Closing Date: 12 July 2024

1. Background

The African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) was created in 2006 to support the effective conservation and protection of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value in Africa. The main objective of AWHF is to address the challenges faced by African State Parties in the implementation of the 1972 Convention, specifically, the underrepresentation of African sites on the World Heritage List and the insufficient conservation and management of these sites.

As part of the AWHF contribution to enhance conservation and management of World Heritage properties, an annual application for Conservation Grants has been set up. In general, the Conservation Grants have assisted African States Parties to undertake projects that have made a positive impact on the state of conservation of sites inscribed of World Heritage List.

To encourage young heritage professionals undertaking Masters and Doctoral research in the field of natural and cultural heritage in Africa the Fund set up an annual application for Moses Mapesa Educational Research Grant. This Grant seeks to further research (particularly supporting fieldwork) on issues of conservation, management, and sustainability of World Heritage properties and sites on Tentative Lists in Africa.

The AWHF is welcoming applications from heritage professionals to evaluate the 2025/2026[1] Moses Mapesa Research and Conservation Grants.

[1] Applications to be received and evaluated in 2024 will be awarded for implementation in 2025/26.

2. Technical Evaluation of AWHF Grant

Within the framework of AWHF Grants, the selected applications should be evaluated by two (2) independent experts (hereafter Consultants) in the field of cultural and natural heritage who will produce and submit Technical Evaluation Reports to the Secretariat of the Fund. The reports from the Consultants will be analysed by the AWHF Grants Evaluation Panel comprising  experts who will make recommendations to the Fund’s Board of Governors.

3. Responsiblities of the Consultants

  • To evaluate each application for the Conservation and Moses Mapesa Educational Research Grants according to the defined Criteria for projects funding.
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  • To produce draft technical evaluation reports of the Conservation and Moses Mapesa Educational Research Grants for the AWHF Grants Evaluation Panel according to the agreed format (guidelines provided by AWHF).
  • To attend as part of the Secretariat the virtual meeting of the AWHF Grants Evaluation
  • To produce the final evaluation report in accordance with the recommendations of the Grants Evaluation Panel.

4. Eligibility

  • Skills:
    • Knowledge and understanding of World Heritage Convention and issues concerning World Heritage in
    • Competent writing skills and familiar with report
    • Able to process high volumes of applications
    • Knowledge of either English and French languages.


    • Demonstrated experience in project evaluation including ability to analyse and summarise data using Microsoft
    • Understanding of key research themes and knowledge about World Heritage in Africa in particular on conservation and management, Tentative Listing, State of Conservation (SoC) Reports, and the recent decisions made by the World Heritage Committee concerning World Heritage properties in Africa.

Education Preferred:

Relevant educational background (postgraduate degree).ct.

5. Application Process

Kindly submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae by 12 July 2024 via email to with a copy to