Programme Assistant, Sanliurfa, Turkey

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

Field location: anlurfa

Office: UNDP in anlurfa

Closing date: Friday, 6 May 2022

Job Identification : 3356

Locations : Sanliurfa, Turkey

Posting Date : 04/21/2022, 05:26 PM

Apply Before : 05/06/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB2

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Inclusive Growth

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 10 months

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree - 1 year(s) experience OR High School certificate- 4 year(s) experience

Other Criteria : Relevant work experience in cotton production

Required Languages : Turkish and English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

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.

The effective and efficient use of resources in production processes is a primary principle adopted by the GAP Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA). Following the mission and vision of UNDP which serves achieving SDG goals by 2030 in line with applicable national norms and standards, since 2017, Integrated Resource Efficiency Project in Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the GAP Region (IRE Project) has been implemented by GAP Regional Development Administration within the technical cooperation of UNDP.

The Project plays a crucial role for achieving sustainable development goals as well as competitive growth goals at national and regional levels. The project addresses efficient use of resources such as land, soil, water, energy, raw material, technology, and human capital in the economic production processes which in hence contributes to sustainable development and competitive advantage of the GAP Region. The project serves as a model which illustrates how environmental sustainability and socio-economic development can work hand-in-hand. The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the improvement of the competitiveness of GAP Region by ensuring effective and efficient use of factors of production and resources in agricultural production and agro industries.

Within the scope of IRE Project, Cotton is one of the strategic products. In 2019, GAP RDA has applied to The Better Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund (BC GIF) as an implementation partner in order to increase resource efficiency in cotton production and to contribute to training activities. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organization and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.

The BC GIF is a global investment vehicle established in 2016 to catalyse the transformation of cotton production worldwide through investments in capacity building programs. The purpose of the partnership is to enable farmers to grow Better Cotton and make continuous improvement in their farm management practices.

IRE Project’s 5th component is ‚Expanding Better Cotton Production in GAP Region‘. For this component UNDP will continue to provide technical assistance to GAP RDA for the implementation of all activities of Better Cotton during the season of 1 April 2022-30 March 2023.

In the view of the above, UNDP plans to mobilize five (5) personnel as Producer Unit Facilitator for designing, coordinating, reporting activities and consultancy services of the project if the conditions are suitable for hiring

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall duty of the National Producer Unit Facilitator is to design/coordinate/report activities of the Project in line with ‚Expanding Better Cotton Production in GAP Region‘ and work in cooperation with Project Unit Managers, UNDP IRE Project Team, the Good Cotton Practices Association (IPUD) and IRE Project Implementation Partners (Ministry of Industry and Technology, GAP RDA, BC GIF and BCI). The National Producer Unit Facilitator will have the following responsibilities

Identifying the sustainable problems in the region and developing collaborations with different institutions and individuals together with the IPE.

Preparing the plans, procedures and maps required for the internal management system with the support of the IPE

Getting support from IPE and improving training programmes for farmers

Conducting pilot trials on farmer lands with the support of the Implementation Partner within the scope of sustainable problems

Keeping a record of the corrective actions to be created after the nonconformities to be detected after the audits and ensuring their implementation, monitoring and planning the process.

Performing internal audit, monitoring and preparing and implementing the necessary plans within the scope of nonconformities

Filling out the self-assessment questionnaire with support from the IPE and delivering it on time

Tracking and keeping records of farmers and workers in the Producer Unit

Participating in and supporting 2nd Party and 3rd Party audits of Producer Units.

Training farmers and workers within the plan in each visit

Guiding farmers in filling the Farmer Field Book

Frequently visit Better Cotton Farmers (max 150 farmers/monthly)

Support ‚Payment Request Reports‘.

Support IPE for implementing an internal management system and data management plan for Producer Units (Quality Management System).

Prepare weekly and monthly reports for IRE Project team including GAP RDA and UNDP technical staff.

Undertake communication activities to promote the Better Cotton and support activities.

Perform appropriate duties as assigned by GAP RDA and/or UNDP

Work in close cooperation with the UNDP Turkey, GAP RDA, IPUD, BCI and BC GIF to finalize the discussions and present the deliverables to the UNDP Project Team, Local Economic Development Projects Manager and Portfolio Manager for approval.

Within this scope, the Programme Assistant will work closely with the IRE Project Team and will report to UNDP Projects Manager for ‚Expanding Better Cotton Production in GAP Region‘.

Institutional Arrangement

The Programme Assistant will report to the UNDP Project Manager and ISG-PPI Portfolio Manager.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Cross-Functional - Strategic Thinking: Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Cross-Functional - System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Cross-Functional - Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary education.

Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Engineering or a related field would be desired.


4 years of relevant work experience in cotton production or specific relevant field.

Alternatively, if in possession of Bachelor’s degree, one (1) year of relevant work experience would be required.

Required skills:

Driving license of ‚B‘ category.

Computer knowledge in word processing, spreadsheet, Outlook.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

At least 1 year of specific experience in cotton production is required.

At least 1 year of specific field level experience is required.

Asset: Experiences in filling Farmer Hand-Book and reporting.

Asset: Experience in Better Cotton Production.

Asset: Experience in the implementation of quality management system in agriculture.

Asset: At least 1 year of specific experience in GAP region.

Required Language(s):

Proficiency in Turkish.

Basic level of English.

Professional Certificate:

Good Agricultural Practice Certificate is an asset.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

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. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

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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