United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Facilitator (Global Facilitators Network Online Meeting, Living Heritage & Training Method)

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) : 15-FEB-2021 (Re-advertisement) UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Background In the context of the global Capacity-building Programme for the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Living Heritage Entity of the Culture sector (the Secretariat) is organizing a series of online meetings for members of its global facilitators’ network.

The facilitators’ network is a dedicated and competent partner to support the Secretariat in implementing the Programme at national level and for countries seeking guidance and training on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Since 2011, the facilitators network has grown to count more than 140 individual resource persons in intangible cultural heritage from more than 70 countries (47% women, 35% Africa). The skills and competencies of its members are regularly updated by the Secretariat through workshops, mentoring, information sharing and review meetings.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many training and networking opportunities for facilitators have been disrupted. Feedback from previous meetings of the facilitators’ network have underscored the importance of knowledge and experience sharing within the network and desire for more opportunities to reflect on thematic areas and global trends. The present webinar series will provide opportunities for facilitators to share their knowledge and experience in different areas of relevance to the Convention’s implementation through online meetings.

The series will include four 2-hour webinars to take place in 2021 with the aim to address the specific needs of network members to better support them in their role as facilitators for the 2003 Convention. More specifically, the objectives of the webinar series will be to: Long Description
  • Provide opportunities for networking, peer-to-peer learning and exchange of experiences among different regional chapters of the network;
  • Share updates and information on the 2003 Convention and its capacity-building programme including new training materials; and
  • Build facilitators' knowledge and skills in key thematic areas for the implementation of the Convention and its capacity-building programme.
In this context, UNESCO is launching a call for application to select a facilitator to lead the first online meeting in the series. Each meeting will be organized around a specific theme and will include a short presentation by the lead facilitator, followed by discussion around key issues. The first meeting, planned to take place in March 2021, will address the topic of online facilitation and learning approaches for delivering the global capacity-building programme.

Webinar participants will include members of the facilitators network, and other identified experts and persons of interest upon invitation (UNESCO Secretariat, Field Offices, Category 2 Centres, UNESCO Chairs). The working language for the meeting will be English and French with interpretation. The modality for the meeting will be the Zoom platform. The Secretariat will be responsible for the logistical organization of the online meeting.

Long Description Work assignment

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy Unit of the Living Heritage Entity of the Culture sector, the Individual Specialist shall lead the development and delivery of the first webinar in the online series for members of the facilitators network, which will focus on online facilitation and learning approaches for delivering the global capacity-building programme. In particular, the Individual Specialist shall:
  1. Develop a concept paper for the webinar (2-3 pages), outlining its key issues, learning objectives, methodology, background reading and other relevant references and resources to be circulated to network members ahead of the webinar. The methodology should incorporate at least one participatory learning approach. The webinar paper may also include suggestions for pre-webinar activities to ensure preparation and engagement by participants ahead of the webinar.
  2. Liaise closely with the Secretariat in outlining the scenario and methodology for the webinar, integrating as much as possible interactive and participatory learning tools, such as breakout groups on Zoom.
  3. Lead the delivery and moderation of the webinar, which may include, where relevant, short presentations by other members of the facilitators network in their area of expertise.
  4. Produce a summary document for the webinar (2-3 pages), presenting the key ideas raised during the webinar and including suggestions for follow-up post-webinar activities to guide participants in how to put the knowledge and skills gained into practice.
Long Description Deliverables and timeline

The Individual Specialist shall deliver:
  1. A concept note (2-3 pages), outlining key issues, learning objectives, methodology (incorporating at least one participatory learning approach), background reading, other relevant resources and suggestions for pre-webinar activities, at least 4 weeks ahead of the webinar;
  2. A scenario (1-2 pages), outlining structure and methodology, 1 week ahead of the webinar;
  3. A summary document (2-3 pages), including key points raised and suggestions for follow-up post-webinar activities, within 2 weeks after the webinar.
Expected duration

Work to be carried out between February and  April 2021. The number of working days to prepare and deliver the online meeting is estimated at 8 days.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge Sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field relevant to the topic of the call (e.g. Heritage Studies, Anthropology, Social or Human Sciences, etc.).
Work Experience

  • At least 10 years of national and international work experience in the field of intangible cultural heritage.
  • Participation in a UNESCO Training of Trainers workshop for the global capacity-building programme and conducting training workshops for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.
  • Delivering training activites or meetings in an online format.
Skills and Competencies

  • Good knowledge of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Demonstrated ability of using interactive and participatory teaching methodologies, as a facilitator, teacher or moderator.

  • Excellent knowledge of English or French.

  • Conducting training activities in more than one region under the global capacity-building programme.

  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).
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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