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Programme Specialist (Culture)

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-07

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Post Number : CLT 011

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-OCT-2021


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



The Living Heritage Entity is situated within the Culture Sector and is responsible for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, in line with the Organization’s Medium-Term Strategy (2014-2021) and for the implementation of the related Expected Result, as outlined in prevailing Programme and Budget document (2018-2021) for Major Programme IV (Culture), as approved by UNESCO Governing Bodies.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Chief of Living Heritage Entity, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Programme, the incumbent will contribute to the statutory work of the 2003 Convention’s governing organs, as well as lead and manage the Statutory Support Team which is tasked with (a) facilitating the statutory work of the governing organs of the 2003 Convention and (b) overseeing the treatment of nominations to the Lists of the Convention, proposals in the sense of Article 18 of the Convention, requests for International Assistance (in cooperation with the Safeguarding and Implementation team of the Entity) as well as reports submitted by States Parties and accreditation requests from non-governmental organizations.

Long Description

With this context, the incumbent shall:

  • Facilitate the statutory work of and sound governance by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and its Bureau as well as other subsidiary or consultative bodies set up by the Committee (including expert meetings) with substantive and organizational contributions.


  • Plan and coordinate the timely preparation and follow-up of all statutory meetings by drafting agendas, timetables, invitations, working and information documents, scenarios, summary records, etc.; schedule and organize the work of the taskforce supporting the Organs of the Convention; liaise with the Communication, Cities and Events Section (CLT/CCE) concerning the logistical organization of statutory meetings.


  • Ensure the treatment of nominations to the Lists of the Convention, proposals in the sense of Article 18 of the Convention, requests for International Assistance as well as reports submitted by States Parties and accreditation requests from non-governmental organizations. Coordinate the Entity’s feedback provided to States Parties to assist them in the revision and resubmission of corresponding files in accordance with the procedures laid out in the Operational Directives of the Convention.


  • Plan and coordinate the consistent, transparent, and timely treatment of files and their preparation for external evaluation and examination by providing clear guidelines and advice to the team based on the Operational Directives, Decisions/Resolutions and recommendations of the Governing Organs of the Convention, ensuring timely preparation for accurate dissemination of the files for evaluation, high quality communication, letters to internal and external stakeholders and timely update of templates and forms, etc.


  • Contribute to the formulation of strategies for the implementation of the Convention, prepare documents for the statutory organs of the Convention, and participate in the work of the taskforce supporting the Organs of the Convention.
Long Description 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 culture, heritage, social sciences, or a related field.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of culture, of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in the organization of international statutory meetings and/or international workshops and events.
  • Experience in developing and coordinating programme implementation, activities, and projects related to culture.
  • Experience in production of quality knowledge products such as statutory documents, reports, briefings etc.
Long Description

Skills & Competencies

  • Proven capacity to coordinate and implement programme, activities and projects and collaborations in the field of culture.
  • Good analytical, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to maintain effective working relationships with external and internal partners.
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage competing priorities, with a strong capacity for accuracy, close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Good IT skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge of English (both written an oral) or French and good knowledge of the other language.



  • Advanced University degree (PhD) related to the field of Culture, heritage, social science or related area.


Skills & Competencies

  • Good knowledge of 2003 Convention, UNESCO’s programmes in the field of cultural and natural heritage and good knowledge of heritage-related policies, processes and legal instruments.
  • Professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization(s).
  • Experience in outreach activities and partnerships/network building.



  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

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 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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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