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Associate Project Officer (Culture)

United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC)




Post Number : CLT/PA 112

Grade : P-2

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) : 29-MAR-2024

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

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


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of World Heritage (DIR/WH), and the direct supervision of the Head of the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC/AFR), the incumbent shall exercise the function of Associate Project Officer and will be responsible for the coordination of the 22 projects of the Africa Unit, financed by Norway contribution to World Heritage in Africa in collaboration with the other Unit’s Staff and the Natural Heritage Unit (NHU) colleagues, and will be responsible for the planning, coordination, development and implementation of the following specific projects:

  1. Design the State of Conservation for the removal of sites from the List in danger and make proposals for long-term conservation.
  2. Pilot project for Lake Ounianga (Chad), on Indigenous knowledge system to support conservation and improve local communities’ well-being
  3. Capacity building activities on risk management.
  4. Assist in the statutory work in cooperation with the African States Parties from Western and Central Africa, the African World Heritage Fund, the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, and the Advisory Bodies.
  5. Contribute to the fundraising strategy established by the Culture sector to support World Heritage activities in Africa.

Long Description

In particular, s/he will be responsible for:

  • Organisation of capacity building activities such as training awareness raising in consultation with the relevant partners and African States Parties for the removal of sites from the World Heritage list in danger and implementing activities aimed to improve the conservation and management of sites with the involvement of communities living around the properties.
  • Coordination of the 22 projects of the Africa Unit financed by Norway’s contribution to World Heritage in Africa in collaboration with the other Unit’s Staff and the Natural Heritage Unit (NHU) colleagues and ensuring a regular follow-up, reporting to the donor, preparing briefings and communication material for web news.
  • Piloting project for Lake Ounianga (Chad): joint proposal with the UNESCO Science Sector on Indigenous knowledge system to support conservation and improve local communities’ well-being and organizing capacity-building activities in collaboration with universities and learning institutions which developed curricula on Rock art conservation.

Long Description

  • Organisation of capacity building activities on risk management, strengthening the capacities of World Heritage Sites management in several States Parties by enhancing the effectiveness of the management and protection mechanism of their sites, in collaboration with ICCROM, the AWHF and EPA and assisting the site managers and the resource persons to monitor and guide the preparation and submission of the first draft of their risk management plan, following a 5-day practical field workshop,
  • Drafting the State of Conservation reports and other related documents for the implementation of the World Heritage Committee decisions, in cooperation with the African States Parties from Western and Central Africa, the African World Heritage Fund, the UNESCO Field Offices in Africa, and the Advisory Bodies
  • Carrying out reactive monitoring and advisory missions, assisting in the implementation of International Assistance, and participating in statutory meetings.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in the field of culture, heritage conservation and management, or a related field.


  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and related fields of which preferably at least one (1) year acquired at the international level.

Long Description


  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan; ability to meet tight deadlines as well as flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed procedures.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and maintain effective working relationships with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good IT skills.


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




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


  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s mandate in the field of culture, including its conventions and programmes.


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 78 134 US $.

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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.


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