Organizational context and brief project description:
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. Equity accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
The National Youth Volunteer will live and work in Ankara, Turkey. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city following Istanbul. Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is where the Turkish Parliament, Turkish Armed Forces General Staff, ministries and foreign embassies are located. The city is strategically located at an important crossroads for trade in proximity of Turkey’s highway and railway networks.
- Security: The current security level in Ankara is minimal – 1. Ankara is considered a generally a safe city. Public transportation is safe to use. There are no direct threats towards United Nations staff in Turkey.
- Medical Services: No special vaccinations are required for a travel to Ankara. Medical services available are of high quality, and health care services are available also in English.
- Housing: Apartments and flats are easily available and generally of good condition, with well working services (gas, electricity, water). The cost of housing is reasonable, although certain locations close to foreign embassies and area where UNDP Turkey CO is located tends to be more expensive. Upon arrival, UN Volunteers will reside in a hotel until they find permanent housing. UNV Field Unit may help UN Volunteers in identifying suitable housing.
- Cost of living and services: Housing is the largest monthly expense, and the cost of living is otherwise affordable. Daily food and products are inexpensive, as there are various types of services.
- Imported goods and many non-essential services and products tend to be more expensive. The provision of goods and services in general is very good. Local transportation ranges from buses, mini-busses to taxis, which are all affordable. The subway lines are very limited.
- Weather: The city is cold, often snowy during winters due to its elevation and inland location, and hot, dry during summers.
- Language: Turkish is the only official language. English is widely spoken in touristic areas, but less common in Ankara. In supermarkets and shops, knowing basic Turkish can be useful. There are variety of Turkish language schools and tutors available in Ankara.
- Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to C4D-related results carried out by UNICEF.
- Increased understanding and use of C4D within UNICEF community and amongst UNICEF partners, and increased integration within programmatic areas related to C4D.
- Developed C4D strategies, reports and/or documents.
- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Education, qualifications, skills, experience, areas of expertise:
- Type of degree: Social sciences, social services or public health
- Years of work experience: 2 years of working experience, preferably in a field related to social and behavior change.
Area of expertise requirement:
- Communication; experience with development, social change and implementation of communication strategies;
- Proven profound knowledge in a relevant field (i.e: Child Protection, Education, Social Policy, Communication, Social Work, Media & Communication, Social Sciences, Child Rights, Participatory Communication)
- Experience in the areas of Capacity building and/or Monitoring would be a plus.
- Familiarity with development field and UN system would be a plus.
- Proficiency in English.
- Experience in research and documenting-report preparation would be an asset.