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National Professional Officer (Culture)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Lima
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : 3PECLT0001PA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Lima

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) : 09-APR-2024 - Extended


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


Only Nationals of Peru can apply for this post



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 (ADG/CLT), the direct supervision of the Head of the UNESCO Office in Lima, and in close cooperation and coordination with the relevant Entities of the Culture Sector at Headquarters, the incumbent shall contribute to the design, implementation, development and coordination of activities carried out under Major Programme IV - Culture in Peru in the context of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The incumbent shall contribute to the preparation of the inputs for the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the Programme and Budget (C/5) and related work plans from a national perspective as well as contribute to the ‘Delivering as One’ exercise in the field of culture.

The incumbent also contributes to the implementation of initiatives related to UNESCO’s Global Priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), priority groups and transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Youth.  

Long Description

In particular, the National Professional Officer shall:

  • Provide technical inputs into the conceptualization, design, implementation of programme and project activities in line with the strategies and priorities of the Culture Sector. Contribute to the implementation of all UNESCO Culture Conventions and their associated protocols in the country. 
  • Ensure the implementation, monitoring, briefing and reporting particularly those related to the progress and evaluation of Regular Programme activities and projects funded by voluntary contributions.
  • Contribute to the coordination and preparation of training and capacity-building activities in the field of culture, lead advocacy and technical assistance interventions.
  • Maintain regular relations and partnerships with national counterparts and key stakeholders (Ministries, regional, local authorities, and private sector etc.). Contribute to the implementation of the Lima Office resource mobilization strategy and plans.  Lead the mobilizations of funds, resources, and partnerships for the Culture Sector in the Office, including intersectoral and regional projects.
  • In line with the supervisor’s guidance, represent the Organization in the UN country team, participate in joint programming exercise and in the inter-agency actions and working groups in the framework of the UN Reform and 'Delivering as One'. Maintain working relations with the concerned staff in the Field and staff in Entities/Units at Headquarters as well as other UN agencies, group and entities.
  • Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor(s) that may be required to ensure the success of the work team.
Long Description COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Professionalism (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Accountability (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


•    Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture, humanities, political science, international relations, public administration and management, international law, or related field.


Work Experience

  • A minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or related field, of which preferably one (1) year acquired in an international environment.


Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Strong planning and managerial skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, implement and monitor work plans; ability to work under tight deadlines in complex environments as well as flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English and very good knowledge of Spanish. 

Work Experience

  • Experience in UNESCO, United Nations, international organizations, or in culture policy institutions.
  • Experience in designing and implementing cultural policies and strategies.
  • Experience in advocacy, resources, and partnership mobilization.
  • Knowledge of national legal frameworks for culture, the 2030 Agenda and cultural governance.

Skills and competencies

  • Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of national, regional, and international organizations at the highest level.



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


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 approximated annual starting salary for this post is 222 829 Nuevo Sol.

The information is subject to the authority, interpretation and application of the prevailing current United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances, policies and guidelines, which may change from time to time and which cannot not always be updated in real-time on this Portal. 

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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