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OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 25-SEP-2022

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

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

I. Background

Within the UNESCO Culture Sector, the Cultural Policies and Development Entity is mandated to provide technical assistance to UNESCO Member States in the design, adaptation and implementation of their cultural policies. This builds on UNESCO normative instruments and programmes in the field of culture and beyond, as well as advocates for the transformative role of culture in the broad public policy spectrum. It thus strengthens, assesses and measures the cross-cutting and multidimensional contribution of culture to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this framework, the Member States have called for redoubled efforts by the Organization in harnessing the synergies between culture and education. In this vein, the UNESCO Executive Board has requested, by its Decision 211 EX/39, an in-depth reflection process towards shaping a comprehensive and integrated UNESCO Framework on Culture and Arts Education with policy guidelines (hereinafter “the Framework”). Such a Framework builds on the UNESCO Roadmap on Arts Education of 2006 and the Seoul Agenda for Arts Education of 2010, with the aim to expand their scope and encompass all dimensions of culture – from heritage, to arts and creativity – as well as the evolution of the cultural sector over the past decade, which has been accelerated by the digital technologies. Moreover, it seeks to strengthen knowledge and skills acquisition, creativity and innovation, thereby contributing to job opportunities, income generation and social transformation.

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II. Work assignment

In this context, under the authority of the Director of Cultural Policies and Development and the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the contractor shall contribute to the various steps of the revision process of the UNESCO Framework for Culture and Arts Education, and will notably: 1. Engage in five UNESCO regional expert meetings organized between October 2022 and January 2023, and analyse key findings of discussions of the meetings in order to understand the regional needs, gaps and priorities to inform the development of the Framework;

2. Determine the thematic priorities to be addressed by a series of five thematic White Papers to support the development of the Framework, with due consideration to the findings of the regional expert meetings, a UNESCO global consultation survey distributed among Member States and relevant stakeholders in March 2022, and an International Expert Meeting that took place in Seoul in May 2022;

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3. Ensure the overall editorial consolidation and coherence of the White Papers that will be prepared by external authors , including final text edits for style and language ;

4. Develop the main lines of enquiry of the revised Framework and s upport the structural development and drafting process of the preliminary draft of the Framework together with draft policy guidelines, including by liaising with the expert drafting group – that will be established at the beginning of 2023;

5. Support communication and outreach activities to raise awareness of the significance of the synergies between culture and education for sustainable development, as enshrined in the UNESCO Intersectoral Programme on Culture and Education (ref. UNESCO Programme and Budget 2022 – 2025 – 41 C/5) and to keep Member States informed of the development progress of the Framework;

6. Contribute elements to a report on the development of the Framework for the 216th session of the Executive Board.

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III. Deliverables and timeline

The contractor is responsible for the submission of the following deliverables, by validation of UNESCO, within the timeframe indicated below:

  • 1. Proposal of a set of texts for the purpose of information and advocacy among Member States and relevant stakeholders on UNESCO’s past and present engagement on synergies between culture and education, which will be made available on UNESCO’s dedicated webpage on culture and education, including (1) introduction and progress in the implementation of the Intersectoral Programme on Culture and Education, and (2) background and progress achieved thus far on the development of the Framework, of approximately 2000 words , by 31 October 2022;
  • 2. Analytical reports on two of the Regional Expert Meetings organized with a view to gaining further insights on addressing the regional needs, gaps and priorities in the UNESCO Framework on Culture and Arts Education, of approximately 2000 words each, by 30 November 2022;
  • 3. Analytical reports on two of the Regional Expert Meetings organized with a view to gaining further insights on addressing the regional needs, gaps and priorities in the UNESCO Framework on Culture and Arts Education, of approximately 2000 words each, by 31 December 2022 ;
  • 4. Analytical report on one of the Regional Expert Meetings organized with a view to gaining further insights on addressing the regional needs, gaps and priorities in the UNESCO Framework on Culture and Arts Education, of approximately 2000 words, by 31 January 2023;
  • 5. Concept note on the five thematic White Papers that draws on the findings of the regional expert meetings, the global consultation survey and the International Expert meeting, by 31 January 2023;
  • 6. A comprehensive progress report on the development of the Framework, building on the findings of the regional expert meetings, the global consultation survey launched among Member States and relevant stakeholders in March 2022, and the International Expert Meeting in May 2022, of approximately 1000 words, by 15 February 2023;
  • 7. Annotated outlines for the UNESCO Framework on Culture and Arts Education with draft policy guidelines, by 10 April 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

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, sustainable development, public policies and/or disciplines in the field of culture or that of education

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of professional experience acquired at the international level
  • A minimum of four (4) years of professional experience on programmes in the field of culture and/or education
  • Rich experience in research, data collection, drafting and editing

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Good knowledge and proven expertise on issues related to cultural and/or educational policies at both international and national levels
  • Strong ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and formulate research documents
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Good ability to interact efficiently with a wide range of partners and stakeholders within and outside the Organization
  • High attention to detail and ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment
  • Strong IT skills

Languages

  • Excellent knowledge of both English and French (speaking, reading and writing)

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Work experience

  • Professional experience in the United Nations system
  • Proven experience in drafting research documents and reports in the United Nations context
  • Expert knowledge of UNESCO Culture and/or Education Programmes, across their various dimensions and areas of work
  • Experience and proven expertise in research and/or the implementation of strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at supporting the synergies between culture, arts and education

Languages

  • Knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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.

Interested candidates are invited to provide an indication of their approach to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO (preferably in the form of a concept note and proposed table of contents), the overall cost of the assignment expressed as an overall lump-sum (quoted in US dollars).

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The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice.

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.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

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.

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