Associate Programme Specialist (Culture)


Post Number : CLT 006

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-APR-2024


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




The mission of the Movable Heritage and Museums (MHM) Unit, located within the Culture and Emergencies Entity of the Culture Sector, is to ensure the effective implementation of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, including by providing the Secretariat of the Statutory Organs of the Convention, as well as the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution (ICPRCP) and the 2015 Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Director of the Culture and Emergencies Entity (DIR/CEM), who is also the Secretary of the 1970 Convention and ICPRCP, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Movable Heritage and Museum Unit, the incumbent will exercise the functions of Associate Programme Specialist by contributing to the coordination, development, management and monitoring of activities related to the statutory instruments.


The incumbent will also contribute to the implementation of initiatives related to UNESCO’s Global Priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), priority groups and transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, SIDS, and Youth.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent shall:


  • Contribute to the planning, coordination and follow-up of the statutory meetings related to the 1970 Convention and ICPRCP, as well as the activities of the Unit, by analysing and interpreting background documentation, drafting and contributing to technical working documents, identifying implementation issues and recommending corrective actions as appropriate, preparing briefings, presentations, reports, drafting correspondence to Member States and other stakeholders.


  • Support the development, implementation and monitoring of operational activities and training workshops, capacity-building tools, as well as communication and outreach strategies for the implementation of the 1970 Convention.


  • Maintain relations and support the provision of backstopping, guidance and information to Field Offices and other Convention’s stakeholders in the promotion and implementation of the 1970 Convention.


  • Facilitate liaison and communication with representatives of the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups, including the general public.

Long Description

  • Contribute to resource mobilization in line with the strategies and priorities of the Culture Sector in the framework of the Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and Programme and Budget (C/5); Monitor and make proposals to the supervisor on programme and budget implementation related to the 1970 Convention and ICPRCP.


  • Assist in the drafting and editing of reports and briefings, contribute to the drafting of responses to queries from Member States, Statutory Organs, partners, the general public and the media. Ensure monitoring of auctions of archaeological objects on the web, undertake legal research, as appropriate. Prepare alerts to States Parties and institutions regarding their heritage on sale and provide support to Member States following requests for the suspension of sales of cultural property of dubious provenance.

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, political science, law, international relations, or related field.


Work Experience

  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in the field of culture, international development or related field, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at the international level.

Long Description


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan; ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines as well as flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact efficiently with a wide range of partners and stakeholders within and outside the Organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong analytical and IT skills, including the ability to use inhouse computerized systems and applications.
  • Skills in document production (use of styles, PDF, etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and oral) or French and good knowledge of the other language. 



Work Experience

  • Experience in the protection of cultural heritage against illicit trafficking of cultural property.
  • Relevant professional experience in the United Nations System or other international organization(s).



  • Good knowledge of the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.



  • Knowledge of another/other official language(s) (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) of UNESCO.  


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 82 164 US $.

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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.