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View Vacancy - Senior Policy Adviser

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

An exciting opportunity to work in the UK Mission to the UN. The successful candidate will work as a   Senior Policy Adviser in the Strategic Threats team. They will represent the UK at the UN on a   range of issues related to counter terrorism and counter-proliferation. The successful candidate will represent the   UK at meetings with contacts at the UN including Member States, the UN   secretariat, agencies and other inter-governmental and non-governmental   entities. Duties include attending   meetings in the UN, conducting negotiations at the Security Council, and on   occasion in the General Assembly.

The post holder will   join a team working across a range of broader international security issues   including counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, UN sanctions regimes, the   Middle East and Asia.  They will contribute to policy advice alongside   colleagues in the rest of the Mission, in London and across the UK’s   international network of posts and delegations.

The successful candidate will also support the wider work of the Political Section, including planning visits and other ad hoc duties and responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities:

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 to provide strategic advice to London.
  • Briefing UK Permanent Representative for, and   reporting on, Security Council and other high-level meetings on issues on a   variety of dossiers.
  • Support the delivery of other members of the   Strategic Threats team, working collaboratively and flexibly where necessary


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 counter terrorism and non-proliferation 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.

  • An undergraduate or 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 a wide range of stakeholders, and strong briefing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to deliver at pace.


***Due to security clearance requirements, only nationals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or US  are eligable to apply for this positon***


Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy Network may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or G or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an G or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

  • Experience of work in public service;
  • Public sector experience;
  • Knowledge of the work of the UN, or other   comparable experience, particularly regarding counter-terrorism,   non-proliferation or other international security issues;
  • Familiarity with the UK Government.
Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
22 October 2017
C4 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
UK Mission to the United Nations, New York
UK Delegation
18 December 2017

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.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

We welcome candidates of any race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, age, or any other category. The Mission is committed to building a diverse environment. UKMIS New York prides itself on upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion and providing equal opportunities for all.

We strive to nurture a diverse workforce by promoting policies that emphasize airness, transparency, creativity and a comfortable and safe working environment in which individual differences are respected and the   contributions of all staff are recognized and valued. The Mission values   honesty, integrity, professionalism, and teamwork. Treating all colleagues with respect is fundamental. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, harassment and discrimination.  

We want staff to express themselves freely, to think creatively and to feel free to challenge policy perspectives constructively. 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 22 October 2017. 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.