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Associate Project Officer (Culture)


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-ABR-2023


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


(Only candidates who are entitled to work in France may apply to this position)



The Living Heritage entity is responsible for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It supports efforts to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, ensures respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities, groups and individuals concerned, and raises awareness of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage. The entity supports the governance mechanisms of the Convention, develops periodic reporting and the assessment of nominations to the listing mechanisms. It also administers the International Assistance mechanism of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and monitors projects; designs and monitors global programmes, strategies and funding priorities; develops new knowledge and training content; organizes training; provides technical backstopping for policy development; builds and maintains partnerships; develops resource mobilization proposals.


Under the overall authority of the Chief of the Living Heritage Entity, the general supervision of the Head of the Capacity Building Unit within that Entity, and under the direct supervision of the coordinator of the Periodic Reporting Mechanism of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Associate Project Officer shall contribute to the effective functioning of the 2003 Convention’s Capacity Building programme, as well as the Periodic Reporting mechanism.


In particular, the incumbent will assist in:

Long Description

  • the roll-out of capacity building activities for periodic reporting, including the organization of capacity building for country focal points and regional training of trainers


  • the processing and the technical assessment of the periodic reports, which comprises the States Parties’ reports on their implementation of the 2003 Convention;


  • the regular updating of resources in English and French related to periodic reporting, including the guidance notes and Form ICH-10 in their different versions (Word and online), as well as the development of additional support material as necessary for the roll-out of the periodic reporting exercise;


  • the backstopping for the in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of the periodic reports;

Long Description

  • the preparation of briefings, contributions, reports, working or information documents in preparation of statutory meetings of the Convention;


  • the updating of relevant information and resources in the information and knowledge management system of the Entity;


  • the smooth communication flow with relevant stakeholders, including States Parties, Field Offices, Permanent Delegations, national counterparts, NGOs, experts, and colleagues within the Entity;


  • any additional supporting or coordination activities that may be required to ensure the effective implementation of the international cooperation mechanisms of the 2003 Convention.

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.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, international development, public policy, or assimilated.


Work experience

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in report drafting, qualitative and quantitative data analysis in the field of culture, heritage or sustainable development, of which preferably 1 year acquired at international level.
  • Proven experience in gathering, organizing and analyzing information for producing high-level analytical reports.

Long Description


  • Advanced analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills, including the preparation of documents and reports.
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Organizational and coordination skills.
  • Ability to establish, maintain and enhance effective and professional relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, understand their needs and build trust in long-term working relationships.
  • Ensuring confidentiality, discretion, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team and in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Good knowledge of IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Intranet, Internet, etc.).


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



  • Training/certification in project management in the field of culture.


Work experience

  • Proven experience supporting the planning and coordination of official reports and documents, preferably at the international level.
  • At least one year of experience supporting the organization of capacity building activities.
  • Work experience at an international organization or United Nations agency



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


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.