National Programme Officer (Culture)

National Professional Officer

Post Number : 3MXCLT1000RP

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Culture (CLT)

Duty Station: Mexico City

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 Years renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 11-MAR-2024


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Only nationals of Mexico may apply for this position. 


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the direct supervision of the Head of the UNESCO Office in Mexico, and in close cooperation and coordination with the relevant Entities of the Culture Sector at Headquarters and other Field Offices, the incumbent shall contribute to the design, coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs and activities carried out by the Culture Sector (CLT) in Mexico, in view of supporting the country in its efforts to implement the National Development Plans, the United Nations Development Country Framework and contribute to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.


The incumbent also contributes to the implementation of initiatives related to UNESCO's Global Priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), priority groups and shall work as part of the Interdisciplinary team in the UNESCO Office in Mexico City and in transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, and Youth.


The National Professional Officer will be expected to perform, among others the following responsibilities:

Long Description

Programme Delivery in the countries covered by the Office

  • Contribute to identifying, designing, planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring of programs and activities in the field of culture in Mexico in line with the strategies and priorities of the Culture Sector in the framework of UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and Programme and Budget (C/5), in particular for the promotion, preservation and safeguarding of tangible and intangible heritage, the promotion of creative industries, and the advancement of the linkages between culture and development, as well as peace and security.
  • Contribute to the implementation of all UNESCO Culture Conventions and their associated protocols in Mexico. In close cooperation with Headquarters and other field offices, contribute to the overall delivery of the Office's programme objectives and intersectoral working modalities.


Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and monitoring of Regular Programme activities and projects funded by voluntary contribution in the countries covered by the Office. 
  • Provide professional expertise and technical advice and assistance in line with the Office's strategy and countries’ needs to the local authorities including the Ministry of Culture and other national cultural institutions; 
  • Develop, plan and implement research and analysis on policy topics and issues pertinent to Major Programme IV in the countries covered by the Office;
  • Support national capacity-building in the field of culture through relevant training and activities.


Partnership and Resource Mobilization

  • Support the implementation of the programme, maintain relations and partnerships with the national and local governments, concerned national/local authorities, relevant intergovernmental, regional and sub-regional organizations, cultural institutions, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors/partners, development banks, international organizations and institutions as well as the private sector in the field of culture. 
  • Contribute to the resource mobilization of the Sector in the countries covered by the Office in line with the national/local policy priorities and in accordance with the C/5 and UNESCO's and Culture Sector's resource mobilization strategy and plans.


Joint Programming Exercises

  • In line with the supervisor’s guidance, participate in joint programming exercise and in the inter-agency actions in the framework of the UN Reform and 'Delivering as One', such as Common Country Analysis/the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (CCA/UNSDCF) by identifying entry points for culture in the UN joint programmes and programming process in line with national priorities and needs in the field of culture. 
  • Maintain working relations with the concerned staff of the Resident Coordinator Office and other UN agencies, groups and entities and participate fully in relevant coordination mechanisms.  

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (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.




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture, cultural policies, cultural management or related fields. A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 


Work Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or related fields.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Proven ability to draft clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to build, maintain and enhance working relations with national/local authorities, culture institutions, academia, and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • Discretion and maturity of judgement;
  • Results-oriented approach to completing assigned tasks and an ability to persuade and influence peers and cope with pressure and challenging situations;
  • Good IT skill (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English  (spoken and written).



Work Experience

  • Experience in UNESCO, United Nations, international organizations, or in culture policy institutions.
  • Experience in designing and implementing cultural policies and strategies.
  • Experience in advocacy, resources, and partnership mobilization.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 941 392 pesos.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.


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.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.