Vacancy Announcement – Evaluator, Independent Evaluation, Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PPME)

Project title: Evaluation of World Heritage Training Series

Title (i.e. consultant, individual contractor): Consultant

Organizational Unit: Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PPME)

Indicative starting date: 1 February 2018

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018

Duty Station: home-based

Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas: Evaluation, World Heritage Convention, the nomination processes, Training


The Hiroshima Office is one of UNITAR’s out-posted offices. As part of its programming, the Hiroshima Office has been delivering a World Heritage Training Series since 2003. The series seeks to contribute to capacity building for World Heritage by focusing on the elements required for nominating national sites for inscription on the World Heritage List. Over time, the series has evolved from a focus on World Heritage management, conservation and best practice, to an examination of the skills and knowledge required for developing more effective World Heritage nomination dossiers.

Since 2014, the series has been implemented under programme objective 2.4 of the UNITAR 2014-2017 Strategic Framework (Strengthening capacities to increase employability, to optimize the potential of creative economies and to protect cultural and natural heritage). Planned outputs under the 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 biennia programme budgets for the World Heritage results area include around 100180 trained stakeholders, with 90 per cent confirming to have met or mostly met the learning objectives. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, the World Heritage Nomination Training Series results area of the UNITAR Programme Budget was aligned with target 11.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage).

The training series is funded under a multi-year Special Purpose Grant arrangement between UNITAR and the Hiroshima Prefecture and through participant fees, and is delivered in partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Center and advisory bodies. Uniquely well-placed in Hiroshima which possesses two world heritage sites, the series consists of an annual five-day workshop which provides a detailed examination of the World Heritage nomination process and requirements, utilizing expert insight and experience, as well as exchanging know-how on best practices and case studies. From 2004-2016, thirteen annual workshops have been held in Hiroshima, with one in-country workshop having taken place in India, with a total of over 400 Alumni from 60 countries.

The foci of the series have been:

  • 2016 | World Heritage Nominations: Justification for Inscription
  • 2015 | World Heritage Nominations: Protection and Management Requirements
  • 2014 | World Heritage Nominations: Justification for the Inscription of Cultural Landscapes
  • 2013 | World Heritage Serial Nominations: The Vital Role of Comparative Analysis
  • 2012 | World Heritage Nominations: Justification of Outstanding Universal Value
  • 2011 | World Heritage Nominations: UNESCO's Preparing World Heritage Nominations Manual and Comparative Analysis in the Nominations Process
  • 2010 | Conservation Monitoring and Monitoring Indicators
  • 2009 | World Heritage Impact Assessment
  • 2008 | Conservation for Peace
  • 2007 | Maintaining Values and Significance
  • 2006 | Managing the Tangible and Intangible 
  • 2005 | A Values-based Approach
  • 2004 | The Management and Conservation of World Heritage Site 

The series offers a set of innovative approaches to heritage conservation, including: a values-based management approach examining the significance of the sites to be conserved, the fusion of cultural and natural heritage management, the recognition of both the tangible and intangible aspects of heritage sites, and a targeted examination of distinct areas of the world heritage nominations process.

What is critical to the successful inscription of any site is the development of a comprehensive and effective nomination dossier and it is crucial to have a deeper understanding of the World Heritage Convention and the UNESCO Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, which, together with the Preparing World Heritage Nominations resource manual, are used as key references for the training. The UNITAR World Heritage Nomination Training Series achieves this understanding through interactive presentations and practical exercises examining a number of core topics, such as:      

  • Principles and Objectives of the World Heritage Convention;
  • The Operational Guidelines;
  • The Concept of Outstanding Universal Value;
  • Comparative Analysis;
  • Justification for Inscription;
  • World Heritage Nomination and Evaluation Processes;
  • Tips on Writing and Preparing the Nomination Dossier; and
  • World Heritage Nominations: Format.

General objectives of the contract

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the World Heritage Training Series, as well as to identify any problems or challenges that the series encountered and to issue recommendations, if needed. The purpose is thus to provide findings and conclusions to meet accountability requirements and recommendations and lessons learned to contribute to improvement and organizational learning. The evaluation should not only assess the performance of the World Heritage Nomination Series project, but also seek to answer the ‘why’ question by identifying factors contributing to (or inhibiting) successful implementation and achievement of results.

More information can be found in the draft terms of references (Annex 1).

Responsibilities/description of professional services

The consultant shall undertake a desk review based on world heritage related documents including analytical reports; collect data using appropriate tools, including surveys, interviews, focus groups; undertake two to three visits to the field; analyze data using quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate to the evaluation questions; and submit deliverables in accordance with the below schedule.

Measurable outputs/deliverables/schedule of deliverables

  • Initial data collection, including desk review, stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluation design/ question matrix
  • Data collection and analysis, including survey(s), interviews, focus groups and field visits
  • Zero draft evaluation report
  • Draft evaluation report
  • Final evaluation report





Inception report


Evaluation manager 

 5 February 2018

Comments on inception report

Evaluation manager/ Hiroshima Office


 19 February 2018

Zero draft report


Evaluation manager

 19 March 2018

Comments on zero draft

Evaluation manager


 2 April2018

Draft report


Evaluation manager Hiroshima Office

 16 April 2018

Comments on draft report

Hiroshima Office

Evaluation manager/ evaluator

 30 April 2018

Final report


Evaluation manager/ Hiroshima Office

 14 May 2018

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

The performance indicators for evaluation of results for this assignment are the following:

  • Timely submission of deliverables;
  • Satisfactory quality of the evaluation report.

Reporting structure

The evaluation will be undertaken by an international consultant under the overall responsibility of the Manager, Planning, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PPME), UNITAR and in consultation with the World Heritage Training Series Project Manager of the UNITAR-HO.

Duration of contract

The proposed timeframe for the evaluation spans from February to May 2018. While the assignment is administered on a lump-sum arrangement, the approximate number of work days per component/deliverable is calculated as follows:



Estimated number of work days


Desk study and submission of evaluation design/question matrix



Data collection, including field visits (including field visit preparation)


Each field visit is calculated at 3 working days per country. The number of field work days may be adjusted depending on the final number of countries to be visited. Travel time is not budgeted.

Data analysis and preparation of zero draft



Preparation of draft report



Final report



Total estimated




  • MA degree or equivalent in political science, development or a related discipline; 
  • At least 7 years of professional experience conducting evaluations;
  • Knowledge of the World Heritage Convention, the nomination processes and training related programming;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, including experience in a variety of evaluation methods and approaches;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • Cross-cultural awareness and flexibility; and
  • Availability to travel.


Fluency in spoken and written English.


  • General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants apply. Before initiating the assignment, the consultant shall sign the Evaluation Consultant Code of Conduct and Agreement Form (part of Annex 1).
  • Interested applicants who have worked for UNITAR HO or who may have a conflict of interest are not eligible for the assignment.


Annex 1: Complete Terms of Reference

How to apply

Send a letter of motivation and P11 form or Curriculum Vitae to with the following subject line: “Evaluation of World Heritage Training Series”

Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.