Positions: Council of Europe (CoE) experts in the area of cultural heritage and diversity management


-Faro Action Plan – within the context of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society – across the CoE member States

-HEREIN – Observatory on policies and values of the European heritage – across the CoE member States

-Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS) – Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine

-Technical and Legal Assistance with Architectural and Archaeological Heritage – within the context of the Granada and Valletta Conventions

-European Heritage Days – across the CoE member States

Organisation: Managing Diversity Division, Directorate General of Democracy (DG II) Council of Europe

Contract duration: Long and short‐term consultancies with exact number of working days to be determined according to the requirements of each assignment.

Vacancy notice issued: 29 April 2016

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2016


The Managing Diversity Division, with its integrated approach to heritage and diversity, works towards building inclusive societies through improved quality of life and living environment as one of the fundamental human rights. This approach has been developed as a result of the implementation of our reference texts (note 1), and more specifically, the expertise developed in the framework of cooperation projects carried out at the request of member States (Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme related to the integrated conservation of cultural heritage).

In line with organisational priorities and societal needs, the Managing Diversity Division develops actions in the field of cultural heritage in support of the Council of Europe’s member States through participatory democracy, utilising heritage as a shared value.


The aim of the current call is to establish a pool of experts who could act as CoE consultants and assist with the implementation of the programmes, under the guidance of the Managing Diversity Division, Directorate General for Democracy.


The contracting authority is launching the present call for expressions of interest to establish a pool of experts to assist in the performance of a variety of tasks, including:

a) Providing expertise, guidance and assistance to the design and implementation of projects and programmes;

b) Evaluating programmes/projects and results;

c) Monitoring programme/project implementation and conducting site visits;

d) Providing training, legal, technical and policy advice on cultural heritage and landscape;

e) Any tasks related to the analysis and/or monitoring of programmes/projects;

f) Carrying out specific studies and analyses relating to fields of activity;

g) Drafting technical reports and recommendations.

Candidates could include professionals from the following fields: archaeology, architecture, art history, community engagement, heritage education, civil and administrative law (heritage, archaeology, architecture, urban planning), heritage management, international law (in the above-mentioned fields), landscape management, sociology, urbanism, capacity building/training support, project design and planning, monitoring and evaluation.



Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in one of the above-mentioned fields, together with a minimum of four years of relevant professional experience in the field of heritage and diversity.

Skills and competencies

-Good knowledge of the Council of Europe’s cultural heritage and landscape programmes and Conventions;

-Strong analytical skills;

-Fluency in one of the two official working languages of the Organisation (English and French) and knowledge of the other.

-Excellent writing skills in one of the two official working languages;

-Good interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills;

-Ability to work effectively in a team and maintain constructive relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment;

-Good judgement, tact, diplomacy and discretion;

-Ability to meet deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of deliverables;

-Previous experience of work with international organisations would be an advantage;


The selected candidates will be offered consultancy contracts. These may include any of the following: on the spot visits, assessment of draft legislation, appraisal of concrete situations in the field, participation in meetings and summarising discussions, drawing up of analytical papers with assessment and proposals, etc.

Consultants will not have CoE staff member status.

The consultancy fees will be paid based on the number of working days. Where travel is required, related expenses and per diems will be paid by the CoE. Candidates should mention their expected daily rates in their application.


Candidates must submit their Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) in English or French, accompanied by a cover letter (maximum 1 page) to [email protected] with a subject line “Call for experts + name”.

Please indicate in which particular area or project you are interested. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Inclusion in the expert pool does not guarantee being offered a consultancy contract during the validity of the list, until 31 December 2019.