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Project Coordinator (Culture)


Post Number : CLT/PA 066

Grade : P-3

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) : 21-JUN-2021


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




In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of people around the world have been turning to culture as a source of resilience and connection. At the same time, COVID-19 has hit culture hard. At the height of the crisis, 90% of World Heritage sites were totally or partially closed, impacting communities who rely on these places for their livelihoods, social and cultural life. According to the 2021 UNESCO report “Museums Around the World in the Face of COVID-19”, in 2020, museums were closed for an average of 155 days, and since the beginning of the 2021, many of them have again had to shut their doors, resulting, on average, in a 40-60% decline in revenue compared to 2019 with relevant differences between regions. Many artists and creators, especially those working in the informal economy, are now unable to make ends meet, let alone create new works of art. COVID-19 has also brought many intangible cultural heritage practices to a halt, with important consequences for the social and cultural life of communities around the world.


The current context has also emphasized the need to strengthen the contribution of culture to transversal UNESCO initiatives linked notably to Climate Change, the International Decade of Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Education, while at the same time reinforcing strategic initiatives in the framework of the implementation of the UNESCO Culture Conventions.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the incumbent will contribute to the development of strategic initiatives in the field of culture and sustainable development in order to position culture on the international agenda, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly in view of integrating culture in the recovery plans elaborated at international, national and local levels in the contexts of the COVID-19 crisis.


In this context, the incumbent shall:

Long Description

  • Identify, propose, design, develop and participate in collaborative projects and initiatives, in line with the strategic priorities of UNESCO in the field of culture. Participate in policy formulation discussions; provide programme and project support; ensure technical backstopping for projects and events; define and revise project requirements and specifications; draft and ensure the appropriate reporting.


  • Contribute to create and reinforce partnerships and alliances with international partners, networks and key players. Provide technical advice and support to interagency actions led by the Culture Sector. Cooperate with other UNESCO’ Sectors, Institutes, partners and stakeholders.


  • Contribute to the global advocacy of UNESCO to integrate Culture in the international and national recovery plans by elaborating analytical reports on the key sectors of activities in the field of culture; Strategic partners at national, regional and global level; Strategic needs to involve key partners of UNESCO in the field of Culture to improve synergies; Proposals for actions and strategic interventions for decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders, at national, regional and global level.


  • Provide substantive inputs on, and contribute to the development of innovative and flagship initiatives of the Culture Sector, including on the role of culture in the international climate action; the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property; the International Decade of Indigenous Peoples; the preparation of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and other international conferences and events in the framework of the Programme and Budget of the Organization. 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Culture, Humanities, Social science, International Relations, Public Administration and Management, International Law or related field.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of culture, policy development/advocacy, international relations, or related field, of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in developing strategic initiatives and projects.

Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Advanced analytical, coordination and partnership development skills.


  • Strong diplomatic skills with excellent political awareness and understanding.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a team and maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment.


  • Good IT skills.




  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.



  • Advanced University degree (PhD) related to the field of Culture, Humanities and/or International Law.


Work Experience

  • Professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization(s).


  • Experience in outreach activities and partnerships/network building.

Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of the UNESCO Culture Programme and its Conventions.


  • Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


  • Strong drafting and oral skills in order to communicate effectively about strategic initiatives and programmes, introduce present knowledge generated throughout programme implementation, and package such information and knowledge into various communication tools.


  • Knowledge of another official language 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.


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.