31.03.2009 -


Consultancy vacancy Notice; Deadline : 1 March 2009; Department: UN Country Office, Albania

Consultant required: International Museum Expert
Area of Assignment: Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development
Department: UN Country Office, Albania
Organizational Unit : UNESCO Antenna Office in Tirana
Reports to: UNESCO NPO, in coordination with Programme Coordinator
Expected Starting date: ASAP
Duration : 4 months
Deadline : 1 March 2009, 5:00 p.m. (Albania Local Time)

The UNESCO Office in Venice through its Antenna office in Tirana is looking for qualified candidates to fill in the post of consultant - International Museum Expert 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 electronically the application and the candidate CV to Mrs. Zhulieta Harasani, z.harasani(at)unesco.org by 1 March 2009, 5:00 p.m. (Albania Local Time).


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. The flagship activity for the CHSED Joint Programme will be the transformation of the National History Museum in Tirana into a modern cultural institution. UNESCO is responsible for two key activities to this end: establish a management and governance structure for a “world-class” National History Museum (Activity 2.1.1) and create operational or action plans for National History Museum in Tirana to meet international standards of documentation, conservation, security, and presentation (Activity 2.1.2)

Expertise & responsibilities

The UNESCO Office in Venice, through its Antenna Office in Tirana, will be hiring a museum expert to lead the visioning and planning processes on the National History Museum with the support of the project team. This person will also provide expert advice and recommendations on museum management and governance and consult with other implementing agencies on the development of the operational and/or action plans. S/he may be asked to provide input on other museum or museum-related activities.

The International Museum Expert will provide specialized technical expertise to the CHSED Joint Programme team on museum activities 2.1.1 and 2.1.2. He/she will be responsible for facilitating the process of creating a new vision for the museum, and making concrete recommendations on the current management and governance structures to allow the museum to become a world-class institution. The expert will also be responsible for providing advise to the advisory board in prioritizing the necessary operational plans and interventions needed for the museum. The expert will also act as a secretary for an international advisory board for the museum activities and be supported by a local museum expert.

Recruitment Qualifications

Education: Minimum of a Master’s level degree in museology, cultural resource management, history, or other relevant field. PhD preferred.
Experience: 15 years of relevant working experience in museums or similar institutions; Preferred experience working in Albania or other Balkans or SEE countries
Language Requirements: Excellent spoken and written English, particularly with regards to museum terminology

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