Call for expression of interest for the review of ICUA (Closing date: 1 December 2014)

The 34th session of the General Conference, in its 34 C/Resolution 40, approved the establishment, in Croatia, of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology - ICUA.

The main objectives of this review are to assess the Centre’s performance with respect to its objectives and functions, as specified in the agreement between UNESCO and the host Government, and its contribution to UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives and sectoral or intersectoral programme priorities and themes. The findings of the review will serve as the basis for the sector Review Committee’s recommendation to the Director-General as to whether the Agreement should be renewed. The Director-General will then provide the results of these reviews, including the endorsement or rejection to renew a specific agreement to the Executive Board. The approval of the Executive Board will be required before the Director-General can proceed with the renewal of an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Croatia.

The results of this review will be shared with the Government of Croatia and the Centre and presented to the Executive Board, as specified in the Integrated Comprehensive Strategy. They will also be made available on the website of the Culture Sector.

Roles and responsibilities

The review will be conducted by a team comprising one or two independent experts. Local travel, materials, secretarial support and office space will be provided by the Centre during the field visit. The reviewer(s) will be responsible for telecommunications and printing of documentation.

The  UNESCO  Culture  Sector  will  facilitate  and  oversee  the  review  process,  to the  extent possible, by providing any relevant information, and will be responsible for reviewing and approving the final report. 

Draft review report

A draft report will present findings, conclusions and recommendations, with a draft executive summary. The UNESCO Culture Sector, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the Government of Croatia and the Centre itself will have the opportunity to comment and give feedback to the review team.

Final review report

The final report (max. 20 pages, excluding annexes) should be structured as follows:

  • Executive summary (maximum four pages);
  • Introduction (background, purpose and scope)
  • Methodology;
  • Findings;
  • Recommendations (as described above);
  • Annexes (including interview list, data collection instruments, key documents consulted, Terms of Reference).

The language of the report shall be English.

Review team

The review team will consist of one or more independent experts/reviewers. A single proposal/expression of interest must be submitted on behalf of the team, whether it is one or several persons, and a single contract will be executed.

Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in research and/or capacity-building in the field of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage, cultural policy or culture and development;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in policy and programme evaluation in the context of international development;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken);
  • Knowledge of the role and mandate of UNESCO and its programmes.

Schedule

The review shall be completed no later than 15 February 2015.

The schedule for the review is as follows:

  • A desk study of background documents (to be completed prior to the visit to the Centre);
  • A mission to visit the Centre;
  • Writing and submission of the draft review report no later than 31 January 2015;
  • Submission of the final review report.

The date of the mission to the Centre will be defined by UNESCO in coordination with the Centre and taking into account the reviewers’ availability.

Submission of proposals/expression of interest

Interested candidates should submit their applications in English, consisting of:

  1. Curriculum vitae of expert(s)/reviewer(s) and, if applicable, company profile;
  2. Letter expressing interest and clearly identifying how the candidate/candidate team meets the required skills and experience;
  3. For enterprises/companies,  a single overall cost; for individuals a total cost, distinguishing the fees for services from the travel expenses.

Applications should be submitted no later than 1 December 2014, midnight (Paris time) to Ms Chihiro Nishikawa (c.nishikawa@unesco.org). Please note that applications submitted through other channels will not be considered. Selection will be made on the basis of best value for money.