Head of the Africa Unit

UNESCO, Paris, France

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd October, 2020

Job Description

The Head of the Africa Unit, under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture and the direct supervision of the Director of the World Heritage Centre, leads, manages and oversees the work of the Unit’s staff for the effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Africa Region, with a special focus on conservation of World Heritage sites, as well as ensuring the reporting to Governing Bodies and contributing to resource mobilization.


  •  Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Architecture, Heritage, Culture, Humanities, International Relations, Law, Development Studies, Natural Sciences, Ecological Sciences, or related areas.

Work Experience

  •  A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in Cultural/Natural Heritage, and/or in the field of culture, and/or in nature conservation.
  •  Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  •  Experience in designing, managing and implementing policies, programmes and projects related to heritage conservation and/or nature conservation.
  •  Experience in the preparation of statutory meetings and documents, as well as discussion papers.
  •  Experience in resources mobilization and partnership development.
  •  Experience leading and managing teams of professionals in a multicultural work environment.

Skills and competencies

  • • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture and excellent knowledge of the 1972 Convention.
  • • Good knowledge of the African Continent geopolitical context, challenges and priorities, in particular in the field of cultural and natural heritage.
  • • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system.
  • • Strong analytical, anticipation, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills.
  • • Good budget analysis and management skills.
  • • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and in particular capacity to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • • Ability to take initiative, to manage heavy workload, and to work under pressure, with capacity for accuracy, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • • Ability to ensure substantive quality control of inputs on subjects matters.
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment, diplomatic skills with excellent political awareness and understanding.


  •  Excellent knowledge of either English or French, with good knowledge of the other language.



  •  Advanced University degree (PhD) related to the fields of Architecture, Heritage, Culture, Humanities, International Relations or Law, Development Studies, Natural Sciences, Ecological Sciences, or related areas.

Work Experience

  •  Experience in assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring activities, with a strong commitment to evidence-based, context-driven, flexible and principled programming.
  •  Experience in the administrative system of the Organization.


  •  Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).


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