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Project Officer (Culture)


Post Number : CLT/PA 089

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) : 12-AUG-2022


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


Long Description

Duration of contract: initially 1 year, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance




The aim of UNESCO’s Culture and Emergencies (CEM) Entity, through its Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Unit, is to coordinate and support activities of the Culture Sector for preparedness and response to emergencies. It does so through policy advice, the development of partnerships and tools, the provision of technical backstopping to Headquarters and Field Office colleagues, including through a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) for Culture in Emergencies, and the provision of assistance under the Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF), a multi-donor funding mechanism established in 2015. The EPR Unit is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Strategy to enhance UNESCO’s Action for the Protection of Culture and the Promotion of Cultural Pluralism in the Event of Armed Conflict, adopted by the General Conference in 2015 (38 C/Resolution 48) and the Addendum to the Strategy concerning emergencies associated with disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards adopted in 2017 (39C/Resolution 57), as well as for the overall management of the HEF.


The incumbent works under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Director of the CEM Entity (DIR/CEM), and direct supervision of the Head of the EPR Unit, and in close consultation with the Executive Office of the ADG/CLT, as well as the Bureau of Strategic Planning to contribute to the management of and coordination of the Rapid Response Mechanism, in line with the Sector’s approved programme, strategic objectives and priorities as defined in the prevailing C/4 and C/5 documents.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent will:


  • Support the overall coordination, at the level of Headquarters and in the field, of the implementation of the Strategy to enhance UNESCO’s Action for the Protection of Culture and the Promotion of Cultural Pluralism in the Event of Armed Conflict, adopted by the General Conference in 2015 (38 C/Resolution 48) and the Addendum to the Strategy concerning emergencies associated with disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards adopted in 2017 (39C/Resolution 57), including by : organising periodic meetings, following up on the agreed actions for their timely implementation, and contributing to reporting to the UNESCO Governing Bodies, in close cooperation with the Culture Sector.


  • Contribute to the overall coordination of the Culture Sector’s preparedness and response to emergencies, at policy and operation levels, including: the organisation of dedicated coordination mechanisms, the management of their agenda and the follow-up of agreed decisions with the concerned UNESCO staff and external partners.


  • Provide technical backstopping to Headquarters and Field Office colleagues to ensure the quality design and timely delivery of projects and initiatives in relation with preparedness and response to emergencies, and alignment with the Culture Sector’s strategic objectives.

Long Description

  • Contribute to the development of partnerships and tools to support the Culture Sector’s preparedness and response to emergencies, and to mobilize additional resources by developing project proposals and following up on negotiations with prospective partners and donors, in consultation with the Bureau of Strategic Planning; researching new partners and proposing ideas and means to expand the partners’ base.


  • Assist the Head of Unit in the development of technical manuals, publications and reports on preparedness and response to emergencies, including submitting proposals to the publication’s board; establishing contracts with authors, photographers, editors, graphic designers (consultants and firms); ensuring quality delivery of the deliverables from inception to printing.


  • Contribute to outreach and communication to promote the work of the Culture Sector in the area of emergency preparedness and response, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information through different communication outputs (webnews, leaflets, reports, social media posts, etc.), in cooperation with Division of Communications and Public Engagement and the Communication Officer of the Culture Sector; organizing promotional, awareness raising and fundraising events, as appropriate.



  • Assist the Chief of Unit in the coordination of UNESCO’s contribution to events, documents, briefings, presentations, missions, in the area of emergency preparedness and response.

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 degree or equivalent) in the field of culture, international relations, Emergency Preparedness and Response, or a related field.


Work experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or a related field, of which preferably at least two (2) years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in post-conflict and/or post-disaster environments.

Skills and competencies

  • Outstanding organizational, planning and multi-tasking skills, with a proven ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Solid financial management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely high-quality communication for different audiences
  • Care to detail
  • Solid knowledge of Results-Based Management principles
  • Solid management of Funds or large-scale projects, and related reporting skills.
  • Ability to Develop and maintain networks, including through online platforms.
  • Ability to manage e-learning tools and platforms.
  • Ability to Coordinate large-scale events.

  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven capacity to anticipate issues or needs, and to propose appropriate solutions
  • Good IT skills, including good knowledge of standard office software, web content, management and social media
  • High level of drafting skills in English and French



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



Skills and competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of UNESCO’s Culture programme and its Conventions;
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations of the UN system.



  • Knowledge of (oral, written, comprehension) another/other official language(s) (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 full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.

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