Regional/Local Socio-Economic Development (LSED) Specialist

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 08 October 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) 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 is on the ground in 177 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners. UNDP's global focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of: (a) Democratic Governance: (b) Poverty Reduction; (c) Crisis Prevention and Recovery; (d) Environment and Energy and (e) HIV/AIDS. UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. 

Within the aforementioned global context, UNDP Turkey works for Democratic Governance and Growth without Poverty. For more than 50 years the UNDP has worked in close partnership with the Turkish Government and numerous national and international institutions, including NGOs, academics and the business community. 

UNDP Turkey aims to find practical solutions to Turkey's development challenges and manages projects together with the Turkish Government and other partners to address them. Since 1986 it has implemented over 80 programs across the country. In addition, the UNDP has played a major role in response to crises and disasters in Turkey and the surrounding region. 

UNDP Turkey's strategy for 2011-2015, formulated with and agreed by the Turkish Government, highlights three core areas, through which UNDP supports the implementation of Turkey's development agenda through project implementation and policy advice. These are: 1) capacity building for democratic governance; 2) action and advocacy for poverty reduction; and 3) environment and sustainable development. 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. 

With the latest changes in the global arena and in Turkey, UNDP Turkey has repositioned itself to be in line with the new UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017, changing needs of Turkey and Tenth National Development Plan, in order to target development challenges and priorities of the country. UNDP Turkey has repositioned to contribute through three core areas: 1) Inclusive and Democratic Governance (IDG); 2) Inclusive and Sustainable Growth (ISG); and 3) Climate Change and Environment (CCE); and in addition to these core areas, UNDP Turkey is emphasizing the role of Strategic Partnerships that cut across the entire country programme as well as regionally and globally. 

The ISG Portfolio is geared towards addressing structural economic problems, such as productivity, innovation, the middle-income trap, multi-dimensional poverty, energy security and regional disparities, as well as challenges with social, environmental and economic repercussions, such as urbanization. 

Integrated local and regional development is one of the key intervention areas of UNDP where an extensive know-how and experience has been accumulated over last couple of decades in Turkey. These interventions, most of which are being implemented within the scope of the Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Portfolio, include but are not limited to rural development, women's empowerment, resource efficiency, community-based tourism development, competitiveness, cluster-based economic development etc. Currently in this field, UNDP has been implementing two signature projects/programs entitled (i) Integrated Resource Efficiency in Agriculture and Agro-Industries in Southeast Anatolia (IRE) Project and Göksu Taşeli Watershed Development Project (GTWDP), where some other complementary initiatives are being implemented with a set of pipeline projects that are expected to be launched in 2019/2020. 

The LSED Specialist in general, will participate in the committee and steering management meetings and provide technical/administrative inputs on the projects activities and the projects progress reports, provide services for the conceptualization of the work plans of the ongoing projects and new initiatives, review projects' outputs, follow up national and international development agenda and inform the project teams, provide thematic inputs for the capacity development tools, provide implementation support services, provide services to prepare ToRs for related projects, provide advisory/technical services for conceptualization of monitoring and evaluation tools and replication and intervention modalities, and review and/or draft networking, partnership and advocacy strategies.


The SC is expected to assume the following tasks:

a. Coordination

  • Participation to the Committee Meetings and project specific Steering Management Meetings and where relevant provision of technical inputs and expertise in these meetings 
  • Provision of substantial inputs for the development/finalization of project progress reports.

b. Conceptualization and Finalization

  • Provision of services for the conceptualization of the work plans of the concerned projects Provision of advisory and technical services for the conceptualization of new (i.e. prospective) programmes, projects and initiatives
  • Drafting and/or review of terms of references of project activities and provision of thematic inputs for finalization
  • Drafting and/or review of project outputs (i.e. reports, concept notes, activity plans etc.) and provision of substantial inputs for the finalization.

c. Capacity Improvement

  • Follow up national and international development agenda and inform UNDP, UNDP's project-specific partners and the Project Teams through ad hoc and/or systematic means
  • Produce and/or review briefing documentation (i.e. brief notes, concept notes, etc.) in the fields of his/her expertise for the use of, UNDP, UNDP's project-specific partners and the Project Teams.
  • Provide thematic inputs for the capacity building and dissemination tools.

d. Implementation

  • Provision of advisory/technical services for the design of the project activities.
  • Provision of implementation support services for the implementation of specific project activities in line with his/her expertise.

e. Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Provision of advisory/technical services for the conceptualization of sound monitoring and evaluation tools and processes within the scope of the concerned projects
  • Provision of advisory/technical services for scaling up, prototyping and/or replication of projects intervention modalities and outputs.

f. Networking and Knowledge Management

  • Draft and/or review networking, partnership and advocacy strategies and action plans and provide thematic advice/inputs for finalization
  • Provision of advisory services for the establishment, maintenance and/or improvement of new/emerging partnerships and networks
  • Provision of advisory services for the design and implementation of advocacy and outreach strategies and action plans
  • Drafting and/or review of knowledge management tools (i.e. toolkits, guidelines etc.) and provision of substantial advice/inputs for the finalization.

If required by the UNDP and UNDP's project-specific partners, the LSED Specialist could be requested to provide additional services on topics related to her/his expertise area for other activities of the Project.

Reporting Structure

The SC will report to Inclusive and Sustainable Growth Portfolio Manager and the LED Projects Coordinator. The SC will work closely with the Project teams mobilized by the UNDP.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

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 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

The SC will be expected to have experience in:


Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor’s Degree in University degree in Economics, Business Administration, and Public Finance, International Relations or any other relevant social sciences.


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, and Public Finance, Rural Development and Agricultural Economics and any other relevant social sciences is an asset.


  • A minimum of 9 years of general professional experience is required with Master’s Degree,
  • A minimum of 11 years of general professional experience is required with Bachelor’s Degree,


  • A minimum of 3 years on international professional experience is required,
  • At least 6 years of specific professional experience in regional and/or local socio 

economic development programmes, projects and/or initiatives,

  • At least 2 years of specific professional 

experience working with or for public 


  • Specific experience in implementation of at least two (2) economic and/or social development projects
  • Previous work experience in international funded programmes/projects in the area of regional/local socio-economic development,


  • More than 10 years of general professional experience.
  • More than 5 years of international experience is an asset. 
  • More than 8 years of specific professional experience in regional and local socio-economic development.
  • More than 4 years of specific professional experience working with or for public sector is an asset
  • Experience in Southeast Anatolia Region and/or any socio-economic wise lagging regions is an asset. 
  •  Prior experience in international organizations (including but not limited to EC, UN Agencies etc.) would be an asset.
  • Having internationally recognized/accredited certificate on regional/local economic development and/or programme/project management would be an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluent written and spoken English and Turkish
  • Fluency in other UN Working Language is an asset.

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications,
  • Knowledge on rural development soft where programmes in asset.






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

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

(iii) Professional experience gained in an international setting is considered international experience.

(iv) 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 “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

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: 1-year contract extension based on the satisfactory performance and availability of funding

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