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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 sec-tor, 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 minis-tries 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.

As of February 2019, Turkey hosts over 3,6 million Syrian refugees. Syrian refugees are mainly located in the Southeast Anatolia region bordering Syria, but as the crisis continued, the population has expanded to other regions as well. Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world and has demonstrated strong national ownership of the response. The Government of Turkey provides a rights-based legal framework through the Temporary Protection regulation, which offers access to education, health care, employment and social security to Syrians. According to the Government of Turkey, it spent 30 billion USD over the last 5 years on the response to the Syria crisis.

Currently, out of the 3,6 million registered Syrian refugees, more than 3,4 million refugees live amongst Turkish host communities. 40% of the 3,6 million refugees are concentrated in 4 provinces in the South East. Within these provinces, there are four municipalities in Tur-key that are particularly impacted, each hosting more than 100,000 Syrians. In these cities, the ratio of the Syrian population to that of host communities is higher than 15%, including Kilis, Hatay, Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa. Populations have either reached or exceeded 2023 population projections. Kilis, for instance, hosts almost as many Syrian refugees as its local population.

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.

As part of this programme, UNDP will implement the EU-UNDP Turkey Resilience Project (2018-2019) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Project), funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis (EUTF Fund). The Project consists of three main components: Component 1 on Employment Creation, Component 2 on Municipal Service Delivery and Component 3 on Adult Language Training. The overall budget for the Project is 50 million euros to be implemented in 2018-2019. UNDP will recruit a Project management team for the Project. Each Project Component will be Managed by a Project Manager.

Main partners for the Project include the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology (C1), Ilbank (C2) and Ministry of National Education (C3).

Objectives of the Assignment

Under the supervision of the Project Manager (C2), the Field Coordinator is based in Gaziantep, and responsible for the implementation of the Action at field level for EU-UNDP Turkey Resilience Project in particular and Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme.  He/ she is responsible for the day to day project monitoring, administration and reporting and will serve as first focal point for local level Government counterparts and other local partners. The Field Coordinator is responsible for coordination of Project activities and Project team members in the region, coordination of project resources and monitoring of Project activities. The Field Coordinator will also provide support for UNDP Turkey CO if/when required.

The Field Coordinator will work under the supervision of the C2 Project Manager. The Field Coordinator will be part of the UNDP-EU Turkey Resilience Project team as well as the broader UNDP Syria Crisis Response Programme team.


The Field Coordinator is expected to assume the following tasks:

Measurable Outputs

Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities

% of time

1. Coordination of Project activities and Project team members in the region;

·     Prepare, update and follow-up work plans for relevant Project activities.

·     Coordinate the Project team members based in the field and maintain relations with local implementing partners

·     Provide technical and administrative guidance and support to relevant field level Project team members and the local implementing partners

·     Facilitate and organize relevant field level meetings and events related to Project activities

·     Develop an archiving system for the project-related reporting and correspondence


2. Coordination of Project resources;

·       Coordinate project resources (workforce, time and other inputs) to ensure timely delivery of the Project

·       Efficient and timely disbursement of resources

·       Support planning of project budget


3. Monitoring of implementation of Project activities and expected results;

·       Provide inputs to donors reports and draft reports as required

·       Prepare other ad hoc reports and presentations requested for meeting with local and other partners

·       Monitor Project implementation and identify risks, as a basis for contingency planning and adjustments in workplans if needed

·       Fulfill additional tasks relevant to Gaziantep, as required by the UNDP Syria Programme with the overall coordination of the C2 Project Manager



Reporting Structure

The Field Coordinator reports to the Project Manager of Component 2 under the Project

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Qualitative inputs provided for design, implementation and monitoring project activities in line with AWPs and designated financial resources.
  • Project activities organized in a timely manner; qualitative inputs prepared for project reports; high-quality correspondence, briefs and reports prepared.
  • Provision of high quality services for Project management and coordination of the project activities at the field level.
  • Coordination with local level stakeholders and implementing partners.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Functional Competencies:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; encouraging colleagues to work within and respect an enabling gender equality environment on non-hierarchical bases;
  • Promotes gender sensitive environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Ability to manage gender barriers and gender-blind behaviors within the project team and with our partners;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sound understanding and capability to empower and develop the capacity of national counterparts;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Team player, self-motivated and initiative taking, dedicated, creative, resourceful, flexible, energetic with sound judgment;
  • Capacity to work under pressure, manage stress and adapt to rapidly evolving situations;
  • Excellent analytical, communication, writing and presentation skills;
  • Ability to function at both policy advisory and project implementation levels;
  • Ability to consider that men and women are affected differently from different interventions and needs to be approached differently.



Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor’s Degree in political sciences, public administration, law, economics, management, engineering or any other relevant social sciences with master’s degree in political sciences, public administration, law and other relevant social sciences


  • In the absence of Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in political sciences, public administration, law, economics, management, engineering or any other relevant social sciences with additional 2 years of relevant professional experience.



  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience (SB4)
  • Minimum 3 (three) years of hands-on experience in socio-economic development project management and implementation
  • Minimum 3 (three) years of hands-on experience in project monitoring and implementation related to employment creation and support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Proven experience in terms of project cycle management
  • Familiarity with local Government structures and other local partners in Turkey.
  • Prior experience in international organizations (including the EU, UN Agencies or other)
  • Prior experience in Southeast Anatolia Region and/or Syria crisis response context in Turkey
  • Prior experience on Livelihoods and/or Basic Needs Sector
  • Familiarity with local Government structures and other local partners in South East Anatolia
  • Knowledge on gender analysis and the ability to apply gender responsive approach to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective

Language Requirements

  • Fluent written and spoken English and Turkish


Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications, integrated web-based management systems, spreadsheets and databases.






  • Internships (paid/unpaid) are not considered professional experience.
  • Obligatory military service is not considered professional experience.
  • Professional experience gained in an international setting is considered international experience.
  • Experience gained prior to completion of undergraduate studies is not considered professional experience.

The incumbent of the position should strictly avoid

  • any kind of discriminatory and abusive behaviour including gender-based discrimination
  • any kind form of sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse


The incumbent of the position should ensure that

  • human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender is respected within all implementations including data production;
  • differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced;
  • zero tolerance principle to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse is prioritized.

UNDP prioritizes gender equality and women’s empowerment approach in all its actions, workplace relations and implementations as well as gender parity in representation to create a workplace which is equally inclusive of women, men and persons with other gender identities. Temporary special measures will be instituted to ensure appointment of personnel of under-represented genders at grades and in roles where they are under-represented

Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.


Important applicant information

Application procedure:

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Contract Duration: 12 Months (subject to project extension and good performance.)

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