UN Director

Crisis Action
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Nov 29

Position description

Salary: A competitive package commensurate with experience

Starting date: March 2018

Responsible to: Chief of Staff

Benefits: 25 days of vacation; health insurance paid in full; 403(b) matching contribution and other benefits

Closing Date for applications 11:59pm EST Sunday December 17, 2017

Overview of Role

As UN Director, you will play a key role in crafting and delivering on strategies for impactful collective campaigns to protect civilians from armed conflict. You will continue building the network of partners, policymakers and media in New York and work closely with colleagues across the world to build effective advocacy campaigns and maximize their impact to achieve change. We are looking for a passionate and dynamic advocate who understands how to make change happen at the UN, an exceptional strategist and powerful networker who strengthens our UN presence and ensures we are ever more effective in our mission to protect civilians affected by conflict.

Principal Roles

  1. Crisis Action’s Ambassador to the United Nations – As the Head of the UN office, you will represent Crisis Action at United Nations Headquarters in New York. You will come equipped with a strong network of high-level contacts at key UN Permanent Missions and the UN Secretariat (or demonstrated ability to quickly establish such a network). You will also have experience working with civil society organisations, and ideally experience coordinating joint advocacy efforts with these or similar organizations.
  2. Develop and implement impactful campaigns to protect civilians and prevent armed conflict – A core part of your responsibilities will be working with our New York partner organisations and policy maker allies to develop, drive forward and coordinate campaigns that mobilise the resources and influence of civil society to maximum effect. This will require you to engage the UN press corps and devise and lead impactful advocacy strategies that use a wide range of tactics that may include facilitating high-level diplomatic meetings for partners, hosting civil society delegations, running social media campaigns, coordinating campaign stunts, and preparing compelling reports and briefings for Security Council members. Your success will depend upon your ability to build and nurture trusted relationships with policy makers in key Permanent Missions to the United Nations and the UN Secretariat, as well as potential allies from across civil society, academia, think tanks and the media. Working with colleagues in our other offices, you will lead or contribute to international campaigns that Crisis Action facilitates.
  3. Expert UN political analysis - Focusing on actual or potential conflicts of most concern to our partners, you will ensure that Crisis Action supplements their understanding by investigating and analysing the policy positions of key UN member states, particularly members of the UN Security Council, and UN Secretariat officials. You will ensure that Crisis Action builds up in-depth and sophisticated intelligence on the position of key actors towards relevant conflicts, the results of which will be top quality advice to partners on advocacy demands, strategy and suggestions for action. You will also be responsible for feeding this intelligence into our global campaigns and sharing it in a timely manner with our global partner network.
  4. Contribute to the strategic development of Crisis Action at the UN and globally – As Head of our UN office, you will lead a small team and instil in each of them an ambitious entrepreneurial approach and can-do attitude. You will be responsible for consolidating and expanding Crisis Action’s relationship with core partners and our civil society network, and for developing and implementing the UN Office strategy that aligns with the organisation’s overall strategic plan. You will supervise the work of the UN Advocacy and Campaigns Manager and interns in the UN Office. As a member of Crisis Action’s Directors Group, you will also play a leadership role in the direction of the organisation. This will include contributing to decisions about Crisis Action’s campaign portfolio, the development of our strategic plan and internal policies, as well as strategizing around both regional and international policy challenges and how best we can contribute to overcoming them.


Person Specification


  • Commitment to Crisis Action’s mandate.

  • 8+ years of experience working on conflict prevention, human rights or humanitarian assistance at the international level

  • Excellent political judgement and instincts, especially with regard to foreign policy.

  • High levels of ambition, energy, drive, dynamism, determination and focus.

  • Knowledge of and experience in influencing UN policies and processes.

  • A broad range of established relationships with key UN officials and relevant Permanent Missions.

  • Proven ability to analyse complex political issues, to identify campaign opportunities and to devise sophisticated strategies and innovative approaches for achieving policy change.

  • Expertise in media and communications; including knowing when and how to engage the media on a campaign, a deep understanding of different audiences, crafting media stories, producing high-quality media materials and working across media platforms, including social media.

  • Knowledge and experience of using a broad range of popular campaigning tactics, including stunts, photo-ops, social media pushes, etc. to achieve campaign aims.

  • First-rate project management and organizational skills.

  • First-class interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing skills and the ability to cultivate and maintain high-level contacts within governments, the media and the NGO community.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a collegiate member of a small team, as well as to lead and empower your team to deliver their best.

  • Ability to instil trust and confidence in partner organisations and colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.

  • Resilience and an ability to cope with multiple internal and external demands.

  • Excellent administrative and information technology skills.

  • Fluent written and spoken English.

  • Relevant authorization to work in US.


  • Expertise in relation to advancing the women, peace and security agenda.

  • Experience working with the corporate sector, social movements or faith-based organisations to drive social change.

  • Experience of working with global teams and with people from varied cultural backgrounds.

  • Established relationships with media.

  • Additional languages, particularly French or Arabic.

Application instructions

Please submit applications by sending your CV, completed application form and cover letter via our online system at https://crisisaction.org/opportunities/. Closing date is Sunday 17 December at 23:59 EST.

First round interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place during week commencing 01 January 2018 and second round the week commencing 08 January 2018.

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