UNESCO is the specialized agency of the United Nations with a mandate in education, science, culture, communication and access to information. It is one of the largest players in the field of culture and cultural heritage protection in Afghanistan and it supports the Government in its endeavour to preserve the country’s rich history and promote nation-building. Within this overall framework, UNESCO is currently undertaking a number of different cultural programs, aimed at supporting the relevant Afghan authorities in their efforts to protect and promote Afghanistan culture in all its dimensions and its contribution to the social and economic development of the country. In 2014 UNESCO started a specific program aimed at providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Information & Culture (MoIC) and Ministry of Mines & Petroleum (MoMP) in ensuring a proper integration of heritage protection into large-scale development initiatives, with a focus on the extractive sector. Initially conceived as a two-year project (2014-2016), the first phase has shown the relevance of continuing the activated process through a II Phase, entitled The Afghanistan Heritage & Extractive Development Initiative - II Phase (AHEDI-II) which will further enhance and expand the results obtained during the first phase of implementation. In 2016, the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNESCO signed a partnership agreement to develop the culture and creative industries in Afghanistan through a newly-established Multi-Partner Trust Fund. Recognizing the power of culture as a driver of social and economic development, this long-term initiative is established to support the National Program for Culture and Creative Economy (NPCE). The program prioritizes culture in the country’s policies and strategies to create jobs and improve livelihoods and exports. It seeks to harness cultural heritage and industries among Afghanistan’s core resources globally. It will focus on three priorities: (i) the safeguarding of cultural heritage, (ii) the development of a network of cultural centers across the country to foster heritage education and (iii) the promotion of creative industry for employability and job creation. UNESCO is looking for a committed Archaeology Expert with specific experience in archaeological projects who will support the archaeological activities that UNESCO will be carrying out within this two initiatives’ framework.
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