Junior Archaeologist, Nicosia, Cyprus

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Cyprus

City: Nicosia

Office: UNDP Cyprus

Closing date: Saturday, 30 April 2022

Job Identification : 3133

Locations : Nicosia, Cyprus

Posting Date : 04/08/2022, 12:31 PM

Apply Before : 04/30/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Job Schedule : Part time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB1

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 9 Months

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree OR High School certificate- 3 year(s) experience

Other Criteria : Work experience in the application of archaeology towards individual identification in mass fatality settings

Required Languages : English and Turkish

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The UNDP Projects Management Office (PMO) in Nicosia, Cyprus, seeks to contract on behalf of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) a Junior Archaeologist to contribute to CMP’s mandate.

The principal mandate of the CMP is to establish the fate of the people that went missing as a consequence of the tragic events of 1963-1964 and 1974 and to provide answers to anguished families. One important aspect of this work is to exhume, identify and return remains of missing persons. This process enables the relatives of the victims to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and provide closure to a long period of anguish and uncertainty, thereby promoting a process of reconciliation, healing and dialogue between both communities. This project also aims to strengthen the capacity for civil society to engage in sustained cooperation and reconciliation, through the important participation of bi-communal scientific teams in all stages of the process. This bi-communal cooperation will strengthen civic participation toward an issue that is critical for the healing of old wounds, and will sustain partnerships of cooperation and trust between both sides.

The CMP Project includes the following phases:

Investigation: Information is collected and analyzed in order to identify potential burial sites.

Excavation: Potential burial sites are excavated and human remains are recovered.

Anthropological Analysis: The biological profile of the exhumed remains is established through scientific anthropological analysis.

Genetic Testing and Matching: DNA analysis is conducted on exhumed remains and relatives of missing persons.

Identification and Return of Remains: Formal identification of a missing person is concluded, the family is informed, remains are returned and psychological support is provided

The Junior Archaeologist is based in the CMP Turkish Cypriot Member’s Office. The incumbent reports to the Project Associate and works in a close contact with the CMP and UNDP teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support in carrying out excavations of suspected burial sites and exhumation of remains, support in recording on findings focusing on achievement of the following results:

Support in excavations in suspected burial sites of missing persons, including excavations at wells with drilling method.

Support in exhumation of remains found in sites.

Support in the preparation of sketches at excavation area and take photos of the area and any findings.

Support in recording and elaborating on findings on the computer; provide inputs for excavation reports.

Participate in scientific briefing to relatives of missing persons.

Support in recording witness and informant’s information on sites.

The Junior Archaeologist may be asked to work under hazardous conditions, including asbestos environment, provided with the equivalent protection, and under directive 2009/148/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 30 November 2009 on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work.

Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the office focusing on achievement of the following results:

Participation in the trainings for the staff related to the duties performed.

Institutional Arrangement

The Junior Archaeologist will be based at the CMP Turkish Cypriots Member’s Office in Nicosia. He/She will be reporting, under the supervision of the UNDP Cyprus Project Associate.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Business Direction & Strategy - Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Direction & Strategy - System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Development - Knowledge Generation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

Business Development - Collective Intelligence Design: Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions

Business Management - Working with Evidence and Data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Communications - Writing and editing: Ability to create and/or edit written content in different UN languages

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary education

Bachelor’s Level Degree in archaeology or equivalent would be desired, but it is not a requirement.


3 years of relevant work experience.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

Work experience in the application of archaeology toward individual identification in mass fatality settings or large-scale human identification projects is considered as an asset.

Education in the application of archaeology toward individual identification in mass fatality settings or large-scale human identification projects is considered as an asset.

Good understanding of the sensitive and bi-communal work of CMP is an asset.

Demonstration of bi-communal actions, such as participation in bi-communal groups, events and activities is an asset.

Required Language(s):

Working knowledge in English.

Fluency in Turkish.

Professional Certificates:

Valid (D) driving license is required.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

Nationals or permanently residents in Cyprus are eligible for the post.


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