Turkey nationals: Project Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Ankara, Turkey 🇹🇷


Assigned to projects: Selected project(s) under CCE Portfolio

UNDP Turkey Climate Change and Environment Portfolio (CCE) contributes to consolidating the gains made so far and to the advancement to ensure the voice and participation of all stakeholders on environmental issues and enable the valuation and sharing of the benefits of ecosystem services. It is focusing on strengthening the “capacity to prevent and respond” to environmental degradation, particularly in relation to biodiversity, forest management and chemical waste prevention and management. It is guided not only by UN values, but also by the 10th National Development Plan’s objectives with regards to integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into development planning. The purpose of this portfolio is to improve the implementation of more effective policies and practices on sustainable environment, climate change, biodiversity by national, local authorities and stakeholders including resilience of the system/communities to disasters. UNDP is cooperating with various national counterparts in the referred field, such as Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Forestry, etc. CCE Portfolio seeks sustainable solutions for climate change adaption and mitigation action across sectors and initiatives to strengthen systems and tools for risk-centered and integrated disaster management, and increase the resilience of society by also taking into account of differentiated gender impacts. The primary target will be rural populations in sensitive biodiversity areas/hot spots. Currently UNDP is working on different new fields addressing to the capacity needs in the field of environment.

Currently, UNDP is implementing several projects as listed below and there are some more in pipeline in different fields under CCE Portfolio.

Ongoing Projects:

1-  Forestry Cluster:

 ·Integrated approach to management of forests in Turkey, with demonstration in high conservation value forests in Mediterranean region,

  ·Sustainable Energy Financing Mechanism for Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Forest Villages in Turkey (Project Preparation Phase)

2- Chemicals and Waste Cluster:

·  POPs Legacy Elimination and POPs Release Reduction Project

3-  Biodiversity Cluster (incubation):

·Addressing Invasive Alien Species threats at key Marine Biodiversity Areas   

4- Climate Change Adaptation / Mitigation Cluster  (incubation):

-Support for the Preparation of Turkey’s First Biennial Report (FBR) to UNFCCC

Through this ToR, UNDP is aiming to mobilize one project associate immediately to receive the below detailed services and also to establish a roster (which will be valid for one year) of qualified candidates to be used to mobilize other project associate(s), when needed.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the Assignment

Under the supervision of the respective Cluster Lead, the Project Associate carries out a wide range of tasks related to project formulation and implementation. S/he is engaged in one or several projects within a portfolio. The Project Associate is responsible for implementing project activities in a timely manner according to the project plans and UNDP´s programme procedures and delivering high-quality outputs in a variety of project implementation processes. 

The Project Associate works in close collaboration with the respective Portfolio Administrator to ensure smooth and timely management of inputs as well as other Project Associates and Cluster Leads to coordinate activities and seek synergies.

 Key Results Expected and Measurable Outputs

The SC is expected to assume the following tasks:

Measurable Outputs

Key Results Expected/Major Functional Activities

% of time


1. Project planning and AWP formulation supported

  • Prepares inputs to formulation of AWPs and planning and sequencing of activities for new projects. Provides inputs to detailed implementation plans.
  • Assists in formulation of budgets.
  • Assists in periodic revision of AWPs and procurement plans.
  • Organises and follows up to LPAC for new projects




2. Projects implemented timely and effectively according to AWP (one project or cluster of projects)

  • Plans and organises implementation of project activities according to AWP and project budget. Coordinates implementation with, and between, the project partner ensuring effective information flows between partners.
  • Prepares inputs and provides support to organization of Project Board meetings.
  • Organises and coordinates project meetings, reviews and site visits.
  • Organises project events (meetings, workshops, events, seminars, training)
  • Monitors performance of contractors (consultants, companies)
  • Monitors bottlenecks and problems in project implementation, proposes/takes corrective action as required.
  • Prepares inputs to reports and compile project reports according to the project document (monthly reports, quarterly reports, donor reports, final report).
  • Prepares inputs to ATLAS project management module (as requested by Portfolio Administrator).
  • Drafts correspondence, notes, briefs and other materials and documentation.
  • Implements project-specific communications plans by preparing materials and inputs for the website and organizing events.
  • ATLAS profile: General User





3. Project inputs administered timely and efficiently according to project plans and UNDP procedures

  • Prepares inputs to ToRs, technical specifications, RFP/RFQ, bills of quantities.
  • Assists in evaluation of bid and offers, compiles and prepares documentation (bid opening report, evaluation and selection reports).
  • Assists in selection of project experts and consultants and participates in selection process.
  • Organises and implements procurement of goods and services < USD 5,000 through canvassing.
  • Prepares Request for Direct Payment (RDP) for signature.
  • Maintains files for the project.

ATLAS profile: General User




Supervisor: Cluster Lead

Payment Schedule: The remuneration is to follow a monthly schedule.

Reporting Structure

       The Project Associate reports to Cluster Lead.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Qualitative inputs provided for project formulation, AWP and budgets; timely LPACs organized.
  • Project activities organized in a timely manner; qualitative inputs prepared to project reports; high-quality correspondence, briefs, reports prepared.
  • Timely and qualitative inputs prepared to procurement process; canvassing carried out correctly according to UNDP rules; selection processes carried out in a timely manner; RDPs prepared correctly.

Skills and Competencies

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in project cycle management in the public or private sector or NGOs or international organisations.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in supporting the projects/programmes in the field of Climate Change and/or Environment
  • Good technical knowledge on at least one of the issues of Chemicals & Waste / Biodiversity / Forestry / Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation
  • Experience in organising and coordinating events and activities.
  • Strong English language drafting skills
Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor Degree, (Bachelor Degree in relevant fields is considered as an asset)


6 years of relevant working experience (SC-6)

Language requirements:

Fluent written and spoken English

Computer skills:

Microsoft Office, Windows-based applications, integrated web-based management systems, spreadsheets and databases




Important applicant information

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

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

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