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Project Officer (Culture)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : CLT/PA 109

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) : 29-FEB-2024


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

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


In July 2023, the Royal Commission for AlUla and UNESCO signed a project agreement "Heritage and creativity for AlUla's sustainable development", which aims to leverage the heritage of AlUla in all its forms, to enhance the understanding of its significance, and to contribute to its safeguarding through the transmission of AlUla's history and culture by narrating its story and empowering the bearer communities. By doing so, the project will aim at enhancing sustainable tourism through the promotion of culture, thereby directly benefitting Local stakeholders. The project intends to provide technical assistance and capacity building, develop international networks and enhance visibility for cultural heritage and creativity in view of the sustainable development of AlUla. More specifically, it will address the role that heritage and creativity can play in building sustainable cities and promoting a culture-engaged, people-centred development model for AlUla.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of World Heritage, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Arab States unit of the World Heritage Centre, the incumbent will serve as Project Officer, providing technical expertise and coordination to support the activities in the field of World Heritage. In particular, s/he is expected to perform the following responsibilities:

Long Description
  • Ensure planning, implementation and monitoring of activities foreseen under Output 1 of the Project ‘Enhancing World Heritage storytelling for communities and visitor experience’, which is aimed at the effective enhancement of visitor experience and ensuring sustainable site management.
  • Establish, manage and monitor contracts and relationships with consultants and implementing partners covering the range of expertise in the field of visitor interpretation and presentation, as well as sustainable tourism and site management.
  • Organize stakeholder meetings, capacity building workshops, knowledge-sharing and peer­ Learning activities and awareness raising events in the field of site interpretation and presentation, as well as sustainable tourism and site management.
  • Develop relevant project monitoring and evaluation tools and resources to support the implementation of Output 1 of the project and related activities.
  • Liaise and facilitate consultations with dedicated entities at the Royal Commission for AlUla, relevant government authorities, partners, suppliers, individual experts and Local communities as required and necessary.
  • Support the overall Project Coordinator to plan and coordinate activities relating to the implementation of the project, according to the established workplan.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports of the project as needed.
  • Coordinate and facilitate information sharing amongst stakeholders and partners; prepare briefings, reports, communication and other relevant documents and materials.
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. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education
  • Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of culture, heritage conservation and management, social and human sciences or a related field.


Work experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, safeguarding of cultural heritage or a related field, such as heritage management and cultural policy, of which preferably 2 years acquired in an international environment.
Long Description Skills and Competencies
  • Integrity, reliability and sense of commitment in the execution of duties.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships.
  • Ability to manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software.
  • Sensitivity to the local context.
Long Description Languages
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.
  • Experience in working on cultural projects in Saudi Arabia or in the region.
Skills and Competencies
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of the United Nations system or an international organization.


  • Knowledge of writing and speaking Arabic.
  • Knowledge of French.

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 99 451 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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