Project Assistant

  • Added Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020

The overall objective of the Upland Rural Development Project (URDP) is to enhance the welfare and socio-economic resilience of small farmers in highlands. This objective can be attained by making the use of natural resources sustainable and improving the resilience and economic opportunities of poor people in rural areas based on farms and agribusinesses linked to more profitable economic clusters. The key strategy of the Project includes developing rural production, encouraging sustainable use of soil and water, and enhancing the adaptation capacity of smallholding farmers to climate change. This strategy depends on two basic complementary outcomes (outputs): (i) Development of critical agribusinesses through better natural resource management and high added value for rural transformation by using an economic clustering approach, (ii) Enhancing access of small farmers to financial services by strengthening special financial resources.

At the first stage, the Project will be implemented in the Eastern Mediterranean (Adana, Mersin, Osmaniye) and the Western Black Sea (Bartฤฑn, Kastamonu, Sinop) regions targeting 45 districts and 30,000 households. At the second stage of the programme, the inclusion of additional provinces will be evaluated by IFAD depending on the successful implementation of first phase. Quantitatively URDPโ€™s two phases are expected to benefit about 60,000 households, or 294,000 beneficiaries. URDP beneficiaries are divided into three main categories: (i) economically active poor households, (ii) economically active households with upsides, and (iii) contributors to rural development and clustering investments. URDP has three components: (i) Clustering for Flexible Rural Transformation, (ii) Inclusive Rural Finance, (iii) Project Management.

URDP is jointly funded by Government of Turkey and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF) has the overall responsibility for the management and implementation of URDP. UNDPโ€™s role is to support the project in arranging the flow of funds in line with official request of MoAF, recruitment of project staff, contracting of technical assistance, accounting, auditing and assistance in procurement of goods, civil works and services in compliance with IFAD rules. The Project will be supervised by IFAD (Financier).


Under the supervision of the Head of Surveys and Projects Department of General Directorate of Agrarian Reform, the Project Assistant will provide assistance and will support the day-to-day implementation of the project making.

Specific Duties

  • Providing assistance to project implementation and daily tasks.
  • Taking minutes of project meetings and conducting the requested distribution.
  • Maintaining communication with the project field offices and responding promptly to requests for information and assistance.
  • Providing supports in preparing project events, including workshops, meetings, study tours, trainings, etc.
  • Being responsible for project filing.
  • Taking care of project website, social media accounts and e-mail system.
  • Translation of project documents, materials, letter, and papers from/to English and Turkish.
  • Interpretation during mission meetings, small-scale workshops, and relevant events.
  • Travel arrangements (air tickets, hotels etc.).


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDPโ€™s mission, vision and values,
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability,
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity,ย 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment,
  • Self-development, initiative-taking,
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork,
  • 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:

  • Excellent knowledge of project cycle management,
  • Demonstrates strong administration and facilitation skills,
  • Promotes teamwork, contributes towards building team consensus,
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback,
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude,
  • Good teamwork and leadership skills,
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills both in Turkish and English,
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities,
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored, even under pressure.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management, and reporting,
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects,
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery,
  • Good knowledge of the Results Management,
  • Good ICT skills, knowledge of ERP systems,
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.


The incumbent should possess the following qualifications and experience:


Minimum Requirements


General Qualifications

  • Bachelorโ€™s degree in administration or relates fields in English language.
  • Advanced degree in related discipline

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 (two) years of work experience, as secretary or interpreter/translator for foreign funded projects.
  • Minimum 1 (one) year of experience with internationally funded projects.

Specific Experience and Qualifications

  • At least 1 (one) year of professional experience in interpretation and translation.
  • Good secretarial, organizational and communication skills.
  • Knowledge in administrative procedures of Government.
  • Prior experience in international organizations (including but not limited to EC, UN Agencies etc.).

Language Requirements

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.


Computer Skills

  • Good computer skills in common word processing (MSWord), spreadsheet (MS Excel).



  • Turkish



  • 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 behavior 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 are prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions,
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with โ€œSocial and Environmental Standards of UNDPโ€,
  • 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

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

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.ย  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: Until 30 June 2021 (to be extended for an additional 12 months subject to funding and performance)

This vacancy is archived.

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