Project Clerk

  • Added Date: Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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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 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.

UN agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNHCR) have agreed on a joint strategic framework to better align and coordinate their support with the Government of Turkey in strengthening rule of law. The joint strategy includes:

  • Jointly identified priorities in above mentioned areas;
  • How UN agencies can support the Government of Turkey to address priority needs in strengthening the rule of law;
  • Suggestions for programmes and activities to respond to those needs, either jointly or in a coordinated manner between agencies;
  • A case for why UN agencies should coordinate and align their programmes and activities in the area of rule of law to provide more efficient support to the Government of Turkey.

The strategy presents 4 key areas that contribute to the realization of the rule of law for Syrians, other refugees and members of host communities, including:

1. Legal empowerment and access to justice


2. Community safety and social cohesion 


3. Strengthening the capacities of justice, security and human rights institutions


4. Improving justice and security for women and girls through combating SGBV


Under these priority areas defined in the strategic framework, a joint programme of UNDP & UNHCR was developed with a list of activities to lay the foundation for a solid engagement in the rule of law, justice security and human rights area that responds to immediate needs and addresses for longer-term purposes.

The Programme covers two areas:

I) Analysis of institutional needs to serve the legal needs of refugees and vulnerable host community members (i.e. needs assessment of justice institutions such as the courts and the Ministry of Justice to analyze existing capacities to serve the specific needs of refugees);

II) Capacity development of lawyers (i.e. including training on family law and the conflict of law. The trainings will also be expanded to account for the rate of turnover of judges and prosecutors) together with a set of awareness raising activities. The Programme also seeks to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, to the extent relevant and feasible within the scope of the project.

This UNV assignment is part of the ‘Enhancing Access to Justice and Legal Aid for Refugees in Turkey’ Project. The outputs of the project are:

Output I: Needs assessment for justice sector institutions for legal empowerment and access to justice

Outputs II: Development of training modules for actors in the justice sector

Living Conditions:

The National Youth Volunteer will live and work in Ankara, Turkey. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city following Istanbul. Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is where the Turkish Parliament, Turkish Armed Forces General Staff, ministries and foreign embassies are located. The city is strategically located at an important crossroads for trade in proximity of Turkey’s highway and railway networks.

  • Security: The current security level in Ankara is minimal – 1. Ankara is considered a generally a safe city. Public transportation is safe to use. There are no direct threats towards United Nations staff in Turkey.
  • Medical Services: No special vaccinations are required for a travel to Ankara. Medical services available are of high quality, and health care services are available also in English.
  • Housing: Apartments and flats are easily available and generally of good condition, with well working services (gas, electricity, water). The cost of housing is reasonable, although certain locations close to foreign embassies and area where UNDP Turkey CO is located tends to be more expensive. Upon arrival, UN Volunteers will reside in a hotel until they find permanent housing. UNV Field Unit may help UN Volunteers in identifying suitable housing.
  • Cost of living and services: Housing is the largest monthly expense, and the cost of living is otherwise affordable. Daily food and products are inexpensive, as there are various types of services.
  • Imported goods and many non-essential services and products tend to be more expensive. The provision of goods and services in general is very good. Local transportation ranges from buses, mini-busses to taxis, which are all affordable. The subway lines are very limited.
  • Weather: The city is cold, often snowy during winters due to its elevation and inland location, and hot, dry during summers.
  • Language: Turkish is the only official language. English is widely spoken in touristic areas, but less common in Ankara. In supermarkets and shops, knowing basic Turkish can be useful. There are variety of Turkish language schools and tutors available in Ankara.

Description of Tasks:

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager, the National UN Youth Volunteer will:

  • Assist the UNDP project team in administration and implementation of project activities,
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the organization of events, workshops, meetings, trainings and conferences,
  • Translate documents,
  • Develop initial drafts of the reports/minutes of meetings,
  • Ensure proper communication among UNDP, stakeholders and other key partners,
  • Assist in making the necessary programme related travel arrangements (travel tickets, hotel reservations, DSAs, etc),
  • Provide soft assistance during procurement, contracting, financial and human resources process as required and when necessary,
  • Help in keeping related information, documentation and correspondences,
  • Facilitate communication and project activities among the project partners,
  • Assist in telephone inquiries, fax, post and e-mail transmissions and co-ordination of appointments,
  • Assist in keeping close contact with relevant consultants and experts,
  • Perform any other administrative and logistical duties as requested,
  • Assist in communicating project events and results through social media in line with the requirements set out by UNDP’s Communication Unit,
  • Assist in maintenance.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.  
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs:

  • UNDP project team assisted in carrying out their functions for efficiency of timely administration and implementation of project activities,
  • Proper communication ensured among project partners,
  • High standards of service delivery maintained, including adherence to deadline, quick response time, accuracy and completeness of information and compliance with the project work plan
  • Development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including implementing partners,
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment,
  • Involvement in volunteerism activities and promotion of volunteerism,
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

Learning expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer includes development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural aware-ness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills:  including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, UNDP will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. UNDP will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNDP; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNDP procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNDP’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Required Experience: The Youth Modality specifically targets young individuals entering their professional life with no or little experience

  • Academic; (Bachelor’s degree in law, social sciences, administrative sciences or other related fields)
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights law, international law, refugee law;
  • Good drafting and reporting skills;
  • Motivated to contribute towards peace and development and to serve others;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team;
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences;
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others).

Language skills:

  • Fluency in spoken and written Turkish and English is required
  • Working knowledge of other language(s) is an advantage;





United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

The duration of your assignment is indicated above with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of 3,159.25 TL is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (including dependents).


Contract Duration: Until September 2019

This vacancy is archived.

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