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Programme Specialist (Culture)


Post Number : 4WSCLT0001RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Apia

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 12-Dec-2019

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


The position is under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Apia. The incumbent will ensure the design, implementation and monitoring of the activities carried out under the Major Programme IV (Culture) in the countries covered by the Cluster Office (Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Tokelau (Associate Member) in the context of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The incumbent is also responsible for ensuring UNESCO's contribution to the United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) covering 14 Pacific SIDS, the United National Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in the concerned Pacific States and joint programmes and programming processes in the countries covered by the Cluster Office, as well as to the work of the UN Country Teams (UNCTs), including 'Delivering as One' exercise in the field of Culture in the countries covered by the Office. S/he also supervises the staff of the Culture Unit.

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In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Programme Delivery in the countries covered by the Office: Ensure the planning, management, implementation and monitoring of the Culture programme and operational projects in line with the strategies and priorities of the Culture Sector, the UNESCO Pacific Strategy and the UN strategic countries' instruments. Contribute to the development of culture and all the conventions-related activities, Creative Cities, etc., financed under both regular programme and extrabudgetary resources.
  • Technical assistance and capacity building: In collaboration with culture specialists at Headquarters, Contribute to the development of the countries’ policy making by providing policy advice to the Ministries of Culture; establish appropriate activities to promote culture as a tool for sustainable development; promote and support national capacity building in all the key areas of culture through training; contribute to the organization of regional conferences and meetings in line with the Office’s strategy, and promote ratification and implementation of all cultural conventions.
  • Partnership and Fundraising: Develop and maintain relationships with the countries' national government, concerned national/local authorities, as well as donors and other national and international partners in the field of culture. Identify, design and implement extrabudgetary projects to reinforce the Regular Programme, mobilize voluntary contributions (extrabudgetary resources and partnership)s, including with civil society organizations and the private sector. Draft official correspondence, project proposals and reports to facilitate the evaluation of results.
  • Joint Programming exercises: Participate in joint programming exercises towards the 2030 Agenda, within the UN Reform and 'Delivering as One', such as the Common Country Assessment (CCA), the Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS), the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) by providing professional inputs, support and advice to the UN Country, as well as participating in meetings in support of the implementation of the United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS)and the National Development Strategies.
  • Communication and Knowledge Management: Support implementation of UNESCO's communications strategy with respect to both the content and technical aspects in collaboration with other staff in the Office and the Culture Sector to increase the visibility and impact of the Sector's work in the Pacific. Draft all relevant communication inputs to keep the Culture Sector visible and active on the websites of the Office and the Culture Sector, including newsletters and social media platforms. Closely follow the guidelines for the Records Management and Knowledge Management for all areas of the Culture Sector's work in the Pacific.
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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 culture or a related area.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of culture.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in designing, implementing and managing programmes/projects related to culture.

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of UNESCO's work in the field of Culture.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations system.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Good knowledge of resource mobilization mechanisms, with proven ability to mobilize resources and build partnerships.
  • Good analytical, strong negotiating and advocacy skills.


  • Excellent knowledge of English.


  • Relevant training/certification in the field of culture.

Work Experience

  • Professional experience in the United Nations System.
  • Experience in the area of cultural policy and capacity building.

Skills and competencies

  • Familiarity with the political and cultural context of the region.
  • Familiarity with UNESCO's standard-setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UN instruments and texts in the field of culture.


  • Good knowledge of French.
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (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 and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



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