Project Assistant for the Youth Center in Kocaeli

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This is a UNV National Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Youth contracts.

Eligibility criteria

Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager, the key function (KF) of the "National UN Youth Volunteer - Project Assistant" is the provision of operational and administrative support for the smooth implementation of the Project’s activities.

In this sense, the Project Assistant is expected to perform the following tasks and duties as demonstrated below:

  • He/she should assist the Project Team in carrying out their functions for the efficient and timely administration and implementation of the project activities.
  • He/she will maintain high standards of service delivery, including adherence to deadline, quick response time, accuracy and completeness of information and sensitivity to project needs and UNDP rules and procedures.
  • He/she will be working in Youth Centers of Ministry of Youth and Sports in Ankara, Bursa, Şanlıurfa, Kocaeli and Istanbul for the coordination and overall management of the implementation of the related project activities in Ankara and the project provinces under the direct supervision of both UNDP and the Ministry,
  • Support the project team during procurement, contracting, financial and human resources processes, as required,
  • Support the project team on training and social cohesion activities and on the grant management,
  • Provide support for organizing the events, workshops, meetings, trainings and conferences,
  • Translate documents from English to Turkish and vice versa,
  • Support to develop initial drafts of the reports/minutes of meetings in Turkish and in English with the supervision of Project Associate,
  • Support to make the necessary program related travel arrangements (travel tickets, hotel reservations, DSAs, etc),
  • Provide assistance to the project team, in keeping related information, documentation and correspondences including filing and archiving purposes,
  • Assist in keeping close contact with relevant consultants and experts,
  • Perform any other administrative and logistical duties as requested by the Project Manager
  • Travel to the fields may be requested.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.


Required degree level:

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, administrative sciences or any other relevant field is required,

Required experience:

12 Months

Experience remark:

  • 1 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in administrative and logistical support functions and in in organizing and coordinating events and activities, or other relevant programmes; relevant experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization on international development, Syria crisis response, humanitarian sector or any other relevant field.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Basic presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Basic project and time management skills;
  • Analytical skills and ability to coordinate numerous ongoing initiatives;
  • Experience working, day-to-day contact and follow-up with stakeholders/local partners/government;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;

  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in working with/for refugees on social cohesion trainings and employment, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Turkish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise:

Development programme/project administration, Other development programme/project experience, Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs

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Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. *Only Turkish nationals are eligible to apply Eligible candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the entire duration of their service. Application deadline: 2nd. September 2020

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