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Associate Project Officer (Culture)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Junior level - P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : CLT/PA 098

Grade : P-1

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) : 5-APR-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.


Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, UNESCO has been mobilized to support the authorities and cultural institutions of Ukraine in their efforts to protect and safeguard cultural heritage, through the conduct of damage and needs assessments and the provision of emergency technical and material support, in particular in Odesa and Kyiv. Following UNESCO’s July 2022 mission to Ukraine, UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine signed a Letter of Intent on 30 August 2022, which identified monitoring, assessment, and documentation of damage to cultural heritage and the reconstruction and recovery of cultural heritage of Ukraine as two of the priority areas of cooperation.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Director of the Culture and Emergencies Entity, and the direct supervision of the Head of Emergency Preparedness Unit, in close coordination with the World Heritage Centre and the UNESCO Liaison Officer in Kyiv, the incumbent will be responsible for contributing to the coordination and implementation of components 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. 


In the framework of the component of the project, the incumbent will contribute to the on-site damage assessment to complement ongoing satellite image monitoring and to the implementation of emergency repair works and protective measures for damaged cultural properties in Ukraine, including through provision of first-aid equipment.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent shall:


  • Assist in the coordination of the emergency preparedness and protection activities in Ukraine as well as the monitoring and damage assessment activities (satellite and in situ)


  • Coordinate the selection of priority damaged cultural sites and contribute to the preparation of on-site damage assessment missions.


  • Prepare work plans for the implementation of urgent repair works for priority sites in order to stabilise them and avoid structural collapse, pending more comprehensive restoration/reconstruction works.


  • Coordinate the identification and provision of first-aid equipment for damaged cultural property to ensure its protection against the risks of fire or the structural collapse of buildings.


  • Contribute to the preparation and organisation of capacity building activities in the field of emergency preparedness and protection as well as monitoring and damage assessment.


  • Contribute to the establishment of contractual arrangements with the project implementing partners, in Ukraine and elsewhere, in accordance with UNESCO’s rules and regulations, including through drafting requests for proposals, and provide technical support to ensure the timely implementation activities and the quality of the partners’ deliverables.
Long Description
  • Assist in the organization of regular consultation meetings with the international and national partners involved in the project.


  • Assist in ensuring 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.


  • Assist in 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.


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


  • Collaborate regularly with 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 or international relations or related fields.


Work experience:

  • A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or a related field, of which preferably acquired at the international level.


Long Description

Skills and competencies:

  • Organizational, planning coordination and multi-tasking skills, with a proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Solid project 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 (written and spoken) of English is required.



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


Work experience:

  • Experience with UN funds, programmes or agencies.
  • Experience in post-conflict and/or post-disaster reconstruction/management response
  • Experience in managing internationally funded large-scale projects

Skills and competencies:

  • 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 working knowledge (oral, written) of French and/or Ukrainian.

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 59 928 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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