Programme Officer

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    December 5, 2022


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Mission and objectives

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.


UNDP is implementing a set of early recovery activities in North-western Syria as a part of the ‘Whole of Syria’ architecture. The SCBI programme is organized around three pillars: Restoration of Basic Services and Infrastructure; Livelihoods Recovery, and Social Cohesion and Community Security. All three pillars work on area-based plans in an integrated manner, and in coordination with the other humanitarian and resilience actors. Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager SCBI, the Programme Officer, Early Recovery & Livelihood provides services through effective and efficient management of the assigned projects within ER Programme, provision of high-quality reports and monitoring of the programme’s progress on the ground and liaise with implementing partners. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with the operations, programme and project staff within UNDP Syria and other UN and non-UN entities as required to support programme formulation and delivery. SDG Contribution to: 1. No Poverty 8. Decent Work and economic growth

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Manager for Syria Cross-Border Initiatives or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Programme Officer will: • Effectively lead the planning and implementation of the assigned projects within ERL Programme, guide the programme staff, and financial management of the programme and measure performance and report on programme results and outcomes to the senior management • Develop new programme concepts and proposals for donor funding and support XB office in resource mobilization. • Coordinate inputs and results with other humanitarian actors, local authorities and implementing partners including strengthening the capacity of the counterpart teams; • Support UNDP’s efforts in the field of Early Recovery and contribute to the ERL Sector in the target areas and mobilize resources; • Document and report on the progress of the project activities including but limited to through internal and external periodic reviews; • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. 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. 14. Results/expected outputs: • As an active UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Successfully pitch the ERL Programme and identify the potential sources of funding for resource mobilization to address the funding gap; o Effectively lead the implementation of the assigned project’s within ERL Programme; • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • 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

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

4 years of experience in Programme development and management, with focus on planning, monitoring, reporting, and stakeholder and team coordination in international development organizations; • Experience of working in infrastructure rehabilitation and livelihood projects • Excellent knowledge of Programme management principles and best practices. • Experience of working in multi-cultural teams; • Experience of work at the field level including in fragile/conflict environments; • Good computer literacy – MS office applications, web-based management information systems

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Turkish, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in International Development, Business Administration or in the field of social sciences or another relevant field • Knowledge of Arabic and Turkish may be an asset

Competencies and values

Corporate Competencies:  Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;  Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;  Display cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;  Treats all people fairly without favouritism. Functional Competencies: Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda:  Creates effective advocacy strategies;  Performs analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses. Results-Based Programme Development and Management:  Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work;  Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration;  Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation;  Analyses country situation to identify opportunities for project development;  Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly. Building Strategic Partnerships:  Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;  Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;  Promotes UNDP’s agenda in inter-agency meetings. Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:  Seeks a broad range of perspectives in developing project proposals;  Generates for original and innovative ideas and effective solutions to problems;  Looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design of new approaches;  Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations;  Documents successes and uses them to project a positive image;  Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;  Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor. Resource Mobilization:  Analyses information on potential bilateral donors and counterparts to recommend a strategic approach;  Identifies and compiles lessons learned;  Promotes and encourages country office action with local missions of donor countries as well as appropriate authorities for increased contribution to UNDP resources;  Identifies needs and develops proposals to be presented to donors and governments;  Develops a resource mobilization strategy Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:  Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;  Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;  Effective presentation and report-writing skills; strong analytical and strategic skills as well as good written and oral communications skills. Core Competencies:  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;  Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;  Informed and transparent decision making.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Gaziantep is an essentially safe and easy place to live, although the proximity with the Syrian border, and given the Syrian conflict and Kurdish-related tensions, it is essential to be cautious and to follow security temporary restrictions as they arise. Furnished and unfurnished apartments can be easily rented close to the office at reasonable prices. Supermarkets and grocery stores have all the essentials including a large choice of fruits and vegetables. In term of social life, there are plenty of restaurants and bars (very few serving alcohol), and a few sports possibilities, Health care is available and adequate. There are more or 7 flights a day for Istanbul, from where you can go anywhere. The main problem concerning social life is that most people speak only Turkish. There are no schools in other language than Turkish. There is no real dress code, women for example dressing in either a western way or more traditional Muslim. Temperatures are high during summer and below zero during winter, and the weather is generally dry. Turkey is a unique country and Syrian Response is a unique (humanitarian) operation. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential. The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy