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Non-Staff Consultant

OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-Jul-2020


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

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

This position shall contribute to programme implementation of the World Heritage Centre, which serves as the Secretariat of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). In particular, the consultancy job shall contribute to better identification of World Heritage properties, through retrospective work on cartographic and geographic data. It shall also contribute to activities related to Sites associated with recent conflicts and other negative and divisive memories, in the framework of the 1972 Convention.

For more information, visit our website: http://whc.unesco.org/.  

Long Description

Work assignment

 Under the supervision of the Chief of the Nominations Unit, World Heritage Centre, Culture Sector, the Individual Specialist shall:

A.         Contribute to the follow-up of the expert meeting on Sites associated with recent conflicts and other negative and divisive memories, as well as to the preparation of the related documents for the World Heritage Committee following the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (Manama, 2018) and Decisions 42 COM 5A, 42 COM 8B.24 and 42 COM 8

B.         Contribute to the analysis of the information received related to boundary clarifications and cartographic documentation of World Heritage properties in the Arab States, Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions and contribute to the follow-up with States Parties In the framework of the Retrospective Inventory Project:

C.        Analyse the electronic information available concerning all nomination files submitted by States Parties for the 2021 nomination cycle, including all supplementary information submitted by States Parties following Advisory Body evaluation missions and their World Heritage Panel meetings, as well as the minor boundary modification proposals received by 1 February, and publish these files through the platform on the World Heritage Centre’s website (https://whc.unesco.org/en/nominations), in accordance with paragraphs 148 and 168 of the Operational Guidelines.

D.     Analyse the electronic information available concerning all nomination files submitted by States Parties for the 2022 nomination cycle received by 1 February 2020 and publish these files through the platform on the World Heritage Centre’s website (https://whc.unesco.org/en/nominations), in accordance with paragraphs 148 and 168 of the Operational Guidelines.
E.    Assure that the correct and updated information on boundaries and cartographic documentation for World Heritage properties in the Arab States and Africa regions, is made available through the WHC’s database system on the World Heritage Centre’s website, as a post-filing of the Periodic Reporting exercise.
F.    Research and identify all the missing information related to boundary clarifications and cartographic documentation of World Heritage properties in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Contribute to the management of the follow-up correspondence with States Parties related to boundary clarifications.
G.     Assure that the correct and updated information on boundaries and cartographic documentation, as well as management plans submitted with nomination dossiers, for World Heritage properties in Latin America and the Caribbean region is made available through the WHC’s database system on the World Heritage Centre’s website, in order to enable the pre-filing of the Periodic Reporting questionnaire. 

Deliverables and timeline

The individual specialist shall submit for approval to UNESCO:

a) By 14 October 2020 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including the draft documents related to sites associated with recent conflicts and other negative and divisive memories;

b) By 13 November 2020 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including an analysis of the follow-up of the Retrospective Inventory exercise and the information received from States Parties in the Arab States, Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions;

c) By 14 December 2020 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including a draft table of the supplementary information received from States Parties for the 2021 nominations cycle, following the first Advisory Bodies’ World Heritage Panel meeting;

d) By 14 January 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including an analysis of the follow-up of the Retrospective Inventory exercise and the information received from States Parties in the Arab States, Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions since November 2020;

e) By 15 February 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, specifying the advancement made on the update of the information made available on the World Heritage Centre’s website regarding boundaries and cartographic documentation for World Heritage properties inscribed in the Arab States and Africa regions, as a post-filing of the Periodic Reporting exercise;

f) By 15 March 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including an analysis of the information available regarding boundary clarifications and cartographic documentation available for the World Heritage properties inscribed in the Latin America and the Caribbean region;

g) By 14 April 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including a draft table of minor boundary modification proposals received by 1 February and the supplementary information received from States Parties for the 2021 nominations cycle, following the second Advisory Bodies’ World Heritage Panel meeting;

Long Description

h) By 14 May 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including an analysis of the follow-up of the Retrospective Inventory exercise and the information received from States Parties in the Arab States, Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions since January 2021, as well as a draft table of nominations received for the 2022 cycle and published through the platform on the World Heritage Centre’s website;

i) By 14 June 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including an overview of the current situation regarding boundary clarifications and cartographic documentation available for World Heritage properties inscribed in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as the follow-up correspondence with States Parties;

j) By 15 July 2021 at the latest, a progress report on the activities undertaken under this contract, including the analysis of the availability of the information on boundaries and cartographic documentation, as well as management plans submitted with nomination dossiers, for the World Heritage properties in the Latin America and the Caribbean region in the WHC’s database system on the World Heritage Centre’s website;

k) By 13 August 2021 at the latest, a final report on all activities undertaken under this contract, including an analysis of the follow-up of the Retrospective Inventory exercise in the Arab States, Africa and Asia and the Pacific regions since May 2021.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL

Depending on sanitary arrangements at UNESCO Headquarters, the Individual Specialist shall work either at UNESCO premises (Paris, France) or at his/her own premises (using his/her own equipment such as computer, software, Internet access).

The job requires approximately 1-2 meetings by week with UNESCO staff at Headquarters, including Nomination Unit and Regional Units (World Heritage Centre), as well as research at UNESCO archives.

If the Individual Specialist is not located in Paris (France), he/she shall arrange travel for the above-mentioned meetings at his/her own costs. No travel costs shall be covered by UNESCO for meetings or activities taking place at UNESCO Headquarters.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education and experience:

• Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Heritage Management, Geography, Development Studies, or related area

A minimum of two (2) years relevant professional experience in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and/or in the field of culture, of which preferably one year acquired at international level

• Proven knowledge in analyzing cartographic information

• Proven knowledge in the subject related to sites associated with recent conflicts and other negative and divisive memories
   

        

Skills and competencies:
- Familiarity with the work and general functioning of UNESCO

- Good knowledge of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention

- Good knowledge of the Nomination Process for inscription on the World Heritage List

- Good analytical and organizational skills

- Ability to work independently as well as in a team and maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment

- Excellent IT skills, including good knowledge of geographic information system software, such as ArcGIS or similar, and design software, such as InDesign or similar

- Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or French (both written and oral) and good knowledge of the other language

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Interested individuals are invited to submit to UNESCO a workplan/proposal in carrying out the tasks mentioned above and financial proposal in EUR. 

The duration of the contract is 11 months (14 September 2020- 13 August 2021) : initial contract will be of 3 months (notice period) followed by a contract of 8 months if notice period proves to be conclusive.

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.

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