View Vacancy - Senior Policy Adviser, Development & Human Rights Section

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
UKMIS (UK Mission to the United Nations)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in the Development and Human Rights Section of the UK Mission to the United Nations. Working in the People, Protections and Peace Team, the successful candidate will be situated at the heart of the UK’s policy delivery on peacebuilding and governance at the UN, helping to shape the British Government’s policy and engagement at the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Peacebuilding Commission.

The successful candidate will act as a senior policy adviser and focal point for a range of conflict prevention, peacebuilding and governance issues and take a leading role in high-profile issues on the agenda of the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Peacebuilding Commission.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, those outlined below:

  • Senior policy adviser and UK Mission lead on conflict prevention, mediation, peacebuilding and governance.

  • Lead, and often represent the UK, on the Peacebuilding Commission, as well as working with relevant parts of the UN and other Member States to improve UN delivery on preventing, building and sustaining peace.

  • Lead on several files in the Security Council where peacekeeping missions are drawing down and/or other forms of UN support are needed, serving to bridge the transition across peace and development issues.

  • Lead on Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies. With diplomatic lobbying, UK projects and internal networking the post holder will also drive forward the UK objectives in the UN on tackling corruption and strengthening rule of law and good governance.

  • Work across relevant London Departments, inputting to policy development and feeding back on political developments, negotiate statements and mandates, and prepare UK Ambassadors or other senior UK officials for meetings.

  • The postholder will also represent the UK and negotiate resolutions in the General Assembly on peacebuilding, conflict mediation and governance issues.

  • The postholder will need to work collegiately in a fast-paced and changing environment and be willing to support other team members and priorities as needed.

There is considerable scope for personal development in the range of responsibilities outlined.

The ideal candidate will have: excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; a go-getting attitude; strong analytical and organisational abilities; the ability to prioritise and deliver results on multiple areas of work.


Essential characteristics are:

  • A graduate or post-graduate degree and three years of relevant work experience

  • An understanding of the United Nations system

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a good understanding of the challenges and sensitivities of working with other UN Member States.

  • Reliable, capable under pressure, able to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline with colleagues and with considerable autonomy.

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 an G visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Mission. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

 *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. 

  • Knowledge of French

  • Rudimentary knowledge of the British Government, the British Foreign Office and the Department for International Development.

  • Experience of public service and/or international relations related work.

Engaging Internationally
10 May 2018
C4 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
UK Delegation
9 July 2018

The British Embassy Network 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 10 May 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.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.