Post Number : CLT/PA 059

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 09-NOV-2020

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Duration of contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

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.

Among the different supports for the implementation of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation is the “UNESCO-Aschberg programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals”, which enables a balanced flow of cultural goods and services, the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Project Officer will be in charge of the coordination and management of the “UNESCO-Aschberg programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals” under the direct supervision of the Head of Programmes and Stakeholder Outreach Unit, the general supervision of the Chief of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Entity and the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture. In the framework 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.

Within this context, the incumbent will:Long Description

  • Conceptualize, develop and effectively implement a communication strategy to popularize concepts and issues relating to artistic freedom, including the status of the artist, and preferential treatment in order to mobilize relevant policymakers in the field of culture and trade, civil society and artist community to take actions to implement the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation.
  • Coordinate the elaboration of support and communication materials on the status of the artist and the organization of the roll-out of training and technical assistance missions to build institutional and human capacities of UNESCO Member States on artistic freedom, including status of the artist, and preferential treatment (culture in trade and the mobility issues).
  • Create synergies in communication targeting artists, civil society, culture and trade officials, with various actions taken by UNESCO in order to provide visibility to the UNESCO-Aschberg programme.
  • Raise funds to ensure the programme development, prepare and deliver presentations and information on the Programme and coordinate the overall implementation and reporting of the Programme.
  • Coordinate with UNESCO Field Offices regarding implementation of projects and meetings under the Aschberg Programme.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)Accountability (C)Innovation (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.



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of cultural policies and/or cultural and creatives industries or a related area.       

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of cultural policy, cultural and creative industries.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in the production of diverse communication tools and outreach in the field of culture and development.
  • Experience in cooperating with governments and reporting to donors.

Long Description


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely and package them into attractive communication tools.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources.
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s standard setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture.
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of the 2005 Convention and the 1980 Recommendation.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical, problem solving and organizational skills.   
  • Fund-raising and resource mobilization skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Advanced IT skills and proven competence related to the management of websites and social media communication.


  • Excellent knowledge of English. 



  • Relevant professional training in the field of the diversity of cultural expressions.     

Work Experience

  • Experience in mobilizing a wide range of artists and cultural professionals through advocacy.
  • Experience in participatiing in one or more statutory meetings of the 2005 Convention.   


  • Good knowledge of Basic Texts of the 2005 Convention.
  • Strong editing skills.          


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


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.Footer

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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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