Inventory of cultural property Consultancy
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Closed on 5 Aug 2020
Location: Paris (France)
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Job Description

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).

Long Description

Work Location


Expected duration

2 weeks

Work assignment

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.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

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).


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.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

As a specialized agency and knowledge-based organization, UNESCO depends on highly skilled, committed professionals. Given the ambitious and exciting challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our expertise and global presence in the fields of Education, the Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information, is more relevant than ever.  Geographically diverse and gender-balanced, UNESCO is committed to having a competent, motivated and dedicated workforce that acts with the highest integrity and is empowered to support UNESCO’s capacity to deliver on the sustainable development goals.