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Associate Project Officer (Intangible Cultural Heritage)


Post Number : CLT/PA/056

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) : 31-AUG-2020


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)


The Associate Project Officer (Intangible Cultural Heritage), under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (CLT/LHE) and under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme Management Unit, assists in the coordination, development, implementation and management 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 supports the following activities of importance to the Entity:

Long Description
  1. As one of the regional officers for Africa (and alternate for a second set of countries in other region to be defined), 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 in order to promote effective communication among them for the successful implementation of programmes, projects and activities related to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; gather and maintain accurate and up-to-date information concerning activities related to intangible cultural heritage 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 functions.
  2. Participate in the work of the Secretariat for the 2003 Convention through (i) the assistance in the preparation of working documents, scenarios and briefings for 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) the preparation of standard correspondence with Member States, NGOs, experts and centres of expertise, and others regarding the implementation of the Convention, and (iii) the support to the preparation of statutory meetings.
  3. Assist in the provision of technical and analytical support as appropriate to the international cooperation mechanisms established under the 2003 Convention, as required, notably in reference to (a) 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.
  4. Assist in 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 the preparation of project development, implementation, reporting and monitoring in the countries of the assigned region(s), and by helping colleagues 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.
  5. Assist in the organization of conferences and expert meetings and undertake additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work of the team.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Teamwork (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

  • At least two (2) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage or a related field, such as heritage management or cultural policy.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.



  • Knowledge of existing programmes, projects and activities in the field of intangible cultural heritage.
  • Ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources, and strong drafting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Close attention to detail and quality of work, balanced by ability to manage heavy workload.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively in team environment.



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


  • Specialized training in issues relating to intangible cultural heritage.


Work Experience

  • Experience acquired in the United Nations System or in similar international organizations.
  • Experience in working with statutory mechanisms of the 2003 Convention.
  • Experience within a developing country in the field of culture.



  • Knowledge of other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, 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.


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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. 


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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.


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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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