International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Project Officer - Mosul Heritage…

Project Officer - Mosul Heritage Recovery Programme: Capacity Building (Track 1: Professional Development)

Type of Employment: extended term Contractor (11 months renewable)

Salary: Based on experience and salary history

Location: Erbil, Iraq


ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization working in service to its Member States to promote the conservation of all forms of cultural heritage, in every region of the world. Those working on the front lines of heritage preservation, including architects, engineers, archaeologists, scientists, conservators, museum curators, site managers, librarians, archivists, historians, and researchers rely on ICCROM for its world-class initiatives in conservation training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy.

Mosul Heritage Recovery Programme

This position is funded through the two-years Mosul Heritage Recovery Programme, implemented in collaboration with UNESCO, and with financial support of the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the EU. The role is one of two programme-based positions that are based in Iraq. The role focuses on the project activities that will take place in Mosul and Erbil under the leadership and guidance of the Unit Manager – Programmes.

Reporting Line

The Project Officer (Mosul Heritage Recovery Programme- Capacity Building: Track 1) sits in the Programmes Unit and reports to the Project Manager and has no other direct reports. S/he will carry out her/his duties in accordance with objectives of relevant activities assigned to her/ him in the programme, and following instructions of the Project Manager.


Whilst the role sits within the Unit described, all staff at ICCROM are expected to work collaboratively across all Units and to demonstrate ways of working which promote ‘One ICCROM’ by sharing information and providing help and support where needed in a collegiate manner.

Job Purpose

In the framework of an agreement signed between ICCROM and UNESCO to implement a comprehensive capacity building programme for the city of Mosul, the Project Officer “Track 1” coordinates and manages activities associated with capacity building of heritage professionals and policy-makers amongst the stakeholders engaged in the recovery of the Old City of Mosul. The project is implemented under an international partnership agreement with UNESCO under the “Revival of the Spirit of Mosul” initiative of UNESCO. The Mosul Heritage Recovery Programme: Capacity Building for Professional Development (Track 1) mainly consists of seven modules that include: Orientation, Situation Analysis, Recording, Debris Management, Temporary stabilization, Recovery Planning and Special Skills. Those modules will take place in two cycles within a two-year period.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the development of content of the training modules for track 1.
  • Coordinate and manage the implementation of training modules (logistics organization, and financial management) in collaboration with the UNESCO-Iraq office, through an activity plan that guides the implementation within the given timeframe.
  • Prepare technical reports according to UNESCO projects reporting procedures (Inception, progress and final reports) to ensure resource availability and allocation.
  • Support the implementation of activities for track 1 as per the project plans agreed between ICCROM and UNESCO, including designing and delivering capacity building activities according to availability of resources, logistic support, personal areas of expertise.(Activities of the two tracks are generally planned to alternate throughout the programme duration)
  • Assist in developing a plan to monitor and track progress of activity implementation, within the given timeframe and within budget allocations, and ensure meeting set KPIs.  The internal evaluation will be conducted every 6 months at ICCROM Headquarters.
  • Ensure effective engagement of relevant stakeholders, resource persons, ensuring logistical, contractual and technical needs. These include support in the selection and management of training participants according to set criteria agreed by the line management.
  • Work in tandem with another project Officer who will be responsible for track 2 of the project (building crafts), and in collaboration with UNESCO-Iraq office to ensure delivery of programme on time and within highest standards
  • Track general performance jointly with track 2 project associate, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals
  • Create and maintain comprehensive documentation of activities and financial plans (jointly with track 2 project associate)
  • Document all activities pertaining to track 1 and any other activities conducted for public awareness-raising
  • Assess where further activities would assist with ICCROM’s portfolio in post–conflict recovery and provide oversight of the planning and implementation of activities to enhance best practice in post-conflict recovery, and promote activities through sharing with a wider audience.


  • Fluency in Arabic is desirable for this position, given the focus on Capacity Building and direct relationships with participants from a variety of backgrounds; and Professional fluency in English is essential;
  • Master’s degree in an appropriate field is essential;
  • Previous knowledge and experience in intergovernmental organization is desirable;
  • At least 2 years of professional expertise related to cultural heritage project management;
  • Direct experience in designing and implementing institutional capacity building activities;
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders in Iraq;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software used for documentation and management of built cultural heritage.

Required Behaviours 

ICCROM is a small organization, when defined in numbers of staff, with a very large remit. All of our people need to ensure that they demonstrate the required behaviours in order that we can deliver on our mission. These behaviours underpin everything we do, both internally and when working with stakeholders. 

We are an ambitious organization and know that we can only achieve that ambition through pulling together and using the behaviours that will allow us to optimize our contribution. These are important to all of our roles and are essential for everyone. 

  • Communication  
    We engage in honest, respectful, two-way communication. We actively listen and seek opportunities to share and engage with colleagues and stakeholders. We consider the best way to share information and willingly engage in discussion with others. We are open, honest and transparent and give and receive clarity.
  • Collaboration and teamwork 

    We show respect to every colleague and value their expertise, contribution and perspective. We trust each other to be the best they can be and give help and support when it’s needed. We willingly share resources, ideas and effort. We actively engage with others and help them to be the best they can be and create win-win solutions. 

  • Flexibility 
    We remain optimistic about what we do and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude. We look for solutions and are proactive in driving performance. We take responsibility for planning, managing risks and getting things done through being helpful and flexible in our approach. We look to build on team strengths and are always willing to step in when additional support is needed. 
  • A learning organization 
    We take opportunities to learn, to share learning and to encourage colleagues to do the same. We try new things and experiment in order to help ICCROM work successfully with others. We look at things from different perspectives; seeking alternative views and finding ways to become even better at what we do. 

Application Process

This vacancy notice will be open until filled.

Send completed applications in English to:

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Applications missing any of the above elements will not be considered.

Only short–listed candidates will be contacted.