View Vacancy - Senior Policy Adviser, Political Section

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UK Permanent Representative's Office
UKMIS (UK Mission to the United Nations)


An exciting opportunity in the UK Mission to the UN to work as a member of the Africa Peacekeeping team. They will represent the UK and negotiate at both the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, on a range of issues related to Africa and peacekeeping, including UN peacekeeping and special political missions in Africa, key peacekeeping priorities such as peacekeeping policy, preventing and responding to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of civilians, and other thematic issues. The successful candidate will contribute to policy advice on the UN sanctions regimes for African countries, and will represent the UK on the relevant Security Council Sanctions Committees and Working Groups.

The Africa Peacekeeping team works flexibly across the range of Africa and peacekeeping dossiers, and the successful candidate will also support the wider work of the Political Section, including as Visits Planner and other ad hoc duties and responsibilities.

The post holder will join a team of six covering African issues on the Security Council agenda, including the Lake Chad Basin, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, the Great Lakes, Mali, Central African Republic, and Liberia, as well as UN relations with the African Union (AU), and the UN’s regional conflict offices. The team also leads on all UN peacekeeping, including peacekeeping reform, tackling Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the Protection of Civilians and Atrocity Prevention, and Children and Armed Conflict. As a member of the UK Mission’s Security Council Team, s/he will also work closely with colleagues from both the Military and the Development and Human Rights Teams.


This is a policy development and delivery role, heavily focussed on influencing the UN Secretariat, other Member States and NGOs.   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, those outlined below:

  • Negotiating Security Council products; drafting UK-proposed texts and chairing negotiations; reporting views of other Council members and UN Secretariat; representing UK on Security Council Sanctions Committees; advising London on tactics to best deliver UK policy at the Security Council.
  • Working with colleagues in the UK Mission, and colleagues across the UK network of posts from other UK Government departments, , to make full use of UK Government influence across the UN to deliver UK policy on Africa and to provide strategic advice to London in developing wider UK policy on African dossiers.
  • Delivering UK policy at the UN on thematic issues such as sexual exploitation and abuse, protection of civilians, the responsibility to protect and children and armed conflict.
  • Briefing UK Permanent Representative for, and reporting on, Security Council and other high-level meetings on issues on a variety of Africa and peacekeeping dossiers.
  • Working flexibly across the team to provide cover for the Team Leader and other senior policy advisers where necessary and developing policy on cross-cutting Africa issues e.g. peacekeeping, conflict and sanctions work.

This is a challenging role with the opportunity to lead on some of the Security Council’s highest profile issues and to develop specific expertise on Africa and conflict issues. The portfolio will grow as the job holder gains experience in the role. You will work in a fast-paced and changing environment and must be willing to support other team members and priorities as needed.

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field;
  • At least four years of relevant work experience;
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team;
  • Ability to work flexibly and adapt to changing priorities across a range of tasks and responsibilities that require long-term planning as well as reaction to urgent day-to-day developments;
  • Proven track record of influencing, and briefing senior members of staff and outside stakeholders;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Ability to deliver at pace.

  • Experience of work in public service/ public sector experience;
  • Knowledge of the work of the UN, particularly regarding peace and security issues and peacekeeping
  • Knowledge of conflict trends in Africa;
  • Familiarity with the UK Government.

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
21 February 2018
C4 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
UK Mission to the United Nations, New York
UK Delegation
16 April 2018

Under US State Department requirements, the Mission may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or G visa holders*. If you hold a visa other than a G visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Mission.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy 

 *A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates.  The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.  

The job offers a strong benefits   package. This package includes   medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Learning and development opportunities: The Mission supports the professional learning and development of all colleagues. While the UN schedule can be demanding and occasionally inflexible, the Mission’s leadership is committed to doing all it can to improve the work/life balance of its staff, and encourages flexible working when possible.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 21 Feb 2018. Internal candidates must inform the Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.