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Job Overview

Post Number : 5IQCLT0016PA

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Erbil

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) : 23-FEB-2024


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 UNESCO Office in Iraq will be implementing the Phase III of the project Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities.  The project is part of “Revive the spirit of Mosul” flagship initiative, launched by UNESCO in 2018. The aim of the Phase III of the project is to create the right conditions for local stakeholders to take over the process of urban and cultural revitalization by supporting them to develop policy frameworks while building up capacities at each step of the process: decision makers, community representatives, academics, technical agents, and workers involved in the recovery of the Old Cities and the promotion of their cultural life.

The specific objective of Phase III is the creation of jobs in Mosul and Basra driven by the endogenous reconstruction of the built cultural heritage of the Old Cities and by a revived cultural life led by local stakeholders.  Four project outputs articulate the activities of the project:


  1. The increased ability of the Public and Private Sectors to engage and participate in the urban heritage recovery process of Mosul and Basra.
  2. The improved technical skills of the stakeholders involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Mosul and Basra’s urban heritage.
  3. The recovery of the Old Cities of Mosul and Basra driven by the reconstruction and rehabilitation of heritage buildings and spaces.
  4. A revived cultural life contributing to community engagement, social cohesion, awareness raising, income generation and job creation.


The project will focus on youth employment, and building the capacity of the institutions and actors, public and private, involved in the rehabilitation and safeguard of cultural heritage assets while supporting cultural and creative industries.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General of Culture and delegated supervision of Head of Culture Unit/Programme Specialist, and the direct supervision of the Senior Project Officer, the incumbent will assist the management team in the implementation of the cultural programme projects and activities in Iraq, including but not limited to the project Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities Phase III and activities addressing short and mid-term needs in terms of protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Old Cities of Mosul and Basra which include but it is not limited to:

  • Assist the Head of Culture and the Senior Project Officer to plan and coordinate all activities relating to the implementation of the Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities Project Phase III according to the established work plan;
  • Assist the Culture Unit to establish, manage and monitor contracts and relationships with multiple implementing partner and support evaluation of bids, covering the range of expertise required to successfully implement the Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities Project Phase III, in respect of the rules and regulations of the Organization;
  • Monitor the execution of the budget of the Project, in close coordination with Administrative Assistant, providing regular briefings and notifying significant deviations to the Senior Project Officer and Head of Culture.
  • Undertake missions to Mosul and Basra or elsewhere in Iraq as necessary and requested for the program implementation;
  • Assist the Project management team in organizing stakeholder meetings in Mosul, Erbil, Basra and Baghdad;
  • Support the development, coordination, and implementation of the Project’s cultural activities to meet the objectives outlined in the project document;
  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of capacity building / training workshops in consultation and coordination with the relevant Iraqi stakeholders and the relevant CLT colleagues at the HQ, provide administrative and logistic support as required;
  • Assist in the organization of events and represent the Iraq Office / UNESCO appropriately and as required to enhance awareness raising and project visibility both inside and outside Iraq;
  • Assist with projects reporting, drafting correspondence and replies, TORs, MoM, briefs and actively support with projects visibility;
  • Liaise and facilitate consultation between the relevant government authorities in Mosul, Basra and Baghdad, NGOs, relevant UN agencies, UNCT and private companies and local community stakeholders as required;
  • Support in the implementation of the UNESCO cultural conventions ratified by Iraq;
  • Facilitate coordination and information sharing amongst stakeholders and representation of UNESCO projects in Mosul and Basra with government, the local community, NGOs and the donor in the course of project reporting and implementation by organizing steering committee and stakeholder meetings and through UNESCO publications;
  • Assist the Head of Culture with additional tasks as required, including with the development of new projects/initiatives.

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 culture or cultural heritage management, conservation and development, social or human sciences, international relations, law, or related fields.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, cultural heritage management or related fields, of which preferably at least one (1) year acquired at the international level in the post-conflict / post-disaster contexts.


Skills and Competencies

  • Integrity, reliability and sense of commitment in the execution of duties.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills and solution oriented.
  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships.
  • Ability to manage heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Strong IT skills including knowledge of standard office software.



  • Excellent knowledge of English language (both written and spoken).




Skills and Competencies

  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of the United Nations system or an international organization.



  • Knowledge of the other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.


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 67 555 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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