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Expert in World Cultural Heritage in Africa region

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-26

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OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-NOV-2020


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

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

In 2019-2020, the Africa region undertook the Third Cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise, which offers an opportunity to profoundly re-examine the challenges related to implementing of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in the region. In this period of transition toward the new Regional Action Plan in 2022, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre decided to develop a strategic action for Youth & Inclusiveness; as well as conservation works in some of the African World Heritage properties.


In addition, the number of requests for assistance in conservation works submitted by the African States Parties to the World Heritage Centre are growing. In line with those requests, two of them are being processed by the Africa Unit of the Centre: “the rehabilitation of the Theatre of the Stone Town of Zanzibar, namely the Majestic Cinema, for socio-economic development”, and “improving the state of the conservation of the Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba” and the extension of the property to the Benin side.
 

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Work assignment

Under the overall authority of the Director of the World Heritage Centre of the Culture sector, the direct supervision of Chief a.i of the Africa Unit and in close collaboration with the Natural Heritage Unit, the incumbent shall perform activities related to implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention for the Africa region. In particular, he/she shall:

 

A.    Contribute to the implementation of the European Union-funded Central Africa World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI) project activities related to Lopé National Park Ecomuseum in Gabon, by: 

1.    Participating in the preparation of a documented database of the Ecomuseum’s collections;
2.    Participating in the design and conceptualization of the Ecomuseum’s permanent exhibition;
3.    Participating in the preparation of the opening ceremony of the Lopé National Park Eco museum in Gabon


B.    Participate in the coordination of the activity “Empowering African youth for the conservation, management and nomination of World Heritage sites in the Africa region” in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) by:
1.    Drafting the concept note of the activity
2.    Organizing, in collaboration with the AWHF a call for contributions for the webinar to be held in December 2020 with African emerging professionals, including heritage-related practitioners, youth organizations, networks and academics, with participation of the AWHF, the Advisory Bodies and African training institutions such as the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA) and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA);
3.    Participate in the webinar; 
4.    Assisting in building a network of African youth heritage practitioners.
 

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C.    Contribute to the preparatory phase of the project “Rehabilitation of the Theatre of Stone Town of Zanzibar, the Majestic Cinema, for socio-economic development” by:
1.    Organizing several virtual meetings with different stakeholders for the inception phase of the project;
2.    Providing technical inputs to terms of reference of contracts (contracts with service providers, implementation partners agreements etc.) for the rehabilitation work to be done in the Majestic building;
3.    Participating in assessing the new architectural drawings submitted for the rehabilitation works;
4.    Providing technical coordination for International experts’ missions in Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania) if the sanitary situation allows.

 

D.    Participating in the consolidation phase of the project “improving the state of the conservation of the Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba” and the extension of the property to the Benin side by: 

1.    Participating in drafting the concept note of the second phase of the project “improving the state of the conservation of the Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba” in consultation with the two States Parties and key partners to ensure a successful transboundary cooperation. 
2.    Proposing a strategy to ensure the integration of the urban development in the new management plan (2021-2025) of the property. 

 

E.    Provide support to the process for the transnational extension of the Okavango Delta World Heritage site (Botswana) to Angola and Namibia by:
1.    Organizing virtual consultation meetings with key different stakeholders, 
2.    Participating in the preparation of the concept note, briefings and communication material.
 

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Deliverables and timeline


A.    By 30 November 2020 at the latest:  Draft concept note of the activity “Empowering African youth for the conservation, management and nomination of World Heritage sites in the Africa region”,.
B.    31 December 2020 at the latest: Narrative report on the preparation of the Eco museum opening ceremony including concept note, agenda, and list of participants (
C.    31 January 2021 at the latest: narrative report on the database of the Eco museum’s collections and permanent exhibition  
D.    28 February 2021 at the latest:

  • the call for contribution notice including the terms of reference for the participation to the webinar, the draft list of participants, and the programme of the webinar,
  • the draft report of the webinar including the built network of African youth heritage practitioners 

E.    31 March 2021 at the latest: the minutes of the meetings held with different stakeholders for the inception phase of the project “the rehabilitation of the Theatre of the Stone Town of Zanzibar”,.
F.    30 April 2021 at the latest:

  • draft concept note of the second phase of the project “improving the state of conservation of the Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba”,
  • Reports of virtual consultation meetings for the transnational extension of the Okavango Delta World Heritage site (Botswana) to Angola and Namibia.
  • the programme of the first International experts’ missions in Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania), the first interim report on the implementation of the project “the rehabilitation of the Theatre of the Stone Town of Zanzibar” and the strategy to ensure the integration of the urban development in the new management plan .
     
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education and experience: 
A university degree or advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of architecture, cultural heritage management, etc.  

Skills and competencies:
A minimum of 2 years’ experience with work related to project coordination
Experience with SDGs indicators and/or UNESCO Culture|2030 indicators
Relevant experience working with UNESCO or other international organizations on similar assignments and knowledge.

Language:

French, English and Portuguese (for African lusophone countries)
 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Work Location: Paris (home and UNESCO Headquarters). 
Fees: the contractor will receive a total lump sum of USD 19,000 in several installments upon submission and approval of above-mentioned deliverables. 

 

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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