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Assistant Project Officer- Culture


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Myanmar

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : 

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 02-DEC-2020

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


UNESCO protects and promotes both tangible and intangible cultural heritage as an enabler and a driver of sustainable development in all its dimensions - economic, social and environmental - whether it is through conservation and preservation, livelihoods development or fostering creative industries. UNESCO also promotes cultural diversity as a source of identity and cohesion for communities as well as cultural creativity to build open, inclusive and pluralistic societies.

Long Description

Under the authority of the Director of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, the overall supervision of the Head of Myanmar Project Office and technical supervision of Chief of the Bangkok Culture Unit, the incumbent shall perform the functions as follows:


  1. Undertake in-country coordination for the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of culture programme activities implemented in Myanmar, under the scope of UNESCO Conventions to: 
  • Liaise with Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and other national, local and international project partners to ensure timely execution of project activities;
  • Provide support in carrying out administrative procedures related to implementation of programmes and projects, including procurement, organizing and follow up of meetings/conferences/ workshops, site visits, expert missions and field activities;
Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage contracts with national and local counterparts including drafting of ToRs, monitoring and undertaking review and analysis of deliverables;
  • Provide informal interpretation and translation from Myanmar into English and vice versa in meetings and of documents, reports, etc.;
  • Provide support to, and take part in, missions undertaken by UNESCO officers and consultants; and
  • Provide inputs to project technical reports, progress and final reports for the donors, and bi-annual SISTER reports.
Long Description
  1. Provide support to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in organizing the International Coordinating Committee for Bagan and in the follow-up of its recommendations;
  2. Provide inputs to communication/outreach materials for website, press releases, speeches and presentations related to the culture programme.
  3. Work with  the national and regional level with various stakeholders, including national governmental agencies, universities, as well as other national and international organizations, to build common understanding and coordination on project activities.
  4. Contribute to the formulation and preparation of concept notes, project proposals and work plans for resource mobilization, in alignment with UNESCO Culture Sector’s priorities. 
  5. Undertake any other activities as requested by the Head of Myanmar Project Office.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, urban planning or in a related field.

Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of work experience in project management in the field of heritage conservation or in the promotion of arts and culture for social and economic development.  


  • Excellent written and spoken English and Myanmar language skills.

Skills and competencies


Assessment exercises such as written tests or content tests may be used in the evaluation of candidates.


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.


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