United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Resilience Development Advisor

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Turkey is the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. The current number of registered Syrian population is 3,6 million as of October 2019. Around 90 percent of the Syrian refugees live outside the camps in host communities, the majority concentrated around the border provinces, with significant impact on the national/local labor market and creating additional demand for basic services to be delivered by service providers, i.e. national and local governments. SuTP are mainly located in Southeast Anatolia region bordering Syria, but as the crisis is prolonged, the population is now significantly expanding to other regions as well. The Government’s response to the Syrian crisis is proactive and line ministries and central/local government agencies are increasingly involved in the response. Local municipalities play a critical role in the implementation of the response. As a result of the protracted nature of the crisis, there is an increasingly strong call for a multi-sector resilience-based response. The Turkey Chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) addresses the challenges through both humanitarian (refugee) and development (resilience) perspectives, within the context of six sector responses (livelihoods, protection, Basic Needs, health, education and food security). The 3RP Turkey Chapter highlights the increasing need and importance of the resilience response, reflected both in terms of type of support required as well as the resilience budget availability. UNDP co-leads the Coordination of 3RP with UNHCR as per its regional MoU stating the core coordination responsibilities, with UNDP having an agreed corporate lead coordination role on resilience and focusses on strengthening resilience related support across all 6 sectors. This includes, amongst others, a stronger focus on support to strengthening of capacities of both national and local partners (municipalities in particular). UNDP co-chairs both the Syria Response Group (head of agencies level) and the Syria Task Force (attended by UN agencies, NGOs and donors). UNDP takes active part in about 4 sectors, namely Livelihoods, Basic Needs, Protection and Food Security. UNDP is the Sector Coordinator for Livelihoods. The Livelihoods Sector Working Group is currently operational in Ankara and Gaziantep, with possible future operations in Izmir and Istanbul. To address this priority, UNDP needs the capacity to coordinate at country level a wide and diverse network of 3RP partners, develop and manage resilience-based monitoring and reporting -including resilience financial tracking- conduct advocacy and outreach campaign for resilience investment and represent UNDP as regular coordination and decision-making mechanism. UNDP Turkey’s the Syria Crisis Response and Resilience Programme’s main components include livelihoods, support to municipal service delivery, social cohesion and gender empowerment. The programme builds on UNDP’s existing expertise in the areas of sustainable development, environment and Climate Change, governance and rule of law. Resilience Development Advisor under the supervision of RR and daily interaction with DRR and ARRs provides Advisory Services to: i) strengthen existing coordination mechanisms on the overall Syria Response in Turkey; ii) strengthen UNDP Turkey’s positioning on and preparedness for crisis response (i.e. disaster risk management); iii) strengthen strategic partnership with traditional, emerging donors and provide sector, provides innovation solutions expertise in resource mobilization, outreach and portfolio integration approach in programme delivery. Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Provision of top-quality policy advice services in the area of displacement and migration

  • Provide policy advice to the CO in the area of migration and displacement in Turkey, connected to global policy frameworks and context of the country

  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.

  • Remain informed of political developments around Syria, cross border operations and durable solutions

  1. Resource mobilization and management of donor relationships

  • Support to the expand the UNDP Syria response programme with new donors and continued strategy development- in response to the needs and opportunities as they arise

  • Manage donor relationships for the 3RP in close cooperation with the ARR

  • Support the Syria Crisis Response Portfolio Manager in substantial oversight of Syria programme donor reporting, monitoring and evaluation

  1. Inter-agency and inter-sector coordination – 3RP and overall Syria response in Turkey

  • Ensure the co-lead role of UNDP on resilience in relation to inter-agency coordination is effectively exercised

  • Strengthen the resilience pillar in the 3RP planning, implementation and monitoring for all sectors

  • Monitor delivery of the 3RP Turkey Chapter

  • Manage Government engagement with 3RP partners

  • Strengthen and maintain GoT relationships at the local and national levels in coordination and close cooperation for the 3RP

  • Advice 3RP partners on strategy development and effective monitoring of results – develop tools and guidance where appropriate

  • Ensure alignment in planning with the HRP (Syria) and relevant development frameworks in Turkey

  • Coordinate response at regional level

  • Communicate results and key priorities of the response in Turkey at regional and global levels

  • Manage relationship with 3RP donors

  • Represent UNDP in Durable Solutions planning

  1. Knowledge management and communication

  • Lead knowledge management of the Syria response programme, including identification of lessons learned and good practices

  • Ensure visibility of good practices and programme results at regional and global levels

  • Support GoT in positioning itself in the global debate around migration and displacement

  • Oversee communication around the UNDP Syria response programme and the overall Syria response in Turkey- including development of key messages and clearance of all related communication

  • Ensure UNDP’s existing expertise is built on and used for the UNDP Syria programme

  1. Strengthen UNDP’s disaster preparedness and advice on DRR port-folio development

Competencies Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions Technical/Functional Professionalism Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Teamwork Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Planning and Organization Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission, Knowledge of organizational development concepts, issues and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Accountability Ability to create internal reporting and accountability processes and standards Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Client Orientation Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Judgment/Decision-making Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Humanitarian Response Exceptional knowledge of humanitarian response systems, coordination mechanisms, and humanitarian policy. Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Humanitarian-Development Nexus – Comprehensive understanding of the challenges and experience of countries addressing simultaneously humanitarian needs, recovery and development. Good knowledge of both humanitarian and development systems and planning Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise People Centered Approach Understands that a people-centered approach to Humanitarian Action brings together the universal determinants of age, gender, and other specific diversity characteristics for Analysis that informs an effective response which includes; disability, HIV  AIDS, mental health, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, the environment and ethnic origins Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Recovery Programming Strong knowledge of resilience related programmatic areas, in particular Livelihoods, Governance and Basic Infrastructure repairs and rehabilitation Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Required Skills and Experience Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in:
  • Social Sciences (International Development, International Relations etc.), or a related field;

  • A combination of relevant academic background (at least a first level university degree i.e. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and extensive relevant professional experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Experience:
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian and development coordination or a related field; experience both at the national level and international level in large organizations with dispersed operations and/or in the public and private sector preferred (nine years’ experience if candidate holds Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent).

  • Experience working within the UN system, preferably in an operational UN Agency or with OCHA, UNISDR.

  • Experience in humanitarian response and recovery operations (Complex Emergencies and/or natural disasters) is desirable.

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; fluency Turkish and/or Arabic would be desirable, but not mandatory. Other: Qualifications and / or industry certification and /or demonstrable experience in the following applications: Microsoft Office (advanced user certification of MS Access, MS Excel and MS Word desirable) and Lotus Notes are desirable. Summary of Critical Competencies for Immediate Response Situations: Possess a comprehensive set of competencies to immediately take on the challenging role of coordinating the Syria response efforts in the designated area of responsibility – strategic, integrity, results oriented, teamwork, good inter-personal skills, well developed communication skills, sound judgment, analytical skills, flexibility, proactive engagement, innovation, risk management, gender and culturally sensitive, ability to work under pressure and demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity and unpredictability. Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply. The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that;
  • human rights and gender equality is 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 are 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 create;

  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

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