National Professional Officer (Culture) – UNESCO

By | April 24, 2019

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect
for Diversity, Professionalism
Overview of the functions of the post
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for
Culture (ADG/CLT) and the direct supervision of the Head of the UNESCO
Dar es Salaam Office, the incumbent will contribute to the design,
implementation and coordination of activities carried out under Major
Programme IV – Culture in Tanzania in view of supporting the Member
State in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development and the African Union Agenda 2063. The incumbent shall work
as part of the interdisciplinary team in the UNESCO Dar es Salaam
Office, in collaboration with culture stakeholders, and with technical
guidance from Programme Divisions at Headquarters and the Culture
Programme Specialist in the Multi-sectoral Regional Office for Eastern
Africa in Nairobi. In this context, the incumbent will:
Contribute to identifying, designing and implementing activities in
the field of culture in the country within the framework of the
Culture Sector’s strategies and priorities, particularly for the
promotion, preservation and safeguarding of tangible and intangible
heritage, the promotion of creative industries, and the advancement
of the linkages between culture and development, to help build the
institutional capacity of UNESCO’s national/local counterparts and
partners. In close cooperation with Headquarters, contribute to
intersectoral programmes developed by the Office.
Contribute to identifying, designing and implementing
extra-budgetary projects in collaboration with Culture Partners to
reinforce the Regular Programme and ensure the related required
fundraising by mobilizing resources and partnerships including
providing professional and technical contributions based on research
and analysis, with an emphasis on the national perspective and
Coordinate the implementation of all technical cultural cooperation
projects of the Office funded through extra-budgetary resources by
monitoring implementation and outputs and ensuring timely
Maintain close contacts with the concerned national/local
authorities and contribute to the development of national cultural
policies. In this context, maintain working relations and interact
with relevant governmental bodies, cultural institutions, as well as
pertinent intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
Maintain working relations with the concerned Resident Coordinator
Office and other UN Agencies, groups and entities.
Participate in joint programming exercises within the framework of
the UN reform, such as Delivering as One, Common Country
Assessments/United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks
A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following
Core Competencies
Results focus
Planning and organizing
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
For detailed information please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework
Required qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of
culture, social and human sciences or a related area.
Work Experience
Minimum of 2 years relevant experience in project implementation in
the field of Culture,
Proven experience in designing and implementing programme and
policies in the field of Culture.
Skills and competencies
Strong analytical, problem solving skills,
Proven resource mobilization skills,
knowledge of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments and programmes in
the field of cultural heritage,
Proven ability to draft clearly and concisely,
Ability to build, maintain and enhance working relations with
national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations,
-Discretion and maturity of judgement,
Good IT skill (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).
Excellent knowledge of English or French and very good knowledge of
the other language,
Full proficiency of the official language of the duty station.
Desirable qualifications Education
Relevant professional training in the field of culture.
Work Experience
Work experience in the UN or international organizations.
Familiarity with the political context of the region.
Knowledge of local languages (s) and dialects. Assessment An
assessment exercise may be used in the evaluation of candidates
How to apply?
To apply, please send your CV together with the motivation cover
letter to Please clearly indicate in the
subject line of your application message the post title and post number.
The deadline for submission is 23rd May, 2019 at midnight (Tanzania).
Benefits and entitlements
UNESCO’s salaries are paid in local currency. Other benefits include: 30
days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance and pension plan
More details can be found on the ICSC Website.
Please note that UNESCO is a no-smoking Organization.
UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender
equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are
strongly encouraged to apply, as are nationals from non- and
under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities equally are
encouraged to apply.