Programme Specialist (Culture)

UNESCO
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    May-30-2022
  • Posted
    Apr 28

Position description

The Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity promotes the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy as vectors for sustainable development, its mission is to ensure the effective implementation and monitoring of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. The Entity fosters international cooperation by providing assistance to governments around the world to design, monitor, and evaluate policies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions and the creative economy. It also coordinates and monitors the Convention's statutory obligations, notably by providing support for the sound decision-making of the Convention's governing bodies through knowledge sharing and data collection, analysis, and distribution. 

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the general supervision of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity and the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and Stakeholder Outreach Unit, the incumbent will be charged with the development, management and evaluation of operational programmes aimed at strengthening international cooperation for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, including global capacity development strategies of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist. 

The incumbent will provide technical and analytical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects as well as resource mobilization activities undertaken by the Entity, including on 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. 
Long Description 

In particular, the incumbent will:
Provide technical assistance to governments around the world to develop, monitor and evaluate cultural policies aimed at promoting the diversity of cultural expressions by providing the necessary substantive and organizational support for the development and backstopping of the Entity's operational programmes in order to translate the principles of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation into policies and programmes at country level, notably: 
 

  • Contribute to designing, testing and disseminating capacity-development methods and tools and carry out training on their use by international experts who will provide technical assistance in difference regions;
  • Maintain relations and provide backstopping to Field Offices engaged in the planning, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of activities of operational programmes.

Qualifications

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture, social sciences, humanities, political science, international relations, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

  • At least four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, with preferably two (2) years acquired at the international level.
  • Proven experience in project management and resource mobilization.

Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent project management, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Capacity to build, maintain and enhance effective working relations with national/local authorities, cultural institutions, and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources and on this basis draft working and information documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team and a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent diplomacy and advocacy skills.
  • Good knowledge of IT tools (MS Word, Excel, Outlook etc.).

Languages

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

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Work Experience

  • Experience in the implementation of programmes in the field of the cultural and creative industries, at a national, regional or international level.
  • Professional experience in the United Nations System and/or in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation and development.

Skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and good knowledge of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Languages

  • Knowledge of another/other official language(s) of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish).

Application instructions

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