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Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 06-JUL-2022

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

(Only candidates who are entitled to work in France may apply to this position).


The Europe and North America Unit of the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO is looking for an assistant project officer to support its monitoring, advisory and outreach activities.

The World Heritage Centre implements and monitors the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention) and the Recommendation concerning the Historic Urban Landscape (2011). Both instruments provide platforms for international cooperation to develop innovative strategies and build institutional and human capacities for the sustainable conservation, preservation and management of cultural and natural heritage in the face of increasing threats, such as the effects of climate change, pressure from uncontrolled urbanisation and development, unsustainable tourism practices, deliberate attacks on cultural heritage and armed conflict.

To date, the Europe and North America Unit of the World Heritage Centre monitors the state of conservation of 47% of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. The Unit is also preparing to facilitate and coordinate the third cycle of the Periodic Reporting exercise in the region between 2022 and 2024.



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Director of World Heritage (DIR/WH) and the direct supervision of the Head of the Europe and North America Unit, the incumbent shall exercise the functions of Associate Project Officer contributing to the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention for cultural and natural World Heritage properties in Europe and North America region, as follows:

  • Support technical assistance and capacity building projects in cultural and natural heritage management and protection, supported by the World Heritage Fund and other UNESCO funding mechanisms such as the Heritage Emergency Fund, in Eastern and Southern Europe, and in particular the activities of the Action Plan of UNESCO’s Culture Sector in Ukraine overseen by the World Heritage Centre.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Third cycle of the Periodic Reporting in the Europe and North America region, including providing substantive and organizational tasks required for the development meetings with national focal points for the implementation of the Convention and site managers (invitations, agenda, minutes) and regular monitoring the completion of questionnaires.
  • Support the flagship activities organised in the framework of ‘The Next 50’ (50th anniversary of the Convention) and any other outreach activities under the Unit’s responsibility, such as UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes.
  • Contribute to the preparation of written outputs in relation to the above tasks, e.g. official correspondence, briefings, states of conservation reports, speeches, press statements, etc.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture, humanities (history, art history), social sciences (sociology, anthropology, geography) or applied sciences (architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, culture or nature conservation).
  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in political science (international relations or international law, political science) could be accepted if combined with sufficient and relevant professional experience as described below.

Work experience:

  • A minimum of one (1) year of relevant professional experience in cultural or natural heritage protection, conservation or management, of which preferably acquired at the international level.

Long Description

Skills and Competencies

  • Experience in the development and implementation of programmes or activities in the field of management, conservation and/or protection of cultural or natural heritage, including in the development of project proposals for funding; experience in the implementation of projects funded by international donors would an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources and on this basis draft working and information documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills, and proven ability to work in multicultural working environment with diverse teams, partners and stakeholders;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, discretion, integrity and tact, particularly when faced with politically sensitive issues
  • Ability to effectively convey and share ideas with others adapting the style, content and tone to suit the audience.
  • Good knowledge of IT tools (MS Word, Excel, Outlook etc.), for word processing and spreadsheets in particular.


Work Experience

  • Experience in communication campaigns

Skills and Competencies

  • Good knowledge of the 1972 World Heritage Convention.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


  • Knowledge of another/other official language(s) of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish).


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 includes tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. Selected candidates should make themselves available for both an interview by 8 July 2022 and a written assessment the following week.

The expected start date of the contract is 25 July 2022.

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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