Programme Specialist

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Cambodia, Cambodia

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT) and the direct supervision of the Head of the UNESCO National Office in Phnom Penh, the incumbent ensures the design, implementation and monitoring of the activities carried out under Major Programme IV – Culture in the country covered by the Office in the context of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and within its efforts to build partnerships and ensure resource mobilization. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring UNESCO’s contribution to the ‘Delivering as One’ exercise in the field of culture in Cambodia within the framework of the priorities to the inter-agency work defined for the Office, while positioning UNESCO in the United Nations relevant frameworks.

The incumbent will also contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects as well as resource mobilization activities undertaken by the Office in the framework of UNESCO’s global priorities (Africa and Gender Equality), and transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, as well as for its priority groups (Small Island Developing States – SIDS, and Youth). 

In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Ensure the delivery of the Culture programme and corresponding workplans in Cambodia and the operational projects in the field of culture and Culture Conventions related activities. Contribute to the overall delivery of the Office’s programme objectives and intersectoral working modalities. Cooperate with the concerned Entities and staff members at Headquarters and in the Field and provide inputs.
  • Contribute to the development of policies, strategies and plans in Cambodia in line with the Culture Sector’s strategies and priorities. Provide policy advice, technical assistance, capacity-building and networking support to national and local authorities to promote culture as a tool for sustainable development, peacebuilding and reconciliation.
  • Establish, maintain and enhance strong and strategic working relationships with the concerned national/local authorities, cultural institutions, relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors/partners, development banks, international organizations and institutions as well as civil society organizations and the private sector in the field of culture. 
  • Identify, design, implement, monitor and report on projects to reinforce the Regular Programme through the mobilization of voluntary contributions and partnerships. Draft official correspondence, project proposals, briefings in view of programme design, implementation, monitoring and reporting to enhance the impact of UNESCO’s activities. 
  • Participate in joint programming exercises and in the inter-agency actions in the framework of the UN Reform and ‘Delivering as One’, such as Common Country Assessments/the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CCA/UNSDCF). 
  • Identify entry points for culture in the UN joint programmes and programming processes in line with national activities and needs, contribute to their design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Required Qualifications:


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

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture or a related field, of which preferably two (2) years acquired at the international level.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing programmes/projects in the field of culture or a related field.


  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent capacity to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to draft documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills required to manage a heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.