Job Description

  Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT) Duty Station: Brussels 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) : 20-JUN-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Under the supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels, and in cooperation with the Culture Sector and other relevant services at HQ and in the field, the Consultant will provide support to the Brussels Liaison Office to reinforce UNESCO’s strategic cooperation with the European Union institutions in the field of culture.

In particular, the Consultant will perform the following duties:
  • Liaise with EU entities and Brussels-based stakeholders concerned on new developments related to the implementation of the broad EU Strategy on Cultural Diplomacy, including the EC Joint Communication on international cultural relations the New European Agenda for Culture, the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage as well as the Council Resolution on the Cultural Dimension of Sustainable Development and the European Commission Action Plan;
  • Identify cooperation and partnership opportunities with the EU in the field of culture, with particular attention to innovative actions aimed at the operationalization of the linkage between culture and the SDGs. Facilitate, as needed, ongoing partnership negotiations with the EU, and provide HQ and field offices with relevant support in the above.
  • Assist the Liaison Office in outreach and advocacy activities in the field of culture as a vector of sustainable development and of peace building with EU institutions, and facilitate UNESCO’s participation in high-level conferences, meetings and events, organized by the EU or other Brussels-based stakeholders.
Long Description
  • Support the implementation of ongoing EU-funded projects in the field of Culture, by:
  • Ensuring liaison and smooth communication flows between European Commission counterparts and UNESCO implementing teams at HQ or in the field offices;
  • Developing outreach and visibility, by participating in or organizing project meetings/events in Brussels, and by promoting project results and impact on the UNESCO Brussels Office’s website and social Media Platforms ;
  • Participating in project-related meetings and conferences.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the Director of the Liaison Office, in cooperation with the Culture Sector.
Long Description Contract duration and deliverables

The duration of this contract is of 11 months. The assignment will be based in Brussels, Belgium. Due to the current sanitary situation, teleworking will be compulsory until further notice.

Deliverables: Monthly progress report and workplans.

Long Description 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.


Work experience

  • At least ten years of professional working experience in the UN system, or in international development cooperation.
Skills and competencies

  • Very good understanding of the European Institutions and their functioning. Working experience and knowledge of the European programmes for cultural cooperation.
  • Strong expertise in the field of culture and knowledge of the cultural programmes and activities of UNESCO, in particular in the fields of cultural industries, culture and conflict, heritage, and culture for development.
  • Knowledge of the activities and programmes of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in the field of cultural cooperation.

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

  • At least five years of previous experience working in Brussels building partnerships in the field of culture and heritage.

  • Knowledge of other UNESCO official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).
APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates should complete the on-line application and complete the Employment History form. Insert extra pages with the following required information:
  • A technical proposal consisting of an approach and methodology for the assignment and a work plan (maximum 2 pages);
  • A financial proposal with the monthly fee to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars.
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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