Associate Programme Specialist (Culture)

Employer United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Deadline 14. December 2018
Type Full time
Location France
Level Entry-level (0-2 years experience required)


The Culture Sector of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a vacancy for an Associate Programme Specialist to be based in Paris, France.

The successful applicant will be a key member of the Secretariat of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The incumbent will contribute to the implementation of International Assistance projects by taking responsibility for the administrative management of projects including, monitoring and analysing the implementation of projects and ensuring compliance with all contractual obligations.  The successful applicant will also take part in the evaluation process of International Assistance requests and will backstop and monitor national efforts in the implementation of International Assistance projects in coordination with Field Offices.  S/he will analyse the effectiveness and sustainability of national projects and the International Assistance mechanism by conducting research, compiling data, analysing best practices and trends, contributing with inputs and recommendations and preparing documents and reports.  In addition, the incumbent will be expected to contribute to designing and implementing actions as part of the Living Heritage Entity’s outreach and communication plan, which aims to raise the visibility of the mechanism and to share lessons learnt about safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through the implementation of International Assistance projects.

This role requires an advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture or a related discipline plus a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, including experience at an international level.  The applicant is also expected to have experience in implementing and monitoring programmes and/or projects related to culture. S/he should have knowledge of UNESCO’s work in the field of Culture, be familiar with UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments and programmes and have excellent analytical and project management skills and very good IT skills.

Excellent knowledge of either French or English are required for the position together with good knowledge of another language.

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About the author

Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.