Vacancy - Project Officer (Culture)


  Title:   Project officer - Culture Sector
Domain:    UNESCO New Delhi
Duty Station:    New Delhi (India)
Type of contract:  Service Contract
Duration of contract:   One year (with three-month probationary period) 

Annual salary:      INR 18,31,161/- (inclusive of 15% Social  Security)

Deadline (midnight, Paris time):    17 August 2021-Midnight (Indian Time)

Note: This Vacancy is being re-advertised.

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

Overview of the functions of the post

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall authority of  the  Director  of  UNESCO  New  Delhi and  the  direct  supervision of Programme Specialist of Culture Sector, the incumbent will: 

  • Coordinate the implementation of the Rural Craft Cultural Hubs phase II and the Promotion of Tourism based on Intangible Cultural Heritage of Rajasthan, in close co-operation with the implementing agency of the aforementioned projects, including administrative arrangements involved in the implementation of the above mentioned projects as well as coordination with the donors and the implementing agency; 
  • Ensure adequate reporting of the aforementioned projects that need to be prepared on a regular basis in line with UNESCO’ s established practices for funds-in-trust projects; 
  • Assist the Culture Sector in the implementation of the programmes related to Intangible Cultural Heritage, notably related to promoting and raising awareness of the UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by coordinating with relevant governmental departments, as well as with relevant civil society; 
  • Conduct review on various requests for support or partnership from UNESCO New Delhi and coordinate procedure for such partnership; 
  • Assist the Culture Sector in its daily management of its programmes and administration; 
  • Perform any task requested either by Programme Specialist, or Director of the Office. 


A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Accountability Communication Teamwork Innovation
  • Results focus
  • Planning and organizing
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Required qualifications


Minimum Master’s degree in the field of anthropology/ethnology, preferably. Sociology, history or other subjects related to culture or human science will be considered. 

Work Experience

At least 5 years of working experience in the field of craft or living heritage in South Asia with civil society at national level.  Experience at international level would be considered as an asset.

Experience of having managed projects in the field of craft, living heritage in India or other countries in South Asia or experience of being involved in policy making in the field of culture either in India or in other countries in South Asia is an advantage.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent management skills for coordinating complex and large scale programmes
  • Excellent knowledge on the areas of India’ s living heritage and intangible cultural Heritage, but also craft sectors of India as well as of the Sub-region including Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives, among others;
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO programmes particularly in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage 
  • Superior writing skills in drafting reports, talking points, op-eds and other documents, as well as good oral presentation skills


Excellent English, both oral and written. Knowledge of another UN official language would be considered as an asset. 

Duration of Contract

The contract shall be for one year (Three months probationary period) with an option for renewal subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance.  Benefits include 2.5 days of annual leave and 1 day sick leave per completed month of service. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit their application by e-mail to, by midnight on 10 August 2021.  The subject of your email will be clearly marked “Project Officer – Culture Sector”.

Please provide your CV in the UNESCO Form (see below) along with three references and a Motivation/Cover letter explaining your suitability for the position.  Applications received after the closing date set in the notice will not be accepted.

UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Please note that UNESCO is a non‐smoking Organization.