Senior Policy Adviser

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

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.


Essential qualifications and experience  

  • 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 A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A 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.

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  • 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.

Required competencies  

Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally

Application instructions

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