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National Professional Officer - Culture


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Ukraine
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: Closed

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Ukraine

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 5

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29-03-2023


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



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 UNESCO Liaison Officer in Kyiv, the contract holder will work in close coordination with the rest of the project team at UNESCO Headquarters and Kyiv Desk, with a view to facilitate the implementation of the activities 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’ in Ukraine”.  Specifically, the incumbent will:

Long Description

1.    Contribute to the coordination of international support in the field of culture by maintaining a good overview of the past, ongoing and planned interventions of international and national actors;
2.    Support UNESCO’s programme delivery in the field of culture and in particular the above-referred “Support for Ukraine in culture and education through UNESCO” project, including the preparation and conduct of field missions for UNESCO and project partners, including on-site damage assessment missions, in compliance with UN security regulations.
3.    Devise and keep updated the project workplan;
4.    Assist in the identification of implementing partners or contractors, as appropriate, in Ukraine, as well as in the collection of the required documentation for procurement and contracting procedures in accordance with UNESCO’s rules and regulations. Prepare bills of quantities and related procurement plans, and assist in the preparation of tenders for works and equipment to be procured under the project and assist in the procurement process in accordance with UNESCO’s rules and regulations;
5.    Support the liaison with the local stakeholders and beneficiaries, in particular the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy. Regularly coordinate the work of implementing partners or contractors, as appropriate, in Ukraine to ensure the timely implementation of activities and the quality of their deliverables. 
6.    Conduct regular assessments of the risks related to the war context in which the project is implemented, identify any gaps and challenges, and advise on possible mitigation and corrective measures and ensure the timely implementation of necessary mitigation measures in close collaboration with the implementing partners and the UNESCO Liaison Officer in Kyiv;
7.    Contribute to the preparation of project reporting documents for the donor, as well as relevant inputs to UNESCO reports and other documents related to the Organization’s work in Ukraine, including facilitating the translation of documents from Ukrainian to English, and vice-versa, as necessary;
8.    Contribute to the project visibility and the development of content needed to implement the project’s communication plan and to mobilise the media in Ukraine in close collaboration with UNESCO's Communication and Public Engagement Division, and Kyiv Desk Communication Officer.
9.    Perform any other task as requested by the supervisor that may be required for the successful implementation of the project and UNESCO’s programmatic action in Ukraine. 

Long Description Long Description 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

Academic qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of culture, social sciences, international development, international relations, or a related field.



  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level in project management, preferably in the field of culture, architecture and urban planning.
  • Proven experience in managing internationally-funded projects in the field of culture and/or development, humanitarian, human rights, disaster risks, conflicts, or other applicable fields.



•    Outstanding organizational, planning coordination and multi-tasking skills;
•    Excellent capacity to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner;
•    Ability to plan and coordinate communication/visibility strategies and initiatives; 
•    Sound judgment and creativity; 
•    Ability to work proactively and in autonomy.
•    Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
•    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.
Desirable additional skills:
•    Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations, including the UN System and in particular UNESCO;
•    Familiarity with the procurement policies and standards of international organizations;
•    Experience in partnership development and/or fund raising;



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Ukrainian.


  • Previous experience working with a multilateral or international organization.



  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations, in particular the UN System;
  • Experience in post-conflict and/or post-disaster reconstruction/management response.



  • Any other official language of the Organization.

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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