Projects Manager

  • Added Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 02 October 2020

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP has been providing implementation support services for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, within the scope of the Gรถksu TaลŸeli Watershed Development Project (GTWDP) and the Uplands Rural Development Project (URDP). Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF) has the overall responsibility for the management and the implementation of GTWDP and URDP. UNDPโ€™s role is to support the project in dealing with flow of funds arrangement, recruitment of project staff, contracting of technical assistance, accounting, auditing, and ensuring procurement of goods, civil works and services. Both Projects are co-funded and hence will be monitored, supervised, and approved by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (Financier).

The overall objective of Gรถksu TaลŸeli Watershed Development Project (GTWDP), is to reduce rural poverty by supporting economic diversification through value chain development and sustainable natural resource management.ย  The Project targets to increase farmersโ€™ income from improved agricultural production and marketing activities in the targeted area with strengthened resilience to climate shocks. The Project would also contribute to improving the standards of living of the nomadic Yรถrรผk tribes in the highlands of the Taurus Mountains, through capacity building that would assist them to organize for improved management of the common natural resources. The project outcomes include:

i)ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  sustainably increased farm productivity,

ii)ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  higher product prices received by smallholder producers.

The GTWDP is being implemented in selected villages of 11 districts of Konya and Karaman provinces of Central Anatolia. These districts are in the Gรถksu sub-catchment, one of the four in the East Mediterranean Watershed. The Project area includes 238 villages that are situated in the mountainous parts of the 11 districts where the elevation varies between 600 m and 1 800 m. Each component would focus on elements of the identified value chains VCs).

The GTWDP includes three components namely:

i)ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Agricultural Productivity and Natural Resource Management,

ii)ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Market Access Enhancement and

iii)ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Project Management.

The overall objective of the Upland Rural Development Project (URDP), on the other hand, 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.

Assigned to projects:

The Projects Manager will be responsible for (i) Gรถksu TaลŸeli Watershed Development Project and (ii) Uplands Rural Development Project.

Objectives of the Assignment

Under the supervision of the Rural and Agricultural Development Projects Coordinator, the Projects Manager, duty-stationed in Ankara, coordinates administrative, operational and financial aspects of the concerned project(s) with a view to ensure full compliance with the terms and conditions of concerned agreements signed with the donors and implementing partners.

S/he is responsible for organizing and facilitating the work of the technical assistance teams and managing technical and support staff of the project with a view to ensure that the technical assistance teams are provided with timely and high quality operational and managerial support. S/he is also expected to contribute to establishment and maintenance of inter-institutional networks and development of cluster and project-based knowledge building/management tools.

The Projects Manager is responsible for implementing project activities in a timely manner according to the project plans and UNDPยดs programme procedures and delivering high-quality outputs in a variety of project implementation processes.ย 

The Projects Manager works in close collaboration with UNDP Programme and Operations Units, Ministry ย of Agriculture DG Agricultural Reform ย Survey and Projects Department, and manages UNDP IFAD Projects Finance Officer, UNDP IFAD Procurement Officer, UNDP IFAD Projects Communication Manager and UNDP IFAD Projects Assistant, to ensure smooth and timely planning, management of inputs and efficient and effective delivery of projects as well as other Project staff, to coordinate activities and seek synergies. S/he will be responsible for the coherent operation of the project team.ย 


Key Results Expected and Measurable Outputs

The Projects Manager is expected to assume the following tasks:

Measurable Outputs

Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities

1. Managing administrative, operational and financial aspects of the concerned project with a view to ensure full compliance with the terms and conditions of concerned agreements signed with the donors and implementing partners,

  • Ensuring the strategic direction of the concerned project vis a vis national development priorities and UNDP commitments
  • Efficient and effective implementation of the Agreements between UNDP and the contracting authorities and other signatories (such as governmental bodies etc.),
  • In consultation with the technical assistance teams, develop annual work plans and produce project progress reports
  • Sound financial management through managing the budget of the projects with the assistance of the related support staff of the Projects and/or the UNDP staff designated for financial/administrative issues
  • Management of procurement related procedures with the assistance of the related support staff of the Projects and/or the UNDP staff designated for the procurement affairs, prioritizing the quality of content and technical aspects of procurement.
  • Monitoring the implementation of the project work plan and take action/inform management in case of delays, problems, etc.
  • Timely and high-quality reporting by collating required information and inputs from the technical assistance teams, and incorporating financial data, following up on comments of the project partners, and finalizing the reports,
  • Guide the field staff, associates/support staff of specific projects and individual consultants on issues relating to the design, implementation and monitoring of activities,
  • Assure quality of the project outputs in accordance with the specific terms of reference of the assignments and the provisions of the project documents
  • Participate in project steering committee meetings and provide the representatives of the concerned institutions with project related progress and plans
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships and implementation strategies defined in the project documents with national authorities and local partners focusing on achievement of the project results and outcomes
  • Undertake specific assignments, within specific projects, when needed
  • Fulfill additional tasks, as required.


2. Organizing and facilitating the work of the technical assistance teams (i.e. key experts and specialists) through provision of timely operational and managerial guidance

  • Ensuring project resources are planned and disbursed efficiently and effectively as per the approved time plans and resource schedules, through maintaining day-to-day relations with the local technical assistance teams, the beneficiaries, donors and the UNDP,
  • Efficient delivery of technical assistance through initiation of the individual consultant mobilization process and monitoring of inputs of the individual consultants etc. with the assistance of the support staff and the technical assistance teams of the concerned project
  • Efficient delivery of technical assistance through initiation of institutional contracting processes, which include development of terms of reference, and technical specifications, contract management etc.
  • Efficient planning through guiding the technical assistance teams for development of resource schedules and time plans, flagging the technical assistance teams and UNDP Management on the bottlenecks, problems, anticipated deviations and exceptions,
  • Fulfill additional tasks, as required.


3. Managing support staff of the concerned projects with a view to ensure that the technical assistance teams are provided with timely and high quality operational and managerial support

  • Provision of high caliber managerial, operational, administrative and financial guidance to the support staff of the concerned projects
  • Development of institutional memory tools for the project-related reporting and correspondence,
  • Ensuring operational excellence in all project-related events (i.e. conferences, seminars, study tours, training programs etc.),
  • Fulfill additional tasks, as required.


4. Contribution to establishment and maintenance of inter-institutional networks and development of cluster and project-based knowledge building/management tools

  • Follow the international and national debate on contemporary approaches on livelihood, local socio-economic development interventions, vocational and skills development initiatives, and local labor supply, etc. for timely integration in project management
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the concerned projects
  • Coordination of development of policies and institutions that will address the issues targeted by the concerned projects with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linked to international networks. Relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns are implemented with key partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Participate in meetings with relevant institutions as regard to project/programme implementation
  • Fulfill additional tasks, as required.ย 


Reporting Structure

The Projects Manager reports to the UNDP Rural and Agricultural Development Projects Coordinator.

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 to project reports; high-quality correspondence, briefs, reports prepared.
  • Provision of high-quality services for management and coordination of the project activities.
  • Conduct of inter-institutional networks.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UNโ€™s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people without favoritism.
  • Avoids any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and 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.

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 situationsย 
  • Excellent analytical, communication, writing and presentation skills
  • Ability of team spirit, good interpersonal and integrity and confidentiality, interpersonal 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



  • Bachelorโ€™s degree in economics, management, engineering, or any other relevant discipline
  • Masterโ€™s degree in relevant social sciences


  • Minimum - 9 (nine) years of experience in a relevant donor-funded project with similar responsibilities in budgeting, accounting and reporting procedures of international donors
  • Minimum 5 (five) years of hands-on experience in project management including financial, human resources and procurement management
  • Specific experience in agricultural and rural development projects
  • Prior experience in international organizations (including but not limited to EC, UN Agencies etc.)
  • Internationally recognized/accredited certificate on project cycle management

Language Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Turkish (reading, writing and speaking).



  • Minimum 3 years of experience in management of teams, preferably in a matrix-management environment
  • More than 2 years of experience in effective leadership team coordination and conflict-time management skills

Computer Skills

  • Literacy at Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications



  • Turkish



(i) Internships (paid/unpaid) are not considered professional experience.

(ii) Obligatory military service is not considered professional experience.

(iii) Experience gained prior to completion of undergraduate studies is not considered professional experience.

Other considerations

  • Interested individuals shall provide a letter of motivation as a part of their online application focusing on the applicantโ€™s skills and capabilities against the required qualifications (in English).
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
  • Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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: 12 months, possibility of renewal based on the satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

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