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View Vacancy - Senior Policy Adviser

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UK Permanent Representative's Office

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in the Political Section of the UK Mission to the UN. The successful candidate will help develop and deliver UK policies to improve UN peacekeeping and lead on a range of other high-profile issues on the agenda of the Security Council and the General Assembly.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


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


  • Senior policy adviser on strategic UN peacekeeping issues, including how to make peacekeeping missions more effective, with more and better capabilities to deal with the challenges of modern peacekeeping. This involves leading, and representing the UK, on the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping.
  • Lead on some African peacekeeping missions in the Security Council, working with relevant parts of the UN and other Member States. Liaise closely with colleagues in London and African posts to negotiate Security Council products which deliver UK objectives.
  • UK Mission lead on efforts to eradicate instances of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers, working closely with the UN Secretariat and Member States.
  • Lead on UN work to protect children affected by armed conflict and end the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
  • Prepare briefing for the UK Permanent Representative on Security Council and other high-level meetings and events. Provide accurate and timely reporting which helps inform UK policy-making.
  • The postholder will need to work in a fast-paced and changing environment and be willing to support other team members and priorities as needed.

This is a three year contract position, with the possibility of extension.

  • A graduate or post-graduate degree and/or three years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Resilient, able to respond flexibly to rapidly changing circumstances, and complete multiple tasks by set deadlines working with a high degree of autonomy.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy 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.

Applications will only be accepted from nationals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or US.

  • An understanding of the UN system and an awareness of the challenges and sensitivities of working with other UN Member States.
  • Knowledge of the UK Government and the UK Foreign Office.
  • Experience of international relations or similar policy work.
  • Knowledge of French.

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
16 April 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
5 June 2017

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

The British Embassy Network offers a competitive salary and 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.

Resume and cover letter should be submitted by 16 April 2017. Internal candidates must inform their supervisor if they intend on 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 committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, 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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.