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Associate Project Officer (Culture)


Post Number : CLT/PA 092

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) : 30-SEP-2022


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


Duration of contract: 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 and the direct supervision of the Head of the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy Unit, the incumbent will contribute to the development, 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 (hereafter ‘the Convention). The Associate Project Officer will focus on strengthening the Living heritage and education programme and the Global capacity-building programme for safeguarding living heritage for sustainable development, and also support the integration of living heritage in thematic programmes, including within sustainable development plans and frameworks, in line with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


In particular, the incumbent will:



  • Contribute to the living heritage and education programme by assisting with the global programme coordination and development, identifying new projects and activities, developing concept notes and proposals, reviewing documents, providing technical support to project elaboration and the identification of potential financing partners, and liaising with the Education Sector on joint programme activities. In addition, assist with the development and maintenance of the Programme’s Clearinghouse. Collect and consolidate data required to monitor action at the country level for reporting in the context of statutory meetings of the 2003 Convention and Regular Programme reporting, as well as drafting related inputs and contributions in a timely manner.

Long Description

  • Assist with the development of the online learning platform of the capacity-building programme on living heritage and sustainable development by coordinating the planning and monitoring, participating in the work of content updating, development and production, ensuring coherence of formats, design and alignment with UNESCO's rules and regulations; organizing translation, editing, proofreading, copy-editing and lay outing of the course content in different languages, including assistance with the related administrative and contractual procedures and the process tracking tools.


  • Facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes, projects and activities undertaken by the Capacity-Building and Heritage Policy Unit in the Living Heritage Entity to support Member States to develop or revise policies, strategies and programmes to safeguard living heritage, including within sustainable development plans and frameworks, in line with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


  • Assist with programme communication by regularly updating the content on the web pages of the priority programmes managed by the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy unit, including the information related to the use of the Learning platform for capacity building, and inform the users; accordingly, liaise with the knowledge manager of the Living Heritage Entity as required.

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 (Masters or equivalent) required in culture, anthropology, linguistics, indigenous studies or in the social or human sciences, closely related to intangible cultural heritage or a related discipline.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in culture and/or safeguarding intangible cultural heritage or a related area, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.

Long Description


  • Knowledge of programme/project management in the field of living heritage or a related field.
  • Ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability to edit and draft clearly and concisely.

  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and meet tight deadlines, paying attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge of either English or French and good knowledge of the other working language.



  • Specialized training in issues related to intangible cultural heritage or community development or formal or non-formal education.
  • Training on using and/or building content in learning platforms, such as Moodle.
  • Training in instructional design.


Work Experience

  • At least one year experience of participating in project development and implementation in the field of living heritage at local or international levels.
  • Experience in coordinating document production processes.
  • Experience with UNESCO’s operations and administrative procedures.
  • Experience in working on projects or initiatives supporting the safeguarding of living heritage in formal or non-formal education.


  • Good knowledge of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. 
  • Ability to undertake ethnographic fieldwork or fieldwork related to intangible cultural heritage.
  • Ability to use online learning platforms, such as Moodle or other platforms.



  • Good knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 72 895 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.