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Senior Project Officer (Culture)

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-16

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Post Number : 5JOCLT0004PA-001

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Amman

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) : 16-DEC-2019



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




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the direct supervision of the Head of the UNESCO Amman Office and in close coordination with the Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, the incumbent will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and official reporting of the project "Support to livelihoods through cultural heritage development” (hereafter referred to as "the project").
The primary goal of the project is to improve self-reliance through access to immediate short-term decent job opportunities for Syrians, Jordanians and Iraqis in the cultural heritage sector through employment intensive schemes in the northern governorates in Iraq and Jordan. The project will also set the basis for an enabling environment for entrepreneurship development in the cultural heritage sector. The core competences of UNESCO and International Labour Organization come together in this project to ensure dignified, sustainable livelihoods and to create economic opportunities for Jordanians and Iraqis in host communities and for Syrian refugees through culture as a source of resilience. In line with governmental and international priorities and actions in response to the Syria crisis the proposed project targets:

  1. On a short term, immediate measures that promote human dignity and social cohesion in preparation for longer term economic opportunities.
  2. On the longer term, sustainable decent work opportunities and entrepreneurial activities within an enabling policy environment.

This will be achieved by engaging Syrians, Jordanians and Iraqis in the preservation and development of cultural heritage sites for tourism purposes in the northern districts of Jordan and Iraq, through the use of employment intensive schemes for the safeguarding and the rehabilitation of cultural heritage (clearance, maintenance, consolidation, site development and presentation).

Long Description

The Project Appointment (PA) holder shall carry out the following functions related to project:

Overall planning, coordination and official reporting of the project:

  • Be responsible for the overall planning, coordination and official reporting of the project in coordination with the relevant staff in the Iraq and Amman Offices. This will include development of work plans, monitoring of implementation and close and regular interaction with projects’ partners and stakeholders to ensure objectives areattained.
  • Ensure synergies and programmatic coherence. This will take place through smooth and efficient exchanges of information, experience with staff concerned in both offices; identify new strategies of action to improve delivery of services and to achieve the projects' requirements and objectives.
  • Supervise the project team working on the project in the UNESCO Amman Office; ensure supervision of procurement processes management of contracts and other project related commitments for the Jordanian project component.

Technical and policy advice and support:

  • Provide technical input and support, including at the policy level if required, to Jordanian relevant authorities for the implementation of the project activities throughout its implementation
  • Support the Iraq Office relevant staff  in their technical advice to the Iraqi authorities.
Long Description

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project implementation:

  • Keep a detailed record of all work progress, producing regular periodic progress reports at each site, based on inputs from the Iraq Office staff concerned for the Iraqi component and from the Amman based project staff for the Jordanian component. Be in charge of preparing the QIN according to the EU provided format, every three months according to MADAD related procedures, based on inputs from concerned staff in both offices.
  • Conduct field assessment visits for evaluating project’s effectiveness, identifying problems and instituting timely remedial measures, as appropriate. For the Iraq component, the visits will take place only upon the request of the UNESCO Iraq Office concerned staff.
  • Develop supplementary tools to support the available reporting formats towards improved and detailed reporting for results.
  • Regularly closely monitor the budgetary and financial status of the project and promptly develop budget revisions in coordination with -and based on the inputs of - the concerned Iraq Office staff for the Iraqi component and the Amman based staff for the Jordanian component, when needed.
  • Make presentations on project developments to partners and national counterparts involved in the project as requested by the Head of the UNESCO Amman office and the concerned staff in the Iraq Office, prepare informal briefings, updates and other  related documents.
Long Description

Communication and visibility:

  • Ensure that proper visibility is given to the project, the donor and the partners by providing strategic orientation and guidance to the communication staff.
  • Supervise the implementation of the approved communication strategy and ensure its effective implementation in coordination with the relevant staff in both offices, including the organization of benchmarking events (like launching and closing events).

Carry out other activities as requested by the supervisor.

The PA staff shall also liaise and exchange information with the staff concerned in the other Field Offices and at Headquarters.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Building partnerships (M) Managing performance (M) Strategic thinking (M) Making quality decisions (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Driving and managing change (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced University degree (Master or equivalent) in Architecture, Cultural Heritage Conservation / Management or related field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in the field of Cultural Heritage Conservation, in combination with project management experience;
  • Experience in supporting large scale initiatives and development projects.

Skills and competencies

  • Good understanding of development projects;
  • Multi-tasking and working under pressure;
  • Capable of making technically sound decisions on visibility aspects of projects implementation;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the Organization;
  • Good political judgment with the ability to negotiate at the decision-making level;
  • Ability to provide upstream policy advice at highest levels;
  • Knowledge of programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, in particular in the United Nations;
  • Excellent understanding of all aspects of Culture;
  • Fundraising and resource mobilization skills.


  • Excellent knowledge of English language (both written and spoken).

Work Experience

  • Work experience acquired at international level;
  • Experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict country;
  • Experience of working in the Arab States region.


  • Knowledge of Arabic language.

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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



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