View Vacancy - Policy Adviser, UN Development Reform, ECOSOC and Education

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

Main purpose of job:

An exciting and challenging opportunity to work at the UK Mission to the United Nations, delivering UK policy on the UN Secretary-General’s ambitious new UN Development System reform agenda, and driving UK engagement with the Economic and Social Council (also undergoing a reform process). You’ll be working for a Government who cares about these issues and whose thought-leadership is influential.

The successful candidate will join a busy team that leads on the UK’s overall engagement on international development, economic and finance, health and climate change at the UN. You will work with policy managers and colleagues across a broad spectrum of British Government departments to develop and deliver UK policy in relation to the UN – delivering UK aims and influencing UN reform processes during a critical period of consultations and negotiations this year. You will also manage our strategic engagement with the Economic and Social Council more broadly, and lead on the specific development issue of Education, Science and Innovation.

 The ideal candidate will have a flexible approach and be a strong team player. You will be comfortable managing competing and evolving demands in a fast-paced environment, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for making a positive contribution to the workings and culture of the team and wider mission. You will be part of an energetic and friendly team of eight with a strong team ethos and a belief in enabling each other to excel. You will also work with other parts of the Mission, and should contribute to setting up Ministerial visits to the UN, putting on events and coordinating activity across the team and wider Mission. There will likely be some travel opportunities, including to London to meet with UK Government policy leads.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

-  Deliver UK aims on the UN Secretary-General’s Development System reform agenda, providing policy support to the Development Counsellor and cross-Mission reform team;

-  Ensure coordinated and effective engagement at the Economic and Social Council and Regional Economic Commissions, identifying opportunities for UK engagement and influencing reform processes;

-  Build and maintain up-to-date understanding of UK priorities and Member States positions on the policy area of Education, Science and Innovation, representing the UK on them, negotiating for the UK, preparing statements, briefs and reporting on these;

-  Build and manage effective relationships between the UK and key stakeholders on your Education, Science and Innovation, including working closely with the UN Secretariat, representing UK views to stakeholders as required;

-  Support the wider team in areas such as Ministerial visits programmes, events and coordination;

-  Assist in other policy areas and issues as needed, working flexibly and adjusting to changing priorities.


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

Essential characteristics are:

-  Excellent negotiation, influencing and communication skills, including written communications, in English (UK Civil Service “engaging internationally” competence)

-  Ability to deliver high quality results on multiple areas of work to tight deadlines (UK Civil Service “delivering at pace” competence)

-  A team player able to work flexibly and prioritise across a variety of policy areas (UK Civil Service “Making effective decisions” competence),

-  Bachelors degree (or equivalent)

-  Three years’ experience in a relevant field


Desirable characteristics are:

-  Knowledge and understanding of the UN, international relations or international development

-  Familiarity of working in public service, particularly the UK civil service

-  Willingness to undertake international travel


Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
26 February 2018
B3 (L)
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
UK Mission to the United Nations, New York
UK Delegation
26 March 2018

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.

The UK Mission supports fully flexible working opportunities, to improve the work/ life balance of its staff and promote family-friendly working patterns, where operational and security needs allow. The Mission is committed to building a diverse environment, free from discrimination, and prides itself on upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion and providing equal opportunities for all, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.

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