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Head of Programmes and Stakeholder Outreach Unit


Post Number : CLT 266

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



The Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity promotes the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy as vectors for sustainable development. Its mission is to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. The Entity fosters international cooperation by providing assistance to governments around the world to design, monitor, and evaluate policies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy. It also coordinates and monitors the Convention’s statutory obligations, notably by providing support for the sound decision-making of the Convention’s governing bodies through knowledge sharing and data collection, analysis, and distribution.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity, the incumbent will be responsible for the design and implementation of the Entity’s international cooperation and assistance programmes, including the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).

As the Head of the Programmes and Stakeholders Outreach Unit (DCE/PO), she/he will supervise staff and provide day-to-day oversight of their work.

Within this context, the incumbent will:

  • Lead a team to manage and implement operational programmes on the 2005 Convention and the 1980 concerning the Status of the Artist providing technical and financial assistance to governments around the world to develop, monitor and evaluate cultural policies to promote the diversity of cultural expressions.
  • Develop new relevant programmes in the field of cultural and creative industries and contribute to the mobilization of extra-budgetary resources, including the development of partnerships.
  • Manage the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), including overseeing its calls for funding, implementing its   fundraising and communication strategy, and supervising the monitoring of funded projects, impact evaluations.
  • Develop and implement a global stakeholder outreach strategy targeting public institutions, civil society, and the private sector working in the cultural and creative industries as well as related UNESCO Chairs and Category II Centres, and contribute to building synergies with other international organizations working in the fields of cultural and creative industries and that promote the role of culture in sustainable development.
  • Design and implement knowledge management tools, including the organisation of different events for sharing and celebrating creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions around the world.
  • Provide substantive input to implement programmes and projects related to the overall objectives of the 2005 Convention, UNESCO global priorities and transversal issues in line with priorities of the Culture Sector and the Convention governing bodies.
  • Formulate strategies and develop project proposals and workplans to mobilse extrabudgetary resources.
Long Description
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Strategic thinking (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Building partnerships (M)
Managing performance (M)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural industries or a related area.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of cultural policies and/or the cultural and creative industries.
  • Experience acquired at the international level, particularly in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience in designing and implementing cultural policies and/or cultural industry related policies, programmes and  projects.
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks and partnerships between governmental, civil society and private sector stakeholders in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural industries.
  • Experience in management of staff and budget.

Skills and competencies

  • Very good knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and excellent knowledge of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in designing global programmes, multi-stakeholder processes, knowledge exchange and networked relations with civil society operators from all regions.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Excellent capacity to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to manage heavy workload and to work under pressure, with capacity for accuracy, paying close attention to detail and quality of  work.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural environment.


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


  • Advanced University degree (PhD) in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural industries.

Work Experience

  • Experience within a developing country in the national or regional implementation of cultural industry programmes.
  • Professional experience in the United Nations System and/or in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation and development.

Skills and Competencies

  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system, including the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda.
  • Competence in advanced office software (database, etc.).


  • 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.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


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