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Project Officer (Culture)


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

Post Number : CLT/PA 097

Grade : P-3

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.



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of World Heritage and the Director of the Culture and Emergencies Entity, and the direct supervision of the Head of the Europe and North America Unit, in close coordination with the UNESCO Liaison Officer in Kyiv, the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust project ‘Support for Ukraine in culture and education through UNESCO: Emergency response for World Heritage and cultural property: damage assessment and protection’.


The project focuses on the support for Ukraine, in the context of the ongoing war, in the field of culture. In particular, it aims to further strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to undertake urgent protection of cultural heritage in the midst of the ongoing war, as well as to engage in reconstruction and enhanced protection measures. The project will focus primarily on properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and sites on Ukraine’s Tentative List, whose protection fall under the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols. 

Long Description

The core activities of the project for which the Project Appointment will be responsible will be aimed at ensuring emergency preparedness and protection of Ukraine’s World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative List as well as other damaged cultural heritage sites through necessary planning, documentation, protective measures and urgent repair works, as well as at reinforcing the monitoring of cultural properties in Ukraine, including through on-site damage assessment.  


In particular, the incumbent will:


  • Coordinate the emergency preparedness and protection activities in Ukraine as well as the monitoring and damage assessment activities (satellite and in situ), including the organisation of related capacity-building activities.


  • Oversee the selection of implementing partners or contractors within the cultural programme, as appropriate, in Ukraine and elsewhere and the establishment of contractual arrangements in accordance with UNESCO’s rules and regulations and provide technical support to ensure the timely implementation activities and the quality of deliverables under different project components.
Long Description
  • Ensure the provision of the necessary expert guidance and inputs, drawing on UNESCO’s partners, and the regular coordination of the international and national partners involved in the project.


  • Ensure quality and timely completion of the documentation developed under the project (emergency preparedness plans, restoration and rehabilitation plans, etc.) in close coordination with the project implementing partners and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee (ICOMOS, ICCROM).


  • Ensure budgetary monitoring of project implementation in accordance with the donor-approved budget and identify and propose any adjustments that may be necessary within this framework.


  • Conduct a regular assessment of the risks related to the war context in which the project is implemented and ensure the timely implementation of necessary mitigation measures.
  • Coordinate the preparation of project reporting documents, and alignment with financial reporting, for the donor, as well as relevant contributions to UNESCO’s reports and other documents related to its work in Ukraine and ensure the quality and timely completion of internal and external reporting documents.


  • Elaborate the contents required for the implementation of the project’s communications plan in close cooperation with the UNESCO’s Communication and Public Engagement Division.


  • Ensure regular coordination between the project team members within the World Heritage Centre, the Culture and Emergencies Entity and UNESCO Liaison Officer in Kyiv to assure coherence in the project delivery.
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 the field of culture, social sciences, humanities, political science, international relations or a related field.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or a related field, of which preferably at least two (2) years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in post-conflict and/or post-disaster reconstruction/management response.
Long Description

Skills and Competencies

  • Outstanding organizational, planning coordination and multi-tasking skills, with a proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Solid financial management skills and knowledge of Results-Based Management principles.
  • Proven capacity to anticipate issues or needs and to propose appropriate solutions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with proven ability to draft clear and concise high-quality documents.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills, including good knowledge of standard office software.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written)



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of built heritage.


Work experience

  • Experience in managing internationally funded large-scale projects.
  • Experience with UN funds, programmes or agencies.
  • Relevant professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization(s).

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of UNESCO’s policies and administrative and financial procedures.
  • Sound knowledge of the UNESCO 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.



  • Good knowledge (spoken and written) of French and/or Ukrainian.
  • Knowledge of another/other official language(s) of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 95 989 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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