Job Title: Programme Manager (ATHAR)

Grade: P-3

Duty Station: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Unit: Programmes Unit

Type of contract: Fixed Term, renewable

Term: Two years (six-month probation period)

Closing date: 10-DEC-2023 (11:59 PM CET Time)

Overview of the Functions of the Post

In the Programmes Unit, we ensure that programmes are relevant, of high quality and serve to build capacity across Member States within the agreed-upon strategic directions of ICCROM. In particular, the office focuses on implementing the ATHAR flagship programme and implements other plans in the Arab region.

ICCROM seeks a Programme Manager (ATHAR) to manage and develop the ATHAR flagship programme and oversee other relevant projects, operations, and field activities in the Arab region.

Key Accountabilities

The Programme Manager will work in ICCROM's Programmes Unit and report to the Unit Manager. The post is based at the ICCROM Regional Office in Sharjah, UAE. Within delegated authority, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Manage and develop all elements relating to the design and delivery of capacity-building actions identified as part of the ATHAR (Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region) programme.
  2. Coordinate the design and delivery of projects and actions relevant to the Arab region (outreach activities, training, field projects, and policy studies).
  3. Ensure programmes' sustainability and growth through leading proposal writing and contributing to proposals written by others, as well as by identifying potential resource partners from accessible networks.
  4. Coordinate areas of personal expertise and respond appropriately where requests for support or help are received (e.g. particular Member States' training needs).
  5. Coordinate, direct, facilitate, evaluate and recognize unit performance; create an enabling environment and assist team members to realize and develop their potential.
  6. Collaborate with ODG (Office of the Director-General) colleagues to ensure the development of high-level partnerships and collaborations in the Arab region and with the host country (UAE).
  7. Work closely with Partnerships and Communications colleagues to produce content for knowledge dissemination, programme promotion, communication purposes, and development of partnerships.
  8. Collaborate with Administration colleagues to ensure smooth implementation of activities (e.g. budget reporting, contract management, etc.).
  9. Liaise with Strategic Planning colleagues to provide input and insight into planning a programme of activities and budget aligned with Member States' needs and ICCROM's strategic directions.
  10. Represent ICCROM at international conferences, missions and meetings as required to enhance the reputation and visibility of ICCROM.

Required qualifications:

  • Education
  1. Advanced university degree in heritage conservation, heritage studies or related areas.
  2. Specialization in one or more areas related to architectural and archaeological tangible heritage as an advanced.
  • Work experience
  1. Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in the cultural heritage management field with similar functions, preferably two (2) years acquired in an international organization.
  2. Extent and relevance of experience in managing and developing innovative heritage conservation and capacity-building projects in multicultural and hazardous settings.
  3. Proven experience in people management and leadership in an international environment.
  • Skills and knowledge
  1. Extensive knowledge of the conservation of all types of cultural heritage to identify new programmatic orientations and fundraising opportunities.
  2. Knowledge of the cultural dimension in international relations and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships across a political landscape.
  3. A genuine passion for cultural heritage and promoting its conservation.
  • Competencies
  1. Results focus: takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of the strategic directions and plans and demonstrates an understanding of how these contribute to the goals of ICCROM.
  2. Planning and organizing: establishes a realistic and systematic course of action to accomplish objectives, determines priorities, and allocates resources effectively.
  3. Innovating and embracing change: demonstrates initiative and creativity, developing new ideas and approaches and taking initiatives when required. Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes.
  4. Decision making: forms sound, evidence-based judgments, makes choices, assesses risks to delivery, and takes accountability for results. Takes responsibility for own words and actions and can be relied upon consistently.
  5. Building and maintaining relationships: builds and maintains relationships outside own immediate team, partnerships and networks to achieve common goals.
  • Languages
  1. English and French are the working languages of ICCROM. This position requires fluency in Arabic and English (both oral and written). The knowledge of French, Italian, Spanish or any other language is an added advantage.


The salary and the allowances are net of taxes but subject to various deductions, such as the employee's portion for medical insurance and contribution to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. For full details, you can visit Professional and Higher Categories Salary Scales.

Selection and Recruitment Process

Send completed applications in English no later than 10-DEC-2023 to

Please state the position title (Programme Manager) in the subject, and include the following documents in PDF format:

  • Motivation letter
  • Updated CV in English
  • Complete Personal History Form (P11)

Applications missing any of the above elements will not be considered. No modifications can be made to the application submitted. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted within two weeks after the deadline, and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice and may include tests and assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

ICCROM recalls that paramount consideration in appointing staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. ICCROM applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ICCROM is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution and gender parity among its staff members in all categories and grades. Furthermore, ICCROM is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.