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Associate Project Officer (Culture)


Post Number : CLT/PA 088

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-AUG-2022


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


Duration of contract: initially 1 year, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (CLT/LHE), and the direct supervision of the Head of Programme Management Unit, the incumbent shall assist in the coordination, development, implementation, management and monitoring of activities and projects related to intangible cultural heritage, in the framework of the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


The incumbent shall be involved in supporting following activities of importance to the Entity:


  • As regional officer for a set of countries in a region, assist in the preparation of project documents and their implementation in that region, maintain frequent contacts with relevant Field Offices, Permanent Delegations, national counterparts, colleagues within the Entity and others aimed at promoting effective communication among them in order to successfully realize programmes, projects and activities related to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; gather and maintain accurate and up-to-date information concerning intangible cultural heritage related activities in the region, responding to deadlines and requests in a timely and effective manner; and facilitate the work of colleagues within the Entity by providing and sharing country information relevant to their specific duties.

Long Description

  • Participate in the work of the Secretariat for the 2003 Convention through (i) assistance in the preparation of working documents, scenarios and briefings for the meetings of the Governing Bodies, namely the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention and their consultative bodies, (ii) preparation of standard correspondence with Member States, NGOs, experts and centres of expertise, and others regarding the implementation of the Convention, and (iii) by providing support to the statutory meetings.


  • Assist in providing technical and analytical support as appropriate to the international cooperation mechanisms established under the 2003 Convention, as required, notably (a) processes and examines nominations to the Convention's Lists, (b) requests for International Assistance (in support of the Safeguarding and Implementation Team of the Entity), (c) proposals of programmes, projects and activities that best reflect the principles and objectives of the Convention, (d) requests of NGOs for accreditation and (e) periodic reports submitted by States Parties.

Long Description

  • Facilitate the implementation of the global capacity-building strategy for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, and the programme on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through formal and non-formal education, by contributing to project development, implementation, reporting and monitoring in the countries of the assigned region(s), and by helping to ensure effective collaboration between the Living Heritage Entity, UNESCO Field Offices, members of the global facilitators network, category 2 centres, and national counterparts in this process.


  • Contribute to the identification of new activities and projects, in particular related to intangible cultural heritage and sustainable development, providing technical support to project elaboration and the identification of potential financing partners.

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 or equivalent) in the field of culture, social or human sciences or a related field.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, safeguarding intangible cultural heritage or a related field, such as heritage management or cultural policy, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.

Long Description


  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage competing priorities, organize and prioritize workloads and to meet established and short deadlines, with a strong capacity for accuracy, close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively in team environment
  • Advanced IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Outlook, etc.)


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French, both oral and written, and good knowledge of the other language.



  • Specialized training in issues relating to intangible cultural heritage.


Work Experience

  • Experience required in the elaboration and management of programmes/projects in the field of culture.
  • Relevant professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization(s).



  • Knowledge of the statutory mechanisms of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Knowledge of the national or regional implementation of cultural programmes within a developing country.



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


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.

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.