Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)
Duty Station: Paris
Job Family: Culture
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : Up to 1 month
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-AUG-2020
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Inventorying and documenting are essential to fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. This fight is a process which starts even before an object is stolen or illegally exported, as today’s preventive measures will be tomorrow’s evidences to support a claim.
Article 5 (b) of the UNESCO 1970 Convention emphasizes the importance of establishing and keeping up to date, based on a national inventory of protected property, a list of important public and private cultural property. Inventories and documentation are also mentioned in Article 7 (b) (i) and (ii) of the UNESCO 1970 Convention.
Within the framework of the activities of the Culture and Emergencies Entity in the implementation of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, and as follow-up to Decision 7.SC 11 of the Subsidiary Committee to the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention, an individual specialist is required to draft a working document on the item of the importance of inventories and how to improve them as a priority topic that will be presented to the Eight Session of the Subsidiary Committee (October 2020).
The Individual Specialist shall prepare a draft working document on the importance of inventories of cultural property and how to improve them as a priority topic to be presented to the Eight Session of the Subsidiary Committee (October 2020). The document shall review the practice of inventories, existing models and guidelines on inventories, best inventories practices, include challenges in establishing/ maintaining inventories of cultural property as well as propose recommendations on measures that could be taken by Member States and private collectors on how to improve these inventories.
Deliverables and timeline
The working document shall contain a minimum of 4 pages (320 words/page), should be submitted to UNESCO no later than 13 August 2020, for UNESCO to comment or/and make suggestions. The Individual Specialist will be responsible for incorporating changes and/or suggestions requested by UNESCO and to submit a final version of the document by 19 August 2020.
Education and experience
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of culture, history, anthropology, archeology or a related discipline.
A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture, of which preferably five in the preparation and evaluation of public policies, management mechanisms, research and conservation of cultural heritage.
Skills and competencies
Knowledge of normative instruments and programmes in relation with the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property and museums.
Doctorate or Phd in the field of culture, history, anthropology, archeology or a related discipline.
Skills and competencies
Knowledge of UNESCO's standard-setting instruments and programmes in the field of culture.
Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations.
Knowledge and understanding of the UN instruments and texts in the field of culture.
Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).
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