Consultant for Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Culture) (Home-based), Other cities

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Other cities

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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) : 18-01-2023

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


The Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity promotes the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy as vectors for sustainable development. Its mission is to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. The Entity fosters international cooperation by providing assistance to governments around the world to design, monitor, and evaluate policies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy. It also coordinates and monitors the Convention’s statutory obligations, notably by providing support for the sound decision-making of the Convention’s governing bodies through knowledge sharing and data collection, analysis, and distribution.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity and the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and Stakeholder Outreach Unit, the Individual Consultant will coordinate and facilitate activities on the participatory elaboration of quadrennial periodic reports (QPR) on the implementation of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Culture (2005 Convention), particularly targeting Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), pursuant to Decision 15.IGC 5 of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions which requested the Secretariat to “offer concrete support to SIDS in the elaboration of their quadrennial periodic reports” at its 15th session in February 2022. In this context, a capacity-building programme was designed by the 2005 Convention Secretariat, consisting of online information sessions and demand-driven technical assistance.

Within this framework, the Individual Consultant shall: 1. Develop awareness-raising materials on the 2005 Convention with voice-over comments in order to conduct information and awareness-raising sessions on the 2005 Convention and its monitoring mechanisms.

​​​​​​​2. Deliver information sessions in order to encourage relevant representatives from SIDS to engage with the 2005 Convention and to apply for technical assistance, liaising notably with relevant UNESCO Field Offices, National Commissions and Permanent Delegations.

3. Open and manage a second call among the eligible SIDS (spring 2023):

  • Develop and disseminate the call;
  • Receive and evaluate technical assistance requests;
  • Inform officially selected SIDS ;

4. Coordinate the delivery of technical assistance by national/international experts and UNESCO Field Offices to the SIDS countries that have been selected during the first Call (autumn 2022) and the second Call (spring 2023):

  • Develop training materials for capacity-building activities for national teams on quadrennial periodic reporting on the 2005 Convention, including a PowerPoint presentation with detailed information on the Monitoring Framework of the 2005 Convention;
  • Liaise with selected experts, develop Terms of Reference, follow-up and submission of deliverables;
  • Liaise with UNESCO Field Offices regularly to ensure a timely implementation of activities;
  • Provide technical support and backstopping, whenever necessary;
  • Provide comments on the draft QPRs elaborated by the selected SIDS countries;
  • Develop monitoring tools in order to monitor and evaluate the impact of the programme.

5. Develop communication materials, including two webnews to communicate on the progress and findings from the programme to be published on the 2005 Convention and a project page to be featured on the 2005 Convention website.

6. Write and/or contribute to briefings and statutory documents as requested.

​​​​​​​7. Ensure synergies with other programmes and establishing peer-to-peer learning mechanisms between concerned SIDS.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​8. Develop a strategy for further lines of actions and activities with SIDS within the framework of the 2005 Convention.

The Individual Consultant will submit to UNESCO the following deliverables:

  • the materials for the call, including letters of invitation, application form for technical assistance, and other relevant documents.
  • the training materials for capacity-building activities, including a PPT on the Monitoring Framework and quadrennial periodic reporting.
  • the implementation and monitoring materials, including lists of national teams of selected SIDS, guidelines for activities and monitoring tools.
  • the communication materials, including one webnews article and the content of the project page.
  • the awareness-raising materials, including a PPT on the 2005 Convention with voice-over comments.
  • the strategy for SIDS.

This post is to be executed remotely.

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.



  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in one of the areas covered by the 2005 Convention ( humanities, culture, cultural industries and/or cultural policies or a related area).

Work experience

  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience in managing cultural cooperation development projects and/or capacity-building programmes in the fields of culture and creativity at the international level.

  • Proven experience in designing and monitoring of cultural cooperation development projects .
  • Proven experience in project management in the field of culture and creativity.
  • Experience working for international organisations or UN agencies, including in the field.


  • Good knowledge and understanding of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.
  • Knowledge of project management in the cultural sector, preferably at international level.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely , including the preparation of documents and reports.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Organizational and coordination skills.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, understand their needs and build trust in long-term working relationships.
  • Strong confidentiality, discretion, tact, and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment.
  • IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Intranet, Internet, etc.).
  • Proven competence related to virtual conference organization (through Zoom, Skype and/or Microsoft Teams).
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Familiarity with UNESCO’s operations and procedures

Long Description


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


Interested candidates are invited to complete the on-line application, and submit the following documents with the required information:

  • Up-to-date CV stating details of education qualifications, work experience and contact details. Please highlight relevant prior experience or relevant work completed recently.
  • Detailed work plan.
  • Financial proposal quoted in USD.


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.

Tags: continuous improvement, cultural cooperation, cultural industries, data collection, development projects, gender parity, international cooperation, knowledge sharing, participatory, project management, sustainable development