Project Manager, Ankara, Turkey

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Ankara

Office: UNDP Turkey

Closing date: Thursday, 11 August 2022

Job Identification : 4950

Locations : Ankara, Turkey

Posting Date : 07/27/2022, 03:37 PM

Apply Before : 08/11/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB5

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 7 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree - 9 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English and Turkish

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Category : Management

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.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) positions itself as a development partner that brings global knowledge and expertise, through a multi-sectoral approach and concentrates its work on areas to support the implementation of Turkey’s development agenda through project implementation and policy advice. These areas are: 1) Inclusive and Sustainable Growth; 2) Inclusive and Democratic Governance; and 3) Climate Change and Environment. In addition, UNDP also plays a key role in supporting the Government of Turkey with the refugee response through its Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme relying on its experience in three major areas (i.e. livelihoods and facilitation of job creation, municipal service delivery, youth empowerment and protection/social cohesion).

The overall objective of UNDP’s work in Inclusive and Democratic Governance (IDG) aims to contribute to strengthening governance processes and institutions that are responsive to citizens‘ demands and universal norms. The IDG Portfolio focuses on the fields of rule of law and human rights, responsive and accountable institutions (public administration reform) and border management, as well as women’s empowerment and gender equality as a cross cutting area. It contributes to strengthening the independence of institutions, particularly judicial actors and national human rights mechanisms. It addresses structural issues pertaining to the rule of law, access to justice and human rights including with respect to gender, participation and accountability. Support is provided to the relevant institutions to enhance the implementation of local administration reforms and border management. Women’s empowerment is at the core of UNDP’s initiatives. Incorporation of gender mainstreaming to all interventions is a priority for the inclusive and democratic governance technical assistance. In addition, the IDG Portfolio is also contributing to the Syria Crisis Response, in line with the resilience approach within the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan, complementing the efforts of the Government in the areas of inclusion and social cohesion.

Strengthened Civic Engagement to Improve Democratic Local Governance in Turkey Project is a key project funded by the EU Funds (IPA II funding) under IDG Portfolio of UNDP Turkey. The main beneficiary of the Project is Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and co-beneficiary is Ministry of Interior, Directorate General for Relations with Civil Society (DGRCS). The project is planned to be implemented nationwide and specifically in 7 pilot provinces, which are Manisa, Trabzon, Eskişehir, Elazığ, Çanakkale, Mersin and Gaziantep.

As the long-term overall objective, the Project aims that civil society and public institutions at local level work in partnership through dialogue and cooperation - on the basis of willingness, trust and mutual acknowledgment, on common interests and policy making. As the intermediate overall objective, it targets to create an enabling and sustainable environment for volunteerism in Turkey.

Specific objectives of the Project are:

Establishing sustainable partnerships between CSOs and local authorities to increase awareness of civil society’s engagement in policy making processes, through innovative enhanced community-based initiatives and the promotion of volunteerism in Turkey.

Promoting volunteerism in Turkey at local and national level, including an improved legal framework.

The project aims to achieve the below listed 4 results:

Civic Engagement Strategies and two-year Action Plans for CSO/local authorities‘ partnership developed

Local Authorities‘ and CSOs‘ capacities developed through training programmes and small grants programme

Proposals on legislative regulations concerning volunteerism in Turkey developed

Capacities and awareness of UMT, DGRCS, CSOs and local authorities increased

The project is composed of 4 main components: Component 1- Development of civic engagement strategies and two-year action plans for CSO/local authorities‘ partnership: This component aims to develop civic engagement strategies and two-year action plans in each of the 7 pilot provinces for CSO/local authorities‘ partnership. To this end, a detailed analysis on the current level of civil society participation and needs analysis on the participatory mechanism will be conducted. This will be followed by the development of Civic Engagement Strategies and 2 Year-Action Plans for each province. Civic Engagement Task Forces will be chaired by the municipality and composed of local actors. The component also foresees technical visits and development of CoE toolkit, which will provide guidance for implementation of the Civic Engagement Strategy and Action Plan.

Component 2- Developing the capacities of Local Authorities and CSOs through training programmes and small grants programme: This component aims to improve institutional and individual capacities of local authorities and CSOs and partnership between them through training programmes and small grants programme. The small grants programme is conceptualized as a capacity building exercise itself and is accompanied by strong technical and administrative assistance by the Project Team. Call for proposals will require applicants to include peer-to-peer learning activities among funded projects and the Project Team will support awarded projects organize small peer trainings or events. The trainings will include skills building and context specific approaches on civil engagement of specific groups of women, refugees, youth, elderlies and persons with disabilities. "Toolkit on the Implementation of CoE Guidelines on Civil Participation" will be also mainstreamed through the trainings/events.

Component 3- Developing proposals on legislative regulations concerning volunteerism in Turkey and building capacity on volunteerism: This component aims to develop proposals for legal framework for volunteerism in Turkey. The efforts under this component will build on an assessment study on existing needs for improved volunteerism (including best practices) in the selected EU countries. The component will provide the necessary environment for wide consultations, technical support and capacity building required for the development of a strong volunteerism framework.

Component 4- Capacity Building Activities: This component aims to build institutional and individual capacities of the UMT, DGRCS and relevant stakeholders (such as line ministries, local authorities and provincial organizations of the DGRCS) to support their capacities to interact with civil society organisations, to collect inputs from civil society and to improve their capacity to stimulate civic participation.

With a view to implement the above-listed project activities in an effective and efficient way and achieve the expected results of the Project, a Project Team is being established within the scope of the Project. The Project Manager (PM), as the leader of the Project Team, will hold the overall responsibility for development of the project results. The PM will be serving on a full-time basis during the project period.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the IDG Portfolio Manager, the Project Manager will coordinate technical, administrative, operational and financial aspects of the Project with a view to ensure full compliance with the terms and conditions of respective agreements signed with EU and the Partners. The person will be responsible for managing the contract with EU and day-to-day contractual relations with the donor. In addition to his/her managerial duties, s/he provides advice, guidance and technical inputs for the implementation of the Project and also coordinate the substantial work and coordinate with Key Experts and STEs in respective fields. S/he reviews and ensures the technical quality of regular reporting and output related substantial documentation of the Project.

The Project Manager will also be responsible for managing the team including technical and support staff of the Project, supervises the Project Team and ensures smooth implementation of day-to-day activities and tasks, with a view to ensure that the Project Team and consultants are provided with timely and high quality technical, operational and managerial support. S/he is also expected to contribute to establishment and maintenance of inter-institutional networks and development of Project-based knowledge building/management tools. The Project Manager will be responsible for implementing project activities in a timely manner according to the Annual Work Plans and UNDP´s programme procedures and delivering high-quality outputs in a variety of project implementation processes. S/he also provides strategic feedback, reporting of risks and potential bottlenecks to senior management of UNDP during the implementation of the Project.

The Project Manager will work in close collaboration with the Project Team, in cooperation with the Access to Justice and Human Rights Specialist and under the overall guidance of the IDG Portfolio Manager to coordinate activities and seek synergies. S/he will be responsible for management of the Project Team. Apart from these, the CTA/PM will also work in close cooperation and collaboration with the Pilot Municipalities, Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and Ministry of Interior, Directorate General for Relations with Civil Society (DGRCS) and act as daily focal point for the implementation of the Project and coordination with relevant parties. S/he maintains collaborative working relationships and coordination among key project partners and donor, through effective communication, consultation and reporting