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Individual Consultant-Cultural Specialist (cultural creative industries)

Bangkok

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Culture and Sport
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: Closed

OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Bangkok

 

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 02-Jun-2024

 

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE

Within the framework of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, support the implementation of projects that promote the implementation of the 2005 Convention in Thailand and South-East Asian countries. This includes the implementation of all the activities under the project This project “Creative Digital Lab Phase II: Strengthening Digital Horizons by Igniting Innovation in Thailand Creative Sector” led by UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok as part of the Creative Digital Lab regional project funded by the UNESCO/Korea Funds-in-Trust (KFIT).
 
Based on the achievements of phase I, UNESCO develops a set of best practices on digital creativity catered to different contexts and demands of each Member State at the national level in phase II. 
The goal is to advance national-level best practices and strengthen cross-country exchange and collaboration of lessons learned within the Mekong region. This is in line with the government of the Republic of Korea's Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative, which is expanding comprehensive cooperation with ASEAN, including future industries such as digital, and cultural cooperation. 

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The selected consultant will provide technical expertise on the contribution of culture to sustainable development through cultural and creative industries and the linkage between culture and education for sustainable development, particularly for youth and local communities. The consultant will provide technical inputs for conceptualizing and delivering strategies, projects and plans in order to support strengthening national capacity among Member States in policy-making and operational implementation in line with the UNESCO Culture Conventions and other international and regional frameworks and best practices.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervisory arrangements:

Under the framework of the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the project “Strengthening digital capacity for cultural and creative entrepreneurs in Mekong Cluster” as part of the Creative Digital Lab regional project funded by the UNESCO/Korea Funds-in-Trust (KFIT), under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, hereafter called “UNESCO Bangkok”, the direct supervision of the Chief of Culture Unit, and in collaboration with the responsible officer, the Individual Specialist shall carry out the following tasks:

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Terms of Reference:

The Individual Specialist shall specifically perform the following tasks:

 1. Within the framework of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, support the implementation of projects with a focus on Thailand and other South-East Asian countries. This includes, but is not limited to:

        1.1 Provide technical inputs for the implementation of all the activities under the projects “KFIT Digital Creativity Lab Phase II”;
        1.2 Provide technical support to the working team and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in developing the Quadrennial Periodic Reports (QPR) due in 2024 and coordinating with other development partners in country who are working on cultural policy; 

Long Description

1.3 Assist in the development of meetings and projects as well as coordinate with counterparts and partners related to Aschberg supported programmes on Artistic Freedom under the 2005 Convention;

1.4 Provide expertise in developing cultural products using indigenous and local knowledge and local cultural / natural assets, as well as advise in incubating young entrepreneurs and creating sustainable marketing strategies to support ethnic local communities in Thailand through collaboration with creative professional networks and organizations, as linked to 2003 Convention and 1972 Convention;

1.5 Provide support for advocacy related to 2005 Convention, Creative Cities and 2030 Cultural Indicators;

1.6 Provide inputs on the implementation of culture conventions as related to sustainable development;

1.7 Provide expertise in developing cultural products using indigenous and local knowledge and local cultural / natural assets, as well as advise in incubating young entrepreneurs and creating sustainable marketing strategies to support ethnic local communities in Thailand through collaboration with creative professional networks and organizations;

1.8 Provide support for advocacy related to 2005 Convention, Creative Cities and 2030 Cultural Indicators.

Expected Deliverables

   a. Workplan for “KFIT Digital Creativity Lab Phase II”

   b. Status of artist recommendations materials

   c. Progress report on Lao PDR 2005 QPR preparation

   d. Advocacy materials in Thai/Lao related to 2005 Convention

   e. Progress report on “KFIT Digital Creativity Lab Phase II” 

   f. Recommendations on developing cultural products using indigenous and local knowledge

TIMETABLE AND DELIVERABLES

In the section below, please ensure you include the core (C) and managerial (M) competencies (if applicable).

TRAVEL

The Specialist will be required to travel on mission directly related to projects and implementation during the assignment. The Specialist should travel economy class and received DSA at the standard rate (and which should be reduced, as necessary, when the number of days of DSA exceeds the limits stipulated in the table of rates published by ICSC). DSA is only payable to individuals carrying out assignments away from their usual place of residence or work. The Specialist is expected to make her/his own travel arrangements and should be provided with a lump sum to cover travel-related expenses in accordance with UNESCO rules and regulations.  Travel-related expenses (e.g. the cost of tickets, terminal fares and DSA) must be fixed and agreed between the parties.

TIMETABLE AND DELIVERABLES No. Deliverable(s) Timeline 1 Workplan for “KFIT Digital Creativity Lab Phase II    (1.5.a)    31st July 2024 2 Status of artist recommendations materials (1.5.b) 31st August 2024 3 Progress report on Lao PDR 2005 QPR preparation (1.5.c) 30th September 2024

 

4    Advocacy materials in Thai/Lao related to 2005 Convention (1.5.d) 31st October 2024 5 Progress report on “KFIT Digital Creativity Lab Phase II”     (1.5.e) 30th November 2024 6 Recommendations on developing cultural products using indigenous and local knowledge (1.5.f) 31st December 2024

 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (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:

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent and above) in the field education, development studies, social sciences or related areas.

 

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of field experience related to culture, cultural and creative industries in Thailand and Lao PDR;
  • Prior experience related to education for sustainable development, particularly in terms of the contribution of culture.

Skills/Competencies:

  • Knowledgeable about networks and organizations in the culture sector and creative industries networks in Mekong sub-region;
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and Thai.

 

Languages:

  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Work Experience:

  • Prior working experience at policy level related to culture;
  • Relevant experience with Thai organization, international organization and multilateral is an asset;
  • Familiarity with UNESCO's programmes, structure and priorities
APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and upload the following documents as a single PDF document in place of the Employment History Form.

  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment
  • Written technical and financial proposals (in English):
    • Approach and methodology for carrying out the assignment (maximum x, A4 pages), a workplan and comments on the Terms of Reference, in brief, if any,  and 
    • The proposed daily or monthly rates or the amount/budget to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in USD.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation the best value for money.

Assessment:

  • Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered.
  • Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Note:  

  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Please submit your application through SuccessFactors. Only if you are unable to attach requirements in the system, please inform us at culture.bgk@unesco.org
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

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.

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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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