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Project Manager

Doha (Qatar)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Doha (Qatar)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-15

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Post Number : 5QACLT0003PA

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Doha

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) : 15-MAY-2021


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



In July 2018, UNESCO and the European Union signed project to develop and preserve the urban heritage in Yemen and to promote employment opportunities for urban youth in Yemen. Recognizing the power of culture as a driver of social and economic development, this initiative is established to support strategies to create employment and improve livelihoods in Yemen, especially for youth. It seeks to harness cultural heritage and industries among Yemen’s core resources, focusing on three priorities: (i) the safeguarding of cultural heritage, (ii) skills  development in the area of architectural conservation and urban regeneration, and (iii) the promotion of creative industries for employability and job creation.

In line with the UNESCO Culture Sector Main Lines of Action 1 and 2, the Programme Manager in Cultural Development under the supervision of the Director of the office will  coordinate, manage and implement all aspects of the thematic areas related to the Project “Cash for Work; promoting livelihoods for urban youth in Yemen”. 

Under the overall authority of the Director of the office and its direct supervision and in close cooperation with the Culture Programme Specialist at the office in Doha, the core activities of the incumbent will be to manage the implementation of the overall project comprised of the following thematic areas: cultural development and industries, safeguarding of cultural heritage and the promotion of livelihood opportunities for youth in particular, including, but not limited to:

  • Oversee the management of activities/projects related to cultural development and the promotion of livelihood opportunities for women, men and youth in the culture sector in Yemen;
  • Plan and coordinate all activities relating to the implementation the thematic areas according to the established project work plan; 
  • Supervise the establishment, management and monitoring of contracts and relationships with multiple implementing partners/consultants/contractors covering the range of expertise required to successfully implement the project’s activities and in respect of the rules and regulations of the Organization; 
  • Liaise and facilitate consultation between the relevant local authorities and stakeholders in Yemen, including NGOs, private companies and local community stakeholders as required and necessary; 
  • Advise the Yemeni authorities on the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Yemen and on the implementation of UNESCO’s cultural conventions;
  • Advise the local authorities and stakeholders on the preparation of management plans for the historic centers of major Yemeni cities, as well as for monumental complexes and archaeological sites;
  • Liaise with existing and potential donors to Yemeni cultural heritage;
  • Organize stakeholder meetings, and capacity-building workshops concerning heritage preservation, management and possible integration with development processes; 
  • Organize regular meetings of the project Steering Committee and provide monitoring and evaluation inputs to EU auditing and evaluation missions;
  • Organize events to enhance awareness raising and project visibility both inside and outside Yemen and supervise the work of the project Communication Officer. Make sure to liaise with the EU Yemen mission Communication Officer to devise and deliver joint awareness campaigns and events; 
  • Facilitate information sharing amongst stakeholders, local communities, NGOs and donors in the course of the program; 
  • Maintain close contact with the Resident Coordinator office (RCO)  and the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General in Yemen (OSESGY) as requested and provide briefings and inputs to joint UN documents as needed;
  • Undertake missions to Yemen in particular, as necessary and requested for project implementation.
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



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in heritage related field, which may include conservation architecture, heritage management, archaeology, or anthropology.

Work Experience

  • Minimum four (4) year's work experience in the management of cultural projects in cultural heritage or related fields, of which preferably two years in Yemen or post-conflict / post disaster contexts.
Long Description


  • 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 workload and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Strong IT skills including knowledge of standard office software.
  • Knowledge of UNESCOs mission, C/4 and C/5 strategies. 
  • Ability to work in diverse multi-cultural settings with sensitivity to the local context.



  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and oral). 



  • Knowledge of 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.


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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. 

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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 is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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