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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 099

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) : 22-JUN-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 UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators is a framework of thematic indicators whose purpose is to measure and monitor the progress of culture’s enabling contribution to the national and local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initiative is integrated into UNESCO’s Programme and Budget for 2022-2025 (41 C/5) and the work on it across the Culture Sector is led by the Deputy Director of World Heritage. The UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators provide a conceptual framework and methodological instruments for countries and cities to assess the contribution of culture to the SDGs as part of the existing implementation mechanisms of the 2030 Agenda at the national or local levels. The framework will assess both the role of culture as a sector of activity, as well as the transversal contribution of culture across different SDGs and policy areas. Evidence gathered will inform policies and decisions as well as operational actions. In the period 2021-2022, 13 countries and 16 cities are already implementing this thematic framework with more than 10 countries and cities expected to join in 2023 and 2024 in the second phase of implementation.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Director of World Heritage, the general supervision of the Deputy Director, the incumbent shall assist the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators implementation in the relevant countries and cities under the framework of the EU project titled ‘Advancing evidence-based policies and actions, and supporting policy making to enhance the contribution of creative sectors and industries to sustainable development’ (EU Phase II project) and in close cooperation with the team members for  the planning and coordination of activities for the implementation of the UNESCO CultureI2030 Indicators:

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent will:


  • Draft relevant documents as well as coordinate and support activities related to the development of the UNESCO Culture Data Portal in consultation with UNESCO Culture Convention colleagues and in close cooperation with the UNESCO Culture|2030 Indicators team under the framework of the EU Phase II project.


  • Support with coordination activities the implementation of the UNESCO CultureI2030 Indicators framework for up to 5 countries and 5 cities, ensuring follow up for correspondence, contracts, agreements, and the archiving of project assets under the framework of the EU Phase II project.


  • Support the organization of project activities including the organization of Regional Workshops for data mapping in 20 countries, as well as other workshops as needed.


  • Support statutory reporting related to World Heritage and Sustainable Development including the 2015 World Heritage Sustainable Development Policy, and also support as needed the development of a guides/tool for its implementation.


  • Support relevant communication including news, briefings, presentations, and speeches, as well as providing inputs for related reports.


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 economics, information science, or management, urban planning, geography, or any culture related field or international relations.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of one (1) year of relevant professional experience in heritage or cultural resource management at the national or the urban level.
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Skills and Competencies

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; with proven ability to draft high-quality, clear and concise documents and reports.
  • Good interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy to be able to engage with a variety of partners globally;
  • Adaptation skills to work harmoniously in a multicultural working environment;
  • Ability to deal with diplomatic and sensitive issues; precision in dealing with data and statutory documents;
  • Organization of work and analytical skills to prepare and deliver on a number of different activities and related to culture;
  • Good IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Outlook, etc.).
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  • Excellent knowledge of either English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


Work Experience

  • Experience in supporting conservation and management of culture and/heritage projects.
  • Experience in supporting project management related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and indicators, and data collection and management
  • Experience with the United Nations or a comparable international organization
  • Experience drafting reports and managing data



  • 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 60 874 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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