Livelihoods Project Manager, Ankara, Turkey

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Ankara

Office: UNDP Turkey

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Job Identification : 2173

Locations : Ankara, Turkey

Posting Date : 01/25/2022, 08:27 AM

Apply Before : 02/02/2022, 04:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB5

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Crisis management / Country Management Support

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree

Other Criteria : 5 years of experience in managing development and/or humanitarian projects

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Turkish

Vacancy Timeline

1 Week

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world including around 3.7 million Syrian refugees and has demonstrated strong national ownership of the response. The Government of Turkey provides a rights-based legal framework through the Temporary Protection regulation, which offers access to education, health care, employment and social security to Syrians.

UNDP supports the Government of Turkey to respond to this large-scale displacement through its Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Portfolio (SCRRP) in Turkey to strengthen the resilience of refugees, host community members, local municipalities and relevant national institutions to cope with and recover from the impact. UNDP’s resilience response strategy is to invest in existing national and local systems to ensure they can adequately serve both host and refugee communities.

SCRRP is comprised of Livelihoods, Social Cohesion and Municipal Services pillars. The Livelihoods Projects Manager will be responsible for the Livelihoods pillar of SCRRP. The Livelihoods pillar supports both the labor supply and labor demand side of the market, with the aim to facilitate access to the formal labor market for Syrians and Turkish nationals in host communities. On the labor supply side, UNDP’s support focusses on adult language trainings, vocational trainings and capacity building of relevant national and local institutions/organization in terms of registration, counselling and job matching. On the labor demand side, UNDP supports job creation through the establishment of SME Digital Transformation and Capability Centers (Model Factories) and Innovation Centers, digitalization and capacity building of SMEs and cooperatives, business development services and value chain development.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Livelihoods Projects Manager will lead the development and management of projects focusing on sustainable jobs/livelihoods. The Livelihoods Projects Manager is responsible for timely and qualitative planning and implementation of the assigned projects, management of partnerships and supervision of project personnel assigned in these projects. The Livelihoods Project Manager will be the first responsible for reporting and support project specific donor engagement. He/she will serve as first focal point for respective national level Government implementing partners. S/he will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy in sustainable jobs/livelihoods in scope of Syria Crisis Response. The Livelihoods Projects Manager will contribute to cultivation of new partnerships and play an active role in resources mobilization. S/he will provide critical and technical inputs to portfolio-level strategies and results and contribute to advocacy and knowledge activities. The Livelihoods Projects Manager will work in close cooperation and coordination with the other Projects Manager/s under SCRRP, Portfolio Managers, and the Resilience Development Advisor to seek and ensure synergies, portfolio and country programme level results and development effectiveness.

1. Implementation and quality assurance of project activities, in line with donor regulations and UNDP programme procedures and agreed timelines for the Projects:

Day to day project management and timely implementation of projects;
Efficient and effective implementation of the agreements between UNDP and the contracting authorities and other signatories (such as governmental bodies etc.);
Quality assurance of the Projects‘ activities in line with donor and UNDP programme procedures and agreed timelines for the Projects.

2. Coordinating administrative, operational and financial aspects of the projects with ensuring full compliance with the terms and conditions of concerned agreements signed with the donors and implementing partners:

Ensure sound financial/ budget management with the assistance of the related support staff of the projects and/or other UNDP staff designated for financial/administrative issues;
Procurement oversight for the Projects, with assistance of the related Project support staff and in cooperation with the UNDP procurement unit. The Livelihoods Projects Manager will specifically focus on quality control of the content and technical aspects of the procurement processes;
Monitoring of projects‘ implementation;
Development of ToRs for national and international experts;
Participate in Projects‘ Steering Committee meetings and provide the representatives of the relevant members with related progress and plans;
Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with relevant national and local counterparts, in close cooperation and guidance of the ARR (Programme) and Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Portfolio Manager.

3. Management and supervision of the technical team to ensure high quality operational and managerial support of the projects:

Supervision of the Projects‘ teams, including project staff and short-term consultants;
Develop annual work plans and produce project progress reports, in consultation with the project team(s);
Ensure projects‘ resources are planned and disbursed efficiently and effectively as per the approved timeframe of the Projects;
Management of individual consultancies under the Projects, including development of ToRs and technical specifications, contract management etc., and quality assurance of deliverables.

4. Pillar level reporting and support on specific donor engagement:

Ensure timely and high-quality reporting for the projects by compiling required information and inputs from the Project teams, incorporating financial data, following-up on comments of the Project partners, and finalizing the reports;
Provide inputs to the progress reporting tools for the Projects;
Provide inputs to the corporate reporting on the Syria Crisis Response and corporate briefs, if needed by the ARR-P.

Develop and design concept notes, project proposals and project documents based on need, evidence and research;
5. Developing and maintaining relationships with national and local Government partners and contribute to the establishment of inter-institutional networks and knowledge management:

Follow the national debates on the response to the Syria crisis in Turkey;
Identification and synthesis of good practices and lessons learned;
Alignment of Projects‘ implementation with relevant Government policies and institutions;
Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks;
Provide inputs to the development of knowledge management tools for the Projects.

6. Acting as a focal point on all issues associated with Livelihoods:

Advise senior management on all issues associated with the Livelihood;
Support in resource mobilization, including the preparation of briefing materials and participating in donor meetings and meetings with government counterparts;
Advise and support programme design and development processes in line with the 3RP;
Make presentations to Donors, Senior staff, government counterparts and other key actors as and when necessary;
Build and establish meaningful partnerships with other actors working on livelihoods;
Understand the responsibilities of the different Line Ministries and support the establishment of key partnerships accordingly;
Contribute to the development of partnership with other UN Agencies in the sphere of the respective pillar.


Core Behavioral Competencies - Level 3

Achieve Results

Demonstrate focus on achieving quality results and impact

Consistently strive to meet or exceed excellence standards

Hold self and others accountable for results

Efficiently establish appropriate plans and resources for self and others to accomplish goals

Think Innovatively

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Look beyond conventional approaches and established methods

Propose new ideas, approaches and solutions to problems

Seek patterns and clarity outside boxes and categories while resisting false certainty and simplistic binary choice

Learn Continuously

Actively pursue opportunities for learning and self-development professionally and personally

Keep abreast of new developments in one’s professional area

Proactively seek feedback, demonstrates a desire to learn from others as well as from experiences, both positive and negative

Contribute to the learning of others

Adapt with Agility

Be flexible in handling change, and adopt new ideas, approaches and ways of working

Seamlessly adapt to working within new situations or contexts, with new people, and in different ways

Participate in, support, contribute to or drive meaningful change in UNDP

Be comfortable with ambiguity and effectively managing multiple demands

Act with Determination

Pursue everything with motivation and drive

Not give up in the face of adversity and setbacks; demonstrate resilience and composure

Demonstrate courage, self-motivation and initiative to act on opportunities without being prompted by others

Be authentic and modest, get things done without unnecessary noise

Engage and Partner

Act in a way that demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence, showing consideration for the needs and feelings of others

Demonstrate and encourage teamwork and co-creation internally and externally to achieve joint objectives and results

Establish and develop networks that deliver powerful collaborations

Encourage and respect the views of others; accept views and ideas other than one’s own

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

Treat all individuals with respect, consider ethical implications and respond sensitively to all differences among people

Fully accept and value all people, creating an inclusive environment

Understand that inclusion is multi-faceted (e.g. race, gender, age, disability, culture, etc.)

Understand and appreciate issues from the perspective of others

Treat everyone fairly and equally

Demonstrate honesty and transparency.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s Degree in social sciences, administrative sciences, engineering, or related field

Bachelor’s Degree with additional two years of experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master`s degree

PhD degree in relevant fields(social sciences, administrative sciences, engineering) would be desired, but it is not a requirement.


5 years (with Master’s degree) of experience in managing development and/or humanitarian projects.

7 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of experience in managing development and/or humanitarian projects.

Required Languages:

Fluency in English and Turkish.

Desired Additional Skills and Experience

Prior experience with management and/or implementation of projects in the area of employment creation and SME development

Prior experience with procurement and related processes

Prior experience with project management and/or implementation related to the Syria crisis response in Turkey

Prior experience with UN/DP Project management and/or implementation

Prior experience working in EU funded projects

Institutional Arrangement

The Livelihoods Projects Manager reports to Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Portfolio Manager with overall guidance from the Assistant Resident Representative (Programme).

The following documents shall be required from the applicants: a) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. b) A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position. c) Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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