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Programme Specialist (Culture)


Post Number : CLT 337

Grade : P-3

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) : 25-SEP-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.


The Programme Specialist (Culture), under the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and Stakeholder Outreach Unit, the functional authority of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity, and the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, will be charged with the development, management and evaluation of operational programmes aimed at strengthening international cooperation for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, in particular global capacity development strategies of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. 

Long Description


Within this context, the incumbent will:     


  • Provide  technical assistance to governments around the world to develop, monitor and evaluate cultural policies aimed at  promoting the diversity of cultural expressions by providing the necessary substantive and organizational support required for the development, coordination and backstopping of the Entity’s operational programmes in order to translate the principles of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation into policies and programmes at country level;
  • Contribute to designing, testing and disseminating capacity-development methods and tools and carry out training on their use by international experts who will provide technical assistance in different regions;
  • Maintain relations and provide backstopping to Field Offices engaged in the planning, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of activities of operational programmes;  
  • Contribute to the work of the governing bodies to the 2005 Convention, through formulation of strategies for the implementation of the Convention and through support to the meetings of the Convention’s governing bodies;
  • Contribute to the mobilization of voluntary contribution for programmes and projects in line with the priorities of the Entity, in particular for the Global Capacity-Building Strategy and the Stakeholder Outreach Strategy; contribute to the formulation of strategies and the drafting of project documents as well as the coordination of reporting to donors;   
  • Contribute to the implementation of UNESCO global priorities and cross-cutting issues identified as priorities by the Culture Sector.    
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advance university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural industries or related area.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of  four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural and creative industries.
  • Professional experience in the elaboration, implementation and management of programmes and/or projects in the field of culture.  
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization.  


  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and knowledge 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.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills.     
  • Ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely.    
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment.  
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines, 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.


  • Relevant professional training in the field of the diversity of cultural expressions.     


Work Experience

  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience working in a developing country for the national or regional implementation of cultural programmes.      
  • Participation at one or more statutory meetings of the 2005 Convention.      
  • Organization and/or implementation of training sessions.  



  • Good knowledge of Basic Texts of the 2005 Convention.      
  • Competence in advanced office software (Constituency Relationship Management application and other similar databases).       



  • Knowledge of another official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) of UNESCO.  



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.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.