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Associate Project Officer (Culture)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Post Number : CLT/PA 096

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

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) : 10-FEB-2023


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


Initial duration of contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.



The Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity promotes the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy as vectors for sustainable development. Its mission is to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. The Entity fosters international cooperation by providing assistance to governments around the world to design, monitor, and evaluate policies. It also provides support to the sound decision-making of the Convention’s governing bodies through knowledge sharing and data collection, analysis, and distribution.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Programmes and Stakeholders Outreach Unit, the Associate Project Officer will coordinate the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the EU/UNESCO project entitled “Advancing evidence-based policies and actions, and supporting policy making to enhance the contribution of creative sectors and industries to sustainable development” whose implementation period is from 2023 to 2026.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


  • Coordinate the renewal of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility by launching an open call for the expression of interests, selecting relevant candidates, organizing an inception workshop with the selected candidates and maintain constant communication to facilitate networking among the experts in view of creating a community of practice by the experts involved in the project implementation;
  • Coordinate the implementation of the EU/UNESCO project by maintaining active communication with the donor, relevant EU Member States representatives, project stakeholders, as well as various entities of UNESCO involved in the project implementation both at the UNESCO Headquarters and the Field offices;
Long Description
  • Support the development, and as necessary, revision of a detailed implementation workplan, a monitoring and evaluation tool and mechanism to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL);
  • Support the conceptualization, development and effective implementation of a stakeholder mapping, communication and stakeholders outreach strategies and action plans for timely and coherent communication of the project activities and its impact on a regular basis; and  
  • Contribute to creating synergies with other UNESCO programmes and projects relevant to the project in order to provide visibility to UNESCO’s holistic approach to the cultural policy and sustainable development.
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 degree) in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural and creative industries or a related area such as international relations and international development.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of cultural policies, cultural and creative industries, or a related area such as international development/cooperation, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.
  • Experience in coordinating technical assistance projects involving developing countries
  • Experience in planning and organizing multi-stakeholder workshops
  • Experience in monitoring project implementation, drafting narrative report and reporting to donors in the international development context
Long Description

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and results-based budgeting and programming skills, following a results-based approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively in team environment.
  • Solid computer and other IT skills.



  • Excellent knowledge of either English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


Work Experience

  • Experience with the United Nations or a comparable international organization
  • Experience in the field of cultural and creative industries, with a focus on the digital environment


Skills and Competencies

  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and good knowledge of the 2005 Convention.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of the United Nations system or an international organization.


  • Knowledge of another/other official language(s) of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 67,844.22 US $.

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 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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