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Individual Culture Consultant


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: Closed

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Bangkok

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Bangkok Time) : 20-Jun-2023


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



Background Information

The Culture Unit of UNESCO Bangkok aims to enhance UNESCO Member States’ capacity to safeguard heritage and promote culture towards sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The unit is responsible for wide range of programme areas, namely (i) safeguarding World Heritage, intangible cultural heritage, underwater cultural heritage and other movable heritage, (ii) promoting creativity including the cultural and creative industries, (iii) linking culture and development, particularly towards the SDGs and in the context of cities.

Within the diverse Culture programmatic areas, the selected consultant will mainly contribute to the programme areas related to built heritage and capacity building, particularly in providing technical support and strengthening national capacity among Member States.

Tasks and Assignment

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Bangkok and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Culture Unit, the Individual Specialist will assist the Culture Unit with programmes related to the conservation of immovable cultural heritage.

Specifically, the Individual Specialist will undertake the planning, implementation and coordination of activities primarily related to CLT OP1 (Member States capacities strengthened to identify, protect and manage tangible heritage) as follows:

1. Provide technical advice and contribute to the Japan Funds-In-Trust project “Safeguarding World Heritage Site Archives in Southeast Asia" as follows:

 a. Provide inputs to Field Offices in charge of pilot sites to ensure the project is implemented in line with the approved budget and workplan;

 b. Facilitate knowledge sharing among three pilot sites in various countries, to ensure field components and experiences are reflected in sub-regional outputs and overall project outcomes;

 c. Provide inputs to sub-regional components including the preparation of a sub-regional manual on World Heritage archives management and related training activities;

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d. Prepare advocacy materials and regular news/media updates for project activities;

e. Prepare budget updates and substantive progress reports for project

2. Provide technical advice and contribute to the programme activities of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation as follows:

a. Develop strategy for amplifying the impact of the Awards programme through improved advocacy, knowledge management and capacity building, in consultation with key programme counterparts;

b. Provide inputs for the annual awards cycle (covering call for entries, judging, announcement), including preparing communications with entry submitters, jury members, Field Offices and network of built heritage practitioners;

c. Support programme advocacy through PIO, Field Offices and regional partner channels;

d. Develop partnerships/sponsorships including identification of new funding opportunities;

e. Develop design direction for Awards materials and public platforms, and provide inputs and feedback for updating and revising these content and platforms;

f. Generate content for Awards-related website, print publications and other promotional media, exhibition materials and other events;

g. In consultation with experts, define scope of best practices publications under the Asia Conserved series and work with authors and illustrators to generate content;

h. Contribute to conceptualizing and implementing new archival and knowledge management platforms that disseminate lessons from the Awards programme to a wider audience;

i. Organize technical seminars and capacity building activities using best practices from the Awards winners; and

j. Develop and coordinate new activities related to the Awards.



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3.   Provide technical advice and contribute to the organizational and technical capacity building programmes related to the “Competence Framework for Cultural Heritage Management” hereinafter called "the Framework"

a. In consultation with experts and specialized training institutes, provide inputs to the development of courses and oversee the generation of course content (curricula, teaching materials, exercises) to ensure conformity with international best standards and guidelines related to built heritage management;

b. Organize courses including, but not limited to, Sustainable Heritage Management courses showcasing World Heritage and Heritage Awards case studies (including Masterclass series, executive course);

c. Undertake advocacy and provide technical advice in applying the Framework for individual and institutional assessments; 

d. Provide technical advice to Chief of CLT on providing assistance to and collaborating with partners  such as universities and heritage organizations in the assessment or development of university programmes and courses applying the Framework;

e. Coordinate the development of online platforms for disseminating material related to the Framework.


4. Contribute advice and inputs for other educational activities related to cultural heritage management and higher education network activities, particularly related to UNESCO Chairs in heritage and the Asian Academy for Heritage Management in close coordination with the Secretariat for the network.


5. Provide technical inputs and coordination for other BGK/CLT programmes and activities related to:

a. Culture and cities including Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), including through creativity and mobilizing digital technologies; 

b. Activities targeting youth, including heritage apprenticeship programme for the benefit of heritage agencies in the sub-region/region.



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6. General task related to the above programmatic implementation will include  

a. share/present above programme activities at various events

b.Contribute  inputs to Chief of CLT to resource mobilization and partnership building under the framework of these initiatives;

c. Assist Chief CLT in providing technical support to CLT unit members including interns, volunteers and  OP1 programme areas.7

7.  Undertake mission travel which may be assigned by the Chief of Culture Unit,  The travel costs shall be covered by UNESCO.

8.  Carry out additional tasks as required and assigned by the Chief of CLT or the Office Director.


In line with UNESCO 's overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the incumbent is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts when feasible. 

Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand

Expected Deliverables/Outputs and Payments: Deliverables

Each month, relevant deliverable technical materials and activity completion report will be required.  Specific deliverables are spelt out below.



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Timeframe : 1 July 2023 – 31 December 2023 (6 months)

Deliverable Schedule :  Upon submission of relevant materials, deliverables and reports, not later than end of the month.

Expected Deliverables/Outputs and Payments:

  1. Report of inception meeting and public communication materials on World Heritage Site Archives project by 31 July 2023
  2. Roadmap of upcoming courses under the UNESCO Competence Framework by 31 August 2023
  3. Detailed proposal for 2023 UNESCO Heritage Awards jury meeting and technical seminar by 30 September 2023
  4. Conceptual design of online knowledge management platform related to Heritage Awards/Competence Framework by  31 October 2023
  5. Sub-regional training plan for World Heritage Site Archives project by 30 November 2023
  6. Progress report with citations of 2023 UNESCO Heritage Awards by  31 December 2023
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (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



An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent and above) in the field of arts and culture, heritage studies, architecture or related professional areas, with a sub-specialization related to conservation required.

Professional Work experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the field of culture and heritage acquired at the regional/international  level.
  • Proven experience in implementing and coordinating multi-country projects.
  • Proven track record in developing capacity building activities.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia culture and heritage issues
  • Proven conceptual and analytical skills
  • Effective planning and organizing ability
  • Capacity to follow up and coordinate independently with minimal  supervision
  • Proven ability to work efficiently in a dynamic and multicultural team environment
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills
  • Proven capacity to build and maintain effective partnerships inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to work under pressure


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience with international organization and multilateral is an asset.


Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of other UNESCO official languages is an asset.

  • Relevant experience with international and multilateral organizations is an asset.
Application Process

Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document) in ‘Employment History Form / My Documents’. Before uploading the document, at the end of the word document, please 
insert the extra pages with the following required information:

  • An up-to-date CV stating details of educational qualifications, work experience including examples of similar prior assignments, and contact details of 2 references including email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • A motivation letter.
  • A brief proposal on approach/methodology on how to carry out the assignment (maximum 2, A4 pages) and the proposed professional rate fee.


The complete application shall be submitted on or before 20  June 2023 , 17:00 Bangkok time (GMT+7).  Note:
  • Due to the large number of applications, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the status or outcome of the selection process.
  • Please submit your application through the UNESCO careers website. Only if you are unable to attach requirements in the system, please inform us at



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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