Associate Project Officer (Culture)


Post Number : CLT/PA 111

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) : 28-FEB-2024


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


Duration of contract: 1 year with the 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 Director of World Heritage (DIR/WH), and the direct supervision of the Heads of the Europe and North America (WH/ENA) and Africa Units of the World Heritage Centre (WH/AFR), the incumbent shall perform the function of Associate Project Officer and will be responsible for planning, coordination, development, implementation and monitoring of the second phase of the World Heritage Online Map Platform (WHOMP) project, supported by the Flanders UNESCO Trust fund (FUT), with a special focus on Africa, in close cooperation with the partners and stakeholders involved, including the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee.



In particular, the incumbent will be responsible for the:


  • Preparation, implementation and follow-up of detailed activity programming, including contract drafting, monitoring of implementation, budget management and donor reporting;


  • Coordination of the collection, verification and production of geospatial data for World Heritage properties, in consultation with the relevant partners, including the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee and States Parties, and in close coordination with the Nominations Unit as part of the Retrospective Inventory process;


  • Coordination of the development of the World Heritage Online Map Platform, including its further integration with UNESCO’s knowledge management systems, including the World Heritage Centre’s database, and the inclusion of built-in geoprocessing tools for spatial analysis of factors that threaten or enhance the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage properties;

Long Description

  • Organisation and facilitation of capacity-building sessions for World Heritage site managers, in close collaboration with the African Site Managers Network (ASMN), on Geospatial Information Technologies for World Heritage monitoring and management, in line with UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa (Flagship Programme 3), the Regional Action Plan for Africa (2021-2027) and African Union’s Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want (in particular to its Aspiration 5);


  • WHOMP synergies with similar initiatives led by UNESCO or its partners (Advisory Bodies, UNESCO Chairs, etc.), such as Dive into Heritage or UNESCO Earth Network, or UNESCO-UNITAR Monitoring of Cultural Heritage Sites, Museums and Historic Cities via Satellite Imagery, in liaison with relevant entities within and outside the Cultural Sector (in particular UNESCO Bureau of Digital Business Solutions);


  • WHOMP’s visibility via various communication media (social networks, dissemination/awareness-raising events, etc.).


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 culture, cultural and/or natural heritage, geography, history, archaeology, or related areas.


Work experience

  • At least two years of relevant professional experience in the design, management and implementation of projects of which preferably one year acquired at the international level.
  • Proven professional experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database management.

Long Description


  • Proven ability to coordinate all stages of the project cycle (preparation of project proposals, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation), and to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Proven ability to build partnerships and coordination with a wide range of partners and stakeholders within and outside the Organization, at national and international level.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASP) and its general principles.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a high level of drafting skills.
  • Strong coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic web applications development skills (GitHub, Bootstrap, ESRI Experience Builder, etc.).
  • Excellent IT skills, including standard office software (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and maintain effective team cooperation.


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (both written and oral) and a good knowledge of the another.




  • Advanced professional training and/or research in the field of geospatial technologies.


Work experience

  • Relevant professional experience in the field of culture, cultural and/or natural heritage, or related field.
  • Relevant experience with UNESCO or in the United Nations system or an international organization.



  • Knowledge of UNESCO's mandate in the field of culture, including its conventions and programmes.



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

Long Description



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 78 134 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.