The opening of international competitions to select nine directorates of museums and national monuments, within the framework of the new legal regime for management autonomy, is published today in Diário da República (DR).
This first opening phase includes the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, the National Pantheon, the Ajuda National Palace / Museum of the Royal Treasury, the National Archeology Museum, all of these in Lisbon, the Monographic Museum of Conímbriga-National Museum, the National Museum Grão Vasco, in Viseu, the Machado de Castro National Museum, in Coimbra, the Soares dos Reis National Museum, in Porto, and the Frei Manuel do Cenáculo National Museum, in Évora, which has the Mercês Church as an annex.
The notice of opening of the tender procedure is published in the 2nd series of the DR, for a period of 30 working days after being advertised, following an order by the director-general of Cultural Heritage, Bernardo Alabaça.
According to the notice, the competition is aimed at international selection to fill the position of middle management of 1st degree as director of organic units dependent on the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC), on a service commission basis, to a period of three years.
The competition is part of the Legal Regime for the Autonomy of Management of Museums, Monuments and Palaces, approved by Decree-Law No. 78/2019.
The Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, as well as the Ajuda National Palace and the future Royal Treasury Museum, work together under the same direction.
Contacted by the Lusa agency, the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, explained that these competitions for the direction of museums, palaces and national monuments, will open in two phases, one now, involving nine institutions, and the second on June 19, for ten more.
At that time competitions will open for the directions of the National Coach Museum, National Museum of Ethnology / Museum of Popular Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado, National Museum of Music, National Museum of Azulejo, Museum of Theater and Dance, National Museum do Traje, all of them in Lisbon, and also to the Alcobaça Monastery, the Mafra National Palace and the National Resistance and Freedom Museum, in Peniche.
Graça Fonseca also indicated that the competitions for the directions of the Monastery of Batalha and for the Convento de Cristo, in Tomar, will only open in 2021, because the respective directors only finish the service commission at that time.
“Whoever wants to apply will have thirty working days, so by the end of the year we will have new directors” in the equipment under the supervision of the DGPC, foresees the Minister of Culture.
Graça Fonseca underlined, regarding the international nature of the competitions, that “it is the first time that candidates who are not linked to the public function, Portuguese or foreigners, as long as they speak Portuguese” can apply.
When the new legal regime for the management of museums came into force in June last year, more than half of the directors of the DGPC's museums and monuments were under replacement, awaiting a tender.
Under the new regime, directors are now recruited through public tenders, between candidates with or without ties to the public administration, in Portugal or abroad, for three-year service commissions, with a maximum limit of ten years.
Until now, the regime has been for three years, with no renewal limit, with a selection made through the Recruitment and Selection Committee for Public Administration.