Job Offer: Project Assistant Job at Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF) – NewJobs Cameroon

    Job Offer: Project Assistant Job at Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF) – NewJobs Cameroon

    Supervisory  sector: Culture sector (CLT)

    Duty station:  Yaounde

    Job Category:  Culture

    Type of contract: Service contract (Nationals of Cameroon)

    Grade: SB2/3

    Duration of the contract: 06 months

    Recruitment open to:  External candidates

    Deadline for applications (midnight Paris time):  September 23, 2022

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


    The Heritage Emergency Fund (HEF) has approved funding for a second phase of the project “ Urgent interventions for the reinforcement of security at cultural heritage sites, museums, and collections at risk in the North-West and Far North regions of Cameroon  ”. The HEF is a multi-donor funding mechanism that enables the Organization to respond quickly and effectively to crises caused by armed conflict and natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world. UNESCO strives to achieve this goal by strengthening the capacity of Member States to prevent, mitigate and overcome the loss of cultural heritage and diversity in emergencies and by advocating for the integration of cultural protection into humanitarian action, security strategies and peace-building processes, including leveraging the capacity of culture to build resilience and support recovery.

    Under the general authority of the UNESCO Regional Director for Central Africa and the direct supervision of the Specialist and Head of the Culture Sector in Central Africa, the Culture Project Assistant will carry out the following tasks:

    Project implementation

    • Ensure the overall monitoring of the implementation of the project “  Urgent interventions for the reinforcement of security at cultural heritage sites, museums, and collections at risk in the North-West and Far North regions of Cameroon  ”;
    • Prepare and update a project work plan;
    • Ensure compliance with deadlines and the quality of the deliverables of the consultants and experts involved in the implementation of the project;
    • Ensure the preparation of concept notes, briefings, presentations, analytical notes and all documents developed for the project in accordance with UNESCO and HEF requirements;
    • Ensure a watch on the risks around the implementation of the project and submit for decision the possible actions if necessary;
    • Provide regular progress reports and prepare an overall project implementation report with clear recommendations.

    Partnership and resource mobilization

    • Liaise with the Ministry of Arts and Culture, other government institutions, relevant national, local and traditional authorities as well as communities around the targeted cultural sites to ensure the effective implementation of the project.
    • Contribute to the identification of new activities and projects related to cultural heritage by providing technical support for the development of projects and the identification of potential funding partners.

    Knowledge and information management

    • Develop and implement project communication to increase visibility of HEF and key project results in line with project objectives
    • Ensure the sharing of project-related information and knowledge with beneficiaries, development partners, humanitarian agencies and donors.
    • Support the implementation of the Culture Sector knowledge management system through the coordination and development of strategic briefing materials
    • Support the work of the Culture sector at the UNESCO Office in Yaoundé and contribute as a team member to the activities.
    • Perform any additional duties required and assigned by the Area Manager

    SKILLS (Basic / Managerial)

    Responsibility (F)

    Communication (F)

    Innovation (F)

    Sharing of knowledge and constant desire for improvement (F)

    Planning and organization (F)

    Results culture (F)

    Team work (F)

    For more information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



    • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of culture, social sciences, humanities, political science, international relations or a related discipline.

    Professional experience

    • At least four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of culture.
    • Professional experience in the United Nations system and/or in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation and development.
    • Proven experience in project management and resource mobilization.


    • Excellent knowledge of English or French (written and spoken) and good knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of one of the 2 local working languages ??of the areas targeted by the project would be an asset.


    Skills and competences

    • Excellent project management, organizational and coordination skills.
    • Ability to establish, maintain and strengthen effective working relationships with national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
    • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources and, on this basis, to draft working and briefing documents in a clear and concise manner.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team and in a multicultural environment.
    • Excellent diplomacy and advocacy skills.
    • Good knowledge of computer tools (MS Word, Excel, Outlook etc.).


    Skills and competences

    • Knowledge of UNESCO’s normative instruments and programs in the field of culture.
    • Experience in the field of culture in emergencies
    • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations system, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


    Please note that all applicants must complete an online application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO website . No changes can be made to the submitted application.

    Candidate assessment is based on the criteria in the vacancy announcement and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

    UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconferencing, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the evaluation of candidates.

    Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted and applicants in the final selection stage will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

    UNESCO recalls that the overriding consideration in the recruitment of staff should be the need to provide the Organization with the services of persons possessing the highest standards of work, competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy towards any form of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and maintaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all levels. In addition, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Applications from nationals of non- and under-represented Member States ( please click here for the latest update) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged. People from minority and indigenous groups, as well as people with disabilities, are also encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Global mobility is required for staff appointed to international positions.

    UNESCO does not charge any fees at any stage of recruitment.


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