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Head of Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Unit


Post Number : CLT 075

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 11-MAR-2020


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



Under the overall delegated authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture and the direct supervision of the Director of the Culture and Emergencies Entity, the incumbent will be responsible for developing, planning and implementing the programme of the Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Unit, as well as coordinating the support provided to the Director of the Culture and Emergencies Entity in his capacity as Secretary in assisting the statutory organs of the Convention in all aspects of their decision-making. The incumbent will coordinate the development and implementation of pertinent and meaningful programmes related to the 1954 Convention and its two Protocols as approved by its Governing Bodies; the elaboration and implementation of strategies and projects for the promotion of the wide ratification and implementation of the 1954 Convention and its two Protocols.

In particular, the incumbent shall:

  1. Plan and coordinate the organisation of statutory meetings of the 1954 Hague Convention and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols (i.e. the Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the 1954 Hague Convention, the Meeting of the States Parties to the 1999 Second Protocol and the 1999 Second Protocol Committee), including the preparation of all working, information and statutory documents and ensure their smooth and efficient conduct and follow-up;
  2. Provide substantial input in policy development on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, including on preservation, management and other relevant matters, in-house and externally, and ensure consultation and coordination with all stakeholders concerned, including States Parties and other relevant entities;
  3. Coordinate the development, implementation and monitoring of programmes, projects and activities including the outreach strategy of both the 1954 Convention and its two Protocols, on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, to protect and preserve cultural heritage through enhanced, strengthened and more efficient international cooperation, by providing strategic and policy advice to Member States assisting them in their implementation of the programmes and closely cooperate with the UNESCO Culture Conventions, in particular the 1970, 1972 and 2001 Conventions and with the Culture Sector's Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit;
  4. Develop and implement innovative strategies and approaches to translate the principles of the 1954 Convention and its two Protocols into policies and programmes at country and regional levels and provide guidance and backstopping to Field Offices for capacity-building activities;
  5. Ensure the development and implementation of the approved programme and budget within the integrated budget and the implementation of the Medium-Term Strategy, foster intra- and intersectoral cooperation of work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reporting to the UNESCO Governing Bodies; 
  6. Mobilize voluntary contributions and establish strategic and financial partnerships for programmes and projects in line with the priorities of the prevailing C/5 Programme and Budget and the Culture Sector's Resources Mobilization Framework, and ensure the reporting to the Conventions' Governing Bodies and donors.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Strategic thinking (M)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Cultural Heritage, Humanities and /or International Law.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the protection of cultural property and/or in the field of cultural heritage.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in designing, managing and implementing policies, programmes and projects related to protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict and/or cultural heritage emergency situations.
  • Experience in leading and managing teams of professionals in a multicultural work environment.
  • Experience in coordinating the preparation of statutory meetings and documents, as well as discussion papers.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and partnership development.

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and excellent knowledge of the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols as approved by its Governing Bodies.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system.
  • Strong analytical, anticipation, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and in particular capacity to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage heavy workload and to work under pressure, with capacity for accuracy, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Ability to ensure substantive quality control of inputs on subjects matters.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment, diplomatic skills with excellent political awareness and understanding.


  • Excellent knowledge of either English or French.


  • Advanced University degree (PhD) related to the field of Cultural Heritage, Humanities and/or International Law.
  • UN relevant training/certificate related to emergency situations.

Work Experience

  • Experience in the protection of cultural heritage affected by conflict.
  • Experience in assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring activities, with a strong commitment to evidence-based, context-driven, flexible and principled programming.
  • Knowledge of mechanisms and measures for protecting cultural property in the event of armed conflict.

Skills and competencies

  • Strong analytical and diplomatic skills.


  • Good knowledge of the other working language.
  • Knowledge of other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

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