Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (Culture)

UNESCO seeking to fill a vacancy position of Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (Culture)




Post Number: CLT 338

Grade: P-5

Parent Sector: Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

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): 29-SEP-2023 (EXTENDED)

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


The Living Heritage Entity (CLT/LHE) is responsible for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural

Heritage. It supports efforts to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, ensures respect for the intangible cultural heritage of the communities,

groups and individuals concerned, and raises awareness of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage. The Entity supports the governance

mechanisms of the Convention, develops periodic reporting and the assessment of nominations to the listing mechanisms.

It also administers the International Assistance mechanism of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and monitors related projects; designs,

implements and monitors global programmes, strategies and funding priorities; develops new knowledge and training content; organizes training;

provides technical backstopping for policy development; builds and maintains partnerships; develops resource mobilization proposals.


Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the incumbent is responsible, in the context of the 2003

Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (C/4) and approved Programme

and Budge (C/5), for ensuring the Secretariat of the Convention and for planning and implementing the programme of CLT/LHE. In this capacity,

the incumbent is responsible for assisting the Statutory Organs of the Convention in all aspects of their decision-making; for the scientific

and technical aspects of the design, implementation and monitoring of programmes, projects and activities in the areas of capacity building

and policy development; for ensuring the appropriate visibility of the Convention and its contribution to the implementation of the UN-wide agendas

for sustainable development and peace and security.


The incumbent leads the team of the Entity, and ensures the proper management of the approved programme and integrated budget of the Entity,

while providing technical and analytical support for the planning, design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects

as well as resource mobilization activities undertaken by the Entity, including for UNESCO’s Global Priorities (Africa and Gender Equality),

priority groups and transversal thematic areas, such as Culture and Education, Culture and Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, Small

Island Developing States (SIDS), and Youth. As Chief of the Entity (CLT/LHE), s/he supervises the staff of CLT/LHE and provides day-to-day

oversight of their work.

2. In particular, the incumbent will:

⠅Long Description

 Plan and organize the statutory meetings of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Contribute to the Statutory Organs of the Convention in all aspects of their decision-making, including the processing of all nomination files and

international assistance requests submitted under the Convention.


Ensure the intellectual and operational leadership for the scientific and technical aspects of the implementation and monitoring of programmes,

projects and activities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.


Lead the organization of scientific conferences and meetings of relevance to intangible cultural heritage; elaborate or commission relevant scientific

studies and publications; coordinate the collection and promotion of good safeguarding practices . Ensure close cooperation with the Secretariats

of the other UNESCO Conventions in the field of culture.


Design, implement and monitor strategic approaches to translate the principles of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural

Heritage into policies and programmes at country and regional levels, notably by developing pedagogical materials, methods and tools, managing

and implementing training and support activities. Provide guidance and backstopping to Field Offices for the planning, implementation, monitoring

and evaluation of capacity-building activities.


Prepare, develop, oversee and ensure the implementation of workplans for the Entity, as well as their periodic reporting, within the approved

Programme and Budget. Mobilize and monitor the implementation of the integrated budget to support the related activities, and establish and

develop appropriate partnerships. Ensure sound management of all resources, including the International Fund for the Safeguarding of the

Intangible Cultural Heritage, in line with expected results.


Conceive, plan and implement an overall communication and information strategy for the Convention, notably by elaborating and disseminating

information materials, providing visibility to the decisions of the Statutory Organs ensuring communication with media and other stakeholders,

organizing special events in cooperation with the relevant entities of the Culture Sector and the Communications and Public Engagement division.


3. 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), Driving and managing change (M), Leading and empowering others (M),

Making quality decisions (M), Managing performance (M), Strategic thinking (M), Building partnerships (M)

✔ For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



⠅ Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in the field of culture, social sciences, political science International relations, law, humanities, or a related discipline.

⠅Work experience

Minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible relevant professional experience in designing and

implementing programmes in the field of culture, of which preferably 5 years acquired at international level.

Demonstrated and solid experience in managing intergovernmental processes in the field of culture.

Experience in resource mobilization in the field of culture.



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




Advanced university degree (PhD degree or equivalent) in the field of culture and/or in a field related to intangible cultural heritage (anthropology, linguistics etc…).


⠅Work experience

Experience in the field of intangible cultural heritage.

Experience in an international organization or United Nations agency.

Proven experience in administration and management of financial and human resources.


Excellent knowledge of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Knowledge of another/other official UNESCO language(s) (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 145 402 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.

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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.

Application for the position of Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (Culture) (P-5). 


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Title Chief of the Living Heritage Entity (Culture)
Start Date 2023-09-19End Date 2023-09-19

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Venue : FRANCE