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Call for Application: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in formal education (Nam and Zim)


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Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Harare

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-AUG-22


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The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) is seeking for a consultant/firm to assist with the implementation of the “Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal education” project in 4 regions of Namibia and 3 provinces in Zimbabwe



Intergenerational transmission is at the centre of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding. Through this dynamic and interactive process, intangible cultural heritage is constantly recreated to suit the ever-changing contexts of communities. Modes and methods of transmission that are recognized by communities can be strengthened in education programmes. In this regard, educational institutions can foster awareness and respect for intangible cultural heritage and provide new spaces to ensure its transmission to future generations. The implementation partner will assist the UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa by working with the selected schools, government personnel and related stakeholders with incorporating living heritage in the school curriculums of Namibia and Zimbabwe.  


The first component of the project will focus on developing a methodological framework and tools to implement a whole-school approach for integrating living heritage in school-based learning, while strengthening the capacities of the teachers and different actors involved in the process. The second component foresees to mobilize the strengthened human and institutional capacities to inform policy dialogue and development as well as knowledge-sharing and networking platforms. Each stage of the project will contribute to strengthening the capacities of the different actors and institutions with the aim of anchoring this transformative methodology in the national education system of both countries.

The project will target the following 4 provinces in Namibia: Khomas, Karas, Zambezi and Omaheke, and the following 3 regions in Zimbabwe: Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Matabeleland North. Inception meetings with provincial (Zimbabwe) and regional (Namibia) education inspectors will be scheduled at the beginning of the project to ensure that the selected provinces and regions are identified as priority areas for the governments in view of a gradual nation-wide upscaling.

Long Description

Project Objectives:

  • Develop and implement a methodology and a formative assessment framework for basic education systems which integrates living heritage
  • Establish policy dialogue mechanisms between government, schools and the communities to ensure effective delivery at school and policy level.
  • Empower teachers in basic education systems with the skills and resources to deliver lessons which refer to intangible cultural heritage elements and indigenous knowledge systems
  • Inspire learners to practice, appreciate and safeguard living heritage in their communities

Guiding Methodology

 The project activities, especially those pertaining to curriculum development (methodology, lesson plans, formative assessment framework), will be based on the “whole-school approach”, which implies engaging in a community-based process to mainstream living heritage safeguarding into activities of the school, including, as appropriate, the reorientation or enrichment of teaching content and methodology, facility management, as well as cooperation with partners and the broader community, in particular the living heritage communities of the locality concerned.

Long Description

Scope of work

Task 1: Establish project structures and coordination mechanisms in the selected districts and participating schools in Namibia and Zimbabwe. 

Task 2: Coordinate and manage the implementation of the school action plans in the selected districts and participating schools in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Task 3: Coordinate and manage the development and implementation of the methodological and formative assessment frameworks in the selected districts and participating schools in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Task 4: Coordinate and manage the implementation of toolkits on integrating living heritage covering multiple disciplines focusing on existing networks, especially the ASPnet school network in Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Task 5: Coordinate policy dialogue mechanisms, comprising multi-stakeholders, to scale-up recommendations from pilot to national level.

Please refer to the full terms of reference here

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


The successful bidder is expected to demonstrate experience and list relevant projects as follows:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a related field (culture, heritage, development, education or international relations)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of intangible cultural heritage and/or curriculum development
  • Sound understanding of project management supported by two references/examples
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  • Excellent writing and communication skills


All interested consultants are required to submit their application online via UNESCO careers website as well as submit a technical and financial proposal separately via email to

The technical proposal shall be no more than 4 pages concisely presented and structured to include the following information:

  • Presentation of your profile/ up to date Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief description of the steps that will be followed to undertake the work
  • Proposal of timeline
  • Information which the bidder considers confidential, if any, should be clearly marked as such.

The financial proposal should be no more than 1 page and should detail: an appropriate Price Schedule which includes, as a minimum, the consultancy rate (in USD) and indication of which items may be negotiated, if applicable, or which items can be modified as per the budget. Full and final costing should include all taxes. In addition, two sample reports are to be submitted, and these will be assessed on quality, effectiveness of the presentation of findings and conclusions, amongst other key issues.


The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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