23.06.2009 -

INTERNATIONAL EXPERT FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK SYSTEM IN ALBANIA

Consultancy vacancy Notice; Deadline : 5 July 2009; Department: UN Country Office, Albania

International consultant required: Archeological Park System in Albania (2.2)
Area of Assignment: Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development
Department: UN Country Office, Albania
Reports to: UNESCO NPO, in coordination with JP Coordinator
Expected Starting date: 1 August 2009
Deadline : 5 July 2009

quick link : ToR for International consultant archaeological park system in Albania

The UNESCO Office in Venice through its Antenna office in Tirana is looking for qualified candidates to fill in the post of International Expert for Archaeological Parks System in Albania within the Joint Programme ‘Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development’ under the “Delivering as One UN” pilot in Albania funded through the Spain Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Achievement Fund. Interested candidates should submit applications electronically (Letter of Intent, CV, support documents in English) to Mrs. Zhulieta Harasani z.harasani@unesco.org by 5 July 2009, 5:00 p.m. (Albania Local Time).

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Background

The Joint Programme “Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development” was primarily designed to achieve outcomes derived from the national priorities of Albania that are consistent with the Millennium Development Goals and the One UN programme, approved by the Albanian Government in October 2007. Sectoral priorities for culture and culture-related issues in Albania focus predominantly on rehabilitating cultural monuments, with a secondary priority for leveraging Albania’s culture as a tourist attraction. Joint programme outcomes were designed to expand these two concerns to meet wider development objectives.

As the lead agency in charge of culture in Albania, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports is the primary implementing partner for this joint programme of activities between UNDP and UNESCO. The proposed joint programme was built upon five achievable results, and based on national, sub-national and sectoral priorities for culture and development. Albania’s archaeological park system will be one of the targets of intervention in the framework of the UN joint program. JP intends to upgrade the Albania’s archaeological park system to better safeguard Albania’s cultural heritage and to ensure environmental sustainability. Located relatively far away from the capital, each archaeological park experiences different levels of autonomy in decision-making on security, budgeting, visitor services, and preservation. A different approach needs to be identified for the archaeological park system, one that takes into consideration the unique environment and community within which each park resides. Innovative best practices should be applied to involve these “gateway communities” near the parks and sensitize them to the natural and cultural patrimony entrusted to them, guaranteeing environmental sustainability for the immediate area surrounding the parks.

Expertise & responsibilities

To examine the needs of the archaeological park system in Albania and provide the JP and stakeholders with the relevant recommendations, the UNESCO Office in Venice, through its Antenna Office in Tirana, will be hiring an International consultant. The Int’l consultant will closely work with the local consultant who has already been selected and is working on the background study for the archaeological parks. Both the International and the local consultants will assist the CHSED Joint Programme and UNESCO National Professional Officer by following up with and accomplishing the goals foreseen in the framework of this activity.

Main Competencies

• Minimum of 5 years experience with the management of an archaeological site in responsible or advisory capacity:
• Demonstrated familiarity with best practices in archaeological park management in the region;
• Exposure to international standards of conservation, preservation and park management;
• Sound understanding of the relationship between archaeological parks and the “gateway” community;
• Scientific background in archaeology preferable;
• Sound understanding of Albania’s policies on culture and heritage, and familiarity with the Albanian archaeological parks system and management;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural environment;
• Resourcefulness, initiative, and maturity of judgment;
• Flexible to travel to the field;
• Excellent computer/information systems skills.

Recruitment Qualifications

Education: Master degree in Cultural Management (preferably with specialization on site management), Archaeology, History, or Art History.
Experience: 10 years of relevant working experience.
Language Requirements: Excellent spoken and written English, particularly with regards to archaeological terminology; preferably knowledge of Albanian language;

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