The civil war in Syria has created a humanitarian crisis, which is widely considered to be “the biggest humanitarian crisis of our era” by the UN where Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees. As a result, the on-going conflict continues to be at the top of the political and social agenda for the country.
Despite the fact that this situation was thought to be short-term and temporary in the early years of the crisis, it is now clear that most Syrian refugees are likely to continue to reside and live in Turkey. In this regard, it is of the utmost importance to handle this issue with an integrated strategy, including a long-term perspective to cover the basic service areas such as economy, working life, social and cultural cohesion, education, health and shelter. This may be achieved by gradually shifting from emergency and humanitarian assistance to development support with a focus on inclusion and economic self-reliance.
The Turkish Government through the FRIT Office of Presidency and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services has developed the Exit Strategy from the ESSN Program, which aims “to alleviate Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP) dependence on social assistance scheme and to equip SuTP with skills and competencies that the labour market requires in a formal way”. SuTP have the right to benefit from vocational training services, and to participate in active labour market programs and consultancy services supplied by the Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) to facilitate their integration into the labour market.
Almost half of the Syrian children under temporary protection still could not be included in the Turkish education system despite recent improvements. The most important reason behind the low schooling rate for 14-17 age group (53% for secondary school) appears to be economic, as these children often are obliged to work, to be able to contribute to the family income.
A majority of the young people, with insufficient qualifications, limited professional skills and low level of information, start working in the informal employment sector in unfavourable health and safety conditions and the observations and researches in the field show that a percentage of Syrian children works as child labour in the worst conditions. Insufficient levels of education and skills is the biggest obstacle for Syrians under temporary protection to have access to registered employment in the labour market while according to the data from MoNE, out of 612.603 Syrian children in the formal education age group, only 8,000 was included in the formal vocational education system the last year.
Turkish youth also face similar problems in terms of employment. Unregistered employment rate within the 15-19 age group is 69% in Turkey (TURKSTAT, July 2018). In other words, 7 out of 10 young labour work in unfavourable conditions. On the other hand, the rate of young people who are neither in employment, nor in education and training (NEET) is also high in Turkey. According to the data provided by OECD (2019), the NEET rate is 15,3% for the 15-19 age group. Approximately 400.000 Syrian youth belongs to this age group are under temporary protection status in Turkey and these youths are not included the NEET figures given above. As NEET youth are considered to be potentially at risk for economic and social difficulties particularly candidate of child labour in informal economy. As stated in the Exit Strategy from the ESSN Program “it is estimated that approximately 400.000 Syrian children cannot access to education system… there is very serious potential threat to child labour in the labour market.”
Turkey has achieved a remarkable success in the intervention of child labour through the activities and policies carried out especially by ILO/ PEC Project until the mid-2000s. However, the elapsed time and the Syrian crisis made it necessary to re-work on this issue. The most up-to-date data in this field is date back to 2012, with 893,000 working children, but today it is known that this number is much higher.
The recent Needs Assessment Report issued in October 2018 with the FRIT underlines these facts and lays out a set of recommendations to address the challenges to the livelihoods of refugees and host communities. Hence, in line with these recommendations and the ESSN Exit Strategy mentioned above, Expertise France participated in the “Call for expression of interest in the field of socio-economic support – Facility for Refugees in Turkey” with a proposal titled “Improving the employment prospects for the Syrian refugees and host communities by high-quality VET and apprenticeship in Turkey (VET4JOB)”. The EF’s Expression of Interest has been recommended for further negotiation by European Commission. The present call for Expression of Interest aims “to identify sustainable actions to support refugees and host communities to access sustainable livelihoods and employment opportunities in Turkey”. It mainly aims the less vulnerable ESSN beneficiaries with productivity capacity. The first three priorities of the call are the (i) skills development in line with labour market needs, (2) ensuring and increasing formal employment and entrepreneurship and the (3) improvement of the labour market cohesion.
In line with these priorities, the overall objective of the EF’s proposed action is improving sustainable livelihoods and employment prospects for the refugees and host communities, by supporting their skills development through apprenticeship and VET in line with labour market needs. The action will focus on (i) increasing the demand and access of Syrian and Turkish youth (14-17) and adults (18-45) to high-quality vocational training programmes and guidance services, (ii) support the fight against child labour and (iii) increase social cohesion between refugees and host communities.
Expertise France is looking for a Communication Officer to implement communication and dissemination of information activities, based in EF Ankara Office, with occasional travel to 10 project provinces where the activities will be implemented.The communication Offcier will also be in charge of the visibility of the project.
Under the supervision of the Team Leader and the support of implementing partners, the Communication Officer will be responsible for following activities:
2.2 Raised awareness about the negative social and economic consequences of child labour, the benefits brought by apprenticeship training and its contribution to combat child labour.
2.2.1 Designing and implementing nationwide communication campaigns for private sector, service providers in selected provinces, and general public
2.2.2 Preparation and dissemination of promotional materials
2.2.3 Development of a website with specific sections for different target groups
3.1 Improved social cohesion in training (VTCs and ADUVET Centres) and working environment (companies) for both youth and adults (in collaboration with Communication Officer)
3.1.2 Organising annual forums with the participation of representatives among the apprentices from project provinces to discuss challenges/opportunities
3.1.3 Organizing a vocational skill contest among mix apprentices’ teams (Syrian and host community together) to promote apprenticeship and contribute social cohesion
3.1.4 Organizing a business start-up contest among mix apprentices’ teams
Main tasks of the Communication Officer will be as follows:
Communication strategy – Elaboration of a communication and visibility plan.
- Communication tools – Contribute to the elaboration and diffusion of communication materials.
- Organisation of communication events – Prepare and organise launching and closing events.
- Technical assistance – Provide program partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders with necessary relevant technical assistance to improve performance.
- Setup a communication strategy and work plan covering all project´s actions and targeting all project beneficiaries and stakeholders.
- Liaise and coordinate with relevant actors
- Prepare the project visibility plan in line with EU external actions visibility requirements
- Support the implementation of the program and increase the visibility of the actions
- Prepare and organise launching events or any other relevant side event.
- Facilitate the production of communication materials according to the targets of the visibility plan (beneficiaries, institutional communication…)
- Manage contracts and projects to provide external communication services and products (such as online tools, audiovisual productions, publications or visuals) by external service providers.
- Delivery of communication products on budget and time: Supervise service providers, monitor the delivery and use of results, and evaluate external services.
- Facilitate the communication on the program and dissemination of knowledge
- Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to program goals and activities.
- Gather information and data, and produce and distribute messages through appropriate channels
- Preparation and dissemination of newsletter or any relevant material to stakeholders and community awareness, where appropriate, to support projects implementation
- Contribution to the preparation of relevant items for Committee meetings
- Facilitate the dialogue between local actors regarding communication and visibility
- Produce a final report capturing all deliverables and achievements of the assignment
- University degree in communication, international relations or any relevant field
- Requested highest demonstrable professional skills on:
- Inter-cultural communication;
- Show autonomy and initiative
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in communication
- Experience within public agencies/public offices, European programmes or international projects
- Good knowledge and working experience of Turkish institutions and policies, especially of the Ministry of National Education, as well as the civil society organisations.
- Sound knowledge of the Turkish context and of the relationship between host and refugee communities.
- Professional working knowledge of English and Turkish is required.
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