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 Chief of 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 a 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 Chief of 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 Chief of Programs. The Country Program Manager - Türkiye is expected to fulfill other tasks and take on other responsibilities as directed by the supervisor.



You have:

  • Led multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience at country manager level or program manager level for an international or local organization preferably in development, humanitarian work, or private sector.
  • 5 years or more of experience working in Türkiye, with a fine understanding of Türkiye laws and regulations.
  • Experience with business development, public relations, and/or fundraising.
  • Understanding and passion for housing, micro-finance or humanitarian work.

You are able to:

  • Recruit, build and lead 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 and grow 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, clients, donors, and funders.

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.



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.


Build Change is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. It is the policy of Build Change that qualified individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against because of their disabilities in regard to job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of Build Change to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. Build Change is prepared to modify or adjust the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of the applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position he or she desires, to perform the essential functions of the position in question, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities unless the accommodation will impose an undue hardship.

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