Consultant (World Heritage Education Programme)

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UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-JUL-2024


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




The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme gives young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage, through diverse activities and tools. Developed in 1998, the “World Heritage in Young Hands Educational Resource Kit” for secondary school teachers is one of the main tools of the World Heritage Education Programme. It aims to sensitize young people to the importance of preserving their local, national and world heritage. The Kit was developed based on an interactive and interdisciplinary approach. It offers adaptable ideas for teaching World Heritage and seeks to incorporate World Heritage values into the curriculum as a way of delivering core subjects and transverse themes both in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities.


The Kit has been warmly welcomed by States Parties to the Convention, heritage practitioners and teachers around the world and has been translated into more than 40 national language versions.


While the Kit is still used in practice worldwide, its contents urgently need to be revised and updated to reflect the development and evolution of the 1972 Convention and World Heritage’s contribution to sustainable development and transformative learning in the context of the UN Agenda 2030.


The update of the Kit is the core of an overarching project which focuses on capacity-building of youth and teachers, adaptation of the Kit to e-learning modules, and an action-oriented advocacy campaign for schools. The project’s co-creative approach is guided by the new UNESCO Framework for Culture and Arts Education. 


In this regard, the incumbent will work under the overall authority of the Chief of the Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit at the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and under the direct supervision of the World Heritage Education Programme team and in collaboration with other units at WHC as required, to prepare a complete and comprehensive update of Kit, by assuming the tasks described below.

Long Description

Work assignment


This Consultant role aims to revise and update the chapters of the existing Kit, integrate comments received through international peer review and pilot processes, and prepare the final draft version before editing. More specifically, the Consultant shall conduct the following tasks:


1. Conceptualization of the update of the Kit in the framework of World Heritage in formal education:


  • Analyze (about 30) responses received through the conducted needs assessment survey among schools from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network
  • Propose a methodology and competency-based approach (values, competencies and learning activities); conduct research and prepare a workplan for the update of the Kit
  • Revise/draft Chapter 1 “Educational approaches to World heritage” based on survey responses and the methodology agreed, as well as additional desk research of existing teacher guides on transformative learning.

Long Description

2. Update the chapters (5 chapters around the themes of existing KIT) and student activity sheets:


  • Based on responses to a needs assessment survey and discussions with the established ASPnet Advisory Group for the KIT, revise sections of the Kit to update information, examples, case studies, and interactive exercises that reflect the evolution of the Convention, the challenges faced, and the state of current affairs in the global context.
  • Reshape certain existing sections of the Kit by inserting specific information such as elements of other UNESCO cultural conventions to supplement and enhance the work of the 1972 Convention; and redesign sections (like the World Heritage Convention and the nomination process) to simplify them for classroom teaching.
  • Replace sections of the Kit that are out of date (such as World Heritage and identity, global networking and the internet, etc.) with current information on the evolving themes and terminologies. – Update the logos, figures, statistics, contact details, and resource materials mentioned in the Kit to current-day data and remove other non-relevant data as necessary. 
  • Draft/revise and create 30 student activity sheets in accordance with the chapters of the KIT in consultation with teachers and educational experts from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.
  • Prepare an introductory section of the Kit, including a short summary, foreword, introduction, how to use the Kit, bibliography, glossary, and resource material.
  • Draft the content for 10-15 case studies in the form of impact stories to be featured alongside the Kit

3. Integration of comments after the international peer-review process:


  • Analyze received comments and feedback.  
  • Edit and revise respective chapters of the KIT based on responses in consultation with the Project team.


4. Preparation of guidance for teachers on the pilot process, integration of comments after the international pilot process with schools and finalization of KIT:


  • Draft content for a short guidance for teachers on how to engage students in pilot
  • Analyze received comments and feedback from pilot schools
  • Edit and revise respective chapters of the KIT based on responses in consultation with the Project team.


5. Undertake any other activities necessary for the update of the Kit, as specified by the project team at WHC.

Long Description

Deliverables and timeline


  • September 2024: Deliverables related to Chapter 1 on Educational Approaches to World Heritage (1)
  • November/December 2024: Deliverables related to Draft and Update of Chapters of KIT (2)
  • December 2024: Deliverables related to case studies (2f)
  • January 2025: Deliverables related to Peer-review process (3)
  • February 2025: Deliverable related to Launch of Pilot (4a)
  • April 2025:  Deliverables related to Finalization after Pilot (4)


Work Location – Remote


Expected duration – 8 months

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, curriculum development, heritage, or relevant fields;


Work Experience:

  • At least 5-7 years of relevant professional experience in curriculum development for primary/secondary schooling and teaching and learning resources design.

 Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and working experience in the field of culture and heritage, in particular the World Heritage Convention, as well as in formal education
  • Skilled in instructional design and development of transformative learning activities.
  • Proven substantive work experience in project coordination
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Excellent written, comprehension and communication skills in English
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge of English.


Work experience

  • Professional experience in the United Nations system​​​​​​.


Skills and Competencies

  • Good knowledge of the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Knowledge of other cultural conventions of UNESCO.



  • Good knowledge of French and/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.

Interested candidates should complete the on-line application, download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

A written proposal comprising:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • An approach and methodology, including a work plan in line with the Terms of Reference and the proposed duration for the completion of the tasks of the work assignment.
  • A financial proposal corresponding to the work assignment’s tasks (please refer to the deliverables and timeline section). The amount to be charged should be quoted in USD or EUR for the proposed duration.

Note: The proposal and supporting documents must be in English. Before submitting an application for a vacancy, please download and complete/update your Employment History Form and complete all sections under My Profile. Please attach the CV, work plan and financial proposal at the end of your Employment History Form, to create a single document to be uploaded. Kindly note that you will not be able to attach these documents individually on your profile.


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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.

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