UNDP Turkey works for progress in four core areas:
1) inclusive and democratic governance,
2) inclusive and sustainable growth,
3) climate change and environment,
4) Syria crisis resilience and response.
In addition to these core areas, UNDP Turkey is emphasizing the role of women, private sector, capacity development, and information and communication technology in its policies and programmes. To achieve progress in these areas, UNDP seeks to establish partnerships with the central government, local administrations, civil society, academia and private sector to strengthen its contribution to Turkey’s development. UNDP works closely with line ministries to support the efficient implementation of development projects and programmes. UNDP Turkey also collaborates with other UN agencies present in Turkey to maximize the impact of the UN’s activities in the country, including through joint initiatives on women, youth, internally displaced persons and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Turkey is the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. The current number of registered Syrians under temporary protection is almost 3.5 million as of March 2020. Around 97 percent of the refugees live outside the camps, majority concentrated around the border provinces, with significant impact on national/local labor market. This creates additional demand for services to be delivered by service providers, i.e. national and local governments. Syrians are mainly located in Southeast Anatolia region bordering Syria, but as the crisis is prolonged, the population expands to other regions as well.
UNDP supports the Government of Turkey to respond to this large-scale displacement through its Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme 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.
Within the scope of Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme of UNDP Turkey CO, “Employability, Entrepreneurship and Social Stability for Syrian and Turkish Youth – in response to the Syria Crisis” (hereinafter referred to as “the Project”), will be implemented in line with the UNDP strategic objectives and national development strategies and policies.
The overall objective is to increase social stability and enhance the socio-economic integration of Syrian and Turkish youth through entrepreneurship, skills development and access to labour market.
The specific objective of the project is to increase social stability and enhance the socio-economic integration of Syrian and Turkish youth through entrepreneurship, skills development, access to labour market and enhancement of social cohesion. The project will have special focus on young women.
The project will consist of three outputs:
Output 1: Increased Technical and ICT skills of Syrian and Turkish youth. This output will provide Syrian and Turkish youth Technical and Vocational Education Trainings and other types of skills development, including ICT through Youth Centers (Ministry of Youth and Sports).
Output 2: Syrian and Turkish youth increased their access to employment and entrepreneurship. The trainings will allow youth to develop their skills in business proposals writing, budgeting, marketing, and customer services. Complementary to these trainings, a mentorship programme will be established to provide both in-kind and small grants to entrepreneurs that have feasible business plan to establish or scale-up their businesses.
Output 3: Syrian and Turkish youth improved level of social cohesion. To reduce risks of social exclusion, this output will organize activities and/or events for social cohesion through trained staffs of Youth Centers and youth focal points.
The implementing partner of the Project is the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Objectives of the Assignment
Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Project Associate will be based in Ankara (50% of the time at MoYS premises) and responsible for mid-level Project administration of the Project. Main responsibilities of the Project associate include day to day project monitoring, administration and reporting along with the organization of Project events (including coordination of events associated with communication and visibility of the Project). S/he is also responsible from providing administrative support to Projects implemented under Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme.
The Project Associate works in close collaboration with the Operations colleagues under the Project to ensure smooth and timely management of inputs as well as other Project Associates under the Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme.