United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Author (The World Heritage Education Programme - Culture)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description

  Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT) Duty Station: Paris Job Family: Culture Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-APR-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Background The World Heritage in Young Hands Kit is one of the main tools of the World Heritage Education (WHE) programme, designed to aid secondary school teachers. Developed in 1998, The Kit is an educational resource based on an interdisciplinary approach, seeking to involve teachers across curricula in raising the awareness of young people of the importance of World Heritage. It encourages creative and participatory methods of teaching, by involving students in research and ICT, collection and Analysis of data, in role-playing and simulation exercises, and in undertaking field trips. Since its publication, the Kit has been warmly welcomed by the States Parties and has been translated into 40 national language versions (making it one of UNESCO's most translated publications).

The existing content of the Kit is retained mostly from the original version of 1998 and does not reflect the development and evolution of the 1972 Convention. In addition, the Kit’s content (copyright agreements, figures and statistics, case studies and examples, etc.) is out of date and not in line with UNESCO’s Open Access Policy. Therefore, there is an urgent need for updating the contents of this Kit to make it relevant for the present day and accessible (via Open Access), especially owing to the continued interest of the State Parties in translating the Kit to their national languages. (For further information, please refer to the English version of the Kit, at the following link: https://whc.unesco.org/en/educationkit/) Long Description In this regard, the incumbent will work under the overall authority of the Chief of the Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit at the World Heritage Centre (WHC) of the Culture Sector, UNESCO and in close collaboration with the World Heritage Education Programme and other units at WHC as required, to prepare a complete and comprehensive update of Kit, by assuming the tasks described below.

Work Location Remote Expected duration 4-6 months (May 2021 onwards) Work Assignment The incumbent shall prepare the update of the Kit, by conducting research, revising, reshaping, replacing and removing  some of the contents as required, while keeping in line with the current structure and flow of the Kit; to develop an updated, relevant and more user friendly version. In specific, the incumbent shall: Long Description
  • Revise sections of the Kit to keep the information up to date, and propose new images; examples; case studies and interactive exercises that reflect the evolution of the Convention, the challenges faced, as well as the state of current affairs in the global context (the development of ITC, digital platforms etc., for instance)
  • Reshape certain existing sections of the Kit by inserting specific information such as elements of other UNESCO cultural conventions to supplement and enhance the work of the 1972 Convention; and redesign sections (like the World Heritage Convention and the nomination process) to simplify them for classroom teaching.
  • Replace sections of the Kit that are out of date (such as tourism, global networking and the internet, etc.) with current information on the evolving themes and terminologies.
  • Update the logos, figures and statistics, contact details and resource materials mentioned in the Kit to current day data and remove other non-relevant data as necessary.
  • Undertake any other activities necessary for the update of the Kit, as specified by the Chief of the Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit (WHC).
Deliverables and Timeline
  • A deliverable by the middle of the contract, comprising a report on the activities undertaken, and the research carried out as part of the contract; along with the updates made on the Kit (in text format).
  • A deliverable by the end of the contract, comprising a complete and updated version of the Kit (in text format) in English.
Location and Travel NA Fees The lump sum is established on the basis of the budget proposal provided by the candidate.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in education, Curriculum Development, heritage, or relevant fields.
Work Experience
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant professional experience in curriculum development for primary/secondary schooling.
Skills and Competencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of culture (in particular the World Heritage Convention) and education.
  • Initiative and ability to learn quickly in the post.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).
            Languages
  • Excellent written, comprehension and communication skills in English.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Work Experience
  • Demonstrated experience working within the UN System or international organizations.
Skills and Competencies
  • Good knowledge of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Knowledge of other cultural conventions of UNESCO.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO/UN rules and procedures.
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.

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.

As part of the application, the individuals must submit in one file technical proposals for the work assignment described above, consisting of:
  • an up to date curriculum vitae.
  • an approach and methodology, including a work plan in line with the Terms of Reference and the proposed duration for the completion of the tasks of the work assignment.
  • a financial proposal corresponding to the tasks of the work assignment. The amount to be charged should be quoted in USD or EUR for the proposed duration.
Long Description The proposal and supporting documents must be in English.

Before submitting an application for a vacancy, please download and complete/update your Employment History Form and complete all sections under My Profile. Please attach the CV, work plan and financial proposal at the end of your Employment History Form, to create a single document to be uploaded. Kindly note that you will not be able to attach these documents individually on your profile.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in relation to the criteria set forth in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money.

Thank you for your interest in this UNESCO assignment; and we look forward to receiving your proposal.

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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