International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Vacancy announcement: Youth. Heritage.…

Vacancy announcement: Youth. Heritage. Africa. Project Manager

Reference number: 2020/02

  • Type of appointment and duration: fixed term, two years (renewable)
  • Probation: 6 months
  • Grade: P2
  • Deadline to apply: 31 March 2020



ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Rome, Italy. Founded by UNESCO in 1956, it is the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote and improve the conservation of all types of cultural heritage through training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy. ICCROM through its Regional Centre (ICCROM-ATHAR Conservation Centre in Sharjah) has been extensively engaged in training and advocacy activities in the Arab Region.

After running two successful Regional programmes in Africa, PREMA - Prevention in the museums of Africa (1900-2000) and Africa 2009 for the conservation of immovable heritage (1999-2000), ICCROM is launching "Youth. Heritage. Africa.", a 10-year capacity building and awareness programme with African institutions and other national and international partner organizations.

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ICCROM seeks a professional who will lead the development of fresh approaches, bringing innovation to ICCROM’s involvement in the conservation of the heritage in Africa. “Youth.Heritage.Africa.” aims at making the heritage of Africa a source of inclusive economic and social benefit for its youth, through innovative means of engagement with heritage and intergenerational exchange.

The incumbent will bring experience in project management, and will possess a good understanding of cultural heritage issues in Africa and their social context.

Duties and responsibilities

The Africa Project manager will report to the Programmes Unit Manager. It is based at ICCROM Headquarters, Rome (Italy). Within delegated authority, the Africa Project manager will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Work with the key African partners to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the pilot project activities, including the Heritage Hubs, the capacity building activities and the youth competition and other advocacy and awareness activities;

  • Monitor and analyse the different components of the project; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions;

  • Design, implement survey and consultation processes and prepare preliminary reports to ensure collections of baseline data and information and contribute to the results and impact evaluation;

  • Participate as a trainer or facilitator in the various activities, and within his/her area of expertise;

  • Coordinate activities related to budget and funding, such as preparation of activities budget and financial statements, support fundraising to meet the funding target for the 3-year pilot project and beyond,

  • Develop the communication strategy for the project and prepare related documents and reports;

  • Organize partners’ meeting as required;

  • Participate in missions for the development of new activities of the project;

  • Works with colleagues across ICCROM to ensure that the Youth.Heritage.Africa. Programme is in line with ICCROM Strategic Directions and corporate goals and values.

Skills and competencies

Results-oriented, proactive and accountable.

Strategic, innovative, and analytical thinking.

Team working and inter-personal skills.

Excellent communication and advocacy skills.

Strong ethics and reliability.

Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Ability to work well under pressure and with strict deadlines.

Ability to multi-task and prioritize work amidst competing demands.


Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in cultural heritage and related fields, African studies, cultural heritage conservation, public policy, social sciences, or a related area.

Work experience

A minimum of two years of progressive experience in project/programme management in heritage conservation, strategy design and planning, partnership development and resource mobilization, and advocacy is required. A minimum of one-year experience at the international level working in Africa is required.


English and French are the working languages of ICCROM. Excellent oral and written communication skills English or French is required; fluency in the other language (oral and written) is highly desirable.

Application Process

Applications in English only are to be sent no later than 31 March 2020 to, stating the position title in the subject, and including the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation also addressing relevant experience

  • Current CV

  • Complete Personal History Form (P11)

  • Name and contact details of 3 referees who can attest their professional competencies


Applications missing any of the above elements will not be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

ICCROM is committed to achieve workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.