ICCROM: Project Manager (Conservation of Collections)

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Friday, 23 March, 2018

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, and the only institution of its kind with a worldwide mandate to promote the conservation of all types of heritage. ICCROM exists to serve the international community as represented by its 136 Member States. ICCROM aims to improve the quality of conservation practice, support the diversity of heritage approaches, and raise stakeholder awareness about the importance of cultural heritage conservation. ICCROM carries out its mandate through five main areas of activity: training, research, information, advocacy, and advice.

Over the past 20 years, ICCROM has worked with partners to develop new conservation methodologies including people-centred approaches to conservation, conservation of historic urban landscapes, and integrated approaches to the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. During this period, a number of innovative capacity building programmes have been developed such as PREMA, Terra, AFRICA 2009, the Integrated Territorial and Urban Conservation (ITUC) Programme, the Living Heritage Sites Programme, Conservation of Sounds and Images (SOIMA), Re-Org, and World Heritage Leadership. For further information about ICCROM, candidates are encouraged to consult the website: www.iccrom.org

Project Manager: Conservation of Collections

Ref. n.: 01/2018
Location: ICCROM, Rome, Italy
Grade: P3 (United Nations salary scale)
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Duration of Contract: 2 years
Starting date: May 2018 or sooner
Application deadline: 23 March 2018, Midnight Rome Time

This position is opened in the framework of ICCROM new Strategic Directions (2018-2023). It is concerned with all ICCROM programmes addressing the conservation of collections held by museums, galleries and archives, and by individual communities. Current programmes include
1. Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflicts and Disasters,
2. Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Africa,
3. Integrating Cultural Heritage Conservation in Social, Economic, Urban and Environmental Planning,
4. Leading and Innovating Capacity Building in Conservation,
5. Strengthening Awareness and Knowledge of Cultural Heritage.

The post-holder will be expected to be conversant with all the above issues, as well as risk management, preventive conservation of collections, conservation science, sustainable development, capacity building and knowledge development in conservation of collections.

The post-holder will conceive, design and implement projects related to the conservation and management of collections of all types, and in a variety of contexts. She/he will monitor and interprets worldwide trends in the cultural heritage and conservation field to inform ICCROM programme development.

The post-holder will develop learning and teaching resources, teach international and multi-disciplinary groups of heritage conservation professionals, provide advice on a broad range of collections conservation issues at the request of ICCROM member-states, develop and maintain strategic collaboration with partner organizations.

Collections are the focus of current ICCROM projects such as CollAsia (on Traditional Knowledge and Scientific Principles), the pilot LATAM/Ibermuseos Project for Contemporary Art Collections, RE-ORG (on Re-organization of Museum Storage), or SOIMA (Sounds and Image Conservation). Collections are also an integral part of other projects, such as Disaster Risk Management, and the new research project on Tracking Trends. All of these projects require robust partnership, fundraising and teamwork.

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