Job: Africa Programme Director

Organization: International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Closing date: 31 Mar 2017

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental agency which receives its funding from 135 Member States as well as private foundations, corporations and individuals. ICCROM deals with cultural heritage conservation issues, including World Heritage, disaster risk management, sustainable development, and integrated approaches to conservation of cultural and natural heritage. ICCROM uses its unparalleled global network in training and other technical cooperation programmes worldwide.

Over the past 30 years, ICCROM has designed and implemented pioneering programmes for heritage conservation for museums and sites in Africa. ICCROM Strategy 2018-2023 sets ambitious targets for further expanding ICCROM’s role in Africa through training, research and policy formulation. This will entail implementation and delivery of practical conservation training and technical cooperation projects in partnerships with African institutions, UNESCO and others.

In the context of these specific goals, ICCROM intends to appoint an Africa Programme Director who will lead the development of fresh approaches, bringing innovation to ICCROM’s involvement in the conservation of the heritage in Africa.

The successful candidate will bring substantial experience in leading successful strategy design and planning, and will also possess a good understanding of cultural heritage issues in Africa. S/he will be a credible interlocutor with partners in the design of the strategy and high-impact projects and initiatives. A skilled communicator and leader, the Africa Programme Director will be highly effective in a multicultural context.


Under the authority and the direct supervision of the Director-General and as a member of the ICCROM senior management team, the Africa Programme Director will devise and implement a new ICCROM strategy for Africa, ensuring alignment of the strategy with the various programme and partnership development efforts. S/He will also spearhead innovative initiatives to deepen public and private donor engagement and leverage existing and new resources for maximum impact in Africa.

The Africa Programme Director will be responsible for ensuring the coordination of cooperation activities with Member States and African regional organizations, as well as the strengthening of partnerships for the conservation of African cultural heritage.

As needed and with the guidance of the Director-General, the Africa Programme Director will manage the planning and organizing of ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, workshops, and similar gatherings, with a focus on: identification and determination of major issues for discussion, the selection of participants, the development of background documentation and the dissemination of results of such meetings. This especially includes the project management of a Global African Heritage Conference, a multi-partner event to be planned in 2017.
More specifically, the Africa Programme Director will:
  • Shape a strategic and intellectual orientation and provide intellectual leadership in the establishment of innovative programmes for ICCROM in Africa;
  • Formulate and implement the programme for Africa by determining the priorities and resource allocations for optimum realization of objectives related to training, research, technical cooperation and advocacy on cultural conservation issues and intergovernmental activities, and the timely production of deliverables over the next strategic cycle (2018-23);
  • Engage externally with key opinion formers to identify strategically relevant trends, information and data, analyzing it for relevance and feeding into overall thinking at ICCROM;
  • Coordinate the full range of ICCROM’s cooperation with African Member States, UNESCO including UNESCO field offices, the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and other UNESCO Category 2 Centres, the African Union (AU), other African IGOs and NGOs, academic partners, and bilateral partners and multilateral bodies that implement similar programmes for Africa, related or complementary to ICCROM’s;
  • Oversee the publication of analytical reports and other advocacy materials, ensuring they generate domestic and international pressure to foster cultural conservation in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Respond to and/or anticipate relevant news events in order to frame developing news stories through an Africa-relevant cultural conservation prism, advise senior management on effective responses and advocacy strategies, and project a cultural conservation perspective into coverage of key cultural issues, regionally, nationally and globally;
  • Represent the Organization at high-level meetings involving governments, UNESCO and other United Nations and multilateral organizations, as well as other relevant national, international and regional institutions;
  • Coordinate closely with the Chief Management Officer and other senior staff on resource mobilization and fundraising matters, including the establishment of new funding mechanisms, providing requested information, drafting reports to donors promoting the work of ICCROM as a whole, and actively soliciting and following up with potential new donors to achieve programme-specific fundraising goals;
  • Communicate regularly with the Director-General, his senior management team and other ICCROM officers to ensure the programme’s policies and objectives are aligned with the Organization’s focus;
  • Draft speeches and/or design presentation materials for delivery by the Director-General at key events, meetings and other external fora ensuring that ICCROM’s thinking, goals, objectives, strategies and/or policies on cultural conservation issues in Africa and ICCROM programmes are appropriately reflected in these materials;
  • Keep the Director-General advised on information received to ensure harmonization and linkages with institutional messaging in interactions with Member States, UNESCO, donors and other partners as well as ICCROM Governing Bodies;
  • Ensure that all writing produced is technically and intellectually sound, clear and objective in accordance with high standards of quality and in line with the Organization’s mandate and vision.
  • A minimum of 15 years of extensive, varied experience at the international level in areas such as cultural heritage conservation, preferably in the Africa context, strategy design and planning, resource mobilization and partnership development, advocacy, evaluation and/or comparable work. At least five years in a senior management position is required.
  • Proven experience in providing advice to senior officials in developing strategies and processes.
  • Specific experience in managing strategy development processes and demonstrated ability to innovate within multilateral organizations is a must.
  • Experience in soliciting and managing grants from major grant-giving foundations with a focus on Africa.
  • Master’s degree in anthropology/ethnology, archeology, art history, African studies, cultural heritage conservation, public policy, social sciences, or a related area.
  • Structured strategic thinking.
  • Integrity, maturity and commitment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate strong and productive relationships with stakeholders and partners across different sectors and in a multicultural setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in one of ICCROM’s official languages (English or French) is required; fluency in the other language (oral and written) is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of public-private partnerships and funding mechanisms supporting Africa’s development agenda.
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills.
  • Capacity to serve as an effective spokesperson on African issues and to advocate for cultural heritage conservation is required.
  • Ability to work independently under pressure, demonstrating initiative and flexibility.
  • In-depth knowledge of cultural conservation and development issues, including familiarity with challenges and opportunities facing African countries.
  • Strong desire to push creative concepts and identify key opportunities for advancing communications and advocacy strengths, and the partnership building required to ensure the success of ICCROM’s Africa Strategy.
  • Solid track record in developing research agendas and demonstrated ability in analyzing, formulating and communicating complex policies and strategies.
  • Track record of dealing with the media and cultivating relationships with journalists is required; experience with multimedia and social media is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with international cultural heritage conservation laws is desirable.
  • Travel internationally on a frequent basis.
  • Carry out other duties as necessary.
How to apply:

Applications are to be sent in English or French to: [email protected], by 31 March 2017, by midnight CET. No phone calls or email inquiries please. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The applications should state the assignment title and include the following documents:
  1. Cover letter addressing relevant experience
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Name and contact details of three professional references
  4. UN P11 Form (downloadable from our website)

ICCROM is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.