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Art Conservator for Mes Aynak Archaeological Project


About Ministry of Mines and Petroleum

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has received a grant from the World Bank toward the cost of achieving Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Afghanistan. The Project is being implemented through a Program Management Unit (PMU) within the Ministry of Mines & Petroleum. The PMU is now seeking well qualified individual consultant for the position of Art Conservator for Mes Aynak Archaeological Project.

Job Summary

Under the Mes Aynak Archaeological Project large amount of archaeological material dating between the 2nd and 6th century are being uncovered. The tasks required from the conservator include, but are not limited to, working primarily in the conservation of unbaked clay sculptures (some painted) being uncovered in-situ The material requires to be conserved in order for it to be removed and transported to a secured location where they will be restored and preserved for museum display. Moreover, the conservator will also work in painted murals, following the same process of conservation in-situ prior to its removal for restoration and preservation at a specialized laboratory. Work off-site include, but are not limited to, the restoration of pottery, metal objects and other specialized finds.

Job Details

Date Posted: 09 Oct 2016 Reference: MoMP/PMU/CT-II- 138
Closing Date: 22 Oct 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Research/Survey Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 5 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

• The specialist will need to conserve and preserve wooden, unbaked clay, metal and pottery objects with qualified chemicals used in these processes.
• The Conservator will need to conserve centuries-old murals in-situ and prepared the conserved material to be removed from the site.
• The specialist will require to conserve and restore objects so that the original characteristics will be maintained.
• Experience and ability to work in teams on the particular technical area.
• Ability to work without close supervision and take initiative in his/her own area of responsibility.
• To prepare a working plan for the completion of the tasks commanded, expressed in timetables and including all materials required for its completion.
• Capacity to prepare regular reports in English language (written and with photographic records) on the work being carried out.
• The Conservator will need to reside within the premises of the excavation project. Work will be carried out in the field where sculptures and other non-movable materials will need to be conserved prior to their removal for restoration. All other movable material will need to be worked within the camp premises, where laboratories for this purpose have been established.

Reporting obligation:
• The Art Conservator will report to Mes Ayank Archaeology Team Leader and PMU Executive Director.


• A bachelors degree in the fields of conservation, preservation or restoration.
• Proven experience of over 5 years in the field of work required.
• Proven capacity in the use of chemical material for the conservation and preservation of unbaked-clay objects, metal objects, painted murals and objects, and pottery assemblage, needs to be properly attested in the CV.
• Proven experience in the conservation and restoration of antique sculptures made of unbaked clay.
• Proven experience in the conservation and restoration of antique painted objects and murals (over unbaked clay surfaces).
• Experienced in working at archaeological sites.
• Knowledgeable in the preparation for removal of large antique and fragile objects.
• Preferably with Buddhist iconography experience.
• Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
• Knowledge of Farsi or Dari would be an advantage.
• Experience of working in Afghanistan or in the region will be an advantage.
• Basic computer skills relevant to the position.

Job Location

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Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Expressions of interest (including CV and three referees) should be sent to the email address below by no later than 22 October 2016, at 15:00 hrs. Reference MoMP/PMU/CT-II-138 must be quoted on all correspondence and the Expression of interest.

Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Program Management Unit (PMU)
Attention: Mr. Abdul Waheed Khalili,
Afghanistan Geological Survey Building (AGS), 2nd floor, Annex,
Close to Abdul Haq roundabout, 3rd Macrorayan, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Cell phone: +93 (0) 789 22 14 42

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