International Expert to deliver a workshop on Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA)(SSAs)

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Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) are an instrument to assess the negative or positive impact of planned or already ongoing construction works in cultural heritage sites. They constitute a methodology developed during the last 15 years in close connection with the UNESCO World Heritage. Meanwhile, in international practice, guidelines on HIAs prepared by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) are applied globally. The methodology is closely related to the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) which are well-rooted in the European Union acquis and the legislation in Kosovo. Additionally, although in Kosovo EIAs are implemented regularly, no HIA has been undertaken so far. The application of the HIAs methodology can help in mitigating or preventing adverse impacts on heritage values of buildings and sites, including those affecting the Special Protective Zones (SPZ). Therefore, HIAs are also important for community support. The Government’s Strategy for Cultural Heritage 2017 – 2027 refers in its goal 3.2.4 explicitly to HIAs, as the following should be achieved: “Strengthening the impact assessment on cultural heritage as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) mechanism.” OSCE Mission in Kosovo (the Mission) will organize a workshop to highlight the importance and relevance of HIAs as a tool for contemporary cultural heritage management, a methodology still widely unknown in Kosovo. The event will provide an overview on how to structure and implement the methodology of HIAs in order to assess potential construction projects and other interventions (e.g. planned renovations and adaptations) vis-à-vis the built heritage and to identify possible mitigation measures, including aspects of disaster risk management. To demonstrate the practical relevance of the exercise, the activity will be linked to a site that is subject of a planned development or restoration project. The Mission seeks to hire an international expert who is expected to have proven capacity in conducting HIAs and in teaching international standards on heritage management. Key beneficiaries of this activity will be the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and of its sub-ordinated institutions, cultural heritage stakeholders, regional centres for cultural heritage, municipal directorates for construction and inspectorate, CSOs on heritage preservation, members of universities, and individual restoration experts.

Objective of Assignment:

The selected international consultant will conduct a two-day workshop with the following objectives: 1) to introduce HIAs in Kosovo as a modern heritage management tool, 2) to familiarise the stakeholders with the structure, working method and potential cases of application and 3) to demonstrate the application of HIAs on the basis of a restoration or development project proposed by the consultant in consultation with the Mission.

Duration of Assignment:

The duration of the assignment will be six (6) days .

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (Chief of Property, Cultural Heritage and Interfaith Dialogue Section, hereinafter: the Project Manager), the international expert will undertake the following tasks:

  • prepare the agenda of the workshop by 4 September 2022;
  • prepare the curriculum and learning material of the workshop, by 8 September 2022;
  • hold the workshop as an in-person event during two days in Kosovo, between 14-15 September 2022 and
  • provide a final report with recommendations on possible follow-up actions by 31 October.


  • not later than 4 September 2022

- prepare the agenda of the workshop

  • not later than 8 September 2022

- prepare the curriculum and learning material

- be in contact with the participants concerning their questions and expectations before the event, and

- on 14 and 15 September 2022hold the workshop as an in-person event during two days in Kosovo and

  • by 31 October 2022

- provide the final report with recommendations on possible follow-up actions.

Performance Indicators:

  • The Consultant’s work will be assessed based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and timely development and delivery of the agenda of the workshop.
  • Quality and timely development and delivery of the workshop curriculum and learning material.
  • Quality and timely delivery of the workshop based on feedback from the participants, proposed follow-up actions, reception of the concept of HIA in the cultural heritage discourse in Kosovo.
  • Quality and timely submission of the final report.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • University degree in architecture, archaeology, history of art, spatial / urban planning, cultural heritage management or similar discipline with specialization in the field of cultural heritage protection and management;
  • Candidates with experience in teaching and implementing cultural heritage management instruments are preferred.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in the area of identification, protection, and management of cultural heritage;
  • Experience in international cultural heritage protection instruments;
  • Experience in the preparation of HIAs;
  • Experience in organising training events for cultural heritage protection instruments;
  • Familiar with the global diversities in heritage perception and management;
  • Sensitivity with the political implications of cultural heritage and its protection in sensitive contexts;
  • Experience in drafting of doctrinal texts and reports;
  • Experience in co-operation with international organisations in the field of cultural heritage;
  • Familiarity with the Balkan region, regional practises in heritage conservation and with local and regional stakeholders in the field of cultural heritage;
  • Good command in Windows software, Microsoft Office and Power Point;
  • Familiarity with gender equality and gender mainstreaming principles.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in cultural heritage;
  • Excellent presentation, analytical and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken); and
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.

In order to apply for this position, you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: [email protected] In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more fields of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form, or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.

Additional Information

  • Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
  • Requisition ID: PRO00001S
  • Contract Type: Special Service Agreement (SSA) / Consultant
  • Grade: No grade
  • Job Type: Consultant
  • Number of posts: one
  • Location: OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Prishtine / Pristina
  • Closing Date: Jun 13, 2022
  • Education Level: Bachelor's Degree (First-level university degree or equivalent)
  • Job Field: Human Rights
  • Target Start Date: 01/09/2022
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