Programme Specialist

UNESCO, Paris, France

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th October, 2020

Job Description


The Programme Specialist for Cultural and Natural Heritage, under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Europe and North America Unit, the general supervision of the Director of the World Heritage Centre and the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, will exercise the function of the Programme Specialist contributing to the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Europe and North America Region for cultural and natural heritage, working within the Global Strategy adopted by the World Heritage Committee, using Periodic Reporting and Monitoring Reporting as an efficient conservation tool, implementing the strategic objectives and decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee, cooperating with UN agencies on all related activities, and acting as Focal Point for a defined number of States Parties in the Unit within the World Heritage Centre.


  • Facilitate advisory services to States Parties regarding their national inventories, Nominations of cultural, natural and mixed properties, the definition of their policies and the harmonization of their legislation.
  • Assist and advise States Parties to the 1972 Convention in the Europe and North America Region on the following:
  • in planning, developing and implementing outreach strategies aimed at strengthening the credibility of the World Heritage List and promoting their adherence to the World Heritage Convention.
  • in enhancing management frameworks in the sub-regional context.
  • in the development of new approaches to ensure the effective conservation, management and protection of World Heritage properties.
  • in collaborating on specific themes including potential serial, transboundary and transnational sites.


  • In cooperation with the States Parties and the Advisory Bodies, organize, monitor, undertake and report on reactive monitoring missions for the safeguarding and conservation of World Heritage properties, participate in the monitoring of the properties’ state of conservation and in the implementation of the Periodic reporting exercise.
  • Ensure proper implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the Governing Bodies, draft and prepare documents for the statutory meetings of the Governing Bodies, as well as provide inputs to assessments, analyses, briefings and reports for cultural and natural heritage.
  • Long Description


  • In cooperation with the States Parties and the Advisory Bodies, plan, prepare and coordinate training and capacity-building activities in cultural and natural heritage in priority for integrated management planning and monitoring, as well as to further develop the global training strategy programmes for site managers, in coordination with the UNESCO Field Offices.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, conferences on heritage management, preservation and conservation and provide advice to States Parties in the field of reinforcing national capacities.


  • Cooperate with UNESCO Field Offices, the UN and other international organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, site management authorities, universities, private partners to develop joint activities and respond to the needs pertaining to the identification, safeguarding and management of World Heritage properties in line with the priorities of the prevailing C/5 Programme and Budget.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for programmes and projects with project proposal developments, submissions and follow-up in liaison with the Executive Office of the Culture Sector, cooperate with donors to identify, generate, coordinate and implement voluntary contributions funded activities for the reinforcement, development and implementation of the Convention, provide support to and report on projects/activities, including within the One-UN process.
  • COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (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. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage, Humanities, Law or Natural Sciences with specialization in natural or cultural heritage, Culture, Archaeology, Architecture, International Relations, or related area.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience at national/local level in heritage institutions.
  • Experience in designing, managing and implementing programmes and projects related to the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage.
  • Experience in work on decision-making procedures.


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