Associate Project Coordinator (Culture)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)




Post Number : CLT/PA 107

Grade : P-2

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) : 29-NOV-2023

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


The Associate Project Coordinator, under the overall authority of the Assistant Director‐General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of the Culture and Emergencies (CLT/CEM) and the direct supervision of the Head of the Movable Heritage and Museums Unit (CLT/CEM/MHM) will contribute to the planning, coordination, development and implementation of the first phase of the Virtual Museum of Stolen Cultural Objects, which aims to elaborate a first version of the Virtual Museum.

The Virtual Museum will represent a breakthrough for the international community’s efforts to raise awareness among the relevant authorities, culture professionals and the general public, notably young generations, on the trafficking of cultural property and on the importance of the protection of cultural heritage. It will use 3D and virtual reality technologies to present stolen cultural property and provide didactic spaces dedicated to education and scientific research, that will include testimonies of the communities of origin, the stories behind each object, and information on how the illicit trafficking of cultural property works – and the ways in which it can be prevented.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Provide assistance regarding the technical components of the project (adjustment to project design, implementation, monitoring and reporting).
  • Support secure coordination among the project’s implementing partners and contribute to its monitoring, including through the organization of and follow-up to technical meetings.
  • Contribute to the development of the Virtual Museum and its museology, including the mapping and selection of cultural objects and the development of educational narratives.
  • Contribute to the reporting and communication of the project’s achievements.
  • Draft working documents including conceptual notes, project proposals, cooperation frameworks, correspondence and other documents, prepare missions, attend online or presential meetings and take notes when necessary.
  • Contribute to the management of the contracts of the implementing partners as regards deliverables and payments, in accordance with financial and administrative rules of UNESCO.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of culture, law, social sciences, political science, international relations or a related field.


  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, of which preferably at least one (1) year acquired at international level.
  • Experience in coordinating and managing projects in the field of culture.
  • Experience in the preparation and drafting of project documents, reports, concise documents and briefings.

Long Description


  • Strong drafting and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan; ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines as well as flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.
  • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact efficiently with a wide range of partners and stakeholders within and outside the Organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong analytical and IT skills, including the ability to use in‐house computerized systems and applications.
  • Skills in document production (use of styles, PDF, etc.).

Long Description


  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) or French and good knowledge of the other language.



  • Experience in the protection of cultural heritage against illicit trafficking of cultural property.
  • Relevant professional experience in the United Nations System or other international organization(s).
  • Experience in coordinating web application development; working with web server administration and coordinating 3D image modelling.


  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s policies and administrative and financial procedures.
  • Sound knowledge of the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society.
  • Basic knowledge of computer-aided design software applications and in graphic design production, graphic design formats from the production to the web or paper publication, user experience, and web page layout (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Web integrations, JavaScript frameworks).


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 76 119 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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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