Job Description


Post Number : CLT 315

Grade : P-1 / P-2

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 2-JUN-2023


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




The Executive Office of the Culture Sector provides strategic advice, quality control and management support to the Director-general" id="link" class="link">Assistant Director-general for Culture (ADG/CLT) and ensures the overall Coordination of the development, implementation and monitoring of the approved programme and budget of the Culture Sector, as well as the communication with other sectors at UNESCO, with other agencies of the UN System and with external partners.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Executive Office of the Culture Sector (Chief CLT/EO), the incumbent contributes to the monitoring, reporting of the implementation of Major Programme IV (Culture) and its contribution to intersectoral, transversal and UN-wide reports and exercises, in close cooperation with the Sector’s Entities, Units and staff at Headquarters and in the Field.


The incumbent will also contribute to the implementation of initiatives related to UNESCO’s Global Priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), priority groups and transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Youth.


In this context, the incumbent shall:

Long Description
  • Monitor, coordinate, provide inputs and finalize contributions for the timely preparation of the statutory documents of the Culture Conventions. Process and synthesize Sector-wide inputs to strategic programme documents (Medium-Term Strategy, C/4; Programme and Budget, C/5) and documents submitted to the Governing Bodies of UNESCO, including on transversal matters such as Global Priority Africa, Global Priority Gender Equality, Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), Youth, Indigenous Peoples as well as other house-wide intersectoral initiatives.


  • Ensure the coordination and contribute to the elaboration of strategic documents and external message delivery of senior management, based on the inputs of the Sector’s Entities, and in line with the Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and Programme and Budget (C/5). This involves coordinating the timely preparation and finalization of working documents, as well as ensuring effective quality control and consolidation of contributions from the relevant Entities of the Culture Sector and central services; drafting substantive input; reviewing, editing and/or revising texts and documents, in line with the Organization’s policies and procedures; researching, fact-checking and carrying out data-Analysis as appropriate. Prepare information materials for the Director-General (DG), ADG/CLT and Chief CLT/EO, in view of the sessions of the Executive Board and the General Conference, and the statutory meetings of the Culture Conventions.
Long Description
  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of the elaboration of concept notes, project documents and reports to be submitted to partners/donors – both public and private - in line with priorities of the Culture Sector. Such planning and coordination encompass the effective liaison with the relevant sectors/bureaus/units within the Culture Sector at Headquarters, with Field Offices colleagues, other Programme Sectors and central services, as well as partners/donors as necessary. Ensure the timely consolidation and quality control of inputs submitted by the Entities of the Culture Sector in the framework of the Design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on programme and project implementation. Assist Chief CLT/EO in monitoring and reporting on the Sector’s voluntary-funded activities, in line with approved priorities and in close cooperation with central services.


  • Contribute to the backstopping of UNESCO Field Offices in monitoring and managing CLT inputs to UN exercises including United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs); Country Programme Documents (CPDs); contributions to the reports of the UN Secretary-General; and UN reform reports. Contribute to information and analytical materials for senior management in these areas.
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.




  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) required in the field of culture, social sciences, humanities, political sciences, international relations, law, public Administration or a related discipline.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.
  • Experience in programme coordination and liaison with external partners.


Long Description

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent coordination skills and ability to maintain effective working relations with a variety of stakeholders and external partners.
  • Excellent analytical, diplomacy and advocacy skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and convey messages.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to take initiative and to manage competing priorities, organize and prioritize heavy workloads to meet established and short deadlines, with a strong capacity for accuracy, close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to address complex issues, which can be of a sensitive nature.
  • Good IT skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (both written and spoken) and good knowledge of the other language.


Work Experience

  • Relevant professional experience in the United Nations System or other international development organization(s).
  • Experience in coordinating a variety of contributions and inputs with the view to elaborate documents in urgent circumstances. 


Skills & Competencies

  • Good knowledge of the UNESCO Culture Conventions, Recommendations, and programmes in the field of culture.
  • Proven ability to maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment.


  • Knowledge of another/other official UNESCO language(s) (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or 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 78 285 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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