Programme Development Coordinator (IPSA-11), Ankara, Türkiye

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Ankara

Office: UNDP Turkey

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Job Identification : 8324

Locations : Ankara, Turkey

Posting Date : 02/07/2023, 03:12 PM

Apply Before : 02/15/2023, 04:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IB

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : SDG Integration

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

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

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : Other UN languages

Vacancy Timeline

1 Week

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

ICSC Grade

ICS11 / P4 / NOD

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.

Türkiye is the country with the highest number of refugees in the world 3,5 million of which are Syrians under Temporary Protection. Around 98 percent of refugees live outside camps in host communities, the majority concentrated around the border provinces, significantly impacting the national/local labor market. The Türkiye Chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) addresses the challenges through both humanitarian (refugee) and development (resilience) perspectives, within the context of six sector responses (livelihoods, protection, basic needs, health, education, and food security). UNDP and UNHCR have a regional-level Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining the core coordination responsibilities. UNDP co-leads the coordination of 3RP with UNHCR and focuses on strengthening resilience-related support across all six sectors, along with the coordination of the Livelihood Sector. To support Syrians living in Türkiye, host communities, partners, and institutions to better cope with and recover from the impact of displacement, UNDP also implements the Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (SCRRP). Over the years, UNDP has developed multiple Projects in the South-East Türkiye Region (Gaziantep, Mersin, Adana, Killis, Hatay, and Şanlıurfa) to support the refugees and host communities. UNDP’s activities have been ranging from livelihood support to infrastructure support to municipalities to social cohesion.

As many of the SCRRP interventions are drawing to a close and as the 3RP enters a new phase, UNDP is looking to strengthen its programme development and resource mobilization capacities. The objective is to present donors, the government, and partners a robust and coherent offer, capitalizing not only on the experience accumulated through the 3RP & SCRRP team but also in the broader range of UNDP Portfolios interventions, all of which are becoming increasingly relevant to addressing the needs of refugees, their host communities and the institutions that serve them.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will focus on developing a comprehensive offer and strategy for UNDP Türkiye and relevant project proposals and ensure coordination in relevant bodies.

Develop, disseminate and monitor an updated and coherent response offer of UNDP Turkiye to the impact of the refugee presence, including contributions from all portfolios.

Coordinate the development of UNDP project proposals for key donors, particularly the EU’s next trench of funding, in coordination with relevant portfolio, staff, and close partners.

Represent UNDP in relevant coordination fora and meetings, particularly related to the issue of transition of refugees to the labor market. Co-chair the task team on transition with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC). Participate in relevant working groups and ad-hoc coordination bodies.

Support resource mobilization efforts and contribute to the development of partnerships with other UN agencies and actors working on the transition of refugees.

Provide quality assurance support to project teams throughout the project cycle and review key project tools and reports.

In coordination with M&E officer/associate, contribute to project reports to donors.

Ensure internal coordination and flow of information between relevant projects and contribution to the interagency processes (UNSDCS, 3RP, etc.).

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent will closely coordinate with the SCRRP Portfolio Manager and report to UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. The incumbent will also coordinate with other portfolios and the UNDP 3RP coordination team. The incumbent will closely engage with past, current, and future UNDP donors and maintain regular contact with key UN, civil society, government, and private sector partners.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-functional and Technical Competencies

Business Direction & Strategy - 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

Business Direction & Strategy - 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

Partnership management - Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Partnership management - Emerging partnerships

Ability to engage with emerging partners, develop and manage a strategy and develop approaches to developing and managing these new strategic partnerships

Partnership management - Resource mobilization

Ability to identify funding sources, match funding needs (programmes/projects/initiatives) with funding opportunities, and establish a plan to meet funding requirements.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced degree (master’s or higher) in a relevant field is required.


Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience.

At least 3 years of experience with UNDP in terms of crisis response and inter-agency coordination.

Prior experience working on the 3RP, the Syria crisis, or on resilience response to displacement.

Prior experience with UNDP or international organizations.

Proven track record of developing large project proposals for donors.

Experience in facilitating dialogue with key national/international partners, donors and IFIs.

Experience building partnerships/engaging with the private sector and local authorities.

Experience developing partnerships with civil society.


Fluency in English is required.

Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.


Familiarity with livelihoods, economic inclusion, social cohesion, and municipal service delivery projects.

Knowledge of humanitarian responses and actions, including humanitarian-development nexus

Proven expertise in programme development, design and operationalization of strategies and plans.


UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station and their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only if the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working-from-home arrangements.

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 experiences, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns, or other materials.


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