The UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels is looking for a consultant

The UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels is looking for a consultant for a period of 11 months in order to ensure a follow-up of ongoing cooperation, notably with the Committee of Culture and Education of the European Parliament, the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States.

Terms of reference
Under the supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels, the Consultant will provide support in the functioning of the Brussels Liaison Office to reinforce UNESCO cooperation with the European Union institutions in the field of Culture.

In particular, the Consultant will perform the following duties:

- Assist the Liaison Office to follow up of the final preparation and launching of the broad EU strategy on culture in external relations, which includes an EC Communication on Cultural Diplomacy, with the related actors (EEAS / DG EAC / DG DEVCO).

- Assist the Director in identifying cooperation and funding opportunities in the field of Culture, notably for the Culture and Conflict Programme.

- Assist the Liaison Office to promote the role of culture as a vector of development through UNESCO CLT related activities (Global Monitoring Report 2005 Convention, Protection of cultural heritage, Culture and Development Indicators Suite) within EU institutions, and ensure UNESCO’s participation in High-Level conferences and meetings, such as the European Cultural Forum, the International Conference on Cultural Heritage and Conflict, and the European Development Days.

- Assist the Liaison Office in the preparation of a Conference on Culture and Conflict, which will be organized in the second half of 2016.

- Perform other related duties, as assigned by the Director of the Liaison Office, in cooperation with the Culture Sector.

Required qualifications:

  •  Advanced University degree in international relations, political science, communication, development and/or related fields.
  • At least 7 years of professional working experience in the UN system, or in international development cooperation.
  • Good understanding of the UN system, UNESCO, and the European Union.
  • Strong expertise in the field of culture and knowledge of the cultural programmes and activities of UNESCO, in particular in the fields of cultural industries, culture and conflict, and culture for development.
  • Working experience and knowledge of the European programmes for cultural cooperation.
  • Knowledge of the activities and programmes of the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States in the field of cultural cooperation.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.

UNESCO invites qualified persons to submit their applications in English and should consist of:

1. Letter expressing interest with a clear indication of how the candidate meets the required educational background, experience and skills.

2. Curriculum vitae of the candidate.

3. A written proposal consisting of an approach and methodology for the assignment and a workplan (in brief).

4. The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money.

Applications should be submitted no later than 10 January 2016 (Midnight Brussels time) to For more details, please, visit the official webpage.