15 Sep 2012
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Applications are invited for a Cultural Heritage Specialist working at the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH), Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage was established as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO to strengthen the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab region. The main functions of ARC-WH are to:

1.Disseminate information related to the World Heritage Convention.
2.Strengthen capacity building in the field of World Heritage.
3.Provide logistic and financial support to World Heritage stakeholders in the region.

The main responsibilities of the post include design and implementation of programmes relating to cultural world heritage in the Arab Region including promotion of the convention and protection and management of properties.  The main tasks include:

1. Assist the State Parties of the region in the identification, assessment and conservation of potential and existing World Heritage properties.
2. Contribute to the formulation and preparation of project proposals, work plans, and strategy documents.
3. Assist in maintaining close cooperation with World Heritage Stakeholders in the region and develop joint activities to respond to national, sub regional and regional needs.
4. Develop programmes and work plans for capacity building including training courses, workshops and serve as a trainer when appropriate.
5. Undertake missions, organize and participate in technical meetings and seminars.
6. Provide regular inputs for website, press releases, speeches, presentations, and reports.
7. Prepare reports on compliance of assigned scope of work indicating progress towards expected results.
8. Perform any other related tasks as deemed appropriate by the Director.

An advanced university desgree is required in one of the fields relating to Cultural Heritage Conservation such as: archaeology, architecture, urban planning, cultural management or human and social sciences, together with a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in cultural heritage conservation or management. Knowledge of the World Heritage Convention is required.  Experience at an international or regional organization would be an asset. Working knowledge of Arabic is also required, in addition to at least one of the two World Heritage Convention's official languages (English and French). More details here. The closing date is 14 October 2012, and applicants should send a CV to info@arcwh.org

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